Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 17th Mar 2011 13:19 UTC
Legal And so Sony's crusade against Playstation 3 hacker George "Geohot" Hotz continues. After Sony getting all of Geohot's computers and access to server logs and personal details from many of his websites and social media accounts, Sony has now been given access to Geohot's PayPal account, and all information within it - including of the people he has had financial dealings with.
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RE[5]: In Sony's corner
by r_a_trip on Fri 18th Mar 2011 14:37 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: In Sony's corner"
r_a_trip
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[q]What "bread and butter" did Hotz steal from you and your family? How in the hell is re-enabling OtherOS and homebrew possibly going to affect your paycheck?

This is something I often see people claiming, and I seriously can't fathom WHY it is such a popular "argument." Don't people understand the difference, do they somehow really think that running Linux on your PS3 equates piracy, or what?[q]

It is a rather conformist and unthinking argument. I can piece the reasoning together pretty well, if I severely suppress my inclination to being an individual.

Sony made the PS3 to be used as a gaming device. Therefore its use is predefined and limited to playing games. Games are made by game developers, who earn their living with that. So if you use a PS3 with legal software (e.g. Linux) that isn't in the for pay gaming category, you are robbing game developers of making a living. Also, since Sony sells the PS3 at a loss and recoups the money through various licensing revenue, you are stealing potential revenue from Sony if you use your bought PS3 as something else than a gaming device.

It is a pure lemming way of thinking. In darker times these people always go to the slaughterhouse first.

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