The demise of PlayStation Linux
Posted Apr 3, 2010 2:11 UTC (Sat) by giraffedata
In reply to: The demise of PlayStation Linux
Parent article: The demise of PlayStation Linux
I'm defining it as the functionality of the system before any of this update/downgrade business started.
I guess you missed my point, because there are two ways to interpret that definition. Considering the issue that you need the update in order to play certain yet-to-be-published movies: 1) I could play current movies as they came out before, but now I can't unless I apply the update, so either that or my Linux capability has been taken away; 2) I could play certain movies before, and I can still play those movies even if I refuse the update. So I just refuse the update and I have everything I had before.
With respect to Sony's gaming network refusing to play with the un-updated machine, one can say that without the update the PS3 is still fully capable of talking to Sony's network, it's just that Sony's network has decided not to play with it. (So it's the network, not the PS3 that has had features withdrawn).
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 the distinction is whether the vendor delivers everything at once or on a continuing basis. That's an excellent way to draw the line (though you should pick a word other than "product" -- a product is something that is produced, and services are the products of service companies).
It's apparent that some PS3 customers expect it to be an ongoing delivery -- future updates to accomodate new movie and game formats, new games for the box, security updates, access to the onling gaming network.
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