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HP Gives Printers Email Addresses

Soulskill posted more than 4 years ago | from the enjoy-the-spam dept.

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Barence writes "HP is set to unveil a line of printers with their own email addresses, allowing people to print from devices such as smartphones and tablets. The addresses will allow users to email their documents or photos directly to their own — or someone else's — printer. It will also let people more easily share physical documents; rather than merely emailing links around, users can email a photo to a friend's printer. 'HP plans to offer a few of these new printers to consumers this month, and then a few more of the products to small businesses in September.'"

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This (5, Insightful)

CSFFlame (761318) | more than 4 years ago | (#32487532)

could never ever be abused in any way.

You (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32487692)

suck lots of cock.

Re:This (4, Informative)

CarpetShark (865376) | more than 4 years ago | (#32487694)

Nope. It's not like printers have been hacked with less [irongeek.com] to work from.

Re:This (4, Interesting)

Romancer (19668) | more than 4 years ago | (#32488330)

This is an obvious opportunity to have an open source alternative. A simple program to recieve email from any address the user wants and let them add a custom subject field "password" that allows them to print remotely.

The idea isn't that great but if there's an HP driver version compared to even the most basic OSS version with the actual options to avoid spam delivery then it's a good thing for us. Not saying that people will print more or that they need to print from a device that they carry with them anyway, but if HP thinks there's a market a quick programmer could show them up very easily.

And the subject field / sender whitelist combo would be a good alternative to the so far unknown "features" that they fail to mention in the real article. http://www.nytimes.com/2010/06/07/technology/07printer.html?ref=technology [nytimes.com]

Re:This (2, Insightful)

Locke2005 (849178) | more than 4 years ago | (#32487714)

The addresses will allow users to email their documents or photos directly to their own -- or someone else's -- printer.

Let the printer spamming begin!

Re:This (1, Flamebait)

tomhudson (43916) | more than 4 years ago | (#32487844)

The addresses will allow users to email their documents or photos directly to their own -- or someone else's -- printer.

Let the printer spamming begin!

You mean it hasn't already?

It's not like anyone could ever have predicted this from, oh, the FAX SPAM problem?

How would you like to accidentally staple a printout of this [google.com] to the last page of your report to the boss?

(nice way to thin out the competition at the office, though)

Re:This (1)

Obfuscant (592200) | more than 4 years ago | (#32488096)

How would you like to accidentally staple a printout of this to the last page of your report to the boss?

Oh, dude, how 1980's. As soon as this printer shows up in the office, you're going to be emailing your report to his printer, and HE'LL be accidentally stapling that last page to the report for you.

Re:This (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32487936)

I foresee lots of Goatse emails to HP printers in the not-too-distant future...

Re:This (4, Insightful)

fuzzyfuzzyfungus (1223518) | more than 4 years ago | (#32487940)

At least all the veterans of the fax machine spam campaigns will feel relevant again...

Re:This (4, Funny)

evilbessie (873633) | more than 4 years ago | (#32487994)

But think of the new paradigm of email/fax spam, a synergy of such epic proportions as to usher in a new Zeitgeist.

Sorry.

Re:This (2, Insightful)

idontgno (624372) | more than 4 years ago | (#32488066)

Multimedia spam convergence.

DO NOT WANT!

Please. (5, Insightful)

JesseL (107722) | more than 4 years ago | (#32487542)

Tell me these will use at least a whitelist to determine which emails get printed. I don't need a stack of full color Viagr@ spam in my printer tray.

Re:Please. (3, Funny)

conares (1045290) | more than 4 years ago | (#32487562)

Hell no! Goatse for everybody!

Re:Please. (1, Insightful)

AnonymousClown (1788472) | more than 4 years ago | (#32487634)

...or at least a queue that can be examined and the option to delete things before anything is printed.

email addresses for printers a dumb idea anyway. I very rarely print (legal documents that require a signature) and when I do, it's on something that costs a lot less than a HP printer - Brother or Kodak.

Re:Please. (4, Insightful)

CannonballHead (842625) | more than 4 years ago | (#32487660)

Because e-mail "from" can't be spoofed ... hm.

