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Sony's days of selling you a proprietary DRM-encrusted rootkit and then detonating it may be all in the past

In our first year of operation, many slammed DailyTech for "overtly negative Sony bias." 

This was pure folly, of course, as 2006 was the advent of Sony's perfect storm.  Oops, did I wordsmith a cliche? Perhaps so, according to some public relations department at a university better known for its hockey players than English professors.  But let's not let some Reuters hack ruin the fun.

Post-2007 Sony is the new pre-2006 Sony.  It's only been seven days into the month, and already things are looking way up for the company.

The HD DVD / Blu-ray debate is not a done deal, but with Warner already siding with Blu-ray, what else is there to say?  Forbes, known better for its predictions that don't come true than ones that do, says Paramount is next.  Who cares anyway? The media already crowned Blu-ray the winner.

And who could forget the 2006 DRM-rootkit debacle the decimated Sony's public relations.  The company was quick to throw its developer under the bus -- a sweet cash settlement and typical B2B litigation followed.

In one brilliant stroke, Sony amended all wrongdoings by dropping DRM.

And to make things even sweeter, the company is pretty far ahead in OLED research and vows to make the PS3 profitable this year.

Maybe this is Sony's year to give back its 2006 losses.  OK, so there's still the exploding battery debacle.  But now at least Sony has something to do with the next 359 days of the year.

Yes, it's a leap year if you were playing at home.

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Sony is not SonyBMG
By Carl B on 1/8/2008 4:29:03 PM , Rating: 2
What makes me crazy about this whole rootkit thing, is that Sony != SonyBMG, yet here is another article where there is no differentiation made at all. The irony is that if the rootkit thing is being used as the justification for Sony hating by DailyTech, that just says it all... and of course it's par for the course that the corporate distinction not be mentioned (or even known?)

SonyBMG is a joint-venture just as Sony-Ericsson is; financially its results are added to Sony's own as a special item, and Howard Stringer is not directly in control of Sony BMG or its actions. Why don't we just write BMG instead of Sony when it comes to truncating the name and hating? Ah yes, because then it's not nearly as much fun for the anti-Sony crowd...

RE: Sony is not SonyBMG
By Mach Omega on 1/8/08, Rating: 0
RE: Sony is not SonyBMG
By Mach Omega on 1/8/2008 5:50:53 PM , Rating: 1
I meant "write."

RE: Sony is not SonyBMG
By Vinnybcfc on 1/8/2008 6:22:49 PM , Rating: 2
Missed the articles about the RRoDs? Nevermind, been busy on the PS3?

RE: Sony is not SonyBMG
By Mach Omega on 1/8/2008 11:22:03 PM , Rating: 2
I really didn't feel the need to defend the PS3 until I realized that even legitimate compliments of the system or legitimate complaints re: the XBox360 were ruthlessly downrated. Same with Apple.

Mindlessly downrating legitimate points of view harms the integrity of sites that are supposedly neutral in reporting the news. If this site had the title "DailyTech presented by Microsoft," then I could understand the bias. Even if DailyTech does not actively participate in bias, allowing its forums to be manipulated by shills severely threatens the site's credibility.

In the spirit of peace, I'll write something positive about an MS product... the new Zunes are really nice. If MS keeps making products like that, it may reverse its image as a soulless corporate goliath.

RE: Sony is not SonyBMG
By DEVGRU on 1/10/08, Rating: 0
RE: Sony is not SonyBMG
By Mach Omega on 1/10/2008 9:49:07 PM , Rating: 2
I'm glad your response was downrated because the simple fact is that Sony has been no different than other companies in its business practices. I don't look to corporate entities for moral guidance and firmly believe in "caveat emptor." It sucks but as long as governments give businesses free passes to screw consumers, I don't pick sides when it comes to the ethics of companies. I don't like MS strictly because, even employing some of the best minds in the industry, its products are mediocre at best.

As for the 360 outclassing the PS3, that's just false. The PS3 is better designed and quieter than the 360 and has media features that are superior. But getting into a pissing contest about it wouldn't serve anything.

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