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PlayStation (Games)

PS3 Hacked? 296

Several readers have sent word that George Hotz (a.k.a. geohot), the hacker best known for unlocking Apple's iPhone, says he has now hacked the PlayStation 3. From his blog post: "I have read/write access to the entire system memory, and HV level access to the processor. In other words, I have hacked the PS3. The rest is just software. And reversing. I have a lot of reversing ahead of me, as I now have dumps of LV0 and LV1. I've also dumped the NAND without removing it or a modchip. 3 years, 2 months, 11 days...that's a pretty secure system. ... As far as the exploit goes, I'm not revealing it yet. The theory isn't really patchable, but they can make implementations much harder. Also, for obvious reasons I can't post dumps. I'm hoping to find the decryption keys and post them, but they may be embedded in hardware. Hopefully keys are setup like the iPhone's KBAG."

Comment Re:Dammit, now I need another excuse (Score 1, Informative) 316

Here is a way to get out of your Verizon contract without fees and get your hands on a new iphone. Basically because Verizon is raising the cost of text messaging from $0.10 to $0.20 you can claim financial hardship and get out of your contract. Keep in mind that this only works if you do not currently subscribe to a text messaging plan and pay individually for each message. Also you have to opt-out by March 1st 2008. This can be done in about an hour, you may have to go through two or three customer dis-service agents, but it works. http://consumerist.com/342706/cancel-verizon-without-termination-fee-based-on-new-text-message-rate-increases http://forums.slickdeals.net/showthread.php?sduid=187118&t=427435
Microsoft

Submission + - Counterfeit Visa rate half that of XP 1

LynnwoodRooster writes: Channel Register in the UK reports that counterfeit Vista deployments are half that of XP. Maybe the "phone home" feature of Vista actually works to reduce software piracy. If this is the case, we can expect to see a hard, second look at including this feature in many more applications from most software companies.

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