PlayStation Hacker Criticized for Sony Settlement

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Humpfester

When you got'em by the ball's, their hearts and minds will follow

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dmackey828

I hope he does do something, It's all for the "Greater Good" IMO, PISS on Sony I say..

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bjoswald

As much as I hate this little punk, he made the right choice by settling out of court. He's just some young kid, he doesn't have bottomless pockets like Sony's executives. What do you expect him to do? All the hackers in world could pool their resources and they'd still come up short. Besides, the message he's sending is more important than court battles anyway.

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Ghok

I would have liked if he had, but I don't blame him for not doing it. The deck was really stacked against him. Sony is a big company. In the end, they lost a customer out of this whole affair. That might not seem to mean much, but bad word of mouth is a slow killer if it lasts long enough. I doubt this'll be the last time Sony has to deal with something like this.

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starzcream

This kid made the right choice. The litigation process for a case like this could have dragged out for years, and the stress could be overwhelming. Not to mention the size and strength of the legal team that a company like Sony can muster. I'll bet that most of the people who are criticizing him for backing down would have done the exact same thing.

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perryra1968

loooooooooser......People were actually rallying behind him? Get a life. Go play Crysis 2. Looks like that hacker made out with some money, too....YOURS. What did you expect?

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Andacious

100% agree

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thenixedreport

The guy just didn't have the resources to do this for the long haul.  I think the best thing to do is to boycott Sony at this point for jerking their cusotmers around.

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aarcane

I think geohot needs to twitter about going to a local bar to read his settlement paperwork, get drunk, and accidentally forget to stuff pages back into the manilla envelope before he snatches it up and stumbles out to his cab.

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TommM

LOL...sign me up for that event.

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nealtse

And Xbox gains another user!

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CaptainFabulous

Since the settlement is confidential and we will never know what the stipulations are it makes no sense to speculate one way or the other.

Those that are calling him a sellout may be right, but they may also be dead wrong. Sometimes you just need to let it go and call it a day.

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Caboose

But this is the internet, and the masses must argue over it, because they are all correct, and everyone else is wrong!

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SevWarfare

He settled, like anyone with half a brain would do.  He was in a no win situation.  He doesn't have the coin to battle Sony.  Also, to all of those who donated money....TOO EFFFING BAD.  Don't give people money if you don't have a contract or an agreement of repayment.  A donation is a gift given by physical or legal persons, typically for charitable purposes and/or to benefit a cause(wikipedia).  It was a GIFT, stop whining.

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TommM

My guess is that he got legal advice that his rear end was going down in flames in a court of law.  Which really is no surprise - Sony has all sorts of copyright protection on it's hardware that you agreed not to infringe with the the day you bought the unit.  And if you mess with that and even worse release it out into public, you're going to feel the wrath of Sony - or any other company for that matter under similar circumstances.

So he obviously took the easy way out. Rather than endure years of living a life of legal hell, he walked away when Sony offered him the chance.  The guy is already a putz in my eyes for trying to make himself some sort of "hero to the masses" by his hacks.  If he doesn't return the donated money, then he'll be better off moving to a deserted island before someone tracks him down and demands the money back the hard way.  ;)

 

 

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qhoa1385

Well put those haters on the spot and I doubt they will "go the distance" against the giant Sony

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rseding91

Does anyone honestly think this is going to stop him from doing what he wants to do?

*uses a proxy and a codename* annnnd resumes doing what ever he wants.

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graydiggy

Yep. He could definately use something like peer blocker and block sony from his IP.

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aarcane

you're an idiot, you know that?  do you even know what peer block does or how an IP address works?  if anything, what he would need is TOR.

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ddimick

He'd also need to lose all sanity. Better to go off and hack something else that doesn't run the risk of ruining your life.

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