2614 posts • joined 12 Oct 2007
Bad News Indeed
"Backed by Apple, Oracle, and EMC as well as Microsoft, CPTN is spending $450m to buy a bag of Novell patents."
That sounds like the Evil Corp League of America. Don't know about EMC, but Apple, Oracle and Microsoft will happily engage in mass source-closing movements to bully their propietary stuff as the only option. This is indeed very bad.
"Penguin lovers have been known to complain about things that are ultimately of no consequence whatsoever."
Like calling Linux "GNU/Linux". It's just a matter of time that the terminology nazis complain that it should've been called Operation GNU/Linux, blah blah blah.
Anyway, it does seem kinda weird to call a counterterrorism operation 'Linux'. Does that mean they're going to go after MS after they clamp down on ETA?
"Or lastly, they could just reimplement the "Other OS" option, the removal of which seems to have caused this hacking crusade in the first place. Especially as I doubt they have a leg to stand on by suing these people."
Yes. I'm pretty sure that fail0ver and other real hackers will simply stand down if they re-enable OtherOS ... which is the reason they started hacking at the PS3 in the first place!
@Bedroom Coders: You fail at crypto even more than Sony. The math involved in cracking the PS3 is not trivial, breaking asymmetric keys isn't trivial, and getting yourself into the CCC isn't something that "skreept keedz" would be able to do. GeoHot did basically take the fail0verflow tools and do some cheap jailbreaking, but it wouldn't have been possible without fail0ver's research. In fact I don't have a good opinion of him, as he actually enabled piracy in the PS3, which the fail0ver crew *didn't* do because they didn't want to enable pirates, only restore OtherOS functionality.
The Update Method
The "PSN Update" isn't done by SSL. In fact, it is a crappy txt file that says which is the latest FW version, and gives the link to download the latest FW. Any skilled IT person could simply set up his own "PSN Update" server and point it to a custom FW file. It just won't be possible to stop these things.
If anything else fails, the hardware flashing mechanism will work. The ROM keys were compromised.
As a paying customer...
"As for annoyed paying customers, I doubt the removal of OtherOS affected many people at all. Certainly legit customers shouldn't be annoyed by Sony going after crackers."
yet the OtherOS removal pissed off the kind of people that were skilled enough to crack the PS3. It's as stupid as that dude who wanted to burn Korans in the US. You're asking for it.
As for me? I was one of those "rare" dudes who buys PS3 games *and* uses the PS3 Linux for research purposes. If you don't know the difference between CellBE and craptel x86, you're too dumb to even argue the 'buy a PC' FUD. We were hit by OtherOS removal precisely because we *do* play games, but we can't because updating will kill Linux support.
Really. Is someone playing games *and* running Linux too much of a stretch??
Not homebrew, Linux
I don't give a flying fudge about homebrew. I do care about Linux on the PS3 though. Give me that and I'm happy.
Because GeoHot just had to put the Piracy into the Linux-enabling hack, Sony can flog the "Piracy!" Flag on this one. Why the hell did he do that? Just enable Linux dammit!
I do hope that the defense pulls up that they did it because of OtherOS's loss... it might probably help the other class-action suit out there.
Jocks vs. Nerds
Geeze, maybe the problem is that US High Schools are more concerned about churning out sports jocks while good students are just cannon fodder for jockies to kick around?
At least that part of Farenheit 451 does seem to be prophetic. It should be *nerds* the ones being seen as heroes, not the jackass who puts down 5 touchdowns and loves to beat the living shit out of weaklings.
Yup. CDMA doesn't require a SIM, which is why CDMA carriers tend to use this to their advantage, locking down their handsets pretty hard.
At least our own CDMA carrier in Mexico has deployed a GSM network and put out the iPhone on that one, so there won't be any portability issues over here. :D
Problem with that scenario: Verizon is CDMA, it doesn't have a SIM card at all!
Yes, indeed the PC will usually be superior to most consoles; and on some accounts, it is still the case. The thing is that the PS3 carries a new kind of processor, the CellBE, that has a new kind of architecture suitable for heavy number-crunching. So while the specs on a PS3 are definitely inferior to a standard PC (256MB RAM? Ha!), the processor itself outruns most current-generation x86 crapcessors.
