Keurig Insists Coffee DRM Brings 'Interactive-Enabled Benefits' And Is For Your Own Safety

from the I-got-this-scar-from-my-coffee-maker dept

As we recently discussed, Keurig is busy making plans to embed new technology in their new "Keurig 2.0" line of coffee makers that will reject unsanctioned (read: less expensive, competing) coffee pods. The technology would also presumably prevent the use of manual re-usable filters, which are usually found for between five and fifteen bucks online. Keurig's CEO announced the plans to reject "unlicensed pods" last fall, but somehow nobody seemed to really notice the effort until an annoyed competitor pointed it out in a lawsuit (pdf).

Needless to say, Keurig users and the general public weren't particularly enamored of Keurig's plans to lock down their brewing options, with countless users taking to Twitter to complain. The company didn't seem prepared to handle the media reaction to their plans for java-based "DRM." Nor did they seem prepared to give anybody a straight answer, even though their own CEO already confirmed the pod-blocking functionality. As such, Keurig simply started insisting to anyone that asked that the new technology delivered "interactive-enabled benefits":
As you might be able to tell, it appears the company is unwilling to directly acknowledge the fact that they're locking out competitors' less expensive pods. More creative attempts to get Keurig to explain these advanced interactive benefits also proved fruitless:
After a few days and clearly a few meetings, Keurig released a public statement that attempted to flesh out their non-answer. While still refusing to admit something their own CEO already acknowledged, Keurig decided to push the mystery added benefits angle a little harder, even going so far as to claim that blocking you from getting cheaper competing product is about your safety:
"To make brewing a carafe possible, and to continue to deliver everything Keurig lovers already enjoy – high-quality beverages, simplicity, and variety – our new Keurig 2.0 system will feature specially designed interactive technology allowing the brewer to read information about the inserted Keurig pack. With this interactive capability, Keurig 2.0 brewers will “know” the optimal settings for the inserted Keurig pack, for a perfect beverage every time, whether a single cup or a carafe. It’s critical for performance and safety reasons that our new system includes this technology. For those of you who currently own our K-Cup or Vue systems today, we are so happy to have you as part of our family. Rest assured that your brewers will still function as they always have and that your favorite beverages will still be available."
In other words, we must be able to lock competitors' pods (and manual refill units) out of the market to keep you safe from the dangers of potentially lower costs and dreaded coffee-related injury. It's also impossible for us to embed this obnoxious technology in older units, so those will continue to function as you prefer them to -- without us interfering in your purchase options. Sure, you're losing purchase options and will have to pay more for coffee, but isn't the security of knowing your family is safe from the dangers of coffee-related hazards worth it?

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    silverscarcat (profile), Mar 6th, 2014 @ 9:00am

    So...

    When does the Coffee Market crash?

    Give up?

    When the java dries up.

     

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      Anonymous Howard (profile), Mar 7th, 2014 @ 12:29am

      Re: So...

      This reminds me of Simcity's "critical calculations done on our servers" story. Yeah, totally critically necessary NOT DRM...

       

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        btr1701 (profile), Mar 7th, 2014 @ 2:00pm

        Re: Re: So...

        While Keurig's actions may be shitty and annoying, I don't get the basis for the lawsuit against them. It's not like one has a general legal obligation to design one's products in such a way that makes it easy for others to compete with them. Keurig can't stop someone from designing and selling coffee packs that work with their machines, but neither are they obligated to design their machines to make it easy for others to do so.

         

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    Arsik Vek (profile), Mar 6th, 2014 @ 9:13am

    Itís critical for performance and safety reasons that our new system includes this technology.

    So, are they admitting that current Keurig coffee machines are both improperly performing and dangerous? I mean, they lack this feature, right?

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Mar 6th, 2014 @ 9:38am

    Interactive Features

    The new feature is that the Krieg 2.0 will only let you "Interact" with their Pods.

    The only interactivity I need (want) with my coffee involves unrestricted consumption of (coffee).

     

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    Shmerl, Mar 6th, 2014 @ 9:44am

    No DRM will make bad coffee good.

    Just don't drink that junk.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Mar 6th, 2014 @ 9:46am

    Interactive-enabled benefits? You mean aside from DRINKING it? Is Keurig going into the coffee enema business 6-10oz at a time?

