Hacker Bypasses GE's Ridiculous Refrigerator DRM

Found on Vice on Thursday, 18 June 2020
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Earlier this year, we brought you the sordid tale of the GE refrigerator that won’t dispense filtered water unless consumers pay extra for “official” filters from the company.

For reference, third-party filters cost as little as $13; GE filters cost $55. I’m gonna go ahead and call this a “hack,” because they’re bypassing an artificial software lock to circumvent DRM, which is, at least in spirit, a hack, and a cool one at that.

Why would you even buy a fridge that locks you down to overpriced replacement parts?