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Blister packaging is just more DRM -- please kill it

We all hate blister packaging. You know the stuff: the thick plastic vacuum-sealed casing that makes it almost impossible to get at your new gadget with anything other than a bread knife

We all hate blister packaging. You know the stuff: the thick plastic vacuum-sealed casing that companies pack their products into that makes it almost impossible to open with anything other than a bread knife. Manufacturers are aware of the issue and know how much we all hate the damn stuff, yet they continue to use it because it makes stealing what's inside much harder.

So what we've got here is something that only punishes the honest among us; something that companies use despite knowing how much it drives honest consumers mad. But if it makes stealing it harder, of course it's fine.

Haven't we experienced this exact scenario before? DRM is famously one of the biggest pains for honest people and only punishes those who cough up their honest money to pay for something others steal.

But DRM is finally on the decline. Companies are finally coming to their senses and realising that DRM not only doesn't stop piracy, it makes piracy all the more attractive to honest consumers. So please, when we've finished destroying DRM, can we please move our hatred to blister packaging? It's the DRM of the physical product and I'm sick to death of the stuff.