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Sony sued over PS3 firmware update that removes 'OtherOS' feature

Written by Andre Yoskowitz (Google+) @ 29 Apr 2010 17:21 User comments (42)

Sony sued over PS3 firmware update that removes 'OtherOS' feature Sony has been sued this week in California over its recent firmware update that removed the "OtherOS" feature of the PlayStation 3, a feature that had allowed for the installation of Linux on an HDD partition.
The firmware update, version 3.21, was released last month.

The case was brought by Anthony Ventura who is claiming that the update is an "intentional disamblement of the valuable functionality originally advertised as available." Ventura adds that millions of customers purchased their consoles with OtherOS advertised, and that Sony has broken the terms of its contract with these customers.

Additionally, Ventura says there are no "security concerns," as Sony claims, and the real reason the feature was removed was to prevent homebrew and piracy. Piracy has decimated PSP software sales, and it seems Sony would like to stop that on the PS3 before it even gets started.

The class action suit is available for all U.S. PS3 owners that purchased their "fat" console before March 27th.

You can read the filing here: Ventura v. Sony

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42 user comments

129.4.2010 18:13

Thank you, I want the other half of my ps3 back.

229.4.2010 18:41

So basically what they want is a firmware update that will restore the other OS functionality..........and millions of dollars in damages....LOL

329.4.2010 18:55

I'm not trying to defend Sony but I think that the ability for users to mod and pirate games sounds like a security concern to me.

As far as I know the GeoHot hack that may eventually lead the pirated games on the PS3 involves users compromising the security on the console using Linux. I'm not sure how the legal battle will/may go but that sounds like a legit excuse for Sony to suddenly remove OtherOS support.

429.4.2010 18:58
trident77
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quote: "and that Sony has broken the terms of its contract with these customers".

sony has definitely broken the terms of its contract with these customers so I can see reimburstment of some kind coming soon. what were they thinking. do sony really think they can get away with this "IMO" no they won't.

sony you cannot treat your consumers like a sewerpipe. it's time to clean this mess up.

quote: pop_smith; I'm not trying to defend Sony but I think that the ability for users to mod and pirate games sounds like a security concern to me.

you are missing the whole point. sony ps3 consumers paid for the ps3 with what was advertized on the box i.e other operating system, so these consumers went ahead and purchased this ps3 package because of what was advertized, and recieved such in their purchase. no company can sell you something and then decide to take it away from you at a later date.

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529.4.2010 19:15

Who gives that one person the right to sue for me? I don't mind that the feature is gone but if you trying to collect all the money one all of the owner around that time I think that we all will be expecting a cut of that evenly!

629.4.2010 19:53

Sony can add or take away what they want read the small print.

729.4.2010 20:08

Originally posted by brockie:
Sony can add or take away what they want read the small print.
lol would be pretty funny if your right and he missed it. though i doubt it

829.4.2010 20:52

Putting out a patch to remove the OtherOS will not make it harder to pirate games on the PS3. They would have not put that option in there on the first place.

The counterpoint to Sony can take anything they want in fine print. They basically came in without the owner's permission and removed a function from the device. It wasn't until people reboot their consoles did they find out what had happened.

This would end up being a successful class action suit and Sony would either settle out of court and pay lots of money and never reverse the patch.

929.4.2010 21:37

meh, this will afect the 10 people that actually used it, and if they did they wouldnt update the damned thing.

1030.4.2010 0:28

Originally posted by Josipher:
Originally posted by brockie:
Sony can add or take away what they want read the small print.
lol would be pretty funny if your right and he missed it. though i doubt it
you did miss it its on the back of the box.

1130.4.2010 3:22

the class action should be for people who don't update coz they want to keep other os, but now can no longer play online, update games they've already purchased or buy from playstation network.

1230.4.2010 3:35

Is it just me or does anyone else know we only paid for a license to use consoles,games etc & we don't actually own them..lol..

1330.4.2010 3:39

Originally posted by Pop_Smith:
I'm not trying to defend Sony but I think that the ability for users to mod and pirate games sounds like a security concern to me.

