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BruCON: Can we trust cryptography?

BruCON: Can we trust cryptography?

Posted Oct 1, 2009 10:46 UTC (Thu) by pointwood (guest, #2814)
Parent article: BruCON: Can we trust cryptography?

"If you use a non-HP cartridge, an HP printer prints with less quality, to make the user think the HP cartridges are better. The same happens with batteries in mobile phones: some phones raise their antenna power to the maximum if you use a battery from another company, just to drain the battery and make you think the phone's own batteries are better."

You'd think that would be illegal...


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BruCON: Can we trust cryptography?

Posted Oct 1, 2009 15:53 UTC (Thu) by abatters (✭ supporter ✭, #6932) [Link]

But instead, with laws like the DMCA, the activity that is illegal is trying to restore a level playing field by bypassing the "protection" that cripples the device.

BruCON: Can we trust cryptography?

Posted Oct 1, 2009 17:00 UTC (Thu) by martinfick (subscriber, #4455) [Link]

But nothing outlaws you from not buying such products in the first place... (yet)

BruCON: Can we trust cryptography?

Posted Oct 1, 2009 19:06 UTC (Thu) by flewellyn (subscriber, #5047) [Link]

It should run afoul of anti-trust laws, but good luck getting the US government to bring a lawsuit.

Maybe the EU?

BruCON: Can we trust cryptography?

Posted Oct 1, 2009 19:26 UTC (Thu) by salimma (subscriber, #34460) [Link]

I don't think HP has a monopoly on inkjet printers, so unfortunately I am not sure if US anti-trust laws can be brought to bear. IANAL, though.

BruCON: Can we trust cryptography?

Posted Oct 14, 2009 13:07 UTC (Wed) by mcortese (guest, #52099) [Link]

You'd think that would be illegal...
Isn't it very similar to what happens with the regional code of DVDs?


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