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[7]: Oh well...
by Neolander on Fri 18th Mar 2011 12:53 UTC 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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