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Hacker Cracks Lumia Bootloader, Offers Tool For Root Access and Custom ROMs ( 56

MojoKid writes: Microsoft and Nokia have worked hard making Lumia smartphones difficult to break into at a low-level, but software hacker Heathcliff has just proven that it's not impossible. He's just released a solid-looking tool called Windows Phone Internals, and it can do everything from unlocking the bootloader to replacing the phone's ROM. WP Internals is a completely free download, though Heathcliff welcomes donations by those who've found the tool useful. According to the "Getting Started" section of the tool, supported models include Lumia 520, 521, 525, 620, 625, 720, 820, 920, 925, 928, 1020, and 1320. If your model is not on the list, the developer has said that he hopes to add more models in the near future.

Comment Re:Well thats odd (Score 1) 111

Everyone whinges about Uber undermining the taxi monopoly ... the reality is, Uber is pretty much ignoring laws around proper licensing, insurance, background checks, and anything else.

The biggest (and arguably most legitimate) excuse I see given is simply that the laws were written not to serve the public good, but to reinforce the monopoly the local cabl companies have, and has in many cases lead to a profound drop in service without the expected drop in cost that you find in a free market.

It's well-established that most successful companies exploit any advantage they can, so it's not the least bit surprising that they lower quality of service to cut costs because it has no net impact on their revenue, which can only serve to increase proffits. This only encourages a drop in quality of service, relative to cost.

In SOME respects I can understand why there are laws that encourage the monopolies. There are certain markets where competition can lead to a drop in average quality due to redundant overhead, such as power companies. I can also see where this could apply to some extend to cab service, in specific (usually small) cities. Some businesses you need to maintain a certain minimim customer base so you can do things on a profitable scale. But there's no reason for that in a big city like London.


Pressure From Uber Forces London Taxis To Finally Accept Cards ( 111

An anonymous reader writes: Following a public consultation that compared the service unfavorably with Uber, London's 21,000 black cabs will finally accept card payment from October of 2016, with a possible option to pay via PayPal. London Mayor Boris Johnson continues to support and defend the legendarily expensive and iconic taxi service, saying 'This move will boost business for cabbies and bring the trade into the 21st century by enabling quicker and more convenient journeys for customers'. Most Londoners feel that the move should have been made in the 1980s, and the consultation report indicates that Uber's increasing share of London fares has forced the innovation.

Blackberry Offers 'Lawful Device Interception Capabilities' ( 137

An anonymous reader writes: Apple and Google have been vocal in their opposition to any kind of government regulation of cell phone encryption. BlackBerry, however, is taking a different stance, saying it specifically supports "lawful interception capabilities" for government surveillance. BlackBerry COO Marty Beard as much at a recent IT summit. He declined to explain how the interception works, but he denied the phones would contain "backdoors" and said governments would have no direct access to BlackBerry servers. The company may see this as a way to differentiate themselves from the competition.
The Courts

Judge: Stingrays Are 'Simply Too Powerful' Without Adequate Oversight ( 111

New submitter managerialslime sends news that an Illinois judge has issued new requirements the government must meet before it can use cell-site simulators, a.k.a. "stingrays," to monitor the communications of suspected criminals. While it's likely to set precedent for pushing back against government surveillance powers, the ruling is specific to the Northern District of Illinois for now. What is surprising is Judge Johnston’s order to compel government investigators to not only obtain a warrant (which he acknowledges they do in this case), but also to not use them when "an inordinate number of innocent third parties’ information will be collected," such as at a public sporting event. This first requirement runs counter to the FBI’s previous claim that it can warrantlessly use stingrays in public places, where no reasonable expectation of privacy is granted. Second, the judge requires that the government "immediately destroy" collateral data collection within 48 hours (and prove it to the court). Finally, Judge Johnston also notes: "Third, law enforcement officers are prohibited from using any data acquired beyond that necessary to determine the cell phone information of the target. A cell-site simulator is simply too powerful of a device to be used and the information captured by it too vast to allow its use without specific authorization from a fully informed court."

Comment "compliance" ? (Score 1) 291

so that communications providers can once again comply with court orders.

If the court order demands you produce the data, and it's physically impossible for you to do it, that's not non-compliance. That's "hey retards, you DO realize you just demanded we do the impossible, go take a hike!".

There's absolutely nothing wrong (or unexpected) to do with refusing to do the impossible. Quit twisting words, the internet's pretty good at seeing through that crap.

I find it entirely gratifying to see companies that in the past have been getitng forced to cooperate with the government ignoring the people's rights finally being able to tell the criminals wearing the badges to get lost, without risk of arrest or prossicution.

Comment Re:AMD's response? (Score 2) 167

We have microfluidics for stacking dies and removing heat. We do it on p-n junctions on some of the latest LEDs (which are fucking MASSIVE at nearly 7mm x 7mm on just the die alone, not including any mount, circuitry, etc.) to keep them very cool.

I don't speak of ideas unless I already know we've got the technology to handle it.

Comment AMD's response? (Score 3, Interesting) 167

Assuming Intel doesn't go Xeon-scale in pricing for this CPU (who am I kidding, of course they will) I wonder how AMD plans to respond to this.

For now, they've got the consoles holding them afloat. And while I am an AMD fan, I see they are rapidly losing out on the desktop space when it comes to performance (despite both companies having rather meager performance gains for the past several years.)

They'd better figure out what the fuck they're doing, and come up with some competing responses, quickly. Hell, I've got ideas for them, all involving that HBM tech.

1. Use a modified version of that HBM tech to stack their CPU cores and load it up with tons of cache memory (for their non-APU line.) And don't forget to drop a process node, for fuck's sake.
2. Use modified HBM tech to create stacked CPU/GPU/RAM/CACHE on the same die (for their APU line.)
3. Use modified HBM to create stacked single-die CrossFire GPUs that don't consume gobs of power (GPU line.)
4. Use modified HBM tech to create a true monolithic SOC package that integrates EVERYTHING, thus eliminating the need for motherboards - at that point and time, it just becomes a breakout board with a socket. They could probably do away with the interposer as well if They were clever enough in the design.

How many Bavarian Illuminati does it take to screw in a lightbulb? Three: one to screw it in, and one to confuse the issue.