According to my sources, Lite-On will soon be AES encrypting the firmware on Plextor's 20x and 22x DVD writers. Apparently, Plextor doesn't like how you can use utilities like LtnFlash and xflash to flash a $30 Lite-On drive with a Plextor firmware and use their PlexUtilities software. I pointed out that unencrypted Plextor firmware is already out on the web, but Lite-On is moving ahead with it anyway to show Plextor that they are trying to do something about it.
"Blu-ray is just a bag of hurt." - Steve Jobs