Monday, February 28, 2011

Haha

This
Sony, if you were any other company I'd be on your side. But you started it. See yet that no one really wins in lawsuits?

This, posted in the comments, made me chuckle too. Who filled it out, and did you listen?

Saturday, February 26, 2011

SCEA Management Quotes

Jack Tretton
In 2007, when asked "Why not have some homebrew game support?", he replied
"I think that is something that is in the works. We certainly see some of the stuff that has been done via homebrew, and it's incredibly creative. And I think we'd like to try and tap into that a little bit more."

Bret Mogilefsky
In 2011, Bret is making declarations to support the SCEA side of the case. But back in 2000, he saw the truth. He supported DeCSS by adding a banner to his personal website. The banner links to a site saying "I've been really mad about the recent spate of horrible witch hunts by the MPAA against people who use, distribute, or even LINK TO sites that distribute DeCSS, a piece of software used for playing DVDs on Linux."

Geoff Levand
On February 10, 2010, after all my hypervisor work had been released, Geoff says, and I quote "Please be assured that SCE is committed to continue the support for previously sold models that have the "Install Other OS" feature and that this feature will not be disabled in future firmware releases." What happened?

Kaz Hirai
"RIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIDGE RAAACER!"

I bet Ken Kutaragi wouldn't stand for any of this nonsense. Source: Jack Bret Geoff Kaz

Friday, February 25, 2011

graf_chokolo

As many of you already know, 2 days ago his house was raided by the German police. Talk about a guy who clearly had no involvement at all with piracy, cheating, or the things Sony claims to care about. Do you want to know what he has that enrages the suits at Sony so much? Talent.

Some people call me immature, and you know what, they are probably right. Some call me stubborn, and they are right too. But this pales grossly in comparison to Sony, who is so butthurt over the PS3 being hacked they they are blinded by rage and incompetence.

A question, how many people do you think knew or cared on January 10 about all this? Maybe a couple hundred thousand? Under a percent of your market share. And these are geeks, who frankly aren't going to change their content purchasing habits based on the news. These are the kind of people who really are hacking their PS3 just for the sake of doing it, just cause it's cool. The kind of people who are telling you the truth when they say they really did just hack their PS3 to run Linux. Or they are diehard pirates who never would have bought the games anyway, you know the type.

Now fast forward to February 25. Consistently, the top Sony related news article is about the PS3 being hacked. And the causal gamer comes along and sees, oh cool, the PS3 has been hacked, now I don't have to buy games. With a few google searches, they come across stuff that I or graf_chokolo had nothing at all to do with. They install it and hit the torrent sites. Hell, I was on a political news show last night, you think those people ever would have heard about this?

Just imagine what the third party devs are thinking. The PS3 is hacked forever and Sony can't do anything but fire away at scapegoats. Great confidence boost.

This grand show against people who aren't even pirates has to be one of the worst corporate moves in recent history, perhaps even as dumb as the rootkit fiasco. Your competition fixes the problem technically and moves on. They want it to stay quiet. And as far as sending a message to "evil" hackers goes, it really isn't working. Just read the writings of graf_chokolo.

And I quote "SONY wants about 750.000 euros from me if i don’t cooperate They don’t know me at all I don’t care about it and they might double it The higher is the sum the higher gets my motivation They don’t understand what makes me tick. Money and even my life doesn’t mean to me very much without knowledge. I have a scientific mind and the knowledge is food to my brain."

They'll never understand people like us. They are scared, as they rightfully should be. We built your PS3. We built this world. We are not mindless consumers. It is us with the brains and curiosity, not you with the guns, jails, suits, titles, and dollars. And the truth is, if all of you disappeared tomorrow, the world would continue on fine. Good luck surviving without people like graf_chokolo.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

The Alyona Show

I will be on the Alyona Show tonight at 6:45 EST

Watch

Respect

Here and here. Basically the Killzone 3 devs said, "We will combat cheaters with patches." And I bet they'll do it right.

Now if only Sony knew how to patch to make 3.56 non decryptable, the cheater problem could be easily fixed platform wide...nah better idea straight down from corporate, lets throw in the towel on our 10 year lifecycle platform and bring lawsuits, oppressive Terms of Service, poorly implemented bans, and the German police.

Even worse, you sued the guy who actually can write that patch, that'll sure teach him. If you haven't realized yet, the PS3 security isn't irreparably broken at all. But your reputation just might be.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Sony's New Improved Super Anti-Piracy Plan!!!

See here and here. Basically the plan is to hire more two more lawyers...which is like hiring more rappers to get your yacht built faster.

