Openness is Virtue. Ask Sony.

Sony has tried and failed to failed to lock down PlayStation. Their latest move was to threaten to ban those who modified their PlayStations… They were going to do that by recognizing a unique ID. Now the forces of openness have a recipe for changing the ID of a PlayStation so that if Sony bans an ID it could be banning an innocent customer. Sony has devised its own Denial of Service attack. Would not Sony be futher ahead to sell the product the customer wants and allow customers to do what they want with it?

Sony, denying customers the opportunity to run whatever operating system they want on your product is as silly as prescribing uses for roses or buttons. Rejoice in the creativity of your customers and give them what they want. If you need to change your model for distributing software to do that, do so. That is much preferable to fighting with customers. No one wins in war.

About Robert Pogson

I am a retired teacher in Canada. I taught in the subject areas where I have worked for almost forty years: maths, physics, chemistry and computers. I love hunting, fishing, picking berries and mushrooms, too.
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3 Responses to Openness is Virtue. Ask Sony.

  1. Ray says:

    Solution: bring the other os feature back 😀

  2. NotZed says:

    This talking point comes up so often one wonders whether Sony are planting it.

    It’s nothing to do with cheating on games. It’s about accessing hardware you bought and paid for.

    Just because a few bored kids want to cheat at games doesn’t mean you have to punish everyone. Maybe we should ban walking on public roads – after all, that’s how petty thieves reach their targets?

  3. Ray says:

    If allowing people to root their PS3s to cheat on games, I can understand Sony banning them. If a game is ridden with cheaters, no one would want to buy them.

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