Antifeatures & crippleware

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Machiavellian Lens

Can you deliberately disable some functions even though they’re still present, to drive users to upgrade, or to allow price discrimination?

Example: Sony’s cheaper 60-minute MiniDiscs were identical to the 74-minute ones except for a pre-written portion of code preventing full use of the space

Photo from Orin Zebest's Flickr stream, CC-BY-SA licensed


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