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Hardware Hacking

Hackers Leak Xbox One SDK Claiming Advancement In Openness and Homebrew 86 86

Posted by samzenpus
from the open-it-up dept.
MojoKid writes Microsoft, it seems, just can't catch a break. Days after a major hack took its servers offline on Christmas day, and after being lambasted in multiple stories for shipping games like Halo: The Master Chief Collection in nigh-unplayable condition, the company's Xbox One SDK has been leaked to the public by a group calling itself H4LT. H4LT, which apparently objects to being called a hacker group, offered this explanation when asked why it was distributing the SDK. The group claims that "the SDK will basically allow the community to reverse and open doors towards homebrew applications being present on the Xbox One." To be clear, what H4LT has done is a far cry from groups like Lizard Squad. The SDK for any given product is typically available behind some degree of registration, but they don't necessarily cost anything. The SDK is one small component of creating the ecosystem that would be necessary to get homebrew up and running on the platform. Whether or not users will ever pull it off is another question.

Comment: You first! (Score 1) 437 437

by bornagainpenguin (#48728643) Attached to: Netflix Cracks Down On VPN and Proxy "Pirates"

I'd dare say that the amount of material that is supposed to be public domain by now because of copyright expiry, had it not been extended to the admittedly absurd lengths that it is does not comprise a majority of pirated works.

So? They moved the goal posts first. Why should we be the ones obligated to abide by agreements the other parties have abrogated their part of?

I'll be quite happy to show respect to copyright when Big Media starts showing respect for it--until I'll fly the jolly roger for as long as I can as often as I can.

The MAFIAA can go suck it for all I care.

Comment: Re:That is not doxing (Score 1) 171 171

by bornagainpenguin (#48727185) Attached to: Doxing -- Something To Expect More of In 2015

Calling someone's mom and telling them their son has been making rape threats and harassing women on the internet is not doxxing.

Only if it's demonstrably true. Something...something....cried...wolf... Sorry if I find the current crop of doxxers lacking in veracity. Something..ethics..journalism.. comes to mind but I can't quite put my finger on it.

Putting someone's phone number on the internet to invite[..] rape threats and harassment is doxxing.

Agreed. Which is why no one should be posting someone else's information and using harassment as a silencing tactic.

Comment: LOL Surface... (Score 1) 328 328

by bornagainpenguin (#48708901) Attached to: Is the Tablet Market In Outright Collapse? Data Suggests Yes

The Surface will never be a useful device so long as Microsoft insists on blocking installs of other systems via Secure Boot. If I buy the product I should have the right to install anything I want on it; if I'm merely renting I demand much better terms for the lease. They don't get to have it both ways.

Otherwise I was very much intrigued by the Surface as I've been impressed with Microsoft's hardware in the past but not at the expense of having to run their operating system to use the device.

Comment: ..but ossified spending habits... (Score 1) 206 206

by bornagainpenguin (#48340857) Attached to: Zuckerberg: Most of Facebook Will Be Video Within Five Years

If I'm Facebook, trying to put ads in front of buyers, college kids are a waste of my time. I want baby boomers.

 
Yes, and once those Baby Boomers with their cemented and ossified spending habits and preferences die off and the young college kids are making more money but have already had their buying habits shaped and controlled by the competition who spent their dollars planning for the long term, what then?
 
Not saying that this is right or that you're wrong but there's a little more involved than straight dollars to dollars here...

Comment: Re:Misleading summary (Score 1) 219 219

There is a public debate. Every citizen of the Campaign-funding Corporations of America has the ability to vote, through their elected Lobbyists.

Don't laugh. The Global Corporate Congress is exactly who is getting to vote here.

sigh I miss America...

+ - XBMC4Xbox 3.5 is released for the original Xbox-> 1 1

Submitted by ExoBuZz
ExoBuZz writes: After more than a year’s work since v3.3, XBMC4Xbox version v3.5 has been released. A large number of new features and improvements have been made since v3.3, including the integration of Python 2.7, improved video playback, updates to the skinning engine, scraper fixes, and plenty of bug fixes.

