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I'm about done with this topic, but we've got a few updates from the hivemind informing us that a) the Sony DRM scheme phones home/is intrusive and b) Sony doesn't care because nobody knows what a rootkit is anyway.

First point: Sysinternals discovered that the DRM unisntaller requires you to put in all your specs and then gives you a "unique ID" to download the uninstaller. Then the uninstaller doesn't run unless you shut down the DRM and you can't shut down the DRM until you run the uninstaller. Ay! Lucy!

Second point: In an NPR interview:

Thomas Hesse, President of Sony's Global Digital Business, literally says: "Most people, I think, don't even know what a rootkit is, so why should they care about it?"


So malicious intent and active contempt. Way to keep the faith.

The real question here: How far can a company go to keep their content safe? I see both sides of the DRM debate, but this is just irresponsible.

More on Sony: Dangerous Decloaking Patch, EULAs and Phoning Home [Sysinternals via TheInquirer]
Sony: Rootkits Are Okay, Because No One Knows What They Are [TechDirt]