PS Mod-chip case

Posted by Swanie | 30.10.05 | | 0 comments »

Australia's High Court ruled unanimously Thursday that modifying Sony PlayStation consoles so that they can play cheaper overseas versions of the company's games does not violate Australian copyright laws.

The decision ends a four-year legal battle between entertainment and electronics giant Sony Corp. and Sydney-based business owner Eddy Stevens, who supplied and installed "mod chips" in PlayStation devices.

The High Court ruled that while making a pirated copy of a game is illegal, playing a game using a mod chip is not. According to Justice Ronald Sackville, in order to be a "technological protection measure" a device must prevent the disks from being copied, not simply prevent copied disks from playing.
I am sure the ruling will be such a hard blow to Sony and other game manufacturers. They will probably need to consider keeping uniform game prices around the globe. Eventually, they will have to change the way they do business; such as letting monthly subscribers play online unlimitedly, instead of selling games outright which will get cloned later.

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Lincoln Kennedy

Posted by Swanie | 30.10.05 | | 1 comments »

I'll let readers decide whether this is just Urban Legend or weird coincidences.


The names Lincoln and Kennedy each contain seven letters.

Abraham Lincoln was elected to Congress in 1846.
John F. Kennedy was elected to Congress in 1946.

Abraham Lincoln was elected President in 1860.
John F. Kennedy was elected President in 1960.

Both were particularly concerned with civil rights.

Both wives lost their children while living in the White House.

Lincoln's secretary was named Kennedy.
Kennedy's secretary was named Lincoln.

Both Presidents were shot on a Friday.

Both Presidents were shot in the head.

Both were assassinated by Southerners.

Both were succeeded by Southerners named Johnson.

Andrew Johnson, who succeeded Lincoln, was born in 1808.
Lyndon Johnson, who succeeded Kennedy, was born in 1908.

Both assassins were known by their three names. (John Wilkes Booth & Lee Harvey Oswald)

Both names are composed of fifteen letters.

Lincoln was shot at the theatre named 'Ford.'
Kennedy was shot in a car called 'Lincoln' made by 'Ford.'

Lincoln was shot in a theatre and his assassin ran and hid in a warehouse.
Kennedy was shot from a warehouse and his assassin ran and hid in a theatre.

Booth and Oswald were assassinated before their trials.

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