Re:Please. (1)

networkconsultant (1224452) | more than 4 years ago | (#32487698)

I am Prince Steward from Nigeria and I have need of your ASSISTANCE PLEASE; it has come to my attention.....

Re:Please. (5, Insightful)

dsavi (1540343) | more than 4 years ago | (#32487820)

Whitelist? Oh no. They're gonna get rich from all the ink this uses!

Re:Please. (1)

Joce640k (829181) | more than 4 years ago | (#32487972)

Especially when they start sending the 200Mb attachments...

Re:Please. (0, Offtopic)

Brett Buck (811747) | more than 4 years ago | (#32487836)

I don't need a stack of full color Viagr@ spam in my printer tray.

Speak for yourself!

Re:Please. (1)

Runaway1956 (1322357) | more than 4 years ago | (#32488194)

Is whitelisting even necessary? I'm no networking guru, but I can permit or deny internet access, in either direction, on any port(s) or protocol(s), for any machine on my network. Give me one of those silly printers. I'll wrap that bad boy up, snug as a bug in a rug. And, Wireshark will quickly find out if I missed anything, like a "phone home" feature.

Spam (1, Redundant)

MrEricSir (398214) | more than 4 years ago | (#32487556)

Now HP will finally make money off all those v1@grA ads I keep getting.

Too late? (4, Insightful)

TrippTDF (513419) | more than 4 years ago | (#32487576)

This could have been amazing ten years ago... but printers as a technology on the whole seem to be dying out to me. I knew fewer people that have them, as there is very little that needs to be printed anymore.

Re:Too late? (5, Interesting)

Steve Newall (24926) | more than 4 years ago | (#32487866)

We thought it was in 1998 when we did it with our InnMail system http://www.thefreelibrary.com/AlphaNet+Hospitality+Systems+and+Loews+Hotels+Expand+Long+Standing...-a020787415 [thefreelibrary.com] We had a fax server service that converted e-mail's to faxes. Anyone subscribing to our system received a dedicated e-mail address and a dedicated fax number. This could be forwarded to any fax machine where ever you were. We finally discontinued the service last year.

Why is this news? (4, Informative)

djsmiley (752149) | more than 4 years ago | (#32487588)

At work we have printers and scanners you can email to, from Ricoh.

Not sure what this is getting on slashdot for exactly?

Re:Why is this news? (5, Informative)

BobMcD (601576) | more than 4 years ago | (#32487858)

Welcome to slashdot. A few pointers:

1) Not everything here is 'news'.

2) Not everything here is 'for nerds'.

3) Not everything here will make sense to any one given person.

4) Commenting 'why' has approximately zero chance of modifying any of the above.

Enjoy your stay!

Re:Why is this news? (4, Funny)

tomhudson (43916) | more than 4 years ago | (#32487910)

At work we have printers and scanners you can email to, from Ricoh.

Email address or it didn't happen!

Re:Why is this news? (1)

Quarters (18322) | more than 4 years ago | (#32487978)

Because Ricoh never put out a press release in hopes that the gadget websites would run it as news and someone would submit that 'news' to Slashdot.

Re:Why is this news? (5, Insightful)

Venerable Vegetable (1003177) | more than 4 years ago | (#32487992)

I was thinking the same. Each printer (including the small desktop models) at my work can be emailed to and from, which works excellent with printing, scanning and faxing (receiving and sending). I've seen the same printers for sale at normal consumer shops...

If I understand correctly though, it will have a preconfigured, easy to set up web-based email adress om a HP server. Basically bringing the normal enterprise functionality to home users.

That would be fairly neat, but also rather useless and easy to abuse.

Re:Why is this news? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32488030)

epson aculaser here, also quite a few years old already.... not that i couldnt set up a machine with cups and other goodies to do exactly the same with any printer...

I really hope this has some form of verification.. (4, Funny)

Mysticalfruit (533341) | more than 4 years ago | (#32487596)

1. Spambots sending your printer garbage...
2. DDOS somebody's printer with a combo of tubgirl / lemonparty / goat.se
3. ???
4. Profit?

