[Michaels] Cricut Maker - $399.99
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Apr 10th, 2021 8:10 pm
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Apr 10th, 2021 11:41 pm
They can't brick your machine. Don't comment if you don't have a clue.slimysnot wrote: ↑ These are on sale now since they recently tried to introduce a paid subscription service to use your cricut printer and caused a major backlash.
They said they would drop the subscription model moving forward but who knows. They can still brick your machine anytime unless you pay up.
Original article on the paid subscription backlash
Article that says they'll retract the proposal, but they've been already exposed on their cash grab desires...
Apr 11th, 2021 12:48 am
Absolutely they can. They did that with the Cricut Mini when they decided to stop supporting the machine. It appears your the one without a clue.
Apr 11th, 2021 1:12 am
Apr 11th, 2021 7:57 am
Until last month, I would have believed the same thing as you. That was until (unrelated), my home automation system was bricked by firmware pushed by the manufacturer. I 100% believe it was done purposefully, because I wouldn't upgrade my 10yr old system to their new platform. Never had a glitch with the old system, and I was able to show them that their firmware push killed it.
Apr 11th, 2021 9:23 am
The silhouette cameo line has been extremely reliable for me. Ran that sucker almost every day for a year before I upgraded. I'm not sure if you can use third party software though. So there's a chance that Silhouette doesn't learn a thing and goes the Cricut route.
Apr 11th, 2021 9:53 am
Apr 11th, 2021 10:40 am
Apr 11th, 2021 11:02 am
And again, that isn't bricking your machine. There's a difference between bricking and being forced to use a subscription model.rf134a wrote: ↑ Absolutely they can. They did that with the Cricut Mini when they decided to stop supporting the machine. It appears your the one without a clue.
Design Space also always checks the current firmware version of the machine before sending the gcode. I had to accept the new firmware for my Maker before the cut was sent, so it's entirely possible for Cricut to sneak in hostile firmware.
The CEO has walked back the threat of bricking every second hand Cricut machine but they've decided that all current owners and new accounts will still get unlimited uploads when they make an account up to December 31, 2021. So, any buyers of the machine, whether new or old, will need to pay rent to use the machine. I figure next year, the serious hacks and tricks to get around using Design Space will start. Every design MUST be uploaded to Cricut's servers when then re-arranges all you shapes into mats, coverts that to gcode, then sends to the machine. They also limit the print and cut space to 9.25" x 6.75" so that every non-branded material will have at least 20% wastage. It's owner hostile so that the CEO can cash out his shares when Cricut pushes out their IPO.
Use TeensyCNC to bring your Cricut Mini back to life: https://github.com/seishuku/TeensyCNC
Apr 11th, 2021 11:22 am
Apr 11th, 2021 12:04 pm
Please illustrate the material difference between bricking a machine and preventing regular usage of a product that has already been paid for via the surprise introduction of an extortionate subscription model.
Apr 11th, 2021 12:35 pm
Apr 11th, 2021 12:40 pm
You don't need a subscription for it right now but you do need to use their online software. Will they change their model at a later date? Will they brick it? Perhaps? But right now as it stands the machine can be used without a subscription. Like with all technology these days the threat of bricking is real regardless.
Apr 11th, 2021 12:48 pm
Unlikely, because the Silhouette software is an offline program. You can even revert back and install a prior version if you don't like the new updates. There is a business edition software that unlocks more features (re. different third party software, it also allows you to print and cut directly/built-in from adobe illustrator) but it's a one time fee, not a subscription. Theoretically if they wanted to introduce a subscription you just need to block internet access and you would still be able to use your silhouette. All your designs are saved as files that can be shared via email, USB key, etc.
Apr 11th, 2021 12:48 pm
A bricked device won't start up and usually can't be restored to a bootable state.
Apr 11th, 2021 3:00 pm
I forgot that RFD is a computer science technical journal where these distinctions matter... but it is also a deals site where a good price undermined by customer-hostile business practices effectively bricks... the deal.
Apr 11th, 2021 3:08 pm
I looked high and /low/ for SCAL2. Glad you were able to find it, I sadly was not.
Apr 11th, 2021 5:27 pm