Time to dust off your old Xbox? :)

Link to Original Source
The Internet

Major ISPs Threaten To Throttle Innovation and Slow Network Upgrades 286 286

Posted by Soulskill
from the doubling-down-on-being-jerks dept.
An anonymous reader writes "In a letter released on Tuesday and addressed to the FCC chairman, a group of the U.S.'s top ISPs have warned that if the FCC re-classifies the internet as telecommunications, then innovation would slow or halt and network upgrades would be unaffordable. 'Under Title II, new service offerings, options, and features would be delayed or altogether foregone. Consumers would face less choice, and a less adaptive and responsive Internet. An era of differentiation, innovation, and experimentation would be replaced with a series of 'Government may I?' requests from American entrepreneurs.' They add, 'even the potential threat of Title II had an investment-chilling effect by erasing approximately 10% of some ISPs' market cap.' Ars Technica highlights earlier doomsday predictions by AT&T. The FCC is scheduled to vote May 15 on the chairman's recent proposal encompassing this reclassification option that the ISPs vehemently oppose." Reader Bob9113 adds that a protest is planned for the same day by those who oppose the FCC's plans.

Comment: Re:Popcorn (Score 1) 688 688

by bornagainpenguin (#46875311) Attached to: Firefox 29: Redesign
First, since you seem to be the big apologist for the travesty that Gnome has become, allow me to say 'Fuck you.'

Secondly...

Everbody bitches about what's gone, but not what we've added or improved.

Maybe this is because what's been added isn't an improvement? Maybe what was there before needed not to be removed or rewritten, but to have the bugs fixed? Oh that's right I forgot, you guys think chasing the new shiney is more important than fixing bugs or servicing an existing userbase. I guess that brings me back to point one....

United States

HealthCare.gov Can't Handle Appeals of Errors 208 208

Posted by samzenpus
from the that's-some-good-work-there-lou dept.
PapayaSF writes "The Washington Post reports that roughly 22,000 people have claimed they were charged too much, steered into the wrong insurance program, or denied coverage, but the HealthCare.gov website cannot handle appeals. They've filled out seven-page forms and mailed them to a federal contractor's office in Kentucky, where they were scanned and entered, but workers at CMS cannot read them because that part of the system has not been built. Other missing aspects are said to have higher priorities: completing the electronic payment system for insurers, the connections with state Medicaid programs, and the ability to adjust coverage to accommodate major changes such as new babies. People with complaints about mistakes have been told to 'return to the Web site and start over.'"
Social Networks

Startup Out of MIT Promises Digital Afterlife — Just Hand Over Your Data 241 241

Posted by timothy
from the ashes-to-ashes-dust-to-nsa dept.
v3rgEz writes "A new startup out of MIT offers early adopters a chance at the afterlife, of sorts: It promises to build an AI representation of the dearly departed based on chat logs, email, Facebook, and other digital exhaust generated over the years. "Eterni.me generates a virtual YOU, an avatar that emulates your personality and can interact with, and offer information and advice to your family and friends after you pass away," the team promises. But can a chat bot plus big data really produce anything beyond a creepy, awkward facsimile?"
Media

Is Amazon Making a Sub-$300 Console To Play Mobile Games? 76 76

Posted by samzenpus
from the play-time dept.
itwbennett writes "Yesterday, a story suggesting that Amazon was planning to launch a sub-$300 Android game console made the rounds. A $300 box to play mobile games on your TV? ITworld's Peter Smith doesn't buy it. 'If Amazon is working on some kind of set-top box, it's going to be about streaming,' says Smith. 'Music, video, and games. Remember back in November when Amazon announced G2, a new AWS instance type designed for streaming GPU intensive tasks like games? Combine Amazon's G2 cloud servers and an Amazon set top box for console-like game streaming, plus supporting Android and/or iOS games (possibly the latter would also be streamed), and of course support for Amazon Video and MP3, and we're getting closer to something that may be worth $300.'"

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