Re:I really hope this has some form of verificatio (5, Informative)

BobMcD (601576) | more than 4 years ago | (#32487884)

1. Spambots sending your printer garbage...
2. DDOS somebody's printer with a combo of tubgirl / lemonparty / goat.se
3. Invest in companies that sell ink
4. Profit?

Re:I really hope this has some form of verificatio (1)

vlm (69642) | more than 4 years ago | (#32488020)

two girls one cup ... of printer ink?

Re:I really hope this has some form of verificatio (1)

morphotomy (1655417) | more than 4 years ago | (#32488358)

More like tubgirl.

So they will be easier to hack now? (1)

Joe The Dragon (967727) | more than 4 years ago | (#32487600)

So they will be easier to hack now?

How long before a bug in the email app is found and mass printers get hacked?

Re:So they will be easier to hack now? (1)

CarpetShark (865376) | more than 4 years ago | (#32488082)

How long before a bug in the email app is found and mass printers get hacked?

I think they'll start with the traditional printers before moving on to your new-fangled mass printers.

Faxing (4, Insightful)

SlamMan (221834) | more than 4 years ago | (#32487606)

And so now we're back to fax spam? Thanks HP!

Re:Faxing (5, Funny)

Mysticalfruit (533341) | more than 4 years ago | (#32487712)

Now, you'll get a print out from your printer telling you you're out of ink and at the bottom will be a coupon you can cut out... Note: the coupon will be white lettering on a black background and will probably take an entire 8x11 sheet of paper...

Re:Faxing (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32487870)

And so now we're back to fax spam? Thanks HP!

At least there is a good part.

How many days until we get a post on TheDailyWTF regarding a PHB asking their employee to send them an email with a blank word document, because their printer is out of paper?

Re:Faxing (1)

squallbsr (826163) | more than 4 years ago | (#32487950)

So, HP is going retro, they couldn't think of anything new so they re-invented the fax machine!

Invent! - they need to rethink that tagline...

Re:Faxing (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32487964)

Yes, but this time spam arrives in technicolor, rather than this ugly B/N fax spam. Can we call it progress ?!?

Re:Faxing (1)

$RANDOMLUSER (804576) | more than 4 years ago | (#32488032)

And so now we're back to fax spam? Thanks HP!

Not to worry. It'll be protected by The Most Secure Windows Evar(tm).

Re:Faxing (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32488154)

If you're like me, you're kept awake at night trying to conceive of a way to combine the physical waste of fax spam with the volume of email spam. Well looks like I'm finally getting some sleep tonight! Thanks HP! And thank you Apple! Just think, none of this would have been possible if you'd just shipped the iPad with a single damned USB port!

horrible horrible horrible idea. (1)

Michael Kristopeit (1751814) | more than 4 years ago | (#32487608)

who can't already print from their existing email client?

Re:horrible horrible horrible idea. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32487626)

People who aren't on the same computer/network as their printer?

Re:horrible horrible horrible idea. (4, Informative)

icebraining (1313345) | more than 4 years ago | (#32487948)

CUPS supports three different printing protocols over TCP (which means, over the Internet). IPP (Internet Printing Protocol), for example, is ten years old, and it supports access control, authentication, and encryption.

Re:horrible horrible horrible idea. (1)

Michael Kristopeit (1751814) | more than 4 years ago | (#32488012)

so your solution is to let anyone print to any printer on your network as long as they can guess or sniff the email address?

there are already many more secure solutions that allow printing from the internet.

plugging in inherently insecure email to fill the gap is a lazy solution, seemingly employed to get around explaining router port forwarding to stupid users, which would enable outside access to a print server running on the printer (the correct solution that my canon printer uses)

Re:horrible horrible horrible idea. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32488248)

No, I don't even own a printer. I haven't needed one for 4(ish) years now and I've missed one maybe twice.

HP's solution, on the other hand, is just what you've described...