As far as I know the GeoHot hack that may eventually lead the pirated games on the PS3 involves users compromising the security on the console using Linux. I'm not sure how the legal battle will/may go but that sounds like a legit excuse for Sony to suddenly remove OtherOS support.
It is highly doubtful that the GeoHot hack would ever lead to piracy. I thought it would at first, but after some research, it became clear that PS3 linux would not lead to anything piracy-related...a custom FW could in theory...but there was no CFW in the works until sony removed linux. Even if it could, the damage is already done; GeoHot already got an image of the rom anyway...so it isn't like blocking linux will prevent it from being distributed across the net.

More than that, removing OtherOS support DOES NOT remove linux capabilities from the backwards compatable units, as there is a special version of PS2 linux that can still be used AFAIK. This is interesting because the physical mods made by GeoHot were to force the memory to hold the PS3 OS...running PS2 linux would not require this physical mod.

And the last (most obvious) problem with saying that Linux was removed to prevent piracy is the fact that there are still many non-updated units out there, so any theoretical piracy development could continue anyway.

[edit]
Just read through the PDF...I think this has a shot, the only way it would fail is if some Sony-owned judge got the case. Page 17 is a demand for trial by jury...so hopefully that won't happen (but we know that a corrupt judge will lie to juries and block evidence...so Sony still might win)
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1430.4.2010 5:16
davidike
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is anyone else getting rather pi**ed off with corporations saying "do as we say" for a product WE purchased, if they gave it us for free they can dictate what we do, but they should have no right to dictate to us what we do with a product we have purchased outright.

Sorry folks but removing features & bundling DRM is sony's motto. imagine if you could play free games made by the community on the PS3, you'd be distracted from purchasing those overpriced, over-hyped titles that sony collects all them lovely royalties from, imagine if something like elite or populous was made to run on the PS3 by the community & given away for FREE omg, its sony's worst nightmare.

check out the link in my sig.

1530.4.2010 6:05

is there any way of doing this in the uk?

1630.4.2010 6:17

Yeah, the BBB and the FTC are nothing when compaired with the EU consumer protection agencies...you probably would not even have to file a lawsuit yourself; the agencies meant to protect you do more than just forwarding your complaint to Sony...just look at what they did to microsoft!

BTW...the BBB and FTC are useless. If I just wanted to send a complaint to Sony, I would have sent them an email directly! Why do they even exist if all they are going to do is to act as an email forwarding service?

1730.4.2010 8:10

I ceased using Sony after the rootkit fiasco.

1830.4.2010 8:34
qinzza
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1930.4.2010 10:14

Originally posted by DXR88:
Originally posted by Josipher:
Originally posted by brockie:
Sony can add or take away what they want read the small print.
lol would be pretty funny if your right and he missed it. though i doubt it
you did miss it its on the back of the box.
it is in the terms of service im pretty sure ive seen it quoted before this was ever a issue with other updates...hope this idot loses money over this who cares about the other os anyway i had it but would never use it in my lifetime anyway.

2030.4.2010 10:33

Originally posted by Tecbot:
Originally posted by DXR88:
Originally posted by Josipher:
Originally posted by brockie:
Sony can add or take away what they want read the small print.
lol would be pretty funny if your right and he missed it. though i doubt it
you did miss it its on the back of the box.
it is in the terms of service im pretty sure ive seen it quoted before this was ever a issue with other updates...hope this idot loses money over this who cares about the other os anyway i had it but would never use it in my lifetime anyway.
The thousands of people that have clusters of PS3s doing research care about this. I know for a fact that there are parts of the US government that use PS3s to do number crunching because they are more efficient and cheaper than buying a PC.

2130.4.2010 10:53

Originally posted by elbald90:
is there any way of doing this in the uk?
yes, under the sale of goods 1999 goods must perform as advertised, since sony removed either your other os or most of the rest of your ps3 functionality it now breaches this law, dont worry about sonys terms of service or end user licence agreement as those are illegal if they attempt to circumvent the law which in this case they do.

in the meantime you need to contact consumer direct to make a formal complaint, contact bbc watchdog to get publicity and lastly you need to contact the retailer you purchased your phat ps3 from, it is them who are responsible and after a couple of emails trying to fob you off they will offer you around 70-80 as a refund or store credit to compensate for the loss of features, companies like amazon and game / gamestation have alrrady set the precedent for this.

it may also be worthwhile noting that at present the uk office of fair trading have also passed this issue to their solicitors and a second class action suit is currently being prepared in new jersey in the usa.