Everyone knows that after Napster was sued out of existence, CD sales have been through the roof. It's impossible to find an illegal copy of a song anywhere. And after DeCSS and 09 F9 were successfully sued off the internet, it's super hard to decrypt movies and they all are 100% legal. Due to the huge success of big media's legal departments, every time I want to watch a movie, I drive down to my local neighborhood Blockbuster and fork over $5.95

Nah, the truth is, those cases did shit all but put money into some lawyers pockets, and gave you technophobic CEOs talking points at worthless board meetings. What actually happened is things like the iTunes store, Netflix, FiOS TV, and Hulu showed up. Some companies innovated instead of litigated. Some companies thought outside the box. Some companies actually did something for their customers. And succeeded big time.

I see a lot of parallels with the "War on Drugs". Most people, me included, admit drugs are a problem, but this whole idea of tackling it with the legal system has never worked and will never work. When you shut down a drug ring...another pops up, and the street price remains the same. When you shut down a piracy ring...another pops up, and content remains just as free. Sometimes a drug user is made an example of. Does everyone put down the crack pipe? Of course not. Sometimes a college student who downloaded 30 songs is made an example of. Does everyone run to the nearest Tower Records? Of course not.

This is not a battle that can be won in the courts. The pirates and the drug smugglers will always be one step ahead, the only way to beat them is to think outside the box. And the legal system is as inside the box as you can think.

Update:
PlayStation LifeStyle is calling the lawyers "security professionals"
Yea, and T-Pain has a degree in nautical engineering...I mean, he was on a boat

If you want some intelligent opinions on piracy, this, this, this, and this.
And just in case you want unintelligent fearmongering, click here or here.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

A Comparison

XSS Worm for MySpace...felony charge
XSS Worm for facebook...jobs

Which company would you rather be now?

Monday, February 21, 2011

First round of donations is closed

Thank you so so much for all of your help, things are looking up money wise.
Expect to see a few more lawyers on my responses!
I have enough to cover my legal fees for the time being.
And in the absolute worst case scenario, we don't want Sony getting it :-P

For now, the best thing you can do is spread the word
Let people know how Sony treats customers
Let people know Sony would rather sue than be proactive and try to fix the problem
Let people know about laws like the DMCA which stifle innovation, and don't do anything to fix the problems they were created to solve

I will keep this blog updated as the case develops.

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Top Sony News

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Legal Defense Fund

Donations here are for legal defense ONLY
I checked with my lawyers before setting this up
See geohot.com

(donations were big success, see this)

Wow, I'm impressed with the response, thanks so much!
Now I'm confident they won't win the win this war via attrition :-)
I will discuss transparency of legal bills with my lawyers.

Found this while reading /b/

Friday, February 18, 2011

CFW bans

I fully support Sony's right to ban people using CFW
On the other hand, it's a stupid move...
Imagine someone on the piracy fence sees their account got banned, well they ain't buying the DLC
Ban the pirates and the cheaters, not the CFW users, god knows you have enough spyware to detect which is which
And you are probably going to try to claim damages from people like me for your stupidity...again
That said also, I believe in the users right to create a PSN alternative

SCEA has gone CRAZY


They need to learn about the Streisand effect
I think practically every single user of the PS3 knows what's going on

Note to Sony

It's apparent you don't care about your reputation with consumers, and I can almost understand your point there.
Few people consider buying a TV or laptop a moral choice, and the consumer base is quite large.
But talented developers are in much shorter supply
And take it from one personally, who you choose to code for is much more of a moral choice.
The programmers you will one day be looking to hire are the ones reading the tech news sites right now.
And they will remember.

Townsend fights dirty

Apparently linking to the official PlayStation Blog, referred to as "a site", is a desire to continue circumventing
I'm amazed they would actually bring that up and not be laughed out of court...free speech is dead
It clearly was to parody(protected speech) the ridiculousness of the campaign to censor the internet
Can anyone really not find the metldr key?

In case you weren't one of the 1,000,000+ who's seen it

Three Facts

* I have never pirated a PS3 game in my life, nor helped or encouraged people to do so
* I have never played PlayStation online, never mind cheated, nor helped or encouraged people to do so
* I have never hacked anything that I did not own or without consent of the owner

This is war...

When this lawsuit first started, I didn't know how long it would last. So I kept everything in text format on geohot.com, I was just playing around. No more of that.

It seems like SCEA has declared war on hackers. Something as grave as war at least needs a blog. I will port over the text content in the next several posts.

For a brief introduction, I released the PS3 metldr key and a jailbreak to allow homebrew(and just homebrew) to be played on your personal PS3. Sony doesn't think that's an acceptable use of your PS3, so on 1/11/2011 they filed suit against me and various other people who have done security research on the PS3.