fluffy, you sound like a Sony apologist
Every time they do something like this (and let's face it, they do a *lot* of stuff like this) they piss off a bunch of people. That is not good PR. Sony spends more on defending against lawsuits than any potential loss of software licensing revenue due to piracy, so why do they do this? I'll tell you why; it's about control. They made an amazing machine, and due to their knee-jerk reactions to *any* possibility of losing absolute control over what code is run on it, it does about 10% of what it *could* do...
I've been following the Sony vs. GuysWhoGotButthurtAboutLosingOtherOS lawsuit, and while Sony is clearly not going to get beat on this, they are also clearly in the wrong. Using the "well we have a 10 page EULA that is not in comprehensible language that you also don't get to see until you turn the machine on for the first time and are required to accept otherwise the machine doesn't work" defense is douchebaggery at it's finest. I mean, seriously. FUCK YOU, SONY. I hope against all odds that the judge in this case passes his verdict using his conscience and orders either monetary damages *or* the restoration of OtherOS. And if judgment goes to plaintiff, (which I doubt it will, seeing as Sony seems to be above law) I predict it will be a simple cash settlement. Which will neither affect Sony (whew! dodged a bullet there, eh?!) or restore lost functionality to the console for all the people who bought it while it was being used as a selling point.
My next prediction on their shenanigans: They will lock out Blu-Ray movies that they have no monetary interest in. Or just disable the feature entirely and tell people to just download them from the PSN store.
In closing, I have only this to say to Sony: FUCK.YOU. You give me all the motivation I need to *never* support you in any way. I will do all in my power to crack, hack, pirate, circumvent, exploit, and steal all I can from you. You do not treat me like a customer, rather, a nameless revenue generator, so I will look elsewhere for support on this console. Your business practices are *evil*, and I sincerely hope your developer pool sees the light and abandons you too. Somehow, somewhere, some hacker will find a way to install custom firmware, and we will truly own the PS3, you know, like we thought we did when we bought it?