just remember if you bought any phat ps3 you paid for the other os feature even if you did not use it ever and sony have no right to remove something you paid for, the security of the ps3 is sonys problem not yours so that is not a valid excuse.

link to the proof of game / gamestation paying out...

http://www.maxconsole.net/content.php?39...ce-of-customer!
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2230.4.2010 11:47

Originally posted by hendrix04:
Originally posted by Tecbot:
Originally posted by DXR88:
Originally posted by Josipher:
Originally posted by brockie:
Sony can add or take away what they want read the small print.
lol would be pretty funny if your right and he missed it. though i doubt it
you did miss it its on the back of the box.
it is in the terms of service im pretty sure ive seen it quoted before this was ever a issue with other updates...hope this idot loses money over this who cares about the other os anyway i had it but would never use it in my lifetime anyway.
The thousands of people that have clusters of PS3s doing research care about this. I know for a fact that there are parts of the US government that use PS3s to do number crunching because they are more efficient and cheaper than buying a PC.
i care as well. i too use the OtherOS feature to do homebrew. i could just as easily do it on PC. just something about a controller you cant shake the feeling.

i believe the removal of OtherOS is a result of clustering. i can hear IBM and other SC manufactures bitching. which would you buy A 300 dollar playstation or a 3000+ dollar piece of equipment

2330.4.2010 11:47

Originally posted by hendrix04:
Originally posted by Tecbot:
Originally posted by DXR88:
Originally posted by Josipher:
Originally posted by brockie:
Sony can add or take away what they want read the small print.
lol would be pretty funny if your right and he missed it. though i doubt it
you did miss it its on the back of the box.
it is in the terms of service im pretty sure ive seen it quoted before this was ever a issue with other updates...hope this idot loses money over this who cares about the other os anyway i had it but would never use it in my lifetime anyway.
The thousands of people that have clusters of PS3s doing research care about this. I know for a fact that there are parts of the US government that use PS3s to do number crunching because they are more efficient and cheaper than buying a PC.
Those thousands of people/goverment/research centers that are using the PS3 for clusters are not playing PSN games online and do not need to accept the update to remove OS. They did not loose anything.

2430.4.2010 12:10

I have always heard there hadn't been much piracy/hacking due to respect for Sony allowing Linux and etc to be used. Guess the gloves are off now and I expect them to be haced like the Wii and XBox 360 very soon. Maybe I'll buy one then? lol

2530.4.2010 12:39

Originally posted by KillerBug:
It is highly doubtful that the GeoHot hack would ever lead to piracy. I thought it would at first, but after some research, it became clear that PS3 linux would not lead to anything piracy-related...a custom FW could in theory...but there was no CFW in the works until sony removed linux. Even if it could, the damage is already done; GeoHot already got an image of the rom anyway...so it isn't like blocking linux will prevent it from being distributed across the net.
Ah I see. Thanks for clearing this up for me. :)

2630.4.2010 13:01
WierdName
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The question is, where do you get in? It's a 'class action,' so where does everybody else join? I doubt a monetary settlement, but if this wins with a lot of people in it, I bet the feature will be back in some form or another.

2730.4.2010 16:19

Originally posted by biglo30:
Who gives that one person the right to sue for me? I don't mind that the feature is gone but if you trying to collect all the money one all of the owner around that time I think that we all will be expecting a cut of that evenly!
Maybe a check for 10 cents? I remember getting those from Metlife's sues and Reward card sues...

2830.4.2010 17:27

Originally posted by Josipher:
Originally posted by brockie:
Sony can add or take away what they want read the small print.
lol would be pretty funny if your right and he missed it. though i doubt it
Terms and conditions are never finite - they can be ruled unreasonable - if you advertise a feature and say in the advertising that it can be removed that is one thing - but if you bury it in small print then courts may well rule the T&C to be unfair. Its like the "we are not responsible to damage caused to vehicles in our care" you see in many garages - the reality is that most courts would overrule that if they held that the garage was negiligent.

However Sony and the big corporations seem to feel that they can do anything they like to secure their copyright - but morally they do not. The can use the laws that are there but at the moment they are persuading governments to rewrite laws to protect them more - by the same token we should be arguing for laws to protect consumers from being charged more than things are really worth.

To the person who said they didnt care about it being taken away that is fine but what if they decided that to sell more blue ray players they would take away the blue ray codecs - its the same principle involved, some people who only want it as a games machine wouldnt care but others would feel cheated - and rightly so.

