Originally Posted by Ninja Prime
Installing a rootkit in the firmware is most certainly a change to hardware, but you agree to it when you get on PSN and agree to the TOS.
Yes and no I guess. The hardware isn't physically changed but since the firmware essentially determines how the hardware can be accessed, it is changing it to a degree.
Your point is what I was trying to say, though. On PSN, Sony has free reign, much like MS on XBL. But offline, they should not be controlling how you use your
hardware. Software purchases are licenses, hardware purchases are physical ownership. The user should be allowed to do whatever the hell they want to to that hardware.