EditorsAbout the SiteComes vs. MicrosoftUsing This Web SiteSite ArchivesCredibility IndexOOXMLOpenDocumentPatentsNovellNews DigestSite NewsRSS

10.19.09

Microsoft Xbox 360: Rented, Not Owned

Posted in DRM, GNU/Linux, Hardware, Microsoft at 5:04 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Power button

Summary: Nice new proof that Microsoft merchandise like Xbox 360 is rented, not owned; Microsoft disables hardware enhancements

AS MOST PEOPLE may know, there is a lot of DRM in Xbox 360. One of our readers refers to the product as “Microsoft’s experiment with DRM on commodity hardware.” It ought to be added that Apple is not much better in that regard.

Now, Microsoft may be right in banning people who obtain its games illegally. That’s a service for games to be played over the network. service is one thing, however, but hardware is another. And Microsoft not only blocks GNU/Linux installations on hardware that it sells people.

A few months ago we wrote about Xbox 360 kill switches. Regardless of whether these exist or not, more proof is now provided that Microsoft uses firmware updates to block improvement to one’s own hardware, which in turn shows who’s in control.

An upcoming update for Microsoft’s Xbox 360 will prevent “unauthorized” memory units from working with the console, according to a post late yesterday by Xbox Live’s Larry Hryb, a.k.a. Major Nelson.

Many of the problems with Xbox 360 also include an extremely high defect rate, to which new and exceptional remedies are now being proposed.

Share in other sites/networks: These icons link to social bookmarking sites where readers can share and discover new web pages.
  • Reddit
  • email
  • Slashdot

If you liked this post, consider subscribing to the RSS feed or join us now at the IRC channels.

Pages that cross-reference this one

2 Comments

  1. williami said,

    October 24, 2009 at 9:06 pm

    Gravatar

    This explans why I’m not getting the Xbox 360 anytime soon, and why I’ll get the PS3 instead, for Street Fighter IV.

    Roy Schestowitz Reply:

    There is an update about this today. Here is what TechDirt says:

    Once again, this seems incredibly short-sighted by Microsoft. The idea of breaking legitimately purchased hardware that makes the core of Microsoft’s profit center (the games) more valuable, this only serves to piss off Microsoft customers and drive them away from Microsoft.

What Else is New


  1. The 'Access Watson Tapes': Rare Richard Nixon Tape on Former IBM President and Son of IBM's Founder Engaging in Sexual Abuse of Women

    Arthur K. Watson (son of Thomas Sr.) showed chauvinistic and misogynistic behaviour bordering on the criminal; as a US diplomat he was never held accountable for his actions and efforts were made (going all the way up to the US President) to cover everything up



  2. IRC Proceedings: Tuesday, September 29, 2020

    IRC logs for Tuesday, September 29, 2020



  3. Links 30/9/2020: Nitrux 1.3.3, Tracker 3.0

    Links for the day



  4. [Meme] Is IBM's Proprietary Software Surveillance in the 2020 Election a Form of Corporate 'Meddling'?

    Called after an infamous recipient of a Nazi medal (Mr. Watson), an “app” with secret code and remote logging/recording will be used to determine whether the Orange One gets re-elected



  5. Learning to Say “No!” to Tyrants

    IBM continues with its old and oppressive/repressive agenda, even if this time around it's thinly disguised as "tolerance" and "ethics"



  6. Links 29/9/2020: Fedora 33 Beta, Krita 4.4.0 Beta 2, Stellarium 0.20.3 and Mesa 20.2 Released; 20 Million Downloads From the LVFS

    Links for the day



  7. Another Day of ZDNet Being ZDNet, Calling Windows “Linux” (to Confuse People and Help Microsoft Sell Vista 10)

    Microsoft propaganda site ZDNet is keeping up with the tradition of presenting Windows as "Linux" and promoting Windows even in the "Linux" section of the site



  8. [Meme] It's Crazy Not to Eliminate Lame Words That Might Offend Somebody

    If the word “stupid” offends you, then maybe programming isn’t for you, in the same sense that submitting patches with Git over E-mail shouldn't be hard if/when you can develop decent code with sanity checks



  9. IBM Fought for 'Master Race' and Now It's Banning the Word 'Master'

    A lot of the current push to ban the word "master" came from Red Hat (soon IBM, helped by Intel and Microsoft for the most part); we take a hard look at IBM's history to better understand the incredible double standards and what the real motivations might be



  10. IBM's Founder, Mr. Watson (Yes, That Watson), Had “Very Keen Sense of Public Relations”

    "Watson" is a lot more offensive than those supposedly offensive words IBM is working to purge; think about those hundreds of Red Hat workers who are black and were never told about ethnic purges of blacks facilitated by IBM (their new boss)



  11. Under IBM's Leadership Red Hat Becomes a SPAM Marketing Operation, Sending Mass Mails Without Authorisation and Making It Impossible to Unsubscribe

    Red Hat seems incapable of respecting people's inboxes; it subscribes people to things which they never ever subscribed to and makes it impossible to unsubscribe; what has Red Hat become or succumbed to?