     

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    Michael, Mar 6th, 2014 @ 9:51am

    I'm pretty sure what they are saying is that the new coffee makers are going to detect that you have downed more than 4 cups of coffee and start warning you to switch to decaff.

     

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      PaulT (profile), Mar 7th, 2014 @ 12:24am

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      Close. They're saying that they have to have 100% of the refill market at any cost, and they don't mind coming up with ridiculous excuses for the steps they need to take at the expense of their own customers to do so. I'm sure they don't care whether you're drinking your own weight in caffeine or not so long as they're paid for it.

       

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    sorrykb (profile), Mar 6th, 2014 @ 9:53am

    The "interactive" features, as explained by Douglas Adams

    "When the 'Drink' button is pressed it makes an instant but highly detailed examination of the subject's taste buds, a spectroscopic analysis of the subject's metabolism, and then sends tiny experimental signals down the neural pathways to the taste centres of the subject's brain to see what is likely to be well received.
    However, no-one knows quite why it does this because it then invariably delivers a cupful of liquid that is almost, but not quite, entirely unlike tea."

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Mar 6th, 2014 @ 10:00am

    "It's absolutely critical that our product contain this feature that wasn't necessary in completely functional, nonhazardous models that came before it, for your safety. Critical."

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Mar 6th, 2014 @ 10:02am

    " our new Keurig 2.0 system will feature specially designed interactive technology allowing the brewer to read information about the inserted Keurig pack"


    Because the user isn't smart enough to know what they want....

    Why does every company think they have to tell me how to do everything? I'm not helpless*!



    *unless you tie my hands and take away my ability to interact how I want with my own stuff

     

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      Sean, Mar 9th, 2014 @ 8:51pm

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      As I understand it, the new pods have a flat top with a hemispherical reservoir for whatever the pod contains, and around the underside of the rim is a barcode that identifies the contents of the pod, so that the machine knows whether it's a normal coffee pod and brews a 12-ounce cup of coffee at low pressure, an espresso pod that only needs 2.5 ounces of water but needs to be forced through at high pressure, or is tea or hot chocolate that take different brewing patterns. As such, identifying common patterns between different styles of regular coffee and of espresso would allow the creation of 'generic' barcodes that could be printed on 3rd-party pods to give the same brewing instructions as the OEM pods.

      One possible outcome of the lawsuit is that Keurig would be required to make the barcode algorithm public, so that anyone would be able to make a compatible coffee pod with the correct barcode for brewing in Keurig machines.

       

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    Anonymous Coward, Mar 6th, 2014 @ 10:02am

    This coffee maker is defective by design. At least the word is getting out about this predatory coffee maker, so people can avoid buying this defective product.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Mar 6th, 2014 @ 10:07am

    will I be put in jail for circumventing their drm?

     

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    RyanNerd (profile), Mar 6th, 2014 @ 10:10am

    As discussed before...

    DRM is not about copyright or anything like that. It is about POWER and CONTROL. Simple as that.

     

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      Anonymous Coward, Mar 6th, 2014 @ 2:32pm

      Re: As discussed before...

      Right management technologies are insurances of at least a temporary monopoly. Anti-circumvention is a way to legally protect and strengthen said monopoly. Many kinds of anti-circumvention is close to as anti-consumer as you can get.

       

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      Anonymous Coward, Mar 6th, 2014 @ 4:14pm

      Re: As discussed before...

      It's even simpler than that; it's all about money.

       

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    Ron, Mar 6th, 2014 @ 10:12am

    Did Microsoft buy Keurig?

     

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      Anonymous Coward, Mar 6th, 2014 @ 11:26am

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      "Did Microsoft.."

      They have large ambitions. They're obviously hoping to be bought out by FaceBook for beeelllioonnz.

      The interactivity will be from nanotransmitters in the coffee so that the entire transition from purchase through your digestive system can be plotted on your timeline.

       

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    Anonymous Coward, Mar 6th, 2014 @ 10:12am

    I wish them luck for I will never be a customer of theirs with these "features".

     

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    Oblate (profile), Mar 6th, 2014 @ 10:14am

    Keurig's long term plan

    I think this is the first step of their long term plan to produce their own version of the Nutrimatic Drinks Dispenser from HHGTTG. There are parallels- having had "coffee" in England, I think I know where the inspiration for the sludge served up by this machine comes from. Adding DRM will allow them to prepare the sludge optimally, with the highest performance and safety possible.

