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[6]: Oh well...
by Moredhas on Fri 18th Mar 2011 10:46 UTC in reply to "RE[5]: Oh well..."
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I've said it before: some companies have this amazing knack to ruin a perfectly good idea. Sony has this far more than any other company. Movies on memory sticks could have really taken off, but noooo, Sony had to cripple those. UMDs were nice, too. And Minidiscs. Minidiscs and UMDs were what everyone thought floppies would evolve into. Sony killed Betamax, and I am frankly AMAZED they haven't killed Bluray. I think the only reason Bluray has survived is because as poorly managed as it is, HD DVD was even worse off in that regard. A rare example of a company directly competing with Sony and somehow fucking up even worse.

Sony repeatedly miss and squander opportunities, and overwork things people don't care about (if we're LUCKY they're working on something we don't care about, anyway). Imagine if they'd brought the app store downloadable game concept to the PSP earlier. Before the slim came out, for example. Imagine if they'd set up (or if they did, I never heard of it, so perhaps advertised) a PSP music store. Sony, one of the biggest record labels in the world, selling direct to your pocket. I'll be extremely disappointed (not that I'd buy from there anyway) if the NGP and the new lineup of XPerias like the Arc and Play don't have something like this.

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RE[7]: Oh well...
by Neolander on Fri 18th Mar 2011 12:53 in reply to "RE[6]: Oh well..."
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Even today, the original MD could compete with modern storage media in some areas. It is, to the best of my knowledge, the most reliable cheap high-density storage medium ever attached to a computer, and as such it would be perfectly suitable for archival purposes. The underlying technology is pure physics genius, and I just can't figure out why no one has taken it one step further, save for Sony themselves with Hi-MD. Maybe it was patented ? Guess we'll never know...

How Sony managed to screw this up by inventing DRM and using a pre-alpha release of that technology on MDs remains beyond me.

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RE[8]: Oh well...
by Thom_Holwerda on Fri 18th Mar 2011 12:56 in reply to "RE[7]: Oh well..."
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MD was too restrictive, and the licensing costs were prohibitive. I also believe - but I'm not sure - that only Sony was allowed to develop the format further.

I still love MD and I think it's the best medium for music I've ever used. Only about 6 months ago did I finally throw away all my MD equipment.

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RE[8]: Oh well...
by WereCatf on Fri 18th Mar 2011 13:07 in reply to "RE[7]: Oh well..."
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Maybe it was patented ?

It is. Heavily patented. And in addition Sony never licensed the technology to anyone else, never even planned to do so so as to try and lock customers in to their own product line. Unfortunate. Greed and desire for control kills perfectly good technology :/

How Sony managed to screw this up by inventing DRM

MD was indeed heavily DRM'd: the data on the discs was encrypted, the system supported digital output but only to other Sony devices and even then only to limited ones, and Sony even released a device later on that was supposed to help one make copies of their MD content to other devices or to the PC. The problem: they deliberately only allowed copying through an analog jack while also degrading audio quality.

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