There should be an indepenedent consumer council that companies are forced to support but have no control over who can rule against companies where they behave unfairly - bring back ethical behaviour into business

2930.4.2010 18:17

Originally posted by Cereberal:
Putting out a patch to remove the OtherOS will not make it harder to pirate games on the PS3. They would have not put that option in there on the first place.
You cannot say/confirm that with unequivocal proof. Until it happens IF it ever does then we will know but anything about this one way or the other is conjecture and opinion at best.

Originally posted by Cereberal:
The counterpoint to Sony can take anything they want in fine print. They basically came in without the owner's permission and removed a function from the device. It wasn't until people reboot their consoles did they find out what had happened.
Absolutely False. Please get your "facts" correct before stating/claiming false information like that. It states TWICE (with double confirmations) that you WILL LOSE OtherOS with this update that is optional PLUS if you read the terms of agreement it explains it there as well. Simply put ~ you update you lose Other OS you don't you lose PSN etc.

Originally posted by Cereberal:
This would end up being a successful class action suit and Sony would either settle out of court and pay lots of money and never reverse the patch.
That is all opinion, possibility and not fact. I agree that if it were to get to a point where Sony had to choose that they would do as you described but I think the TOA that have been set in place (and not JUST for this specific update) will actually cover them as it's not Sony's fault if people don't READ what they agree to or take the time to research what is going on.


Originally posted by glassd:
Originally posted by hendrix04:
Originally posted by Tecbot:
Originally posted by DXR88:
Originally posted by Josipher:
Originally posted by brockie:
Sony can add or take away what they want read the small print.
lol would be pretty funny if your right and he missed it. though i doubt it
you did miss it its on the back of the box.
it is in the terms of service im pretty sure ive seen it quoted before this was ever a issue with other updates...hope this idot loses money over this who cares about the other os anyway i had it but would never use it in my lifetime anyway.
The thousands of people that have clusters of PS3s doing research care about this. I know for a fact that there are parts of the US government that use PS3s to do number crunching because they are more efficient and cheaper than buying a PC.
Those thousands of people/goverment/research centers that are using the PS3 for clusters are not playing PSN games online and do not need to accept the update to remove OS. They did not loose anything.
Glassd is actually 100% correct this does NOT affect people with clusters since they use their PS3 for the specific use and they don't need this update for anything. If they are getting dual use out of their PS3's (which is HIGHLY unlikely when running MULTIPLE clusters) then it would, but people who are using PS3 in a research application use them as they are intended for purchase. NOT as a gaming machine where/how/who this update actually affects.


Originally posted by davidike:
is anyone else getting rather pi**ed off with corporations saying "do as we say" for a product WE purchased, if they gave it us for free they can dictate what we do, but they should have no right to dictate to us what we do with a product we have purchased outright.

Sorry folks but removing features & bundling DRM is sony's motto. imagine if you could play free games made by the community on the PS3, you'd be distracted from purchasing those overpriced, over-hyped titles that sony collects all them lovely royalties from, imagine if something like elite or populous was made to run on the PS3 by the community & given away for FREE omg, its sony's worst nightmare.

check out the link in my sig.
Sorry but I believe your misguided in your anger. Sony is taking steps to protect their product. This cannot be denied. To put it simply if Geohot did not do what he did then everything would have stayed the same. PERIOD. Your anger should be directed at him first and foremost with fervor THEN secondly with Sony.

I read this comment yesterday and when you think about it this way it makes a lot of sense ~ Lets say you buy a brand new car with optional features like heated seats, navigation & keyless alarm/startup etc. then 3 years later a bulletin about a deficiency/vulnerability with in the keyless alarm/startup feature that CAN POSSIBLY allow a criminal to steal your car easily...so you get a notice in the mail and it states there is an issue that can be addressed/fixed but this is totally optional to do but if you don't do it your car has the possibility of being exploited. And if you don't do the optional fix/upgrade then you cannot sue the parent company if your vehicle at sometime becomes compromised at any later time.

Kind of a rough simile but for the most part it gets the point across.