  12. EFF: Sitting on a Massive Pile of Money and Members Are Less Than a Third of the Revenue

    As part of our series which explores non-profits turning against their goals (sometimes in pursuit of money, even if that means sellout) we take a good look at the EFF in this age of unprecedented consolidation of wealth and power



  13. IRC Proceedings: Monday, September 28, 2020

    IRC logs for Monday, September 28, 2020



  14. [Meme] Running Public (or Private) Interest Groups for Profit

    The Linux Foundation is picking up some more ‘surveillance capitalism’ money, in the name of… ‘helping’ Linux?



  15. The Concept of Martyrdom in Free Software and the Threat of Demonisation in the Media

    Leaders or figureheads of public interest advocacy are being dismissed as crazy and rude whilst corporations that maim and kill millions of people are spun as "professional" and even "altruistic"; don't fall for it



  16. More Money Does Not Necessarily Mean More Stable Organisations

    The corporate takeover of Free software (privatising the Commons) is a real problem that nobody in the media seems to be talking about, partly because this media is itself corporate and hence part of (participant in) the 'coup'



  17. EPO Management Looks for New and 'Innovative' Ways to Exploit Scientists and Distract From EPO Corruption

    EPO management is desperate for puff pieces, having just produced some greenwashing nonsense (about a dozen press items about this non-event) and now a bunch of self-promotional videos



  18. Before the New York Times Did a Number on Donald Trump It Changed Bill Gates' Tune

    When you speak strictly through a spokesperson it often means you're lying and/or hiding something; the Gates enigma remains unsolved more than a year later



  19. Links 28/9/2020: Linux 5.9 RC7, Review of Linuxfx 10.6, OpenSSH 8.4

    Links for the day



  20. Speaking Through Spokespeople is a Sign of Weakness, Such as Non-Denying and False Denials (or: Bill Gates Never Denied His Connections to MIT Through Jeffrey Epstein)

    Big liars lie shamelessly; the biggest liars lie through proxies and today we examine the evasive tactics of Bill Gates and his associates (who were closely connected to Jeffrey Epstein but refuse to even talk about that, except indirectly)



  21. IRC Proceedings: Sunday, September 27, 2020

    IRC logs for Sunday, September 27, 2020



  22. Accounting for Debconf 19 Travel... in 2020

    A deeper look or analysis of Debian expenditures, which grew more than twicefold for travel last year



  23. Don't Let Microsoft Make 'Open Source' Synonymous With Proprietary Monopoly GitHub

    Now that the OSI works for Microsoft instead of Open Source (no, GitHub isn’t Open Source; it’s inherently against Open Source) we need to understand the modus operandi and learn from old mistakes



  24. Links 27/9/2020: Puppy Linux 9.5, Nitrux 1.3.3

    Links for the day



  25. Public Relations and Tolerance Stunts Are Very, Very Cheap

    It's 2020 and people are asked to focus on superficial aspects of corporations rather than anything of substance (like the effects on society at large, notably exploitation and long-term harm)



  26. Open to Everything

    It always starts with good intentions...



  27. The OSI's President Apparently Does Not Know That His Own Employer (Salesforce) Works for ICE

    The hypocrisy (or double standard) of the OSI’s President is astounding; taking salaries paid in part by ICE budget (Salesforce works for ICE and similarly evil agencies) while protesting in a proprietary software platform of Microsoft (GitHub) about ICE (all this whilst actively participating in it regardless)



  28. [Meme] Communist Tactics

    To Microsoft, Linux is communism until Microsoft controls it (and then runs over it to crush it, the typical modus operandi)



  29. OSI President: Most or Half of the OSI's Money (Even Individual Donors' Money) Goes to a Microsoft-Led Initiative

    The OSI has turned from advocate of "Open Source" (a disingenuous attempt to set aside Free/libre software) to advocate of Microsoft and GitHub in just 3 years (since taking Microsoft's money/bribes)



  30. IRC Proceedings: Saturday, September 26, 2020

    IRC logs for Saturday, September 26, 2020


RSS 64x64RSS Feed: subscribe to the RSS feed for regular updates

Home iconSite Wiki: You can improve this site by helping the extension of the site's content

Home iconSite Home: Background about the site and some key features in the front page

Chat iconIRC Channel: Come and chat with us in real time

Recent Posts