Stopped buying HP quite a while ago, but it's getting harder and harder to find manufacturers that don't pull this sort of crap.
Originally Posted by umeng2002
Funny you should say that since the DMCA is what would prevent the free-market from making another firmware option that doesn't do this.
"Free market" and "capitalism" take a lot of flak for problems that are often caused by decades of anti-competitive, mixed-economy, regulation.
...rightful liberty is unobstructed action according to our will within limits drawn around us by the equal rights of others. I do not add 'within the limits of the law,' because law is often but the tyrant's will, and always so when it violates the right of an individual. -- Thomas Jefferson