Hackers screw Playstation Network!
Posted 24 April 2011 - 11:51 PM
This is something which, quite frankly, is a massive problem with society today. People seem to be content with sitting back and letting bad policy go uncontested and allow crooked businesses to deal underhandedly with their consumers. It's a good thing there isn't any kind of real, organized political threat in this day and age, because with how everyone seems to be happy to be herded along like sheep, scummy political sharks would walk right into power with no effort whatsoever.
People should complain when they're bein' treated like crap. People shouldn't just smile while being punched in the face and go, "Gee, I sure am glad I got somethin' though!" Passively accepting every shitty thing handed to you is only going to end with you one day walking into a 5-star restaurant and them handing you moldy fishsticks, with you going, "Gosh, this sure is surprising for a $500 meal.. I'm not really satisfied but.. aw, heck, at least they fed me something. Here, take my money!"
Posted 25 April 2011 - 12:11 AM
As for the actual focus here, the PSN issue...I find it so very funny that a friend of mine thinks it's just "under maintenance". Sure, it is now, but there is a difference in an outage and just plain maintenance. If your power goes out during a storm, it wasn't because of maintenance. So in short, companies better watch out for the looming storm if they keep up their funny business.
Posted 25 April 2011 - 01:18 AM
Let me be honest, though. End User License Agreements are bullshit 90% of the time. They make sure the business end holds all the cards, and they can't be held liable for pretty much anything the customer doesn't like. Not to mention they make sure they can change anything at any time with no repercussions. But people accept them, because they want the company's product. So they have no right to complain... if they want to do their part to fix things, they'll have to stop giving money to the people offering the product. I suppose that's what this is all about, is getting support on that front, but I don't see the logic in it. And I'm not saying the businesses are right. But they do have the legal high ground, and it's not like circumventing that gives anyone else the moral high ground.
Also, yes. I know the type that just sits back and lets things happen. I don't like it either. But on the other end of the spectrum, there's people who think everything revolves around them and that companies should bend over backwards to serve their needs. And that's the kind of person that usually attacks a company via hacking.
Posted 25 April 2011 - 02:47 AM
Don't get me wrong, I don't necessarily agree with Sony suing GeoHotz over this issue, especially when you consider that most PS3 games are so massive, you'd have to be a completely brazen pirate to try and download an iso for them. (either that or have way too much time on your hands for downloading)
Posted 25 April 2011 - 02:54 AM
Posted 25 April 2011 - 03:42 AM
I don't completely disagree with you and most people here. Some things that companies do in order to protect their own interests are not desirable at all. But every software company makes sure that their customers agree to a long document that defines what they legally can and cannot do with the product. When people break the terms of that agreement, they can't complain about being unjustly punished for it. The unfortunate part is that innocent people tend to get caught in the crossfire while the company takes steps to prevent such things ever happening again.
Now, I personally haven't been affected by any of this. I don't buy games from any of the companies that do their crazy DRM stuff (if I did, it'd probably annoy the hell out of me too). I couldn't have cared less when the Other OS feature was (optionally, if you wanted to continue using PSN) removed from older systems. This certainly isn't my war. But here I am, unable to access PSN like any other Sony consumer. And all I can think about is how this chosen course of actions to try and improve things isn't going to change a damn thing.
The "sheep" outnumber you, plain and simple. Realistically, a hacking effort is only going to cause Sony to beef up security while the masses continue to support them. Honestly, when I focus on not giving the company money if you don't like how they do business, I don't really think even that will help. Because I don't think it's possible to gather enough support among their customers when so many of them follow blindly. Maybe my approach does make me indistinguishable from the "sheep", and maybe I don't understand what people seem to think is so wrong with how Sony does business (I certainly don't seem to be affected by any of it)... but as long as I'm getting what I gave money to Sony for, I don't really care.
Looking back on it, I think there's two types of people in both camps. Either you sit back and accept things as they are, or you see that realistically anything wrong is a symptom of a much bigger problem that will take a lot of effort to overcome. On the other side, either you aim for better business practices and fairer treatment of the consumer base, or you feel you're entitled to more than you've been given. I guess that does put me in the same camp as the "sheep", but at least I'm one of the people in that camp capable of thinking intelligently on the matter. I realize there are problems, I'm just pissed off about this because it's not the way to fix it.
Posted 26 April 2011 - 11:15 AM
I get a nice chuckle whenever I read this.
It amuses me how people think of Anon as an organization.
Posted 26 April 2011 - 12:08 PM