    So looking forward to this...

     

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    weneedhelp (profile), Mar 6th, 2014 @ 10:16am

    Its sad

    I had a Cure Egg that was 2 months out of warranty and they replaced it anyway. I was happy with them for doing that although they didnt have to. Its a shame that now I wont consider them as a brand to purchase anymore. The truth is in my case their customer service was great. Time will tell.

     

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    Crusty the Ex-Clown, Mar 6th, 2014 @ 10:17am

    Every pusher's dream

    1. Get you hooked on drugs.

    2. Restrict your supply.

    3. Profit!!!!

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Mar 6th, 2014 @ 10:18am

    So have they explained what will happen when the coffee pot's new detector breaks and it's unable to "read information about the inserted Keurig pack"? They will inevitably break, and there should be no technical reason it can't fall back to operating like their current pots just because it does not "ďknowĒ the optimal settings for the inserted Keurig pack". I rather doubt their customer base would be pleased with needing to service or replace their coffee pot simply because a sensor broke.

     

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    t3rminus (profile), Mar 6th, 2014 @ 10:20am

    Wouldn't use a Keurig

    ... If it wasn't for those re-usable filters. Saving money, and keeping plastic K-cups out of landfills is a great part of it, sure. The real reason is that my favourite locally-roasted coffee just isn't available in K-cup format. I rarely want to brew a whole pot, and like the convenience of not having to constantly clean a press.

    Needless to say I will not be buying one of their new brewers, unless I can use my own coffee.

     

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      Anonymous Coward, Mar 6th, 2014 @ 10:33am

      Re: Wouldn't use a Keurig

      Out of curiosity, which re-usable filter do you use? They'd be useful for me, but I haven't really found the time to investigate them to find out which ones are good.

       

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        Pitabred (profile), Mar 6th, 2014 @ 11:20am

        Re: Re: Wouldn't use a Keurig

        Not the OP, but we use an older version of these at work, and they work pretty well:

        http://www.amazon.com/Brew-Save-Refillable-Keurig-Brewers/dp/B008XFE2YO/ref=sr_1_2

         

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        Anonymous Coward, Mar 6th, 2014 @ 2:49pm

        Re: Re: Wouldn't use a Keurig

        I use the "as seen on TV" ones you can buy at Target, Bed Bath and Beyond, etc. They come 4 to a package, 2 red, 2 black, and are $10 if I remember right. What I like about them as opposed to the "official" reusable cup, is you don't have to replace the bottom carrier in the machine to use them. You fill them with grounds and put it in just like a disposable. This means I don't have to futz with changing part of the machine back and forth to go from my own coffee to one of the actual k-cups.

         

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        Ron Ziniel, Mar 7th, 2014 @ 7:16pm

        Re: Re: Wouldn't use a Keurig

        Bed,Bath and Beyond sells great after market reusable pods, 4 in a pack.

         

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        Anonymous Coward, Mar 18th, 2015 @ 4:06pm

        Re: Re: Wouldn't use a Keurig

        Here is a Keurig reusable filter on Amazon for about $8 plus free shipping:

        http://www.amazon.com/Keurig-K-Cup-Reusable-Coffee-Filter/dp/B000DLB2FI

        I've had 3 Keurigs in succession over 8 years: they seem to burn out or stop working in 3 to 4 years. I got the last two Keurigs at Costco and they both came with a ton of K-cups and a reusable filter. The filter comes in three parts, the cup, the screw-on top, and the washable filter, so now I have two, which makes it quicker to switch out fresh coffee grounds when I have a visitor. I never use k-cups unless I get them free. I buy really good coffee beans that I grind myself every other week or so and have always found the K-cups to have sub-par, dried out coffee grounds in them despite the fancy brands. I won't buy Keurig unless I can make coffee from my own beans, so when next I buy a replacement, I'll look for some other brand.

