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The Sony PS3 Class File An Amended Complaint
Thursday, March 10 2011 @ 05:59 PM EST

The class action plaintiffs in In Re SONY PS3 “Other OS" Litigation have filed their Amended Complaint that they hope will fully address the deficiencies that the judge found in the original filing, and it's dynamite.

The Amended Complaint claims that Sony Computer Entertainment America didn't remove OtherOS functionality due to security concerns. It had other options, if security had been the real issue. It was done, they claim, for financial reasons, and that Sony's justification for the removal of Linux functionality was "false", chosen so Sony could rely on the wording of various terms. They also point a finger at IBM, claiming that possibly IBM was not happy about the military using PS3s for clustering, instead of buying IBM Blades servers.
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Back before the PS3 Slim, Sony lost money on every console they sold. So, people who bought just the console, made Sony lose money. That's your proof...
    
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That's an interesting turn. And here we've been told all along it WAS for security reasons. Now they're saying it was financially driven and discouraged by IBM. Ah, corporate scheming at it's very best.
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That's an interesting turn. And here we've been told all along it WAS for security reasons. Now they're saying it was financially driven and discouraged by IBM. Ah, corporate scheming at it's very best.
To be honest I think it was all those reasons. Also, a PC the same price (possibly even cheaper!) than a PS3 would run Linux better than the PS3 would.
    
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looks like i'm gonna keep my second ps3 on 3.40
    
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Looks like Sony fragged themselves on this one. It might be one thing if it had anything to do with security or stability, this just makes Sony look like a carpetbagger, looking to juice extra profits from the innocent over what amounts to be a triffle. Of course, the triffle is a large issue, since Sony played their card, which was that they believed that they should be able to have a total monopoly on their user base in so many ways. They will be sunk on the ways and means, since they now admit that they issued the update that borked OtherOS not because of "security" or "keys" or even "cheating" or "piracy" - but because they wanted to lock down any alternatives, like any chance of an open source, free gaming platform that is not proprietary that developers could choose, if they wanted.

All things considered, this silly case that Sony will lose is certainly less harmful to their profits than their current ad campaign...
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Back before the PS3 Slim, Sony lost money on every console they sold. So, people who bought just the console, made Sony lose money. That's your proof...
hah, i did not know it was this simple
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Well to all the ppl that didn't believe me when i said that the server farms were part of the reasons... I told you so

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I hope Sony loses a lot of money off of this. Sony sucks.
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