The demise of PlayStation Linux
Posted Apr 2, 2010 7:09 UTC (Fri) by giraffedata
In reply to: The demise of PlayStation Linux
Parent article: The demise of PlayStation Linux
Even if you don't want the benefits of this or future updates you can't keep the current functionality
And I assume you're defining "current functionality" in a way that it's something you no longer have if you don't do the update. It's also possible to define it the other way, so that whatever the box does without the update is current functionality, and anything you need the update for is additional functionality.
I can see the view that what's being taken away is the ability to e.g.
play current movies. That's ironic, because it's the opposite of the
usual argument against anti-hacking measures. The argument usually
goes, "I didn't buy a movie playing service; I bought a box..."
No, it's still the same argument. Games and movies I already own are not
services. Netflix is a service. I don't think Sony has the right to
disable products I've bought and own any more than Amazon has the right
to delete ebooks from people's Kindles.
Now you've mixed up the ownership of games and movies with ownership of a PS3. The issue is what does it mean to "own" a PS3. Is the PS3 a service like Netflix or a naked chunk of hardware? The pro-hackability argument is that it's more like naked hardware; the anti-disabling-update argument is that it's more like a service. Remember: as a chunk of hardware, as long as it's still sitting in your safe, no one has taken anything from you.
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