         

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    Kirinn, Mar 6th, 2014 @ 10:35am

     

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    Ben F, Mar 6th, 2014 @ 10:36am

    New Revenue Stream

    This opens up a whole new revenue stream for Keurig -- They will now be able sue their end users for circumventing the DRM in their coffee machines to accept the cheaper pods. Win Win Taking a page from the music industry, just multiply the cost difference of the cheaper pod times the potential number of cups a Keurig can brew in it's lifetime. I am not kidding it is inevitable.

     

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    streetlight (profile), Mar 6th, 2014 @ 10:42am

    Will the new coffee maker be Internet connected?

    This new device must have an internet connection: Ipv4 and Ipv6 capable, 802.11 a, b, n, ac, gigabit ethernet. This so newer, more intrusive firmware and DRM can be installed to defeat any hacks and provide more useful, controlled options. Control through a lan connected device, including lap top or desktop computer, iOS or Android phone or tablet. Optional 11.6 inch monitor and Bluetooth keyboard can be had. The March of Technology.

     

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    New Mexico Mark, Mar 6th, 2014 @ 10:42am

    Beautiful!

    Don't know if you came up with the phrase, "java based 'DRM'" but that's a keeper! Almost spit my coffee when I read it.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Mar 6th, 2014 @ 10:50am

    java-based "DRM."

    I see what you did there. :)

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Mar 6th, 2014 @ 10:58am

    Is it going to throw a 403 error when you put in a competitor's pod?

     

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      Chuck, Mar 6th, 2014 @ 11:38am

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      Actually it will throw a 402 error.
      For those that dont know HTTP return codes, it's 'payment required'

       

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      Anonymous Coward, Oct 3rd, 2014 @ 5:38pm

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      It will say "OOPS", and give you a number to call and a page of their website to visit, with more information and help getting free K-cups with the correct technology on the lids to offset any inconvenience the transition causes.

       

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    That One Guy (profile), Mar 6th, 2014 @ 11:05am

    New selling point?

    I don't even drink coffee, and I would still be tempted to pick up a brewer that did the 'hot cocoa bitch!' thing with each cup.

     

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    Andrew Jackson's Cranky Ghost, Mar 6th, 2014 @ 11:16am

    Sic transit gloria Keurig

    No way I'd ever spend that kind of scratch even before this. It doesn't make better coffee than my Mr. Coffee anyway (sorry, anti-drip snobs).

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Mar 6th, 2014 @ 11:19am

    Some uninformed stuff going on on this topic.

    1. A cheap 3rd party capsule could leak and hence damage the appliance.

    2. None of this is new - all appliance manufacturers take steps to limit use of 3rd party capsules where they possibly can..

     

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      Chronno S. Trigger (profile), Mar 6th, 2014 @ 11:34am

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      Are you seriously defending this insanity?

      1. Did you also know that washing the appliance could cause damage? Are they going to prevent you from washing the thing in the wrong way?

      2. No it isn't new, ask the ink manufacturers how DRM is working for them.

       

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      Pitabred (profile), Mar 6th, 2014 @ 11:36am

      Re:

      Sure, a 3rd party replacement could leak. That's a risk the buyer takes, and it's not warranted by the manufacturer. But even then, manufacturers don't get carte-blanche for that, either. I can use aftermarket air filters and oil filters on my car, even aftermarket parts, and if the problem isn't directly connected to the aftermarket part, they can't deny warranty service. Same with appliances.

      For someone speaking about being uninformed:

      http://www.business.ftc.gov/documents/bus01-businesspersons-guide-federal-warranty-law#Ma gnuson-Moss

      To save you actually reading:

      "Tie-In Sales" Provisions

      Generally, tie-in sales provisions are not allowed. Such a provision would require a purchaser of the warranted product to buy an item or service from a particular company to use with the warranted product in order to be eligible to receive a remedy under the warranty. The following are examples of prohibited tie-in sales provisions.

      In order to keep your new Plenum Brand Vacuum Cleaner warranty in effect, you must use genuine Plenum Brand Filter Bags. Failure to have scheduled maintenance performed, at your expense, by the Great American Maintenance Company, Inc., voids this warranty.

      While you cannot use a tie-in sales provision, your warranty need not cover use of replacement parts, repairs, or maintenance that is inappropriate for your product. The following is an example of a permissible provision that excludes coverage of such things.

      While necessary maintenance or repairs on your AudioMundo Stereo System can be performed by any company, we recommend that you use only authorized AudioMundo dealers. Improper or incorrectly performed maintenance or repair voids this warranty.