Originally posted by KillerBug:
It is highly doubtful that the GeoHot hack would ever lead to piracy. I thought it would at first, but after some research, it became clear that PS3 linux would not lead to anything piracy-related...a custom FW could in theory...but there was no CFW in the works until sony removed linux. Even if it could, the damage is already done; GeoHot already got an image of the rom anyway...so it isn't like blocking linux will prevent it from being distributed across the net.
Yes and No. Yes the damage is done but No because Sony is doing what they can to LIMIT the chances of losses to their best ability at this time by decreasing the overall number of people with a "hackable/exploitable" firmware. Mind you this is not a simple PSP type flash with software and poof your PS3 is exploited...you need a SERIOUS amount of technical ability to solder, wire, mod, decipher, digram & add PHYSICAL hardware just to get to where Geohot is at right now! Which...is...actually...nowhere particularly "special" currently because nothing has really been shown other than a video of him running FW 3.21 with OtherOS still intact but nothing nowhere near a CFW. Now that doesn't mean he is not doing his best or trying out different things but it's a "wait and see" game now as it has been for the last 4+ years with the PS3's protection(s).

To finish this whole thesis up I will add how I feel about this ~ YES I AM PISSED that a product I bought with said feature has been removed and feel it is a violation BUT since I have 3 PS3's I will simply keep 1 of them @ FW 3.15 packed away nicely as a "just in case" while my 2 others will stay up to date...No. Big. Deal. Plus 1 of them really doesn't matter anyway since it's a Slim. But I honestly hold Geohot more accountable for the totality of this situation more than anything because as I described earlier ~ if he didn't do what he did then OtherOS would still be here. And NOBODY can refute that no matter what their opinion on the matter.

/end rant
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3030.4.2010 18:43
WierdName
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Originally posted by Oner:
I read this comment yesterday and when you think about it this way it makes a lot of sense ~ Lets say you buy a brand new car with optional features like heated seats, navigation & keyless alarm/startup etc. then 3 years later a bulletin about a deficiency/vulnerability with in the keyless alarm/startup feature that CAN POSSIBLY allow a criminal to steal your car easily...so you get a notice in the mail and it states there is an issue that can be addressed/fixed but this is totally optional to do but if you don't do it your car has the possibility of being exploited. And if you don't do the optional fix/upgrade then you cannot sue the parent company if your vehicle at sometime becomes compromised at any later time.

Kind of a rough simile but for the most part it gets the point across.
I get what else you're saying, but I have to disagree with this. They are making it optional, but they are forcing you to choose between different feature sets. Now, you must decide to lose your keyless entry or to lose your satellite radio, ability to play new CDs, etc. While not losing the keyless entry would make your vehicle physically vulnerable to theft, having the OtherOS feature available is not leaving your PS3 vulnerable to attacks. It's leaving it open for possible user hacks that Sony is vulnerable to by way of pirating or whatever the floodgates let in. It's not so much the accountability of Sony, it's about choosing between two feature sets. One from which you can't go back. Leaving the OtherOS in will not change anything for the end-user. Any vulnerabilities it might have would have to be intelligently and physically exploited by someone who knows exactly what they're doing. As you said "you need a SERIOUS amount of technical ability to solder, wire & add PHYSICAL hardware just to get to where Geohot is at right now." I have never hear of anyone breaking into a house and installing hacked software before...
Like I said, I get what else you're saying, but I have to disagree with this analogy.

3130.4.2010 19:19

Originally posted by WierdName:
...Like I said, I get what else you're saying, but I have to disagree with this analogy.
Analogy's can be hard to make "exact" which is why they are used to help describe something of similarity but specifically to help with a point/comment/view in over view...whether it is poor or inaccurate the overall gist of what I read/said was the main point I was trying to make (not the analogy by itself) as it's just an attempt to make something a little bit clearer or to maybe show a different perspective to others for the situation! :)

3230.4.2010 19:30
WierdName
Inactive

Originally posted by Oner:
Originally posted by WierdName:
...Like I said, I get what else you're saying, but I have to disagree with this analogy.
Analogy's can be hard to make "exact" which is why they are used to help describe something of similarity but specifically to help with a point/comment/view in over view...whether it is poor or inaccurate the overall gist of what I read/said was the main point I was trying to make (not the analogy by itself) as it's just an attempt to make something a little bit clearer or to maybe show a different perspective to others for the situation! :)
I should correct myself. What I meant was the conclusion drawn I must disagree with. It's a bit more than the loss of accountability, but a forced choice between a dead end road with one feature and loosing most others, or the other open road without the ability to turn back. The analogy itself works, as with choosing between the keyless entry and satellite radio. If you don't drop the keyless entry, they stop supplying satellite service for your radio. Whatever the specifics, the point is that one is left with, what I think is, an unfair dilemma.

