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In order to protect their dominant market share, Keurig makers Green Mountain Coffee Roasters has been on a bit of an aggressive tear of late. As with computer printers, getting the device in the home is simply a gateway to where the real money is: refills. But Keurig has faced the “problem” in recent years of third-party pod refills that often retail for 5-25% less than what Keurig charges. As people look to cut costs, there has also been a growing market for reusable pods that generally run anywhere from five to fifteen dollars.
Keurig’s solution to this problem? In a lawsuit (pdf) filed against Keurig by TreeHouse Foods, they claim Keurig has been busy striking exclusionary agreements with suppliers and distributors to lock competing products out of the market. What’s more, TreeHouse points out that Keurig is now developing a new version of their coffee maker that will incorporate the java-bean equivalent of DRM — so that only Keurig’s own coffee pods can be used in it.
Friends don’t let friends use pod coffee makers.
FRIENDS DON’T LET FRIENDS USE POD COFFEE MAKERS.
"It’s often the case that an adventure game might have arbitrary puzzles, puzzles that really serve no purpose. i.e. Finding a key which can be used to open a safe, and inside that safe there’s the code to a combination lock. From a game design perspective, that just makes busy work, because the key could just as easily have the ability to open the combination lock. So why bother having two steps?”
And yet those little signs look like the world’s most arbitrary overarching puzzle. I trust Blow to know what he is doing, ‘designed to give you epiphanies’ sounds good and I am very curious to see what this all is leading up to.