An anonymous hero created a website called GE Filtergate. The website describes how his GE refrigerator issued an ominous warning that he had seven days to install a new GE water filter before the refrigerator "disabled its own ice and water system.
He examined the refrigerator and learned that the filter had an RFID chip:
What gives? Well some asshole at GE thought it would be a good idea to include a fucking RFID DRM module in select refrigerators.
From the patents [US10040009B1, US9366388B2 ]it looks like I can thank inventors Mr. Krause and Mr. Chernov for their freedom sucking, major appliance disabling, communist, 1984-esque idea. From what I am reading -- with every press of the dispense switch the control board asks the DRM board, "Please sir, may I dispense some water for my loving owners."
Now the hero part comes in. He removed the RFID module from a filter bypass unit and taped it to the RFID reader. This prevents the refrigerator from shutting down its own water and ice system.
Ten years ago, Apple released the Ipad. I was in a hotel room in Seattle, jetlagged and awake at 4AM while my wife and daughter slept.
@ShaneMorris: "My fridge has an RFID chip in the water filter, which means the generic water filter I ordered for $19 doesn't work. My fridge will literally not dispense ice, or water. I have to pay @generalelectric $55 for a water filter from them."
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