Retailer warns anti-pirate 3DS firmware imminent
Update said to brick consoles running iffy game copies
Hackers beware: Nintendo's next-gen handheld, the 3DS, is out of bounds.
According to one online retailer, Nintendo is readying a firmware update that will brick the device completely should any dodgy tampering be detected.
Japanese store Enterking alerted customers who wish to resell their console, that if any illegal customisation is detected, the Nintendo 3DS could become "non bootable by system update", fansite GoNintendo reports.
Hours after the device hit shelves in Japan, videos appeared which showed the console already hacked and running games stored on a card.
But be warned, if you attempt to follow suit - and Nintendo does indeed releases its anti-hack firmware update - then your console could become unusable. And we wouldn't want that now would we? ®
staying purile then
Then along those lines:
If stab someone with a knife, it still isn't legal for the Tesco shop assistant to come over and blunt it for you.
If you run someone over, Ford don't come round and remove the car's engine.
If people commit crimes, like stabbing, piracy, or vehicular manslaughter, there are methods in place to have them legally tried under the laws of the land. You don't get to just bypass the court and punish the criminal directly just because you can.
Likewise if Nintendo want to sue or prosecute pirates they have my full support. But they can do it the same way everyone else has to.
For those supporting this, get ready for a future where if you're caught speeding, Ford remotely disable your car so you have to buy a new one. What's that? You were rushing your pregnant wife to hospital? Tough.
"You can do with it as you please - as long as you don't break the law."
Homebrew is not illegal.
Who the hell cares if you can see a need or not?
It is a piece of hardware legally bought by someone. It then belongs to them to do with as they please.
Anyone willing to sue them for threatening to disable your legally acquired device?
Not quite. Check the link: http://www.copyrightservice.co.uk/copyright/p01_uk_copyright_law and look at Section 8 (Acts that are allowed), Bullet 8. It states: 'Producing a back up copy for personal use of a computer program.' Software falls under the 'Literary' Type Of Work, therefore it appears you can make a copy of a piece of [computer] software for personal use.
TBH this makes sense. Despite the fact that nowadays media is a little more robust that floppy disks of old, when shelling out 40-odd quid for a game I'd like to be able to use a copy and not the original. Particularly when the only tangible thing I've got is a tiny bit of plastic about the size of a postage stamp!