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Comment: Re:Im confused (Score 4, Insightful) 100

by oboylet (#37473240) Attached to: Massachusetts Attorney General, Victim of iTunes Fraud
This happened to me as well. A series of mysterious iTunes charges popped up all over my CC statement, totaling hundreds of dollars. The charges all show up as "1800-APPLE-XYZ" or some such. Call up that number, and there's a recording that refers you to itunes.com/cc (or whatever). On that site, it refers you to the useless 1800 number. When I contacted my credit card's fraud hotline they said they had been having all sorts of problems with fraudulent charges at iTunes. Mysterious charges, and they (Chase) could get no answers from Apple. Since Apple wouldn't reverse the charges, I had to file a fraud claim, and get a new card. A big hassle for me. By the way, this was in the Spring of 2010. IANAL, but if there is a history of fraudulent activity and the vendor has ignored it, then yes, I'd say they have some responsibility "to check every 99 cent transaction."

Comment: 2 Things. (Score 1) 439

by oboylet (#33904666) Attached to: FCC Approves Changes To Cable Box Rules
I dont disagree with you that the TV landscape is different than what it was years back. STB reform in 1996 as a part of the Telecoms Act would have probably been a very good thing, promoted innovation, and saved people a lot of money. 1) But, I still think this good news. A good STB/Netfix Device/DVR/htpc-lite would be a nice addition to the home entertainment world. I'm optimistic about what a Google TV STB device could do. A PS3 doesn't do all of this, and for general consumers one dead simple box would be really useful. 2) And ... Sports. The number one reason people still subscribe to TV (don't have the stat, but I assure you its out there.) People will continue to pay for sports broadcasts, and I want them to be able to use whatever STB they want to watch their pro sports.

Comment: Re:My battery died (Score 2, Interesting) 206

by oboylet (#31010560) Attached to: Microsoft Looking Into Windows 7 Battery Failures

Your two year-old laptop battery dies, and the first place you go is to blame the operating system? And the fact that it no longer works in any OS doesn't give you any hints, either? Come on, this isn't the toughest mystery you'll face this week.

I don't know about GP, but the laptop I bought for going back to grad school came preloaded with Vista and included a Win7 upgrade coupon. When the disc arrived and I installed it, the machine wasn't more than 4 months old. I had the exact same experience and the battery went from functional to a brick in about two weeks after win7 hit the hardware. Fortunately for me, HP shipped me a replacement battery. It's an anecdote; not data, but it might be part of a larger trend.

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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."

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