Re:horrible horrible horrible idea. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32488296)

plugging in inherently insecure email to fill the gap is a lazy solution, seemingly employed to get around explaining router port forwarding to stupid users, which would enable outside access to a print server running on the printer (the correct solution that my canon printer uses)

By your criteria, less than 0.01% of the entire world is intelligent?

Even my linear algebra professor would have found this too hard. Not because he wasn't capable of following instructions, but because this is such an uninteresting and needlessly complex task. Similar to painting a house, without hiring someone to do it for you.

On the other hand, many 'geeks' are so out of touch with reality that they think it's better that no one is capable of printing, than it is for everyone to print insecurely.

Re:horrible horrible horrible idea. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32487782)

Some people need to keep a landline around only because their technologically hampered work still sends or requires faxes. Efax, etc., blah blah... it's absurd having to pay for this.

This won't change anything soon, of course. But hopefully it will kill fax entirely by 2015.

(BTW, you do know most people can't even figure out how to print an e-mail, right? This isn't for you.)

Re:horrible horrible horrible idea. (1)

Michael Kristopeit (1751814) | more than 4 years ago | (#32488122)

this is obviously a solution for inept users... i already pointed that out. HP is obviously happy to cater to these users rather than educating them, and in the end providing them with a higher quality product.

where is HP going to stand after the these users have all their paper and ink burned up with spam?

i don't see this killing fax... fax is for people that have a physical copy and a fax machine and want you to have a physical copy... so now you expect this inept user on the other side of the line to buy a scanner that can send email, or figure out how to connect the scanner and import the scans and email them? fax is not kept alive by users that need to receive faxes... it is kept alive by more inept users that need to transmit physical documents that might never live on a computer.

Re:horrible horrible horrible idea. (5, Informative)

schon (31600) | more than 4 years ago | (#32487806)

who can't already print from their existing email client?

ipad users.

Re:horrible horrible horrible idea. (1)

newcastlejon (1483695) | more than 4 years ago | (#32488046)

I was going to rant about how PDAs have had this problem for years but then I realised how having Bluetooth on Apple mobile devices is lip service at best.

Re:horrible horrible horrible idea. (1)

mcgrew (92797) | more than 4 years ago | (#32488130)

I can mail from my phone, but I can't print. I can, however, forward it the the computer and print from THAT.

Re:horrible horrible horrible idea. (1)

Michael Kristopeit (1751814) | more than 4 years ago | (#32488214)

what kind of phone do you have? there are apps for iphone and android that allow printing.

Re:horrible horrible horrible idea. (1)

Michael Kristopeit (1751814) | more than 4 years ago | (#32488224)

who can't already print from their existing email client?

ipad users.

wrong [eurosmartz.com]

Just what I need... (0, Redundant)

mcgrew (92797) | more than 4 years ago | (#32487612)

A printer that spammers can print to directly.

No, thanks, HP, I don't want one.

Re:Just what I need... (1)

JSBiff (87824) | more than 4 years ago | (#32487780)

Exactly my first thought. Then I thought, HP *must* be doing something to add some security so that only the owner, and friends/relatives specifically authorized by the owner, can send emails to the printer. Maybe I'm giving them too much credit, but nobody wants to waste $500+/mo on inkjet ink (which we all know is one of the most expensive substances in the world) and paper to print spam.

I doubt they'd require users to use public-key cryptography to verify their identity, but at the very least, they could setup some filters so it will only print emails from certain 'from' addresses. *Unfortunately*, half the spam I get appears to have come from my own email address (because, as we all know, anyone can forge the 'from' address, which I've always thought is a seriously *bad* deficiency of the current email standards - you don't even need every end-user to implement public-key cryptography to get stronger identity authentication - all you really need is for the mail servers to use cryptographic authentication between themselves to prove that an email claiming to be from domain example.com is actually *from* the example.com email server; the example.com server can take care of authenticating end-users with password or other means).

not cool (0, Flamebait)

aal (114501) | more than 4 years ago | (#32487622)

now you can kill trees everywhere with a button press on your phone
how wonderful

Re:not cool (2, Insightful)

$RANDOMLUSER (804576) | more than 4 years ago | (#32488100)

now you can kill trees everywhere with a button press on your phone

Now you'll be able to show your grandkids pictures of trees.

available for all devices? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32487646)

So how come this can not be added in a firmware upgrade for practically every printer they have ever made.

fantastic! (4, Insightful)

Thud457 (234763) | more than 4 years ago | (#32487668)

great, another 50MB of bloat on top of the 95MB they currently cram down your throat and insist on updating daily. With their own proprietary update scheduler. For something that requires maybe 20K of actual code, if any.

