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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Thom_Holwerda
Member since:
2005-06-29

I would risk a guess that for 99% of the PS3 users, they use it to play game, PSN, watch movie, and do other multimedia stuff that the PS3 can do.


That's not the point. It was advertised as a feature, and as such, removing it like this is a major dick move that should NOT be allowed. I hope Sony gets sued into oblivion over this.

Removing functionality like this is insane. It's sad that we in the west have forgotten what freedom and ownership of goods is all about. The people who founded the democracies we live in would shake their heads if they knew what's going on in today's world.

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tylerdurden Member since:
2009-03-17

The people who founded your democracy would shake their heads at the fact that you seem to be confusing commercial transactions with political freedom.

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Thom_Holwerda Member since:
2005-06-29

The people who founded your democracy would shake their heads at the fact that you seem to be confusing commercial transactions with political freedom.


They would understand the concept of ownership. The concept of ownership is the very foundation of our modern capitalist societies. Companies today are taking this away by the bucketload - you PAY for a GOOD that you then do NOT actually own, even though they claim that you DO own it.

That undermines the very foundation of our society. If you can no longer trust that when you buy something it actually becomes your property, the flood gates will open for all sorts of dubious activities.

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Odwalla Member since:
2006-02-01



Edited 2010-03-30 00:31 UTC

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WereCatf Member since:
2006-02-15

Your examples are VERY poor: it is a completely different thing to modify something that has already been bought than it is to modify something that has not yet been bought. And here Sony is modifying consoles that have already been paid for and have been in use already.

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