Psh, title a little misleading... lol i thought something good came from the outage and they re-enabled it xD
^I thought so when i read the title as well.... I still hope they do bring it back not that I would use it on my fatty, it would still be nice to have the option....
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So users will get a year of identity theft protection? Given that this is well-publicized, what's to stop the hackers from being patient and using the info after a year or so when the dust has settled and users no longer have the free protection? Maybe I'm being paranoid, but I'd be worried about the longer-reaching effects on my personal data if it was part of this hack.
Arg, here I was ready to pop the cork to celebrate sony admitting their wrong doing! I still have no pity for them. The situation is not as murky as someone running homebrew on their iphone, where the function was not intended and prohibited in user license agreement. This is retaliation for the retraction of functionality that was a genuine selling point of the original ps3.
That reminds me, does anyone know of any reports on if the ps3s the military bought were ever somehow effected? I doubt they would be, but neat-o to find out.
@analogmonster...I don't envy Sony now, but I certainly wouldn't if there was the slim chance the military were hurt in any way by this. Hopefully they secured themselves enough, in case hardware and software they acquire from other parties had a security flaw some may take advantage of.
You might be surprised at what sort of information commands top pricing on the identity theft market. Your social security number and credit history allow for very complete identity theft--but they also require a fair amount of time. It's not a simple process, and it requires particular targeting. This sort of information actually isn't worth much to your average buyer.
Credit card numbers *are* worth more, simply because they allow for simple, immediate gain. The flip side, however, is that the number of 'bad' credit cards in a batch of data increases dramatically as time passes. We can safely guess, for example, that a number of people canceled / replaced the credit cards they had logged into Sony's PSN in the wake of these announcements. Should Sony even hint that credit card fraud has risen as a result of the hack, a great many more will do so.
Sitting on the cards for a year would kill one's expected profit margin. A certain number of those cards would have naturally expired, some would've been changed as a result of the PSN crash, some would've been changed for other reasons (say the owner physically lost the card in question). All of these things substantially dilute the value of the sale.
I can't link you the studies offhand, but there've been examinations of how black markets treat various forms of consumer data. The more personal stuff is less preferred.
I'm waiting to go to the custom firmware until I see if they get an actual RSX driver working now that the hardware access isn't blocked. I was in their IRC forum this weekend, and there seemed to be definite interest/investigation in that direction. As is, I still have Linux (and no PSN for the past year) because I refused to accept their agreement and update from 3.20.
What part of "Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn" don't you understand?
The title is highly misleading; nowhere in the article (either here or at CNET) is Linux even mentioned, perhaps before randomly reprinting articles from other sources (CNET), you might want to check the facts within the article before displaying the same title.
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BMAN:nowhere in the article (either here or at CNET) is Linux even mentioned
Did you even read the article?
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I stand corrected...but nowhere does it state that Linux has returned to the PS3 (being brought back by Sony); only that a group has re-enabled it, basically jail-breaking their PS3-which is what GeoHot did and look where that landed him.
BMAN:nowhere does it state that Linux has returned to the PS3 (being brought back by Sony)
I know that. Sony doesn't have the brains to backtrack and re-enable Linux on the PS2 because of that age old, overriding "Losing Face" problem that's so prevalent in their culture.
It would be funny if it wasn't so sad.
It seems you need a bit of a brushup on the use of a comma. Allow me to facilitate: "the comma is used where ambiguity might otherwise arise, to indicate an interpretation of the text such that the words immediately before and after the comma are less closely or exclusively linked in the associated grammatical structure that they might be otherwise."
Examine my title. If I intended to say *Sony* restores Linux functionality, I would've written: "Sony Re-enables OtherOS, PSN Network Still Out For Forseeable Future"
I left out the "Sony Returns Linux" because Sony *didn't* return Linux. Linux support, nevertheless, has been restored. Also, OtherOS means Linux. It's always meant Linux. That word has never been officially used to refer to a functional, installable OS that wasn't Linux.
I gotta back Joel on this. His wording... while it may have led to higher hopes to those of us that despise Sony... is technically and factually correct. Thanks for the news, Joel.
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