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Amazon Kindle Proprietary Format Broken 203

Posted by kdawson
from the let-a-thousand-e-books-bloom dept.
An anonymous reader writes "The Register reports that the proprietary document format used by the Amazon online store and Amazon's Kindle has been successfully reverse engineered, allowing these DRM-protected documents to be converted into the open MOBI format. Users of alternative e-book readers rejoice." Here are the hacker's notes on the program he is calling "Unswindle," and here is the (translated) forum where the Kindle challenge was posed and answered.

Comment: Claymore mine (Score 2, Insightful) 334

by onedobb (#29391171) Attached to: A Tour of Taser HQ
I understand the less lethal part, but doesn't anyone see the inherent danger of hurling electrified needles into the air. It could poke your eye out then send a electric charge right to the head. Into your mouth if your screaming or yelling. The jugular vein is basically unprotected and a unlucky shot there could puncture it. On another note, wonder if their testing includes a person wearing different types of clothing for like summer and winter. Also if the voltage needed to subdue someone fluctuates greatly between people of different weights.

Comment: WoW, EVE (Score 1) 463

by onedobb (#28611897) Attached to: The Dilemma of Level vs. Skill In MMOs
So what this sounds like is kinda like WoW level based versus EVE Online individual skill based leveling. I've played EVE Online and as I have played City of Heroes among other level based games, and I see the advantages and downfalls of both. It would be nice to see skill based leveling more often as I believe it allows more variety of game play options and more thought in your ability selections.

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