3330.4.2010 22:15

Where do I sign up?!?!?

I not touched my three PS3's since this crud happened. I've missed the entire WarHawk tourny, and have not been able to play High Velocity Bowling. Both are on line only games.

3430.4.2010 23:59

i'm reading some of the post and i think most people are missing the point when they say "I've never used the other os so I don't care about the other os feature so its not a problem if they get rid of it" the issue is not that you don't use the other os its that you could use it but now that choice is gone granted i have a ps3 i installed the other os but since i have 2 pc i uninstalled it because it was not as full featured as a normal pc and there was no growing for that feature because of the device blocking built into the ps3s other os feature

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351.5.2010 0:32

Yes thank you for suing them!! Sony is getting way out of hand i think they should be sued for update after 3.21 for enabling Sony to spy on what you have on your console hard drive! -- I refused to update to 3.30 -- Read the hidden features Sony added that they didn't want anyone to know about! I am so glad someone is taking action i would of if someone didn't setup like a law student!

First they remove the OtherOS -- then Spy on You? Im thinking its time to Sue a Sony!!
THANK YOU!!

Edit: where do i signup because i own a 80gb Fat ps3.

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361.5.2010 1:14

Originally posted by DXR88:
...just something about a controller you cant shake the feeling.
Hey Dex,

that's just why I love Xpadder so much. Made a brilliant controller profile for BioShock2 on the PC that absolutely dumps on the console version.

Google it and have a look.
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371.5.2010 4:15

Yeah i like how they basically force you to upgrade to go to PS Store or play certain games that have online multilayer

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381.5.2010 4:21

Most users do not see updates as optional - if they were bundled in such a way that you could select which components of the sytsem you want to update then that is fine - Windows do this if you can be bothered to read all the descriptions. However if the update you dont want is bundled with updates that are essential what are you supposed to do.

Oner's long rant is little more than supporting the rights of big companies to protect their business at any cost - even by damaging honest consumer experience. There is nothing wrong in him/her holding that opinion but there is also nothing wrong with challenging what companies do. It simply depends on what your phillosophy of good business is - I dont subscribe to the notion of any kind of success ever being demonstrated by wealth


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391.5.2010 5:11

Originally posted by WierdName:
Originally posted by Oner:
Originally posted by WierdName:
...Like I said, I get what else you're saying, but I have to disagree with this analogy.
Analogy's can be hard to make "exact" which is why they are used to help describe something of similarity but specifically to help with a point/comment/view in over view...whether it is poor or inaccurate the overall gist of what I read/said was the main point I was trying to make (not the analogy by itself) as it's just an attempt to make something a little bit clearer or to maybe show a different perspective to others for the situation! :)
I should correct myself. What I meant was the conclusion drawn I must disagree with. It's a bit more than the loss of accountability, but a forced choice between a dead end road with one feature and loosing most others, or the other open road without the ability to turn back. The analogy itself works, as with choosing between the keyless entry and satellite radio. If you don't drop the keyless entry, they stop supplying satellite service for your radio. Whatever the specifics, the point is that one is left with, what I think is, an unfair dilemma.
I disagree with Oner's analogy too. I know you explained that it's not "exact" and you're just trying to make a point but I think it's misleading.

First of all, I don't think disabling the Other OS feature is a "fix". A fix would be if they released a Patch where you keep your Other OS and they patch up the supposed security issue. That's a fix. It could have consequences like for example if you install this fix then your other OS partition will be reformatted and you have to install the other OS again but you get to keep the feature YOU PAID FOR. So this is not in any way a fix, this is just Sony saying "look some dude is playing around with a PS3 and apparently he's smarter than the thousands of engineers we have so instead of doing the right thing to protect our clients and consumers and product, we are just going to screw a bunch of them over and save ourselves the time and money and man power we need to counter what one dude alone is doing out there.

