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Comment: Still not a jailbreak. (Score 2) 60

by Linegod (#38285718) Attached to: PlayBook Jailbreak Tool Released

It is a privilege escalation to a 'root' user, which in this context is equivalent to an 'admin' user.

In short, using an insecure backup/restore process, it changes the ability for root to login via ssh. No bootloader access, no 'jailbreak'. From there, all you get is what you could have done by developing an app.

As you could always load an app directly onto your Playbook, this is not all that impressive.

I have come to expect it from Crackberry, but though /. would have a critical eye.

Comment: Re:A bad quarter (Score 1) 341

by Linegod (#37434908) Attached to: The (Big) Problem With RIM

Of course it is a problem. But it is not the end of the world. They have laid out a transition to QNX-based phones, and in the middle of than transition right now. Did they make mistakes last year with the pre-7 phones (underpowered, stagnant interface)? Yes they did, and this is a major part of their drop in overall market share.

This does not seem unrecoverable to me though.

Those who do not understand Unix are condemned to reinvent it, poorly. - Henry Spencer, University of Toronto Unix hack

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