So while you won't see much interest on Wii Linux or Xbox running Linux; there is a large interest on the PS3 thingy just because of that processor. I don't really care much about homebrew, but I did enjoy tinkering around with the different programming model for the CellBE.
No fix for this
The key that was exposed is part of the ROM. The only fix they can do now is changing hardware stuff on the PS3 itself. EPIC FAIL.
Before the OtherOS removal, the only ones interested in cracking the PS3 were trying to get pirated games to run on the PS3. The "run Linux in my toaster" crowd was uninterested, and incidentally this crowd is usually the one that actually gets the impossible stuff don, like porting Android to the iPhone. While a PS3 crack could have eventually happened, it would've taken far more time if the PS3-Linux crew hadn't been involved, up to the point that the fail0ver team didn't care about cracking PS3s until Sony removed OtherOS.
It is also interesting to note that when they release these juicy bits of code, it will NOT allow pirated games to run. They don't want pirated games, they want Linux and have enabled a way to run Linux *without* automatically compromising the GameOS at the same time, which was the case with the earlier USB trick. And it will probably remain that way, as a run-Linux/no-piracy jailbreak won't run afoul of the DMCA. :)
Is this really a surprise?
Up until April 1, 2010, the most talented hackers & coders didn't give a shit about PS3 restrictions, as most of the legal reasons for jailbreaking the PS3 were covered by the standard firmware: running Linux, running games from other regions.
Then Sony decided to piss off that group, thinking "geeze, they got like 1% of all the PS3 market. We can tell them to go fuck themselves and nobody will care!" And to a certain degree, they were right: most people were suckered by the "security reasons" that Sony gave them and called those who wanted to run Linux pirates or "xbots".
Sony simply didn't realize that the pissed-off userbase might be a low % of PS3 users, but they are also the ones that have enough expertise to pull off something like this. I really wish that Sony were to re-enable Linux not only on the fat ones, but on the slim ones as well.
Problem with your theory: 3D movies aren't a 2009/10 thing, they've been done as far back as the 50's, and they've failed over and over and over. The last 3D craze came in the 80's with Jaws 3D, Elm Street 3D & co. It has crashed and burned even without our current choices.
Also, those improvements are actually good: would you really prefer soundless, black & white movies? Though Color had been available for quite some time before WW2. There's a critically panned movie back in its time that used it to great effect, maybe you've even heard of it. It's called "Wizard of Oz".
Hell, even Chaplin monkeyed around with sound: Some small parts of Modern Times had sound bits in a couple of scenes.
3D will probably be worth it, but currently few directors are actually good at that. 3D doesn't have to suck, but I don't think its a need-to-have thing yet. The few good 3D movies out there usually come with the red/blue glasses, no need for 3DTVs yet.
Re: TV plateau
Agreed, TV tech didn't improve after color TV. Most of the "improvements" were on the devices themselves, like remote control or display tech; most of the latter thanks to stuff used on embedded devices or computers (LCD?) at least until HDTV came out. 3DTV isn't hot, and is useless for most stuff except for videogames. I hate watching sports so that use isn't in my list, and consoles can probably manage 3D wothout the need of a 3D TV.
One thing that annoys me is the bunch of people that turn on the TV but don't actually *watch* TV. There's a device that works for you, it's called "radio". Thanks to these guys, some Latin American channels have dropped original language audio for crappy Spanish dubs. Want to listen stuff, use a radio! What's the use of an HDTV if you aren't going to watch it?
Re: Needs clarification
"IE is still head and shoulders above any single competitor."
I had the impression that their sharehold had dropped under 60%, probably will go under 50% in the near future. They aren't the almighty overlord at least with IE, and FF or Chrome might take over the browser lead in the near future.
Granted, home PCs rarely run Linux. Most mobile/appliance computing devices run Linux, but mainstream stuff hasn't adopted Linux yet. Smartbooks were going to do that, but then Jobs had to come with his iPad and shat all over the market. :(
Upgrade to unusability!
Get smacked with the Ribbon. That's the main reason for which I am *not* upgrading at all. I'll keep my Office 2003 because I hate that piece of shit interface!
DES is an encryption algorithm indeed... crackable by 5 year old kids using 10 year old hardware. Yet you would be terrified to know how many organizations use it to "secure" passwords and such sensitive things.
