Murphy's Law: The Unnecessary Freak-Out Over HP's Home Printer Advertising Plan

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Jims45wow

Easy, kids. That's a signed-up for service, as explained.

But, I'm still POd that MY system resources get tied up by 3rd party advertisers.

Jim

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aviaggio

"I confess, the 'scheduled daily print' concept is ninety percent of the way toward the stupidest idea I've ever heard"

Pretty much sums it up for me. I stopped buying inkjet printers 10 years ago. Sorry HP/Canon/Lexmark, you will never get me to buy 3-5ml of ink for $50. You know something is wrong when the ink costs more than the printer did.

Keep your inkjets. Keep your ads. And please let us know who signs up for these scheduled daily print jobs, cause I have a few bridges I need to unload.

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BLACKCELL

all his damn yapping could had gave me my 10 mins of my life back If he would had gotten to the point that much sooner. such a bag-o-tools!

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scott tech

 

 If printer companies did start doing things like scheduled print of advertisments that could be a handy little kernel to play with. I know you can do scheduled print jobs etc. but something manufacturer based such as this could be a fun toy. I can read the paper online so that would not be a viable lure to make me want such a thing on my printer but the potential seems like a fun project.

 

 

Never stop striving

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TechJunkie

Fun/toy/tool for what? Running out of ink prematurely because it makes you print out ads is fun? I for one Don't feel like buying ink and replacing them because "they" made me print out ads. Nothing like printing out something for your son's class project with an ad slapped on it advertising "HP printers"....No thanks! 

I have to PooP!

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Keith E. Whisman

If your in need of a daily digital newspaper then your in the market for a tablet or E-Book Reader. Ink is just too crazy expensive these days and the local news papers just plain suck. Because the news papers aren't making very much money the standard of the reporting has really come way down. So really the only real option these days are daily news websites with downloadable content for e readers and tablets. 

I imagine after the print newspapers finally die and quit printing the magazines will come next but I think they'll last a lot longer.

Newspapers don't make much money on sales, they make their money on advertisements. Pretty much the cover price pays for the printing and the paper.

When I was a kid a newspaper was I believe .25cents. That is alot of paper with alot of printing work. There is no way I can print that much paper to produce one section of a newspaper for less than a dollar. Even with a laser printer. 

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Mark Hanchey

If I didn't tell my printer to print it they have no business changing content or adding things.Unless HP is paying for the cost of the ink and paper to print things I did not select to be printed they better keep their ads to themselves.

 

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Mark17

All of this mass hysteria is hilarious. But really, who would be the target audience for a printer with the functionality to print daily news? If that was what you were looking for in a printer then wouldn't it just be cheaper to subscribe to a daily newspaper? 

Anyway, I think that HP should give the option to receive random advertisements, if in return they pay for the ink and paper.

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TechJunkie

LOL! I'm not in mass hysteria mode -- yet. I just simply will not purchase that particular HP product. Then if they do this with other products, I will cease to buy any HP product. Plain and simple. But when all manufacturers start heading this way, that's when mass hysteria will set in and I will go back to the days of the pen and paper.

 I have to PooP!

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Nycromes

I couldn't disagree more about this not being a big deal. It sets a precident for one thing. Today, it is only scheduled prints, tomorrow it will put a small ad on every print or prints from a certain location. The entire idea is enraging even for this scheduled print idea. I mean what makes them think they deserve to make money if I schedule a print job using their tool. HP has been on a downhill slide IMO for years. They have been experimenting with this universal print driver that causes nothing but issues, and their equipment quality has been slipping. What ever happened to just getting a driver for a printer and being able to use it without getting popups in the corner of your OS telling you that a job printed successfully or that you have 52% ink left. I for one don't appreciate this type of treatment from the companies I choose to buy from and neither should you. Murph, the issue isn't the ad, its the audacity of the idea that HP thinks they should be able to do this.

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TechJunkie

See, I was under the impression that when ever you print something, it would spit out a random add along side your document. That would just enrage the hell out of me. But still, companies are taking over control of what you purchase in a big way. It's starting to be that whatever you buy outright, it's not yours, it's thiers and they dictate to you how and when you can use it. You just have possesion of it. I know, if I don't like it, then buy something else. The point is though, is that they are all--ALL--headed that way. Soon, your not going to be able to "buy" anything. All merchandise will be sold at a price for you to take possesion but in the disclaimer it will say -- purchasing this product is really only a lease and that you MUST do what we intended it to do or you will be in violation of the Steve Jobs' penal code of conduct and this device will cease to work. Any and all modifications, either software or hardware without OUR consent, even after purchase, is punishable by up to 50 years in prison --

I have to PooP!

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