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Interesting Facts

posted Oct 8, 2011, 1:54 PM by Chad Slappey

Interesting Facts

Charles Slappey
April 03, 2010
Last Updated: April 03, 2010

The following list contains interesting facts that I wish to exploit.

  • The ' and the @ are on the same key on the standard UK keyboard, and the apostrophe is the one on bottom.

Ubunt: WUSB600N Fix

posted Oct 8, 2011, 1:53 PM by Chad Slappey   [ updated Oct 8, 2011, 1:53 PM ]

Ubunt: WUSB600N Fix

Charles Slappey
May 26, 2010
Wednesday: 4:26pm

Now found under: Ubunt: WUSB600N Fix

Challenged Legality of PS3 Update

posted Oct 8, 2011, 1:51 PM by Chad Slappey

Challenged Legality of PS3 Update

Charles Slappey
April 03, 2010
Saturday: 1:28pm

The legality of the April 1st, 3.21 PS3 update is being questioned and challenged hourly. Consumers are reporting that they should be able to take away a service already paid for. Debate topics are flooding multiple medias. A call to the Playstation Network (PSN) customer support service resulted in a statement referring to the PSN Terms of Service Agreement that is claimed to suggest that they reserve the right to remove functionality at any given moment. The representative also suggested that blog.us.playstation.com should resolve any further questions and refused to offer more information. (It’s odd they referred a blog rather than an FAQ.)

On the suggested website, another argument for its legality claims that PSN simply gives the option to install the update and in result remove the feature. While it is bad practice to provide a dilemma for an update, any one person reserves the right not to download the update.

Another idea suggests that people have a choice to update all kinds of softwares, but none of those softwares have the right to, or practice the ability to refuse access to already purchased material or services. In example, Itunes cannot restrict use of already purchased songs if the user chooses not to update. Similarly, Microsoft cannot restrict access to features already obtained by not upgrading.

The Truth:

While Sony cannot restrict access to features available on the PS3, they can restrict access to the PSN because the PSN is a service available with terms and conditions.

However, since the product was purchased with the claim that both the PSN and the Other OS features would be available, it is within the stipulations of the law for Sony to accept the return of the system for full retail value.

As a result, the most Sony can be charged with is false advertisement which is a class B misdemeanor in most states. Additionally, this scenario at its worst may only apply to people who have not accepted the PSN network agreement already. The leading question is: “If a user chooses not to accept terms and agreements for softwares, are the companies liable for letting them return the softwares?”

PS3 Hack: Bypassing the Update | REPOST

posted Oct 8, 2011, 1:46 PM by Chad Slappey   [ updated Oct 8, 2011, 1:50 PM ]

PS3 Hack: Bypassing the Update

Charles Slappey
April 02, 2010
Friday: 10:37pm

People should receive what they pay for. For that reason Aaron at rvlution.net posted an article to let people know a quick way to bypass the PS3 update so that they may login to the PSN (Playstation Network) without losing features in the April 1st, 3.21 update.

In short it says to “enter the following IP as your Primary DNS:” 
67.202.81.137

That’s it. It’s done. If it is not simple enough, this can be done by going to your PS3 “Network Settings” and selecting custom and when prompted for DNS, enter the aforementioned numbers in the top field, and leave the second row “Secondary DNS” at all zeros.

Anyone curious as to how this works, or how to do this with a personal DNS IP can visit ps3mods.blogspot.com.


Note: I do not suggest or condone illegal activities. This article is for information purposes only. To bypass any type of access limitations to obtain otherwise inaccessible software (copyrighted or not) is illegal according to the “Digital Millennium Copyright Act,” (DMCA) passed October 28, 1998 as an amendment to Title 17 of the United States Code. This act was passed to protect online services from being liable for people hacking data off of their websites.wikipedia.org DMCA

If a hack becomes available that implements the feature “Other OS,” but does not extend the accessibility of the PS3 beyond its normal capabilities, I believe that is legal. There is already talk of such methods.

From: rvlution.net

UPDATE [April 13th, 2010] Sony has effectively blocked all known methods of bypassing the latest firmware. At the moment there is no alternative for accessing PSN besides updating through the normal means. For those who were using this DNS, set your Network DNS Settings back to Auto (or whatever you had it set to previously) if you wish to make the update.

PS3 De-evolution: Sony Bastards | REPOST

posted Oct 8, 2011, 1:43 PM by Chad Slappey

PS3 De-evolution: Sony Bastards

Charles Slappey
April 02, 2010
Friaday: 3:37pm

Sony turns tides in quality reputation. It makes sense that they would take certain features out of the new PS3’s to make them more affordable. Regardless of the fact that they should still sell the old PS3’s alongside the new ones, they have now reached a new level of de-evolution and furthermore, douchebaggery. They have now started taking features out of the older PS3’s via update.

As of the April 1, 2010 update, the “Other OS” feature will no longer be a part of the PS3 system. The “Other OS” feature allows users to essentially turn their powerful console into an average computer with operating systems such as linux (and even windows run through linux).

It makes sense that this feature would be in the PS3, due to the expanded possibilities. One PlayBeyond PS3 commercial even stated that “if there is anything you can’t do with a PS3, you probably shouldn’t be doing it.” They are going to have to change their bragging rights from can do to can’t do at this rate.

Some people may be thinking just don’t install the update and that would be the general reaction. However, not installing the update actually inhibits other features of the system from working. These features include, but are not limited to:

  • Ability to sign in to PlayStation Network and use network features that require signing in to PlayStation Network, such as online features of PS3 games and chat
  • Playback of PS3 software titles or Blu-ray Disc videos that require PS3 system software version 3.21 or later
  • Playback of copyright-protected videos that are stored on a media server (when DTCP-IP is enabled under Settings)
  • Use of new features and improvements that are available on PS3 system software 3.21 or later

This means that any game that can be played online, anything that comes with downloadable content, the Playstation Store, Playstation Network, folding@home, webbrowser, and even newer games that require the update will all be useless. Users who take this route will also not be able to buy online exclusives, or use certain softwares already purchased.

Those who decide to update even though they use the “Other OS” feature will have to backup all information and then delete their entire system. If that person has purchased any hardware or software to accompany the feature such as mouses, keyboards, hard drives, etc then those devises lose their usefulness. Some things would not have been purchased if this feature was not in place to begin with.

At a least affect the value of the old PS3’s decreases. With the decisions that Sony makes, the old PS3 almost doesn’t seem worth the extra 300 dollar expense anymore.

In any event, it almost provokes tendencies to figure out what security policies were being violated with this feature just to hinder their cause.

New Website

posted Sep 18, 2011, 2:07 PM by Chad Slappey   [ updated Oct 8, 2011, 1:38 PM ]

So this marks the beginning of a new website. It is long overdue. I will probably start by migrating some of the posts from my old website over to this one.

Enjoy!


Update:

I'm to lazy to actually build this, so here's a link to my old website for your perusing pleasure:

http://stu.westga.edu/~cslappe1

Check out the 
old News and Interests section for anything interesting, or click between the links along the top of the page to see some of my photography.


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