to my left is a youngish software developer from Yokohama, incandescent with rage. To my right is the finance officer of a major games publisher. Worryingly, he is tapping sums into a pocket calculator and shaking his head...
It shouldn't have been a surprise (...
) but yesterday's announcement (pdf)
from Sony has crushed
14 year-olds of all ages. The Playstation 3
is shaping up as a great IT Disaster
. The 'Times' man in Tokyo - Leo Lewis
, muses on being a games geek in Akihabara (with cash and a proper job) and explains the delights of "beer flavored alcohol"
, just what we need to drown our sorrows.
posted by grahamwell
on Mar 16, 2006 -
Make your own DRM CD!
Nothing says "Merry Christmas" (or Happy Chanukah, et al) like a homemade CD with the same crippling DRM technology that Sony
and BMG use. Let a friend or relative you know that you care enough to prevent them from stealing music you've already stolen, even at the expense of enjoying the CD at all.
It's what the holidays are really about.
posted by FeldBum
on Dec 16, 2005 -
Sony steps in it again.
In the midst of the uproar about the Sony rootkit
previously mentioned here
, J. Alex Haldeman found a second
sneaky piece of work in Sony CD's. It's pretty clear now that the only safe way to listen to music from Sony is to steal it.
posted by pjern
on Nov 12, 2005 -
Do you play Sony DRM-protected CD's on your computer?
If so, you might be wide open in terms of security. It seems that Sony
is installing an almost-impossible to find rootkit on the computers of purchasers of their music. Their EULA
doesn't mention the fact that their "small, proprietary" program goes much too far, managing to bypass security software, firewalls, etc. You might want to do this
posted by pjern
on Oct 31, 2005 -
Remember the Free Fiona
campaign (discussed last month here
)? Well, Sony hasn't caved (yet), but the entire album has been leaked online (get it here
or via torrent
.) I've listened to it a few times through, and all I can say is... wow.
posted by salad spork
on Mar 22, 2005 -
Sony writes 'article' for Salon.
In an effort to find new revenue streams, Salon has published an ad/article written by Sony Corp. National Geographic
and Parent Soup
have also published ad/articles, though the New York Times said no
. While the articles do not directly reference Sony products, the feature people who do fascinating things with technology... technology which, it just so happens, is advertised conveniently right next to the technology featuring passage.
Is this sort of thing ever ethical? If so, what sort of disclosures are necessary. Clearly the ad/articles are intended to appear to be regular content.
posted by 4easypayments
on Dec 2, 2002 -
When stupid laws attack: this article
points out that the widely syndicated article
about thwarting the copy protection of sony's CDs is a direct violation of the DMCA
. Will news directors at Reuters, Yahoo, and CNN be seeing fines and jail time soon? How many times does it have to be pointed out that the DMCA restricts free speech as it attempts to thwart piracy at any cost? (via k5
posted by mathowie
on May 24, 2002 -
MS is following Sony's lead by dropping the XBox's price to $199 USD. I don't know about you, but I -was- going to get a PS2. Now I'm not so sure.
posted by shadow45
on May 15, 2002 -
Pre-empting a similiar expected price cut by Microsoft, PS2 price will be cut by $100.00, while Nintendo refuses to jump into the fray. Sony so far has shipped 30 million PlayStation 2 units worldwide and 7.9 million in the U.S. (@$299=9,000,000,000). With today's price cut Sony hopes to expand its U.S. market base by another 8 or 9 million units. If you've been holding back is this enough incentive to get onboard?
posted by Mack Twain
on May 14, 2002 -
Good news for Mac-owning, Celine Dione fans "The process is pretty easy: I took a bit of electrical tape and applied it to the edge of the CD, the 'shiny side', - just a half inch of the stuff - and aligned it with the very edge 'data track session ring' visible on these copy protected CDs. Took the tape out to the outside of the CD and put it in my CD Rom."
posted by schlaager
on May 14, 2002 -
is a PDA/digital camera/mp3 player with a swivel 320x480 color display that runs Palm OS 4.1. it comes with a built-in keyboard, can be used as a remote control for your TV/VCR/DVD player, uses memory sticks, and has a "jog dial" somewhat similar to the iPod
posted by gwint
on Mar 28, 2002 -
Thank you very much, Mr. Roboto.
Both Honda and Sony have unveiled the newest versions of their humanoid robots. Honda favours a more practical design, while Sony's is geared for entertainment. Having just watched AI
the other night, I'm wondering when and if people would want to have one around the house.
posted by Stuart_R
on Mar 19, 2002 -
Say goodbye to Bleem.
If you don't know, Bleem made emulator software that allowed you to play Playstation games on another console system or your PC. Their 'farewell' is kind of funny in a sad way.
posted by Sal Amander
on Dec 19, 2001 -
Part digital video camera, part Crusoe
based notebook. Swivel screen, 680,000 pixel CCD, variable aperture, 30 gig hard drive. 17 hour battery life. Yours for $2899 [Original link via DiK
posted by MintSauce
on Oct 23, 2001 -
A sign of Global recession?
For the first time I can remember, it's cheaper to buy a console in the UK than it is the States. Over here, we're used to seeing straight dollar to pound conversions ($299 = £299), so this is a first.
Do you think it's sign of recession or just Sony developing a conscience?
posted by jiroczech
on Sep 28, 2001 -
Will Sony get busted
for false advertising in its David Manning scandal? Lets hope so, maybe this will send chills down the movie and record industry and its quasi-payola schemes. Personally, I just want my eight-fifty back. Class action anyone?
posted by skallas
on Jun 5, 2001 -
chip to be designed by IBM.
The three companies (Sony, IBM, and Toshiba) aim to design a "super-computer on a chip" with a wide variety of consumer applications, they said in a joint statement.
"The result will be consumer devices that are more powerful than IBM's Deep Blue super-computer, operate at low power and access the broadband internet at ultra-high speeds," the statement added
posted by zeoslap
on Mar 12, 2001 -
PlayStation 2 not quite what it was promised to be.
"Japanese have purchased about 3.5 million PlayStation 2s, but there are signs that sales have leveled off."
"Analysts had predicted a runaway success, but now they are forecasting Sony losses of more than $200 million on its game business in the year ending next March—its first such loss in years."
posted by Steven Den Beste
on Dec 12, 2000 -
Sony's latest ad campaign
has been pulled from the networks for being too edgy. It's certainly got an edge that I doubt children would understand, but they're still pretty funny (part 2
and part 3
). Is this what happens when we have to protect everyone from anything remotely racy? Do you agree with the decision to pull them off the air?
posted by mathowie
on Dec 5, 2000 -