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Sony's name is really being dragged through the mud lately. Not that they don't deserve it, of course. It's just interesting to see how many different areas of business a company can be attacked in at once.



And note that there is a pattern to it. Just like in the GeoHotz case it's their aggressive DRM which gets them in trouble:

"So why aren't theater personnel simply removing the 3-D lenses? The answer is that it takes time, it costs money, and it requires technical know-how above the level of the average multiplex employee. [...] issues with the Sonys are more than mechanical. Opening the projector alone involves security clearances and Internet passwords, 'and if you don't do it right, the machine will shut down on you.'".


I wonder if the reason for these draconian measures is preventing piracy at the projector. Why else would you prohibit people from opening their projectors if that is necessary to change the lens?


One article I read about this mentioned that it takes several passwords and a significant time investment just to _open the camera_ to change the 3-d lenses. So yeah. I'd say it's draconian piracy prevention at work :)


> One article I read about this mentioned that it takes several passwords and a significant time investment just to _open the camera_

I can't tell. Are you being sarcastic?


Hah. I had read an article previously maybe a day or two earlier, maybe even from HN, and was just looking at the comments on this one since I already knew the gist of the story :) That's what I get for silly and not frequenting the comments enough I guess. :)


It's in the linked article.


And quoted in the ancestor comment, too.

My "are you being sarcastic" is because phuff's wording made it sound as if she/he thought they were introducing new information ... ;)


It seems to me more like Sony is dragging it's own name through the mud with inferior products, half-assed security and disregard for their customers.

I'd love to be one of their competitors right now.


A defense of Sony's Professional lines - it really seems like a different company. We recently upgraded to new Sony PMW-350's (video cameras), and couldn't be happier. For the price, they out-do anything else in the market.

(And no DRM either :)


SONY is fantastic. a Vaio X and Vim, Chromium and Xmonad is a perfect dev box. their shortwave recievers are a cut above the competition in selectivity and build quality. im still using some video monitor of theirs from the late 70s to catch up on youtubes.


a Vaio X and Vim, Chromium and Xmonad is a perfect dev box.

I have never used a Vaio, but I would question how much one contributes to being a perfect dev box. You can install Vim, Chromium and Xmonad on any other machine.

im still using some video monitor of theirs from the late 70s to catch up on youtubes.

Again, I haven't used Sony stuff from the 70s, it may well be fantastic. However, that was over 3 decades ago, and irrelevant when evaluating their behaviour in recent times. I certainly won't be buying anything from Sony anytime soon - I simply don't trust the brand.


Unfortunately their imperfections outweigh their perfections a hundred to one. On balance it's not worth doing business with them.




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