      So... yeah. No legitimate reason for it, and it's unconscionable to try to justify it.

       

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      Fred Sanford, Mar 6th, 2014 @ 2:10pm

      Re:

      1. Is this happening now? If so, I haven't heard anything about it.

      2. You're right, and we've been suing their pants off to keep that crap off the market because it is anti-competitive bullcrap.

       

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      PaulT (profile), Mar 7th, 2014 @ 12:44am

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      "1. A cheap 3rd party capsule could leak and hence damage the appliance. "

      It could also be damaged if I decide to try using Coke instead of water or decide to try to drop kick it across the kitchen. Ditto if I try to modify the device to change the way it works, its capacity, turn it into a tea maker or anything else.

      In all of these cases, it's my right to do whatever I wish. For the manufacturer, the appropriate response is "you misused the appliance and it's not covered under our warranty as stated in the enclosed warranty agreement", not "we will try to make it impossible for you to use the device in any way we haven't approved".

      "2. None of this is new - all appliance manufacturers take steps to limit use of 3rd party capsules where they possibly can.."

      ...and the newness or regularity of such actions does not justify them. It's a cash grab, nothing more, and you're either a fool or a liar if you say otherwise (unless you're one of those rare people willing to argue armed with facts, of course).

       

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    Mister Presso, Mar 6th, 2014 @ 11:21am

    Keur-rigged

    Let's not do a focus group and just launch this half-brewed idea. How long did it take ink cart refillers to bypass the Espon chip? One week, one month? Bueller?

     

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      Pitabred (profile), Mar 6th, 2014 @ 11:37am

      Re: Keur-rigged

      You think they don't know about that? They're going to put in some string of "proprietary" information that has to be transferred, and then claim copyright infringement.

       

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        PaulT (profile), Mar 7th, 2014 @ 1:08am

        Re: Re: Keur-rigged

        Exactly. They put in some "DRM" then, no matter how weak or ineffective it actually is, the DMCA allows them to sue anyone making compatible refills.

         

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    crade (profile), Mar 6th, 2014 @ 12:03pm

    Anyone who buys that is an idiot.

     

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    JoeCool (profile), Mar 6th, 2014 @ 12:03pm

    Doesn't matter in the US

    US law is pretty settled on this now (by at least two cases that set precedence) - if you use patent or copyright protection as a security measure, it loses said protection and competitors are fulled allowed to use exact copies of the protection for interoperability. The cases were concerning Lexmark printers and some garage door maker, and exactly match this case here. Keurig doesn't have a legal leg to stand on concerning competitors making compatible pods.

     

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      crade (profile), Mar 6th, 2014 @ 12:09pm

      Re: Doesn't matter in the US

      Don't be ridiculous. There is no other way to use patent or copyright, and they added special protection to DRM specifically so it can be used as a security measure.

       

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      crade (profile), Mar 6th, 2014 @ 12:16pm

      Re: Doesn't matter in the US

      Is this is why apple, microsoft, and every gaming company can't use patents and copyright to tie hardware and software together and sell licenses to allow people to make stuff for their hardware? Or is that different?

       

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    Trevor, Mar 6th, 2014 @ 12:16pm

    Um...

    since "itís critical for performance and safety reasons that our new system includes this technology," does that mean Keurig will be issuing a voluntary recall of all previous Keurig models, and replace them with this new unit, free of charge to the user?

    Or should someone contact the FDA about the potentially harmful Keurig models on the market at the moment?

     

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    Trails (profile), Mar 6th, 2014 @ 12:34pm

    Stupid

    I bought a keurig because I could use a refiller. If they remove that I'll go back to a french press.

     

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    Jason, Mar 6th, 2014 @ 12:45pm

    "Interactive enabled benefits"

    Translated: Your machine will detect a coffee packet has been inserted. Your machine will actively scan the coffee packet. The coffee in your machine will be compared to a list of approved coffee packages that we will allow you to use in your machine. If the package you have inserted matches one of the previously approved packets on the list, then we shall grant you the benefit of a cup of coffee.

