There were a lot of fantastic funny/insightful posts on that Sony story. Glad to know I'm in good company of people who are so offended by their track record (new DRM scheme, the old rootkits scandal, failure to give a shit about customer's information ala PSN hacking) who refuse to buy or use another Sony product.
Perhaps you remember when the Associated Press attempted to get this information on Illinois FOID card owners? Well, the state AG said they had to be turned over, and the ISP said "no", and they passed a law that kept this information private (law enforcement and such agencies only).
In my personal view, Illinois actually got that one right -- it's information that does not need to be public.
This reminds me of a computer component where the box had the instructions for installation say "visit this website", but unfortunately I had my computer apart before I read that, and needed the part to continue before I could get on the internet. What do.
I have determined that 'corporations are people' stops immediately when it comes to assuming actual responsibility or sending people to prison for criminal activity. So basically it's a matter of convenience.
To be fair, David Gregory waving around an illegal object (a gun magazine) on national TV was a pretty stupid way to make a point. Something that most of the rest of us would have gotten arrested for, no doubt. I'm not sure that breaking the law to make a point that something should be illegal makes any sense. I think most people are complaining about the appearance of a double standard. The same way people feel slighted when corporations get off with "fines" for stuff that most of us would spend life (or worse) in prison for. Trying to play devil's advocate here -- be either side right or wrong, it's not hard to see the point people are making here. The petition is pretty stupid, though.
Also, someone should remind Piers Morgan that Freedom of Speech is not Freedom of Consequences from saying stupid shit.
The joke is that thinking that once you've uploaded a picture to the internet that it somehow stay inside this magic privacy box. If you don't want stuff shared on the internet -- Don't. Fucking. Post it.
Most of these agreements are "let me do the maximum I can for myself and the minimum I can for you". They couple this with the proper PR campaign and see what they can sneak by (which considering most of these agreements nobody reads, is quite a lot undoubtedly).
I was hoping that new SimCity may lead to an update of old classics like Streets of Sim City. But thanks to this crippling DRM, I hope the game is a miserable flop. I just keep shifting where I give my money to in the gaming industry. The Ubisofts and EAs of the world don't get it anymore; it's the indie developers who don't ruin the games I buy with "always online" nonsense or other malware/DRM and limited activations and a bunch of other garbage.
I'm sure if we likened the **AA organizations of the world as Sauron pouring his might into crafting The One Ring (read: copyright extensions, fighting "piracy" of those damned immortal elves, etc.), and its inevitable fall (read: failing of their business model) where Mt. Doom turns out to be The Internet...
I still buy the majority of my content on physical CDs and DVDs (as opposed to doing much digital purchases, though I am starting to move in that direction). However, I notice CD/DVD packaging has gone downhill greatly over the more recent years. Those multi-page liner notes? Now just a flimsy slip in insert with the album art on it. No liner notes to speak of. And DVDs? No cool booklets inside anymore. There's a reason I sit on making purchases until stuff bottoms out at like $5/new, because I think the price on the product is more than I will pay (and I don't pirate). I will wait for new games to drop in price for Steam sales down into the $5-$10 range. I'm cheap; always have been. Not sure where I was headed with this, so I'll leave it at that...