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Sony Can Update PS3 Firmware Without Permission 700

Posted by CmdrTaco
from the you-got-sony'd dept.
Stoobalou writes "Sony's latest firmware update comes with a revised End User License Agreement which allows the company to change any part of the console's operating system without notification or permission. You might think you own the console you paid for, but Sony has a very different idea."
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Sony Can Update PS3 Firmware Without Permission

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  • by eldavojohn (898314) * <[moc.liamg] [ta] [nhojovadle]> on Thursday April 22, 2010 @01:04PM (#31941590) Journal
    At the end of the EULA there's an agreement that you agree to an expanded EULA online that morphs and changes as Sony sees fit. I tracked down the extra bullet points:
    • By agreeing to this you allow Sony to house and feed shocktroops as they pass through your city in your civilian houses and from your civilian food stocks.
    • In the event that Sony finishes a year in the red, you agree to become liable to pay a portion of restitution such that the sum of all signees of this EULA pays Sony back to profitability.
    • By signing this EULA you agree to name (or rename) your first born child "Sonny" or (in the absence of a 'Y' chromosome) "Sonya."
    • After agreeing to this EULA, you will start all prayers and services -- regardless of denomination -- with "The Lord Our God Sony who Art in Playstation."
    • By agreeing to this, you will be issued a Sony Playstation Network UID which will be tattooed on your forearm by a Sony representative and will be needed to activate the Playstation 3.
    • In the next console war, should conscription take place your Sony PSN UID will determine your eligibility for the draft so please do not lose the aforementioned tattoo.

    Sounds pretty reasonable. At least there's no mention of rootkits for now.

  • Re:Huh? (Score:5, Funny)

    by girlintraining (1395911) on Thursday April 22, 2010 @01:08PM (#31941646)

    What are the consequences of refusing this firmware update?

    After awhile, it'll cease to have any networking support. Even the browser will turn off. Who knows -- it's proprietary. They might even have a logic bomb in there that after a year, it erases all your savegames, stomps on it's own dick, and declares war on Panama in your name, all while throwing the reds in with the whites and focusing microwave energies into your freezer to make your ice cream all melty.

  • LOL! (Score:3, Funny)

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday April 22, 2010 @01:09PM (#31941666)

    LOL! What are you thinking? This is America, dammit. And in America, corporations are king. Corporations dictate the law. Corporations dictate how you can use their products, even when you've bought them outright. Corporations can change contracts whenever they want, however they want, and you just have to suck it up and enjoy it.

    Shit, son, if you're saying that the terms of contracts have to be honored, and can't be changed unilaterally by corporations, then that sounds damn near like SOCIALISM.

  • Re:So what? (Score:5, Funny)

    by Sperbels (1008585) on Thursday April 22, 2010 @01:16PM (#31941780)

    This seems like such a huge deal when you put it that way, but really... so what?

    Let's see how you feel after Sony's monitoring programs see how good you are at Starfighter and recruit you in their real world war against the Ko-Dan Empire. Meanwhile, your android replacement will be sleeping with your wife.

  • Re:Huh? (Score:5, Funny)

    by Locke2005 (849178) on Thursday April 22, 2010 @01:23PM (#31941896)
    You forgot the part about emailing your grandma all of your porn. [metrolyrics.com]
  • Re:Huh? (Score:2, Funny)

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday April 22, 2010 @01:41PM (#31942258)

    Are we playing Questions Only?

  • Re:Huh? (Score:3, Funny)

    by Meumeu (848638) on Thursday April 22, 2010 @02:02PM (#31942678)

    Is that legal?

    Sony: "I will make it legal"

  • Re:Huh? (Score:1, Funny)

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday April 22, 2010 @02:37PM (#31943360)

    Careful - it has wireless!

  • Re:Huh? (Score:5, Funny)

    by SpecBear (769433) on Thursday April 22, 2010 @02:53PM (#31943692)

    That's the trojan that Sony is able to use.

    Hey, at least Sony is considerate enough to use a trojan when fucking its customers.

  • Re:Huh? (Score:3, Funny)

    by Nadaka (224565) on Thursday April 22, 2010 @03:03PM (#31943862)

    I thought it was: "Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, stay right there, I need to get my gun."

  • Re:Huh? (Score:3, Funny)

    by kimvette (919543) on Thursday April 22, 2010 @03:11PM (#31943972) Homepage Journal

    How many levels deep does it take to break slashdot's interface?

  • Re:Huh? (Score:3, Funny)

    by zill (1690130) on Thursday April 22, 2010 @03:43PM (#31944488)

    If you don't, no problem, you're just excommunicated.

    Please don't mix metaphors like that. This is war, so it should be "dishonorably discharged".

  • Re:Huh? (Score:5, Funny)

    by feepness (543479) on Thursday April 22, 2010 @03:48PM (#31944612) Homepage

    EULAs come with a clause that prevents an invalid claim from invalidating the entire EULA so they throw as much bullshit in there as they can to intimidate any non-lawyers.

    Mentioning that in a public forum is against the EULA.

  • Re:Huh? (Score:3, Funny)

    by EdIII (1114411) on Thursday April 22, 2010 @04:07PM (#31944930)

    After seeing your porn I wouldn't be surprised.....

  • Re:Huh? (Score:3, Funny)

    by b4dc0d3r (1268512) on Thursday April 22, 2010 @05:08PM (#31945826)

    Dammit, I was just about to upgrade to PS3 just for God of War 3, and Bioshock 2 as a second game.

    Now I no longer care. I bought a PS2 when the hardware made Sony a profit, not during the loss-leader years. I now regret that, and now that the PS3 is profitable I'm not even buying the damned thing. PS2 emulation gone, linux gone, there's no incentive other than GOW3. I'll just play through it on my friend's box so I'm not missing anything. HTPC only, hopefully running a PS2 emulator and I can get rid of my embarrassment of a system.

  • Re:Huh? (Score:4, Funny)

    by Ihmhi (1206036) <i_have_mental_health_issues@yahoo.com> on Friday April 23, 2010 @03:59AM (#31952166)

    <DmncAtrny> I will write on a huge cement block "BY ACCEPTING THIS BRICK THROUGH YOUR WINDOW, YOU ACCEPT IT AS IS AND AGREE TO MY DISCLAIMER OF ALL WARRANTIES, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, AS WELL AS DISCLAIMERS OF ALL LIABILITY, DIRECT, INDIRECT, CONSEQUENTIAL OR INCIDENTAL, THAT MAY ARISE FROM THE INSTALLATION OF THIS BRICK INTO YOUR BUILDING."

    <DmncAtrny> And then hurl it through the window of a Sony officer

    <DmncAtrny> and run like hell

    http://bash.org/?577451 [bash.org]

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  • Re:Huh? (Score:4, Funny)

    by thijsh (910751) on Friday April 23, 2010 @05:44AM (#31952702) Journal
    [x] I have read and agree to your EULA and wish to subscribe to your newsletter.

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