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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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Nov 18 2010

A couple of days ago, I took one of our old desktop PCs out of the storage shed, dusted it off, and for a cost of exactly zero dollars and some time, turned it into a media system for the living room.

Forget the DVD player, which has been gathering dust ever since. This is like living in the future. It’s that good.

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