Re:fantastic! (2, Informative)

hedwards (940851) | more than 4 years ago | (#32487792)

You can blame MS for that. They were after all the ones that popularized the neutered overpriced "designed for Windows" hardware, which was a real piece of hardware with a couple chips removed so that they required Windows only software to work.

Re:fantastic! (4, Interesting)

DragonWriter (970822) | more than 4 years ago | (#32488256)

You can blame MS for that. They were after all the ones that popularized the neutered overpriced "designed for Windows" hardware, which was a real piece of hardware with a couple chips removed so that they required Windows only software to work.

While obviously Microsoft popularized it in the specific "designed for Windows" form in, as I recall, the Win95/NT4-era, I think that the concept of offloading functions from peripherals to software running on the workstation the peripheral was serving as a measure which both saves costs and ties the peripheral to a specific operating system predates its use by Microsoft -- NeXT, for instance, did the same thing with its Canon-manufactured laser printers, as I recall.

Re:fantastic! (2, Insightful)

m1ss1ontomars2k4 (1302833) | more than 4 years ago | (#32487850)

Uh, I'm pretty sure this is a printer-side thing. And if it weren't, then that's even dumber than either of us ever conceived.

Re:fantastic! (2, Informative)

value_added (719364) | more than 4 years ago | (#32488240)

You're talking about Windows, yes?

Dunno about the HP printers used in large firms, but for the networked ones I've used, I can typically just telnet in to change the config, and jobs are magickally printed, without or without CUPS, but certainly without installing a boatload of management software. The one I use at home (an old 4090N) is easier to use and far less trouble than those ubiqitous plastic blue boxes with a Linksys logo that everyone uses. And certainly more reliable.

somewhere in the world... (4, Interesting)

Coraon (1080675) | more than 4 years ago | (#32487682)

A spammers mouth just started salivating uncontrollably.

Somebody at HP deserves congratulations for this (4, Funny)

RollingThunder (88952) | more than 4 years ago | (#32487684)

...and by "congratulations", I mean a nice, hard punch in the crotch.

What in the hell were they thinking? EMAIL IS NOT A FILE TRANSFER PROTOCOL, DAMMIT.

Re:Somebody at HP deserves congratulations for thi (2, Funny)

BobMcD (601576) | more than 4 years ago | (#32487918)

And TCP/IP wasn't designed with Carrier Pigeons in mind, but it can and does work that way...

Re:Somebody at HP deserves congratulations for thi (2, Insightful)

tepples (727027) | more than 4 years ago | (#32488114)

What in the hell were they thinking? EMAIL IS NOT A FILE TRANSFER PROTOCOL, DAMMIT.

Then what store-and-forward file transfer protocol should ISPs make available to their users to replace e-mail attachments?

Re:Somebody at HP deserves congratulations for thi (1)

camperdave (969942) | more than 4 years ago | (#32488218)

There's barely any need for store and forward anymore. These days people are interconnected with always on links, for the most part.

Re:Somebody at HP deserves congratulations for thi (1)

DragonWriter (970822) | more than 4 years ago | (#32488362)

What in the hell were they thinking? EMAIL IS NOT A FILE TRANSFER PROTOCOL, DAMMIT.

SMTP is a store-and-forward protocol which handles arbitrary file content reasonably well, is mature, and is ubiquitous. There may be technically superior store-and-forward protocols for arbitrary content in internet-scale systems (AMQP is shaping up to be one, for instance, though even the current work on v1.0 focuses on internal institutional systems and doesn't, IIRC, get into the weeds of addressing and interoperation necessary for internet-scale deployment, leaving that for a future revision), but none with the maturity and ubiquity of e-mail.

