When you release something into the world, you should really understand people.
You should, but "some idiot might try to change batteries while driving" is not a kind of thing you can reasonably protect against.
More generally, at some point safety features will actually make things less safe. For example, forklifts have to sound alarm while backing. Good idea if there were always just one, but if you have many of them working in the same warehouse the resulting cacophony masks other sounds - such as the tire noise of the forklift that's about to drive over you.
Also, what is this facetime equivalent you speak of, assuming you're not just talking about Skype?
Google Hangouts has let you make video calls for almost as long as Facetime. It's actually functionally superior to Facetime - it allows multiple people in the hangout (basically a conference call with just text, sound, or video, or any combo, also supposed to have a whiteboard feature though I never used it) across multiple platforms (phones, tablets, PCs; Android, iOS, Windows, OS X, Linux). Or at least it used to be. For some reason, Google is in the process of shuttering Hangouts and will be moving the video call feature to Google Duo, which is only available on Android phones and (as the name implies) only connects two devices - no more conference video calls.
Google's problem is they have a lot of great stuff that nobody knows about. They had a voice assistant before Siri, they just never thought of giving it a spiffy name and didn't market it so nobody knew it was on their phone. I only learned about it via the xda-developers forums. They moved Google Voice over to Hangouts a few years back essentially making every Android phone a VoIP phone, but they never said anything about it so nobody who wasn't using Google Voice before knew about it. Hangouts has been great because it combines multiple platforms - I can respond to short text messages on my phone, but more involved messages I can type up on my laptop since Hangouts shows up in my Gmail sidebar (which incidentally is also how you make video calls from PC). But they never even tried to publicize that capability, and are now in the process of dismantling it (Hangouts no longer combines SMS and hangouts conversations, and MMS has already disappeared from the PC, I expect SMS will go next).
Time and again? That's a bit of an exaggeration there, don't you think? Are you referring to OtherOS, that was a single incident.
and AFAIK the only thing they consider a privilege is their network, not the console itself.
I did run OtherOS by the way, YDL, and moderated over on the YDL forums. Was a regular on the PS2 Linux forum as well. So I'm not unfamiliar with the issue you are probably referring to.
And as I've said many many times:
It is the users choice as to whether they keep OtherOS (and lose access to PSN because the PS3 isn't running the most recent firmware), or upgrade it and lose OtherOS. Now you may make the valid complaint that one shouldn't have had to make that choice, and I agree. But Sony felt that they had to do "something" about the vulnerabilities revealed and OtherOS users were just a rounding error against the horde of users who never used it.
Supporting OtherOS also cost Sony money, and there were compatibility issues in regards to firmware not long before OtherOS was removed.
Funny comment, but that's not likely to happen, the PS4 is more focused on gaming than the PS3 was. And it is less annoying in regards to background updates and the like than the PS3 is.
I've been enjoying mine, a launch model with the HD upgraded to 2TB, it has most of the features I wished the PS3 had. Though it is lacking a bit in certain specific ways compared to the PS3.
I recently took some No Man's Sky screenshots on it, and while I usually copy my shots to an external drive for later batch upload with tags/description via flickr_upload on the PC, I was wondering if I could do a quick upload of one or two to flickr via the PS4's web browser. However, unlike the PS3's browser, the PS4's browser doesn't support image uploads.
And the PS4 can't play/rip music CD's.
Did you forget that Sony also bought OnLive's technology?
For that matter, why would they say PlayStation 3 games are coming to PC instead of PlayStation 3 game videos are coming to PC.
Streaming videos of games are not games.
Are you trolling, or just mentally challenged? It's streaming the game, not just a video of the game. It's no different than playing said game any other way other than the processing is all being done 'in the cloud' with only input and display being handled at the endpoint.
There is never time to do it right, but always time to do it over.