Then there's that stupid idea called 3DES, which seems to be the cheap VPN standard, and is also used in some SSL connections. I keep myself away from anything bearing the "DES" name.
Now that I think about it, DES is probably as "secure" as a bad hashing algorithm...
Hm... given that this happened in El Paso, I wonder if the "mission" was actually:
- Checking out which Mexican citizens are doing their Xmas shopping spree in El Paso, so they get a "surprise search" at the border, or
- Sending the bot to do *their* shopping spree. Do Bots have Credit Cards as well?
"The article above hints that people modding games may have a stake in this - I don't agree. Botting isn't about modding, it's about unattended play, bypassing much of the games experience and required effort and it can ruin it for other gamers."
Problem is that the specific wording in this ruling means that it opens up the possibility to slam modders with DMCA violations as well. Diablo file editors, those playing SAMP or Multi-Theft Auto (GTA San Andreas was given a modkiller patch after the Hot Coffee incident), Doom 1 & 2 modders (I think Quake was the first one that officially supported modding) and others. Because this ruling means that any editing to any game code == DMCA violation.
As if the DMCA wasn't bad enough!
"Thereisnocowlevel, etc are intended functions of the software put there by the developers, claiming using these would be illegal is as ridiculous as claiming you can no longer use space to open doors in doom. These people changed the game to cheat."
I also mentioned the Diablo character editor thingy. IIRC, that one isn't an official Blizzard tool, it was a hack-thingy that allowed to create or edit characters to give them stuff like extra levels, abilities, inventory stuff. That one might probably fall under the DMCA violation according to this rule. Take in mind that Diablo is playable online, and the gameplay style is kind of MMO-ish. I also forgot to mention the FSGS thingy that allows you to use a custom Battle.net server instead of the Blizzard one. Very useful for LAN parties w/o internet access :)
Blizzard does have the right to boot/ban cheaters from their servers; after all, it is their service and I fully agree with that. It is the method which Blizzard is using to enforce this that I find as DMCA creep.
It isn't about cheating
The problem isn't about Blizzard wanting to crack down on cheating; that's acceptable on its own terms, even free games like MUDs or Quake servers will ban bot cheaters. The problem here is that DMCA is being used for things that it shouldn't be used, equating a simple "cheating tool" to a warez game-pirating cracker. This has bad implications on stuff not even related to "copyright infringement" or even "MMORPG cheating".
According to this ruling, if I type "there is no cow level" on StarCraft, I'm BREAKING TEH LAW.
If I use one of those "Diablo character editors" to give my sorceress an instant lvl 32, I'M BREAKING TEH LAW.
Hell, I'm probably violating the DMCA if I type IDSPISPOPD while playing DOOM. "Oh noes! He's walking through walls!"
Yes, cheating on MMOs is wrong, but the ruling in this case is also wrong. Two wrongs don't make a right.
Best movie to use 3D: Avatar.
Besides that, the one thing that does tempt me to get into the 3D bandwagon is Gran Turismo 5, that one supports 3D.
And you *don't* need a 3D TV, it seems!
Potshots at Mac
Now, it would've been comical for someone to complain about the (thankfully) discontinued "I'm a Mac, and I'm a PC" ads because the snobbish bastard was clearly not a fruity PC*, and the other guy was clearly not a PC.
* They're both IBM-compatible PCs running x86 hardware. The only difference is the software and the outer look!
Somalia Pirate Repellant
If they were to fit one of these babies onto a tanker? One shot from this should take care of any pirate ship. And at a 200 mile range, it would also be a good patrol weapon!
Theo de Raadt in facepalm
Maybe he'll stop dissing Linux as a "cheap hackjob" now that his BSD distro has been outed as "0wned by the FBI".
Of course, I wonder if other OSen have similar things? Isn't it supposed that the open source process would catch these kind of things?
Hey wait, someone tried to sabotage the Linux kernel a couple of years ago. It was found in the version control before it was released to the public... so probably OpenBSD's process isn't as good as they claim it to be.
I predict it will crash and burn ... based on previous history. Remember the Pippin? Probably not. Most of us learned about it when it came out in one of those "Worst Tech Flops of all time" lists.
I sometimes think that MS is trying to replicate everything from success stories in the hope of replicating said stories, even the blunders.
WinPhone 7 comes out without cut&paste, multitask ... just like iPhone.
