Right and wrong....
**** I'd like to know what gives Sony the right to treat people who decide to hack their PS3s, be it a hardware hack or firmware hack, like criminals.
Actually, I know.. The judiciary system. How can they find people doing such DIY jobs on their own machines guilty of any wrong doing? Pressure from big corporations like Sony who convince the law that this must be wrong.
How can this be allowed to happen?
Ask yourself, ask your conscience:
1) what *REALLY* is wrong here?
2)Who *REALLY* is the evil party?
Some hackers that want to get the most out of their machine or the company who makes it that says, no, you cannot do it, in fact, I'm gonna whoop your ass 'cos you tried. Hmm... seems I might have to bend on the law to do it. Never mind, I've got the $$$, you don't.
I know some will say the only reason people want to get so close to bare metal is to pirate. That's not universally true. Honestly, how many of you here have actually had 8 bit computers. Do you remember how did it feel to be so close to the metal? Never mind 8 bit computers. Remember the Amiga? Heck even now, how many people here have actually wondered, or sought to find out how your average PC boots.... How many work on microcontrollers?
If you're not one of these guys, you will never understand. If you do, you will know what I mean.
DDOSing Sony is probably more wrong than hacking a PS3 (which I do not believe is wrong at all!), but honestly, I think what Sony are doing are magnitudes more wrong... in fact to the point of being evil, than what Anonymous are doing. In fact, it makes the 'wrong' Anonymous is doing seem justified.
Here in lies the difference. I see what Sony are doing essentially EVIL (maybe they are doing things in a legal fashion but again I would contend that there are grey areas here) whereas what Anonymous are doing I consider as merely 'wrong' and legally dodgy but with essentially somewhat GOOD intentions.
I only hope that Anonymous do not just leave it to DDOS's which as many rightly point out may not hurt Sony all that much.
More public awareness perhaps. Dig up *ALL* the dirt on Sony and air it in the open. If Anonymous truly achieves a score against Sony like they did against HBGary, wow... that would be truly something. Something that I truly hope happens. Other ideas: An Anonymous campaign to promote the boycott of Sony products perhaps...
I never played D&D much in me younger day, so I could be getting this wrong but I see Sony as having an alignment of EVIL to LAWFUL EVIL, in other words, entirely despicable, whereas Anonymous, as having an alignment of chaotic neutral to chaotic good.
Good on you, Anonymous! Give 'em hell
Sony, you suck. And Anonymous, if I could, I'd buy the lot of you beers.