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GeoHot joins Anonymous' boycott of Sony, asks you to come along

By Emil
Apr 11, 2011
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  1. PlayStation 3 jailbreaker George Hotz, also known as GeoHot, made a joint announcement with Sony today, saying the two parties have settled the lawsuit SCEA against Hotz. In the announcement, GeoHot made a brief statement saying that he never wanted to cause any users trouble or to make piracy easier, and that he was happy to have the litigation behind him. On his blog, GeoHot got sued, however, he let his tr...

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  2. ikesmasher

    ikesmasher TS Evangelist Posts: 2,549   +852

    good luck man. thats all i got to say.
     
  3. mosu

    mosu TS Guru Posts: 422   +48

    Like I've said before, I'll never ever buy Sony.
     
  4. Does 'eta' belong as a prefix or as a suffix when mentioning Sony's utterly filthy attitude towards its customers (eta-Sony or Sony-eta)?
     
  5. Trillionsin

    Trillionsin TS Evangelist Posts: 1,315   +133

    I wonder if GeoHot can "indirectly" lead "anonymous" and help them attack Sony more efficiently, or... if this is the end and we wont see another article out of this again...
     
  6. Lurker101

    Lurker101 TS Evangelist Posts: 736   +241

    Anonymous will give up in about two weeks and GeoHot is completely done. He's only waving the Anonymous banner in a thinly veiled attempt to save face.
     
  7. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 11,673   +1,874

    Well, that's a bold statement, and terribly altruistic, but a bit impractical. In fact, as a multinational electronics and entertainment media conglomerate, patronizing Sony is really to difficult to avoid.

    I like to hear myself talk as much as the next person, but the reality is that Sony is pervasive industry wide.

    So, (as a realist), if I want a CD and it happens to be distributed by Sony, I'm not going to turn it away. Same thing with movies.

    As to hardware, I bought a Sony upscaling DVD player, (refurbished, 29 bucks), from Walmart on line. The market is flooded with Sony's computer DVD (SATA drives). So, there goes another 20 bucks of to Japan from time to time. High end hardware, not a chance though. My TVs computers, loudspeakers, and home entertainment equipment are all from somebody else.

    So, considering the amount I spend from other brands, to what I spend with Sony, I'd say I've been effectively boycotting them for years.

    Also, I don't have the video games jones that most here at this site do. That said, Sony has done enough underhanded things corporate wide, to elicit a boycott long before this episode.

    If Geohot had thought this issue through beforehand, he might have bought an X-Box.

    If you take the time to think about it, most of these cracks are done to impress one's peers, and then sucked up by leeches. Then, when the s*** hits the fan, all the rats jump ship, and it leaves the originator wondering where are all his "friends" have gone.

    Apparently, an understanding of the inner workings of a computer, doesn't carry over into the understanding of human nature.
    It does give one pause to wonder how a person could be "anonymous" and "Geohot" simultaneously......?
     
  8. Sony Is Bad Anyway Choose Xbox
     
  9. yRaz

    yRaz TS Evangelist Posts: 1,897   +940

    Learn something, build a computer. At least the computer YOU build is YOURS to do what YOU want to with. I know sony is locked down hard, don't know much about xBox security. I won't buy either of them anyway.

    As far as a sony product, only one I ever owned was PSP I got for Christmas. I later sold it to get guitar hero 3 for PC.
     
  10. Boohoo, you tried hacking Sony and they sued your ****. Honestly what do you expect to happen? Get a warning that you wont listen to anyways? It's sad that people get so utterly bent out of shape when a company tries to protect itself. Next time don't go about bragging that you cracked Sony's source code and maybe you wont get sued. GeoHot, you get absolutely zero sympathy and zero respect from me.
     
  11. I never buy sony anyway, especially when companies like Samsung produce far superior products at much better prices.
     
  12. Trillionsin

    Trillionsin TS Evangelist Posts: 1,315   +133

    Of course a guest said that... hah!
     
  13. Geo is just a sad little man that can't believe he had to settle(even after taking people's money).
    Sony has done nothing wrong for me and a few million others,i/we bought the console to play games and it works fine for it's purpose,the only trouble i have had with it was when Sony rushed a new update to fix Geo's firmware.

    So my only trouble and a few others were because of hackers,i wonder what other market suffers because of hackers?
     
  14. Soon we'll be reading about GeoHot temporarily ceasing his boycott to play Just Cause 3.
     
  15. zillion

    zillion TS Rookie Posts: 51

    Cpt.Cranky I applaud u for saying the words i think of and at the same time spell it out in a worthy fashion, of which my current english is not even remotly close to.

    Agree with all he said!
     
  16. Boycott sony? Hmm on the long list of things I am not going to do this year. If you damn console heads stopped buying consoles we could avoid all this crap. PCs forever!
     
  17. I agree because no one hacks PC software.
     
  18. LNCPapa

    LNCPapa TS Special Forces Posts: 4,209   +424

    Yeah - I think CC pretty much hit it. I can be mad at my wife, I mean Sony all day long, but I'm not really gonna do anything about it. I'll be back the next time they release something I want to see or buy. I'll probably get a PSP2 and hope GeoHotz's best friend wants to share some anonymous code for it.
     
  19. PCs are not proprietary pieces of hardware and I have hacked everything in my PC from adding capacitors or soldering my 7900 so it looks like a quadro and I don't hear anyone knocking down my door. I even published this info so others could do it.

    Consoles are bad Mmmmkay
     
  20. ikesmasher

    ikesmasher TS Evangelist Posts: 2,549   +852

    i wonder if half these people even know who geohotz is, as a huge name in iphone jailbreaking.
     
  21. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 11,673   +1,874

    Super! But still, as an adult, he still needs to learn where to step. I mean really, some times there's dog s***, and sometimes there's quicksand. Oh, and you also need to learn not to listen to your friends when they say, "I dare you"!
     
  22. spydercanopus

    spydercanopus TS Evangelist Posts: 813   +93

    I'll never buy another Sony. After the PS3 came out, I received one as birthday present. The controller was defective so I called Sony a week after it was released, but they wouldn't replace it without the receipt. Which I didn't have. I'm pretty sure the warranty was at least a week long, so they should have been cool about it. F' them.
     
  23. mrtraver

    mrtraver TS Guru Posts: 343   +43

    zI almost wish that I bought Sony products just so I could boycott them now! But I have never bought a Sony product. In college one friend had a sony carousel CD player where the display stopped working after just a few months. Another had a car stereo that was repaired repeatedly and never did work right. And don't get me started on their arrogance with overpriced proprietary media formats.
     
  24. So thats good news for sony. That means fewer people trying to break its securities thus less stolen games and cheating. So a win for the consumers! yay! :)
     
  25. What amazes me now is how everyone has had problems with Sony's stuff,yet i've had a car cd\radio that worked fine for the 2 yrs i owned it,the home amp i have has worked fine for the last 4yrs(it's used every day for my PC and PS3) and the only problem i've had with my PS3 was because of a hacker.
     

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