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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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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tylerdurden Member since:

... thanks for proving my point.

Capitalism is an economic system, democracy is a political one. They are not equivalent and most definitively not interchangeable concepts

Edited 2010-03-29 15:52 UTC

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boldingd Member since:

Having not RTFA, and not knowing if this topic is addressed... I'm fairly confident that I do own my PS3; there's a reason that modding it would get me banned from PSN and void my warranty, but not get me sued. It wouldn't be illegal for me to run my own firmware/OS on the thing, if I found a way to do so.

Honestly, I've never really got the impression that Sony was particularly committed to the OtherOS functionality; given that it already wasn't available on the new PS3 slims, nobody should be surprised by this move. And this is far from the first time that Sony's flat-out lied in a press release. Not that I'm excusing them, mind, it's just that it's not surprising at all.

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