Project Natal gets changed to a stupid name: Kinect, just like Revolution got changed to another stupid name: Wii.
Not to mention that Sony already had done the controllerless thingy with the PS2's EyeToy years before MS did. Anyone remember the Anti-Grav game? Probably the only good game for the EyeToy.
The PS3 dudes will put the controller down when the XBox dudes place their S controllers down as well. These kind of articles lure both types, it's kinda like the Apple articles. I do wonder why companies have those different "year periods"... shouldn't they all use Dec-Dec or Jan-Jan periods?
OMG MS fanboys!
The most amusing thing about this round of console wars is this: It doesn't matter if you buy a Kinect or a Move, in 6 months it will be gathering dust along with your Wii, your EyeToy, your "Karaoke DDR" microphone and your USB diadem you only used once with LifeLine. Time after time some boneheaded exec tries to bolt on some new gimmick onto a best-selling console, releases a couple of games that use 'em ... and then watches the game crash and burn, and then the addon die off because no-one else wants to add support for something that isn't standard on all consoles. The Wii was an instant hit because the motion controller was a standard controller for the thing, not something that had to be added later!
And while PS3 is still "third place" in the worldwide numbers (4 million down), you should notice that the only regions where the 360 still leads are the US and UK; everywhere else the PS3 outnumbers the 360; and that is without counting that a good bunch of those 360's are RRoD replacements.
And well... something that I've seen more appealing than movement controllers is the 3D stuff in certain games. I've seen a Gran Turismo 5 ... on 3D. That pulled my attention much more than the Kinect display I've seen ... where handling the controllerless menu was akin to using a miscalibrated touchscreen. I haven't tried the Move yet, but I'll probably be unimpressed as well.
"The 486 MB file claimed that 1.5 million passwords were protected with DES, or Data Encryption Standard, a feeble enough hashing algorithm that the attackers were able to recover the first eight characters of the corresponding password."
Anyone using anything DES related is an idiot and deserves to be 0wn3d pretty hard. DES has been rumored to be insecure since its inception, and fully proven to be insecure with Deep Crack. Yet some people insist on encrypting 'harmless' stuff like passwords and config files with DES, and this is excellent proof on why this is bad.
Hell, I'm even distrustful of 3DES, the "secure" version of DES. I expect it to be as easily cracked, and it has probably been already cracked as well. Want secure? AES128 at a minimum, AES256 preferred.
So would this be the planetary equivalent to the Hotel California?
"You can take-off any time you want,
but you can't ever leave!"
Dead-end tech? Kinda like CDMA
Unfortunately, that one will still live on for quite a while, because Verizon and Sprint use it, and cover a good chunk of the US. Meh.
Mostly same reasoning, Go PS3
You'll find plenty of FPS games on both consoles; but the PS3 wins on some accounts such as the included Blu-Ray player and free multiplayer. There's also the fact that the PS3 can be 'upgraded' as you can simply swap out the HDD for a bigger one without the thing locking up, unlike the 360 requiring "official" HDDs at extortionate prices.
In my opinion, charging for online play is so 1990's, those in the US might remember TEN doing monthly charging to what amounts to glorified dialup ISP service ... except it was a gaming-only dialup network. Quake and its ilk brought down that shameless pimping, but MS has brought it back from the dead with XBL.
If your only pull towards the 360 is Halo, Resistance and Killzone serve as drop-in replacements. I've always liked better the Gran Turismo series as well, so there's that...
Revenge of the Christmas animals?
Back in the late 80's, a local radio station would do a radio play thingy called "El Pavo Asesino" (The Killer Turkey), who is fed up with humans eating turkey on Xmas and decides to feed on humans this Christmas Eve.
Could it be that the next killer animal will be that infamous 'John Blood Turkey'?
I assume none of these boffins have read Michael Crichton's Prey; let's hope they don't actually make them fully autonomous!
See also: Second Variety
Are you doing 1080p?
Netflix, I believe, doesn't do 1080p. Some cable channels actually do 1080i or 1080p; that's simply not possible with average broadband.
Also, under current schemes, the ISPs network will go down when 100+ users in the same area start streaming, even if they're watching the same frickin' show. This should be easy to solve with multicast, but that just isn't the case these days.
