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Comment Re:USPS (Score 1) 119

This is a good thing because I know when the mailman will come,

The "free two day shipping" I get from Prime is "two day by 8PM". Do you know your mailman delivers as late as 8PM? I know they don't here, and neither does UPS or FedEx. (I know when the UPS and FedEx trucks show up here, by the way.)

Comment Re:Protect their IP? (Score 1) 56

What IP is being protected exactly, by preventing consumers from using cheaper, third party ink?

None. But they're also making it harder to reverse engineer the IP they have in the cart by people who want to profit from HPs engineering without doing any of it.

Ink is not just water and black stuff. It has chemical and physical properties that the delivery system relies on. Use the wrong stuff and it doesn't work so well. It clogs, it drips, it smears on the paper. All things that people will blame the printer for when the ink is at fault.

I use fountain pens. They have no-tech cartridges that have a nice hole in the top which can be used to refill them with a simple syringe. I've given up a long time ago on trying to refill the carts for them, because more often than not the pen stops working and I have to clean it out. If a simple thing like a fountain pen needs certain properties in the ink it uses, then imagine a complicated bit of kit like an inkjet head. (And no, I'm not trying to use cheap junk ink, I'm trying to use high quality drafting ink.)

The ink has to have the right viscosity so it will flow to the head from the tank. It has to have the right reaction to the thermal system that causes just the right amount of bubble to force a droplet out. It isn't supposed to dry out and clog the outlet, but it has to dry fast enough so it doesn't spread out on the paper.

I know people who work in the ink department at HP. It isn't rocket science, but it also isn't just taking a bucket of carbon black and mixing it with water. The claim that there is IP involved is hardly ridiculous.

Comment Re:Great response. NOT. (Score 1) 56

and in 4 months we'll issue a new auto-installed firmware which makes them unusable again.

You are ignoring the context. We've just had an "update" prevent the use of third party inks, and people are going to install an optional update that puts things back to the way they were.

In other words, these are users who are unhappy that their printers stopped doing what they wanted them to after an HP update, and who have manually installed an optional update to fix that. They have been burned once by updates and have taken specific action to undo one of them. If they then continue to automatically accept updates that HP wants to install, then they deserve to have their printers change back to whatever HP wants them to be. Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on you.

The only reason this fix would be temporary is if the USER CHOOSES IT TO BE SO, after an education on why they should not.

Comment Re:Great response. NOT. (Score 0) 56

An optional temporary solution for certain OfficeJet printers?

An optional update that will fix the problem permanently for the printers in which it became an issue. I don't know why the word "temporary" applies. Software updates are not "temporary" fixes.

Yeah, if you're stupid enough to apply MORE updates after this one, then this fix will be temporary. If you say "please change my printer software" then you deserve to have your printer software change.

Comment Re:Top-loading washing machines? (Score 0) 126

(try adding clothes to a front-loader after the cycle has started)

There is currently an ad campaign in the US touting one brand's "feature" where you can add things to the wash after it starts. This is something "special" that differentiates them from all the other washing machines, worthy of a special ad campaign.

Every time I see it, I say "just open the top and drop it in. What's the problem? Is there nothing more exciting in your life than adding stuff to an ongoing wash cycle"?

Comment Re:Clearly Samsung's QA department..... (Score 0) 126

In a front loading machine, all the clothes have a tendency to lump together at the bottom.

Of course. When the drum is not moving, there is something called "gravity" that pulls things "down" towards the bottom of the drum.

Once the machine speeds up they stay put resulting in a very unbalanced load.

Fortunately, things that have mass also have something called "inertia". This property of inertia means that the drum cannot go from 0 rpm to maximum rpm instantaneously. While it is accelerating there will be a varying amount of force holding the clothes to the side of the drum. Some things will stick (those closest to the drum). Some will fall back to the bottom. As this acceleration continues, this process will cause the load to distribute around the drum, reducing the chances for unbalance.

Comment Re:Clearly Samsung's QA department..... (Score 0) 126

Any halfway-decent washing machine will detect such an extreme imbalance and shut down.

Only after it happens. I don't know of any that have actual load sensors that will refuse to spin if the load is imbalanced. And mine is quite happy spinning with an unbalance.

Any washing machine that is so shoddily built that it can actually "explode"

It didn't explode. It broke apart from overload.

due to an unbalanced load shouldn't be legal for sale in the US.

Manufacturers cannot predict every use for their product. Such a prohibition on sale of anything that can be mechanically overloaded to the point of failure would mean you are stuck using a rock at the side of the river to wash your clothes -- as long as you promise not to hit the rock against another rock too hard.

Comment Re:Clearly Samsung's QA department..... (Score 3, Informative) 126

The front loading ones seem to be more robust....

Front-loaders spin around a horizontal axis, which means that when they start to spin the load is subject to gravity to assist in distribution around that axis. As it rotates, some things fall to the bottom, some stick to the side. As the speed increases, more things stick.

There is no similar distributive force in a top-loader. The lump at the bottom is pushed to the outside as soon as the tub spins and it sticks where it is.

Comment Re:Clearly Samsung's QA department..... (Score 1) 126

If it isn't a bug, as you claim, then it must be a mechanical limitation.

Name one device that doesn't have at least one mechanical limitation.

If it's a mechanical limitation, then every washing machine on the planet would have this problem.

Mine does. And there are many many stories of washing machines walking across the floor due to such an imbalanced spin.

Since that obviously is not the case,

When an argument requires the word "obviously", it has failed. It is not obvious that washing machines have no mechanical limitations. In fact, it seems to be exactly the opposite, at least to anyone who has actually used a washing machine.

Were I to use a common /. meme, I'd say "go upstairs and ask your Mom who does your laundry", but that would be looking for "funny" mods.

Comment Re:Clearly Samsung's QA department..... (Score 3, Informative) 126

This isn't a "bug". It's a case of an overloaded drum being spun at high speed creating forces that the drum cannot handle after some use.

Anyone who has used a top loader knows that it needs to be at least somewhat balanced when it goes into spin mode. The problem is certain kinds of "washables" that aren't distributing themselves around the drum and instead stay lumped up and heavy.

Try suing a centrifuge manufacturer when it self-destructs after you've put something in only one of the slots. That's that this is.

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