    Enjoy your "Interactive Enabled Benefits"

     

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    Get off my cyber-lawn! (profile), Mar 6th, 2014 @ 12:47pm

    Keurig changes are for SAFETY?

    does that mean our current Keurig devices are highly dangerous IEDs which are liable to Hurt/Maim/Kill us at any time? Do I need to wear body armor to make a cup of joe now?

     

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    Get off my cyber-lawn! (profile), Mar 6th, 2014 @ 12:48pm

    I prefer the French Press....

    I just haven't found a frenchman that would fit in mine yet!

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Mar 6th, 2014 @ 1:08pm

    "going so far as to claim that blocking you from getting cheaper competing product is about your safety:

    "To make brewing a carafe possible, and to continue to deliver everything Keurig lovers already enjoy ..... Itís critical for performance and safety reasons that our new system includes this technology."

    Be fair. They don't claim it's for the user's safety at all. It could be for the safety of their CP (pronounced CoffeePee, closely related to EyePee).

     

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    Chris-Mouse (profile), Mar 6th, 2014 @ 1:10pm

    Step 1: Add DRM to coffeemaker
    Step 2: License DRM to major coffee suppliers
    Step 3: Change license terms to ban production of V1.0 K-Cups
    Step 4: Gain monopoly position in K-Cup market
    Step 5: Watch consumers abandon K-Cups for cheaper systems
    Step 6: Sue customers for failing to pay monopoly prices
    Step 7: ???
    Step 8: Profit?

     

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    akp (profile), Mar 6th, 2014 @ 1:25pm

    I can't wait for these to hit shelves, so I can start slapping warning stickers on them.

    "Warning: Only works with Green Mountain brand k-cups."

     

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    scotts13 (profile), Mar 6th, 2014 @ 1:41pm

    It's been done

    Realistically, Keurigs major competitor, Tassimo, already does this. The barcode provides cup size, pressure, temperature, and programmed-in pauses specific to that beverage. And you know what? It makes a better cup of coffee.

    It has also blocked, just by coincidence, unauthorized suppliers of coffee for the machine.

     

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      Anonymous Coward, Mar 9th, 2014 @ 8:06am

      Re: It's been done

      Over designed. If you want to make sure the cup size matches the amount of water used, you just use the cup you are going to be drinking from to add the water. Stupid useless "feature".

       

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    Elie (profile), Mar 6th, 2014 @ 1:45pm

    My Keurig will become a T-disc?

    I have both a Keurig and a Tassimo. What they're describing as new features sound like what Tassimo does already with their T-discs. Does that mean they're innovating right into a competitor's territory?

    BTW, I love both, but for different drinks.

     

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    Paul, Mar 6th, 2014 @ 2:37pm

    Keurig

    They have joined with the Sirius Cybernetics Corporation, so their new motto is "SHARE AND ENJOY"

     

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    afn29129 (profile), Mar 6th, 2014 @ 2:38pm

    Hacking a Keurig 2.0... DMCA

    Yeah lets see.. Someone posts a how-to guide on the 'net
    'Hack your Keurig 2.0 to accept pod re-use'
    Results; DMCA notices, site take-downs, contributory infringement claims etc.

     

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    Paul, Mar 6th, 2014 @ 2:40pm

    Death of a company

    And here we see how a company dies. Not by the swift decapitating blade of a competitors better product, but by a hundred thousand pissed off customers who are now returning their Keurig machines to their places of purchase. Woe befalls them as their short sighted quest to corner a market fostered not loyalty to their brand, but hatred to their blind ambition and callous aloofness.


    I never saw the point in these machines since its takes all of 30 seconds to start a pot (or a cups worth of a pot) of coffee in a $15 Mr Coffee machine. I spent $40 for my machine as it has a clock and auto start an that is as far as I go. If you are so needing to spend $200 on a coffee maker that makes 1 cup at a time, you would be better off stopping by a coffee shop every morning rather than buying new pods for what will eventually be a premium priced crap in a wasteful plastic tub.

     

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      known corward, Mar 7th, 2014 @ 5:18am

      Re: Death of a company

      the reason people buy them is two fold.

      1. they only want a single cup of coffee and the kuerig does that quite well.

      2. no pot and filter holder to clean.

       

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        John Fenderson (profile), Mar 7th, 2014 @ 8:31am

        Re: Re: Death of a company

        If those are the reasons, why aren't people using a pour-over cone? It has all the same advantages, but only costs a couple of bucks, won't fail, and you can use any coffee you like.

