Update on PlayStation 3

I found out some additional information. I had forgotten about the hack that occurred for the PS3 that would let you get to ring 0 (the core of the system) that was developed by George Hotz. In an interview with the BBC Mr. Hotz said:

  • the hack was “5% hardware and 95% software” (not exactly something that seems like a script kiddie would do);
  • he would publish details of the console’s “root key”, a master code that once known would make it easier for others to decipher and hack other security features on the console;
  • he hack would allow people to play older PS2 games on their consoles. Sony removed the PS2 hardware from later PS3 systems; and
  • He admitted that it could also allow people to run pirated games (Now, that likely has a bigger impact to Sony, especially after saying that the system was, in effect, unhackable – anyone else thinking “Titanic”?)

I also had forgotten that Netflix now could be streamed to the PS3 – if you could get into ring 0 then you really can do some “interesting” things!

I also wrote Sony on the loss of Linux with the upgrade and the $10 PSN credit I read about and here is the (unfortunately what seems to be the “standard” in customer service) response:

We apologize for any inconvenience this issue may have caused you regarding the firmware update. We do not have any information regarding the refund you mentioned in your request.

I also wrote them on the issue with the Newfoundland time zone to which they (promptly, to give the devil his due) responded:

We apologize for any inconvenience you are experiencing with the Newfoundland time-zone on your PlayStation(R)3 computer entertainment system. We value your input and appreciate you bringing this to our attention.

Sony Computer Entertainment America (SCEA) has not released any details concerning the product, project, or development referenced in your email. SCEA and its affiliated companies are regularly engaged in extensive research and development in many areas of the computer entertainment industry. Hence, we cannot comment on future PlayStation(R) developments, projects, or products. We appreciate your enthusiasm and continued interest in our products, and hope you understand our position. You may however, visit our website at http://www.us.playstation.com/ and view our current press releases and future updates.

Please rest assured that we will convey your feedback to Sony Computer Entertainment America’s (“SCEA”) appropriate management.

Maybe someone will figure out how to properly include the full tzinfo (timezone) on a future firmware update…

About Mike Pelley

Let’s see… A little about me… I’ve been around information technology since 1983 with computers such as DEC Rainbows (weird machine – the standard DOS couldn’t format its own floppy disks – remember them? – and I had to format them on a friend’s IBM PC) to Radio Shack TRS-80 to Apple ][e and Apple //c in the beginning. I have programmed in 8-bit assembly language on 6502, FORTRAN and COBOL on IBM System/370 (and I still hate JCL), VAX BASIC and COBOL (and a weird and massive WordPerfect 4.0 macro) on DEC VMS (Alpha), C/C++ on Digital Unix (ALPHA), and C/C++, Perl (it may be powerful but I still hate it), PHP on Linux (Red Hat, Centos, Ubuntu, etc.). I have work with databases such as Digital RDB (later to become Oracle RDB), Oracle DBMS, Microsoft SQL Server, MySQL and PostgreSQL on VAX, Alpha, Sun and Intel. Check out my professional profile and connect with me on LinkedIn. See http://lnkd.in/nhTRZe I still think that Digital created some of the best ideas in the world: VAX clustering, DSSI disks (forerunner to SCSI) and the Alpha processor (first commercial 64-bit processor – Red Hat screamed on an Alpha!). DEC just could not seem to be able to give air conditioners away to someone lost in the Sahara Desert! VMware is one of the best ways to get the most out of an x64 server. And I have tried Oracle VM, Virtual Box and Microsoft Virtual Server. Outside of that I am a huge military history buff starting in the early 20th century. I love Ford Mustangs (my ’87 Mustang GT was awesome) and if I had the money I would have a Porsche 928S4. If I had a lot of money I would have a Porsche 911 Turbo. I also play too much AmrA 3 Exile mod. Over 5,000+ hours... I have a wonderful son, Cameron. I have a long suffering (Do you really need all that computer junk?) wife, Paula. I live in Paradise, Newfoundland and Labrador.
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