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PS3 Hacked? 296

Posted by Soulskill
from the another-one-bites-the-dust dept.
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."
Mozilla

Mozilla Rolls Out Firefox 3.6 RC, Nears Final 145

Posted by Soulskill
from the onwards-and-upwards dept.
CWmike writes "Mozilla has shipped a release candidate build of Firefox 3.6 that, barring problems, will become the final, finished version of the upgrade. Firefox 3.6 RC1, which followed a run of betas that started in early November, features nearly 100 bug fixes from the fifth beta that Mozilla issued Dec. 17. The fixes resolved numerous crash bugs, including one that brought down the browser when it was steered to Yahoo's front page. Another fix removed a small amount of code owned by Microsoft from Firefox. The code was pointed out by a Mozilla contributor, and after digging, another developer found the original Microsoft license agreement. 'Amusingly enough, it's actually really permissive. Really the only part that's problematic is the agreement to "include the copyright notice ... on your product label and as a part of the sign-on message for your software product,"' wrote Kyle Huey on Mozilla's Bugzilla. Even so, others working on the bug said the code needed to be replaced with Mozilla's own."
Mozilla

+ - When extension authors go 180 against their users->

Submitted by jonathan3003
jonathan3003 (797920) writes "In the latest update to popular Firefox extension fast dial the author hijacks the browser's default search engine, adds unwanted bookmarks, an additional button to the tab bar which can't be disabled (and is useless anyways), and a few more unpleasant changes. Dozens, if not hundreds, of negative reviews have been submitted on mozilla's addon site just today. This seems to me like a classic case of a developer, or the organization behind him/her, getting to greedy. Another point to notice, is that the developer's page indicates that the extension carries a "no adware" guaranty by softpedia. If you ask me, pushing unwanted bookmarks is definitely adware. (The extension has another official homepage here, but it is currently down)"
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Privacy

State Secrets Defense Rejected In Wiretapping Case 269

Posted by kdawson
from the come-out-into-the-light dept.
knifeyspooney writes in with an Ars Technica report that a federal judge has issued a strong rebuke to government lawyers attempting to invoke the "state secrets" defense to quash a lawsuit over warrantless wiretapping. This is not the high-profile case the EFF is bringing against the NSA; instead the case is being pursued by an Islamic charity that knows it had been wiretapped. "At times, a note of irritation crept into [Judge] Walker's even, judicial language. At one point, he described the government's argument as 'without merit,' and characterized another as 'circular.' He also seemed impatient with the Justice Department's refusal to provide any classified documents addressing Al Haramain's specific claims for review in chambers. 'It appears... that defendants believe they can prevent the court from taking any action under 1806(f) by simply declining to act,' wrote Walker."
Linux Business

+ - Upgrade Linux distros with bittorrent? 1

Submitted by jonathan3003
jonathan3003 (797920) writes "I recently upgraded my laptop to Ubuntu 7.10. I had about a 1000 packages to download, and it took almost 24 hours (via a local mirror). It should be much faster than that. Why don't linux distros use apt-get (or rpm, yum, etc.) together with bittorrent? Surely with bittorrent technology now accepted as main-stream the mirroring system for package repositories can be replaced with a smarter system, where the load on the servers is reduced and download times are faster? A quick google search leads to some related projects, but why isn't there already a distribution with a file-sharing based package management system?"
Upgrades

+ - Ubuntu 7.10 Released-> 1

Submitted by Panther
Panther (47660) writes "I have just received an email from the good people at Ubuntu:

The Ubuntu team is proud to announce version 7.10 of the Ubuntu family of distributions.

Ubuntu is a full-featured Linux distribution for desktops, laptops, and servers, with a fast and easy install and regular releases. A tightly-integrated selection of excellent applications is included, and an incredible variety of add-on software is just a few clicks away.
This version is known as Gutsy Gibbon. Download the CD here. Upgrade instructions are here."

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GNOME

+ - Ubuntu 7.10 released

Submitted by tijsvd
tijsvd (548670) writes "The latest releases of Ubuntu for desktop and server are available today for download. This release brings together the best of free and open source software delivered on a stable, easy to use and learn platform. Read the press releases or download it now."
Debian

+ - Ubuntu 7.10 (Gutsy) Desktop Edition - Review

Submitted by
Byul
Byul writes "I'll cut to the chase and say from the start that Ubuntu 7.10 (Gutsy) Desktop Edition is simply the best desktop operating system that I have ever used. From installation, to setup, to regular everyday use Gutsy is just a thing of beauty. I have been keeping up with the release since its initial rocky Alpha period, to the polished final Release Candidate released on October 15, 2007 and then apt-get upgrading to the final release. The end result is that the Ubuntu team has put together everything that you could possibly want in a desktop operating system and more. http://lunapark6.com/ubuntu-710-gutsy-desktop-edition-review.html"
Music

+ - RIAA gets first victory in court

Submitted by Azar
Azar (56604) writes "After testimony wrapped up earlier today a verdict was handed down. Jammie Thomas, 30, from Minnesota had damages of $220,000 levied against her today. In the first such lawsuit to go to trial, the record companies accused Jammie Thomas of downloading the songs without permission and offering them online through a Kazaa file-sharing account. The jury ordered Thomas to pay the six record companies that sued her $9,250 for each of 24 songs they focused on in the case. They had alleged she shared 1,702 songs in all. During the three-day trial, the record companies presented evidence they said showed the copyrighted songs were offered by a Kazaa user under the name "tereastarr." Their witnesses, including officials from an Internet provider and a security firm, testified that the Internet address used by "tereastarr" belonged to Thomas."

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