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Editor's Note: Sony, Slayer of Progress

Feb 25, 2011, 23:03 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Phillip Torrone)

"This week I'm going to switch gears a little and declare an enemy for all makers, hackers, and innovators — it's in a very different space: the consumer electronics industry. And who is this slayer of progress? Sony.

"If you're over the age of 25 you likely have a long history with Sony. They were the company we all had something from. If you only had $20, Sony had the best $20 headphones. If you have $500, again, Sony usually had the best. From their world-changing Walkman to a Sony Trinitron monitor, Sony has been part of our lives in one way or another for decades.

"In this article, we'll explore Sony's long history of going after legitimate innovation, hobbyists, and competition. Sony, we've been keeping score.We're tired of you picking on people who want to program their robot dogs to dance. We're tired of you suing people who want to run their own software on something they bought. Sony has made so many mistakes with technology choices (Memory Stick, Magic Gate, UMD!), perhaps they'll end themselves soon enough, but we'd like to think there's at least someone there would wants to avoid Sony spending its last days sending DMCAs to anyone who tweets "46DCEAD317FE45D80923EB97E4956410D4CDB2C2″."

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