Back to the Future 2 (5, Funny)

Jeng (926980) | more than 4 years ago | (#32487696)

Now when you are fired your boss can let your kids and wife know by printing out You're Fired from all the printers in the house.

Spam (1)

gilesjuk (604902) | more than 4 years ago | (#32487706)

Now we really can complain how spammers cost us money!

Open Standard (2, Interesting)

hey (83763) | more than 4 years ago | (#32487708)

Yes, there are many possible problems with spam, etc. But at least they are using an open standard: email. Perhaps IPP might be better. This means any email user (including any smart phone user) can print which is kinda cool.

Re:Open Standard (1)

TooMuchToDo (882796) | more than 4 years ago | (#32488268)

Then build an email to IPP gateway, so you can still use the authentication and access control built-in. Why reinvent the wheel?

Finally I can toss out my fax machine! (2, Funny)

jep77 (1357465) | more than 4 years ago | (#32487724)

For years I've been looking for a viable replacement for my aging fax machine. Fax... that's short for facsimile for you youngsters.

I know the rest of you have all been looking for an better way than plain e-mail to exchange physical copies of documents. There's just nothing like holding the document in your hand. Am I right?

So I'll let *you* decide what I need to have printed. Send me your stuff: tonerlow@anothersillymarketingideanobodyneeds.com

Great (1)

JustNiz (692889) | more than 4 years ago | (#32487766)

Now we keep buying very overpriced ink cartridges just so some spammer can send Viagra ads directly to our printers, or worse, a facebook friend emails their entire set of holiday photos.

No thanks HP. Terrible idea.

Not new, and furthermore, why? (4, Insightful)

LoudMusic (199347) | more than 4 years ago | (#32487770)

For starters this isn't exactly new. It might be new to consumer grade crapware printers, but I believe I setup a Canon office copier that had the ability to receive emails and print them approximately 8 years ago.

Furthermore, why are we printing photos at home? If they're worth printing they're worth printing really well, which isn't cheap and should be done at a print shop, framed, and hung on the wall. Otherwise, gaze upon it on the screen, add it to your screen saver's image loop, and move on.

Re:Not new, and furthermore, why? (1)

jeffmeden (135043) | more than 4 years ago | (#32488070)

Furthermore, why are we printing photos at home? If they're worth printing they're worth printing really well, which isn't cheap and should be done at a print shop, framed, and hung on the wall. Otherwise, gaze upon it on the screen, add it to your screen saver's image loop, and move on.

Because low quality prints are fine for old people who can't tell the difference. This is the sort of thing that will probably keep some guy's inlaws from pestering him on a weekly basis if they can just get their hands on recent pics of the grandkids without having to work that dang mouse.

Re:Not new, and furthermore, why? (1)

Amouth (879122) | more than 4 years ago | (#32488164)

I find this odd to as we have an HP 4600 - and it supports e-mail mailbox support..

Re:Not new, and furthermore, why? (1)

jgrahn (181062) | more than 4 years ago | (#32488232)

For starters this isn't exactly new. It might be new to consumer grade crapware printers, but I believe I setup a Canon office copier that had the ability to receive emails and print them approximately 8 years ago.

I bet people did this in the 1980s. A simple mail-to-printer gateway takes thirty seconds or so to set up in Unix. (But why do it? The line printer spooler protocol was in use already in the early 1980s).

Paper manufacturers worldwide say.. (1)

Sanhedran (1803634) | more than 4 years ago | (#32487802)

..thank you, HP, and don't forget to leave us a backdoor so we can empty people's trays when things get bad for us.

Re:Paper manufacturers worldwide say.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32487892)

Why do you need a back door when the front door is wide open?

And (1)

bytesex (112972) | more than 4 years ago | (#32487818)

And scanners must be webservers. I mean, it fits the paradigm completely - small, parametrizable requests, big gobs of response, and done. Why haven't they been built ?

Can you say... (1)

roc97007 (608802) | more than 4 years ago | (#32487932)

SECURITY HOLE? This is going to be the greatest corporate espionage tool since the camera phone!