Second of all I don't think it's "optional", optional means you can install it or not but if you don't install it then you agree to being vulnerable which is what you said. But here you can install it or not but if you don't then you can't log on to you PSN account, you can't access the store where you have all the stuff you bought (so if you format your PS3 you can't re-download your stuff), you can't get demos, you can't play online, you can't play new games that require new firmware version. So basically for maybe 90% of the people (who go online) it's practically obligatory and in the future with new games it will be obligatory for 100% of the people. You can't skip 3.21 and just jump to the next FW so your just stuck there. so to me there is no option here.

Finally why do this now? I remember reading some news here when the Slim came out that the Department of Defense or some government entity was going to purchase or purchased like 300 or 500 Fat PS3's to cluster and data crunch. At the time the Fat cost $300 just like the Slim even though it was fatter, bigger, less Energy efficient, old and had less hard drive space. So the only reason you would buy the fat was for the Other OS option (I don't think it was for the backwards compatibility, buy a PS2 and get over yourself or for the 4 USB ports, buy a USB hub or use the one that came with rock band 1 it's under the couch in the basement and get over yourself again or for the memory card reader buy a USB Memory Card reader and once again... yeah get over yourself). So clearly Sony was not happy with this because they lose money or get very little profit with each console they sell and they get the money back by selling games so if you buy a PS3 to cluster then it's a loss loss for Sony. But nowadays nobody buys hundreds of fat PS3's to cluster. They're sold at $450-$500, they're hard to get. The people that bought them with that purpose already installed the Other OS, already set up their cluster and they don't need to update. The Slim doesn't have the option to install Other OS so really there is no need to do that right now. The only thing Sony will achieve is to upset a whole bunch of people. I'm sure 99% of the fat users don't use the feature (I had a fat then changed to Slim when it came out, never used the Other OS) but that doesn't mean you can just take it away and get away with it. I think it's right to sue Sony and I hope Ventura and a whole bunch of people win because Sony is doing the wrong thing, they should really fix it, not avoid it. And if they really don't want to or can't fix it then they should really make it optional so you can enable or disable the feature but you can still go online.
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401.5.2010 22:29

I hope Sony losses and has to bring back the other os I know most people don't use it i don't even use it but Sony advertised it as being able to do this they should not be able to just remove things the PS3 does just because "it could compromise the PS3" or whatever crap there saying what you pay for is what you should get.

413.5.2010 10:44
evilXion
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Nice move from Sony I must say.

1st of all Sony shouldn't had included OtherOS option from the very beginning. I don't see where are the millions of loss in $$$. I doubt there are people out there using their PS3 running Linux during the day as web servers and then to play some games at night. With all this merge of virtualization software I bet there are people out there trying to run PS3 system while on Linux. Which will bring freaking HACKERS to console. Wright now Modern Warfare 2 isn't even playable on PC due to the overwhelming amount of HACKERS using all kinds of cheats.

I support Sony 100% on this move. I don't want to see PS3 to be hacked like PSPs are now. I own a PSP and all the friends I know that own one 99% of them have it hacked. It's true that I only use it to remotely manage my PS3 but mine is 100% legal and with the latest firmware.

423.5.2010 13:49

Originally posted by evilXion:
Nice move from Sony I must say.

1st of all Sony shouldn't had included OtherOS option from the very beginning. I don't see where are the millions of loss in $$$. I doubt there are people out there using their PS3 running Linux during the day as web servers and then to play some games at night. With all this merge of virtualization software I bet there are people out there trying to run PS3 system while on Linux. Which will bring freaking HACKERS to console. Wright now Modern Warfare 2 isn't even playable on PC due to the overwhelming amount of HACKERS using all kinds of cheats.

I support Sony 100% on this move. I don't want to see PS3 to be hacked like PSPs are now. I own a PSP and all the friends I know that own one 99% of them have it hacked. It's true that I only use it to remotely manage my PS3 but mine is 100% legal and with the latest firmware.

MW2 is hacked to hell simply because there are no dedicated servers,there are little to no tools to ban the caught hacker. thus the can get away with it. despite what you think Linux doesn't increase the risk of being hacked.

every major console has hardware based encryption thus without a modchip or some other form of Hardware spoofing, the chance of hacking a console is next to zero.

to hack into something is to gain complete control of the said object and its abilities. the Xbox 360 hasn't been hacked if it where we could unban are selves, we could modify the CPU speed install an OS such as linux to run on the specified equipment.
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