June 03, 2011, 12:00 AM — Sony got its Playstation Store back online yesterday, padding the whole thing out with an exhausting list of updates, improvements and special offers to those who didn't abandon the Store while it was gone, or for visitors looking for something to read while waiting for the Store to go back down again.
ITWorld colleague Peter Smith, has been following the Sony debacle, actually tried it out with some purchases and downloads. He was disappointed in the download speed, probably because people had been lined up for days waiting for the update that would keep their COD character from falling through the floor on multiplayer or whatever.
Even enthusiasts aren't buying both Sony software and its reassurances, however.
"The more cynical will see this as a marketing ploy," Smith said.
I doubt it's just the more cynical. After weeks of downtime, plus up-and-downtime, plus hack after hack after hack of Sony's related sites, I think the only potential users or customers who wouldn't think Sony is laying the marketing butter on a bit thick would be those who don't learn from experience.
They tend to just get killed at the same spawn point over and over, though, so that's no great loss.
What neither Smith nor Sony has answered is a far more pertinent question: considering how hard Sony resists spending money on security to protect customers or compensation for basically giving away their personal information, has Sony spent enough on security to prevent even more data breaches?
Or does it figure all that information is out there in someone's hands anyway, so it should profit from the lack of privacy?
Will the Playstation Store actually sell customer data rather than just waiting for someone to steal it?