What could possibly go wrong? (1)

Attila Dimedici (1036002) | more than 4 years ago | (#32487952)

I came here to post this question: What could possibly go wrong?
And discovered that just about everybody else had exactly the same reaction. There were two or three responses that at first glance seemed to think this was a good idea, then I read them closer and realized they were being sarcastic.

wow, this is brilliant (1)

TravTrav (1236742) | more than 4 years ago | (#32487954)

although I think they're not seeing the paper for the print.... if they really want to capitalize on cartridge replacement, they should make printers that print both the text, and the page; kind of like 3d printers. They could market it as 'earth-friendly' while driving the cost (and profit margin) of each page up exponentially. Of course, if I had a printer like this, I'd be printing 20's and 100's...

Great... (1)

roc97007 (608802) | more than 4 years ago | (#32487960)

Another reason to buy HP's overpriced printer ink [slashdot.org] .

PC Load Letter? What does that mean? (1)

Minwee (522556) | more than 4 years ago | (#32487982)

You have to watch those guys. One day they're innocently printing email so that managers will be able to read it, the next they're urgently requesting your assistance in confidential financial matters.

What's next? Printers downloading copyrighted material through p2p networks [washington.edu] ? Those things are a menace!

HP: Innovating spam (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32488000)

Thanks HP for bringing in the second renaissance of fax machine style spam.

Hrm. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32488002)

I think I'll start anonymously emailing CP to a few of these new printers and then notify the FBI. Lulz are to be had.

HP: Hard at work for a better tomorrow (5, Funny)

ArbitraryDescriptor (1257752) | more than 4 years ago | (#32488010)

By ensuring your ink cartridges are changed regularly, we can help make sure your ink will always be fresh. At HP we're making it easier for empty out those old, crusty ink cartridges by printing all your attachments for you. At the same time we're keeping your ink fresh, we're also helping you uphold your document retention policy by automatically generating hard copies of all your email!

Amazed? Well that's just what we do.

Love,
Hewlett-Packard

Well lets see (1)

NotSoHeavyD3 (1400425) | more than 4 years ago | (#32488024)

I've had a HP printer that instead of giving me a useful error when things didn't work just failed with a "Nope, that didn't work" error.(Oops, I turned off the guest account when printing over the network.) My brother had an HP printer with scanning functionality but the scanning software had a bug where it would always crash on a scan of the last page. (This was apparently a common issue and last I heard it still hasn't been fixed.) So now they're going to have a printer that uses software so you can e-mail it? So they can't get the basic shit to work, why would anybody trust them with anything even slightly advanced?

Hell. No. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32488126)

Nuff said.

Awesome! (1)

Last_Available_Usern (756093) | more than 4 years ago | (#32488144)

This is great until someone registers your printer's email address with NAMBLA.

SMTPS or a new avenue for identity theft? (1)

Dark Fire (14267) | more than 4 years ago | (#32488168)

SMTPS or a new avenue for identity theft? Tonight at 11.

What? (1)

edrobinson (976396) | more than 4 years ago | (#32488190)

Typical HP garbage.

Black email (2, Insightful)

bluefoxlucid (723572) | more than 4 years ago | (#32488236)

So back to black faxing....

Just a New Way to Sell More Ink Cartridges (1)

Phrogman (80473) | more than 4 years ago | (#32488288)

From the company with the most expensive and most annoying cartridges on the market. Its a shyster move to try to sell more HP ink products to the stupider members of the business community, not a well needed and clever feature.

Aside from the obvious... (2, Interesting)

billsayswow (1681722) | more than 4 years ago | (#32488292)

Aside from the obvious problem of people sending lame pictures to your printer all the time, or spamlists getting a hold of your email address, the thing that bothers me the most is:

"rather than merely emailing links around, users can email a photo to a friend's printer."

Am I the only one who sees this as an almost-desperate bid to get people to print more out in an increasingly printless world? Think about all the people you know, and all the random images that you link back and forth. And now imagine if you spent the ink of a full-colour 5x7" on every LOLcats that came to you. And now imagine how much ink you'll be burning through.
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