But as for me and grandpa, we believe!
That was precisely the song that started playing in my head when I started reading this article!
I actually made an assembly program to decode that last message. I'm actually amazed that I haven't lost my 0xDEADBEEFCAFE skills, and that I managed to do the whole thing in 15 minutes.
I should probably get a low level programming job.
Given the astounding quantity of 3 iPhones I've seen in the last 3 years, I really, really doubt that Mexico is an iOS-touting region. Blackberries are becoming so common it seems like it is the new StarTAC (reference to "phone the world+dog seems to have) in the smartphone market. The one thing that could be skewing the data is that not all Blackberry ownershave BIS service, thus they aren't browsing the interwebs with their devices; those who do have BIS will usually do IM, BB Messenger, and use the native apps for FB and twitter. Not much web browsing there.
Agreed on that point. I prefer to avoid cable ISPs over here, because they have implemented NAT since the very beginning. That's something I label as dishonest, especially because they combine it with shady traffic shaping and will also break some protocols just because they can. At least one cable ISP has seen the light and will now offer IPv6 addys :)
In fact it is because of the infamous Ford Pinto that most sensible companies now prefer to err on the safe side. Of course, Apple and it's "there ain't no problem" culture means that most of these cases are shunned. Unfortunately, it seems that like the Ford Pinto, someone will have to actually DIE during a MagSafe-induced fire for Apple to be forced to admit the damn thing is unsafe.
So long and thanks for the fish
That's the message they've received. We're screwed!
Mine's the one with the Mark 42 improbability drive...
A newspaper that nobody reads is a newspaper that can't influence people, which is what conservative newspapers usually try to do. When the Torygraph moves to PPR (pay-per-read) system, the liberal leaning newspapers will be the only ones remaining as a free service.
Not that it isn't a good thing ... if only the nutty conservative newspapers in the US did the same...
Turning off your cellphone is so 1990's. These days, more people call you at your mobile than your landline; and if you *do* get a nighttime call, it's urgent.
Also, you might not even be sleeping at your own home. ;)
Same applies for the 360 vs. PS3 fudging
MS and 360 sheeples have been baaaa'ing a lot about the total number of 360s being higher than PS3s, despite the full year the 360 had been out by the time the PS3 came out. The Sept 2010 numbers show that the gap is roughly at 3 millions, which means the gap is probably going to close during the next year or earlier. Never mind that there are more PS3s than 360's in almost everywhere except US and UK.
And there's still the RRoD-replacement purchases to account for.
The Amazing Exploding HP Laptop!
I actually have pics of one truly exploded HP Laptop which "went off" when I was in college. Our friend had just bought it about 2 weeks before so it was still new when this happened. He had the laptop on and was carrying it under his arm when it suddenly started sparking and leaking battery acid. He proceeded to lay it down on the ground, and ran to the bathroom to wash off the acid.
Meanwhile, another guy tried to open up the laptop because there was smoke coming out of the thing. He had just opened up a bit when it started sparking again... and then proceded to detonate. It burst up in flames, exploded two times more, one of them expelling a battery cell about 10 meters away from the laptop, leaving a hole like an Alien chestburster had burst out of the laptop. We all stood dumbfounded watching the whole thing, until the security guard brought the extinguisher to stop the fire.
This happened about 2 years before the "exploding laptop batteries" pandemic, so when my friend called HP to tell them that the laptop exploded, they didn't believe him. It was until he sent pics from the exploded laptop that he got a free replacement and an HP public apology being made to him and to the college.
Hell, I still have the pics somewhere in my HDD. I should probably send 'em...
I remember seeing this madness with a series of state sports event being called the "something Olympics", until the IOC came slamming down. I remember the Math Olympics or something like that, haven't seen them being slammed though.
I've found the thing really stupid. What's next, suing the God of War series because it takes place in the Olympiad? Suing the Percy Jackson writer because it has "new Olympians"?
Me using PageMaker feels like being a Jedi Knight during the Galactic Empire; the last user of a long forgotten religion. During the early Mac days, PageMaker was one of the Mac's "killer apps"; unfortunately a lot of later users simply started using Word for everything, and PageMaker slowly slid into oblivion.
Mac used to be bleeding edge for DTP; it also used to be a fun environment, lacking the fanboyism of the post-Jobs comeback.
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