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Not too long ago, I had a big grumble about how modern consoles essentially weren’t owned by the purchasers – since the manufacturer could limit or change the capabilities of the devices more or less at will, alter the effective market value of the device in their sole discretion and so on. It was clear that ownership of the console continued to vest in the manufacturer, by the various legal tests for property.

The Playstation 3 was originally a much more open platform, allowing you the possibility of actually running your own software on it, but then Sony took that away, and asserted the rights of ownership when anyone attempted to open it back up.

Well, the Playstation 3 is now owned by users. Pretty much permanently.

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Aug 31 2010

Dear Australian judiciary,

If I were to buy a cement mixer, I could turn it into an artwork. I could modify it to act as a washing machine, if I wanted.

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Aug 4 2010

So, a local games store has almost identical PS3 bundles on sale at the moment. From the literature, the only difference between the two bundles was that one came with “two free games” and the other came with “three free games.”

Well, that and an AUD$100 difference in the price-tag.

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Jan 29 2010

The “Spirit” rover on Mars was designed to last just 90 days in some of the harshest conditions we’ve ever dumped equipment into. After 2,213 days Spirit has finally had to be declared as a stationary research station, and is expected to maybe last a few more months until the accretion of sand prevents it getting power from its solar panels.

It’s both a sad and a proud moment.

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