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Submission + - Western Digital Assumes Customers Are Criminals (theregister.co.uk)

KC7GR writes: "So how would you like to get a nice, network-attached 1TB of storage, billed as "the way" to share your photos, videos and music over your home network — and then discover that you can't use it that way because the manufacturer apparently thinks you can't be trusted? Western Digital, after releasing their new MyBook World Edition storage device and advertising it as "Anywhere, Anytime Access, Share Photos and Files," has thoughtfully pre-crippled the thing so that it will not store or share a long list of file types including AAC, MP3, AVI, and others.

I've seen companies shoot themselves in the foot before, but it seems to me that Western Digital has truly outdone themselves by designing a product to share files, and then disabling its ability to do so. This one truly deserves to (a); go down in flames, or (b); get cracked six ways from Sunday so that it doesn't care what gets stored or shared."

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