Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 16th Apr 2010 09:39 UTC
Games I think we need to start a digital rights category or something (the next version of OSNews will have it, for sure), because we have yet another article about this subject. After Sony removed the Other OS feature from the PlayStation 3, a European PlayStation 3 owner successfully secured a partial refund from Amazon under the European Sale of Goods Act. Sony has now retaliated, stating it is not going to reimburse retailers.
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RE[2]: Comment by Kroc
by Kroc on Fri 16th Apr 2010 10:54 UTC in reply to "RE: Comment by Kroc"
Kroc
Member since:
2005-11-10

Absolutely, I’ve got what’s coming to me a few years down the line if Apple decides to retroactively cripple OS X. Apple’s craptacular restrictions only apply to the iPhone / iPad, neither of which I own. Mac OS X itself still stands as the best hybrid open/closed OS with a healthy software ecosystem. I can switch to Linux with realative ease; but an iPhone user is going to have zero data portability.

--edit:-- Oh, and Apple weren’t arseholes before the iPhone came along, like, when I bought my laptop; so don’t apply their tactics now to my choice of purchase before—Sony were arseholes way before the PS3 was launched. Sony were awesome with the PSX, ever since the PS2 it’s been nothing but downhill.

Edited 2010-04-16 10:58 UTC

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RE[3]: Comment by Kroc
by Laurence on Fri 16th Apr 2010 11:41 in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by Kroc"
Laurence Member since:
2007-03-26

Oh, and Apple weren’t arseholes before the iPhone came along


Oh I think they were. They just had less clout so it wasn't really an issue


Sony were awesome with the PSX, ever since the PS2 it’s been nothing but downhill


Even before the PS2, Sony have been like this.
I remember countless occations when fellow DJ mates came to blows with Sony over their faulty DJ headphones.
I remember the CD rootkits Sony was pioneering.

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RE[4]: Comment by Kroc
by Kroc on Fri 16th Apr 2010 12:06 in reply to "RE[3]: Comment by Kroc"
Kroc Member since:
2005-11-10

Okay, well relatively. It was 2005, Tiger had been launched, Intel switch over had been announced. It was a good time to switch to Mac and it was a good OS.

A computer is just a tool. The iPhone / iPad only does X. Apple don’t allow it to do Y. The blogosphere is so totally hung up on “It doesn’t do Y, it doesn’t do Y!!” that they are missing the fact that consumers can only see what it _can_ do—X—and are so blown away by how well it does X that they don’t care that it can’t do Y; they didn’t buy it because they expected it to someday do Y too, that would just be a pleasant bonus. It does X better than even things that do X and Y that they want it. It’s only developers Apple are screwing here, not users.

Sony, on the other hand have sold a product that can do X _and_ Y. Then they have removed Y after the user had bought the product, knowing that it can do Y. That is illegal in the UK and the EU.

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by MarkG on Fri 16th Apr 2010 12:12 in reply to "RE[3]: Comment by Kroc"
RE[4]: Comment by Kroc
by google_ninja on Fri 16th Apr 2010 13:10 in reply to "RE[3]: Comment by Kroc"
google_ninja Member since:
2006-02-05

or how they made the otherwise phenomenal mini disc players next to useless with the drm that locked you into their terrible, terrible software.

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RE[3]: Comment by Kroc
by Neolander on Fri 16th Apr 2010 21:39 in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by Kroc"
Neolander Member since:
2010-03-08

Oh, and Apple weren’t arseholes before the iPhone came along, like, when I bought my laptop; so don’t apply their tactics now to my choice of purchase before—Sony were arseholes way before the PS3 was launched. Sony were awesome with the PSX, ever since the PS2 it’s been nothing but downhill.

Well, ever heard about that iPod thing, with iTunes, and usb cables approaching the price of their weight in gold ?

Edited 2010-04-16 21:39 UTC

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