Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 29th Mar 2010 12:59 UTC, submitted by NiceGuyEddie
Games The PlayStation 3 Slim already had an ability penalty of -35 Geekiness because of its lack of the "Install Other OS" option, and now the regular PlayStation 3 will follow in its footsteps. A PS3 firmware update, scheduled to land April 1, will disable this option on regular PS3s as well. This, dear readers, is what we in the business call a "testicle move", especially since only a few weeks ago, Sony bold-facedly claimed the feature would not be removed.
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Pirates and DRMs
by Neolander on Tue 30th Mar 2010 10:15 UTC
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A pirate is either someone who gets some copyrighted chunk of data without paying for it or someone who does something with a device that the brand making it does not want it to do.

The first one do so for various reasons :
-Because that chunk of data is so expensive he wouldn't have pirated it if it wasn't available
-Because he doesn't want to give money to the company who distributes that content
-Because pirating it is more convenient than being a legit customer.

As a company, you can put as much money in DRMs as you want, you won't get more money from the first two customers. For the first issue, you have to keep that money and use it to lower prices instead, and for the second you have to stop doing crappy business decisions that give you a bad reputation.

But I think the most interesting problem is the third issue.

Let's talk about DVDs. When I was younger, to buy one, I had to :
-Spend 2 hours and 7.5 euros in order to get to a place where I may buy a DVD and go back.
-Pay 10 euros for said dvd.
When I got back to home and put the DVD in my player, I got several unskippable piracy warning telling me that the editor does not trust me, followed by some unskippable ads and an annoying menu.

If I downloaded said film, I paid nothing, saved 2 hours, and did not get any of those stupid things.
Honestly, which one was better.

Now, I'm old enough to have other options available. But I wonder : do I want to support a company that doesn't even care about minors and suspect their legit customers of being criminals ?

In truth, no. Hence I don't buy movies. I watch them in theater or get a copy of them from my friends. It is the best way to minimize their benefits.

And when Sony and Universal start to understand that they're losing money, do they investigate and try to understand WHY ? No. They introduce outpriced HDCP encrypted devices, more warning on dvds, and lose more customers.

Maybe somebody will introduce an unstoppable encryption, although I'm skeptical about that. But do you really think that it would be fine ?

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