> 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'm defining it as the functionality of the system before any of this update/downgrade business started. I can call it "previous functionality" if that makes more sense. In any case, it's something I no longer have regardless of if I apply the update or not, therefore that functionality has been taken away.
> 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.
The way I see it, a "product" is something a consumer owns that would continue to function in a useful way if the producer of the product suddenly vanished from the face of the earth. A "service" is something requiring an ongoing provider/user interaction. So I'd classify the PS3 as a product (though admittedly under this definition PSN would be a service, which would shoot down my previous statement about games). I realize nothing physical has been taken away from me and that changing the services it provides is well within Sony's rights. I have no problem with that. It's just aggravating to own a product that becomes less and less useful as time goes on. It's like buying a bicycle and having the manufacture stop by a couple months later and ask which tire you want to keep.