         

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    Coffenonomus, Mar 6th, 2014 @ 3:11pm

    DRM Hack keurig

    Tools: scissors, clear tape, Barcoded new k-cup old refillable k-cup

    Step 1 careful dissect your k-cup with scissors and cut out the barcode

    Step 2 tape barcode on refillable unit.


    Step 3 brew as normal

    Step 4 screw Kurieg. I like the machine because I am the only one in my house that drinks coffee so it is convienent and clean (I have 2 young kids the last thing I need is more clean up). But hate most k-cups. I buy from my local roaster and have a burr grinder and make a serving and brew fresh.

     

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    Steve, Mar 6th, 2014 @ 3:25pm

    Alternative

    Back to Mr. Coffee.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Mar 6th, 2014 @ 8:21pm

    I'm going to offer a prize

    For the first person to crack their DRM and publish the method.

     

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    Jane, Mar 6th, 2014 @ 10:17pm

    Keurig

    When this Keurig dies there won't be another. I like brewing loose tea in the plastic cup. Besides, it's MY CHOICE, not theirs! DRM = GTH

     

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    Pixelation, Mar 6th, 2014 @ 10:52pm

    Final question

    Who is brain dead enough to use a Keurig coffee maker? Coffee straight from the bung hole.

     

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    Pernille Fischer, Mar 7th, 2014 @ 12:42am

    Same same thing

    This is the wonder coffee brewer which is popular in Denmark

     

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    Dan Tobias, Mar 7th, 2014 @ 4:49am

    It's safer to use authorized coffee capsules? Why, do they have some sort of technological protection against spilling hot coffee on yourself, meaning that McDonald's could have saved a lawsuit by using it?

     

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    A. Nnoyed (profile), Mar 7th, 2014 @ 6:18am

    Keurig hypocritrical

    When Keurig's management mentions customer safety they are hypocritical. Keurig failed to properly test a Mr. Coffee Keurig Pod Coffee maker they licensed. As a result a recall was ordered on August 30, 2012 here:
    http://www.cpsc.gov/en/Recalls/2012/Mr-Coffee-Single-Cup-Brewers-Recalled-by-JCS-Due-to-Burn-Hazard/

    Furthermore Keurig management failed to learn from Tassimo's experience with proprietary pods. In 2006 most stores that sold small appliances sold Tassimo coffee makers. I am now unable to find Tassimo brewers sold anywhere but on line. I was originally a Tassimo customer but replaced the Tassimo with a Keurig around 2009 because it was difficult to find Tassimo Pods and because of Tassimo's restrictions preventing me at the time, from making French Vanilla Coffee in the Tassimo Brewer. By requiring customers to use proprietary pods, Keurig management is writing there own epitaph.

     

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    Michael, Apr 13th, 2014 @ 12:52pm

    keurig alternative

    Yes, Keurig just doesn't want to have competition. Yet just use a keurig alternative such as the AeroPress http://thecreativealternative.com/best-single-cup-coffee-maker/ and save a ton of money and get the best cup of coffee I ever tasted, or use the Mr Coffee machine and save even more without needing to buy the expensive k-cups http://thecreativealternative.com/mr-coffee-cafe-latte-machine/

     

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    arcturus, May 1st, 2014 @ 11:28am

    not for long

    This 2.0 DRM scheme is likely being defeated as we speak.

     

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    Hunter, Jul 14th, 2014 @ 4:38pm

    Keurig 2.0 hacked

    Looks like someone figured out how to crack this thing already: http://noroundtwo.tumblr.com/post/91780866043/keurig-2-0-hacked

     

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    hdofu, Sep 26th, 2014 @ 1:06pm

    It is for safety reasons

    I mean you could be using a 3rd party cup that deploys too much caffeine, and it could cause you to work twice as hard and strain a muscle... I mean these keurig guys really have your best interests at heart.

     

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    Roddy, Jan 19th, 2015 @ 3:22pm

    "Interactive"

    They throw around "interactive" like it is special. That just means you can USE it. Every single appliance I own is interactive. In fact i would be more impressive to have appliances that aren't interactive, because that would mean they are completely automated.

     

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