toothe writes: Felix Domke (tmbinc), known from the GameCube homebrew scene and the 'Console Hacking 2006' & 'Xbox and Xbox 360 Hacking' presentations at 23/22C3 posted diff-style kernel patches on ozlabs' linuxppc-dev mailinglist to add Xbox360 hardware support to the linux v2.6.20 kernel.
He also talks about a 'linux loader' that will be released soon that will allow to (easily) exploit the Hypervisor Vulnerability (so I guess that means it'll only work on Xbox360 kernel 4532 or 4548, not with the new 4552)... so we might soon be able to boot linux on a retail 360:-)
This series of patches add support for the Xbox 360 gaming console.
Note that these patches were written by different people, who want to remain anonymous. These drivers were written without hardware documentation being available.
There are probably more than some rough edges. Please comment and/or provide patches.
To actually run this, you need a special loader which exploits the recently announced vulnerability. This loader was developed separately and should be available soon.
News-Source: ozlabs.org (via qj.net)and x-scene.com
Patrick Henry writes: The recording industry's assault on our free use of software has been well chronicled on this site. Today brings further evidence that the RIAA is continuing this offensive. The Washington Post is reporting that the copyright cartel is starting to pressure colleges and universities to do their dirty work.. This will cause a burden on higher education's resources (a cost borne by students, not the copyright holders) and have questionable efficacy. Further, Torrentfreak is reporting that this is already happening outside the US. Will there be a breaking point or will we just take this assault? Have (or will) the bastions of free speech yield to the mighty RIAA?
Matthew Sparkes writes: "Microscopic glass skeletons of algae could be transformed into silicon for novel electronic applications. Each replica is converted from silica to semiconducting silicon, and since the algae, known as diatoms, come in a huge variety of forms, the converted shells could have various potential applications. These could range from making microscopic gas sensors, to creating new kinds of batteries. Diatom shells are about 10 micrometres across and come in a variety of shapes — resembling barrels, donuts, triangles, and stars — with regularly sized features of 10 nanometres or smaller."
Matthew Sparkes writes: "The Dishmaker is a table top machine that makes dishes, plates and cups to order before every meal. Each piece of crockery takes about 1 minute to make from a flat disc of plastic — the machine heats it and then squashes it into shape. A similar process can return the objects back into discs for easy storage.
The maker claims it will save on storage space — since you don't need to have all the cups needed for a drinks party and the plates and dishes needed for a dinner party."
But if you cancel the installation of WGA, maybe because you dislike the privacy implications, the software will still phone home. Microsoft stresses that WGA does not take any information which could identify you as an individual, but is only used to collate statistics on WGA use.
Who cares if it can't personally identify you (if that is indeed true)? The point is that you are not in control of your own software. For those non-technical among us who have always wondered by geeks hate Microsoft, it's because of stuff like this."
janp writes: "Building your own laptop is now easier than ever. Intel had launched the 'Verified by Intel' program that includes interchangeable batteries for a wide range of notebook barebones and a wide variety of processors, harddisks and other components to choose. Hardware.Info explains why building your own laptop can be better than buying an A-brand and shows how easy it is to assemble the components."
Matthew Sparkes writes: "A 'mechanic' satellite designed to refuel and repair a partner in space is set to launch on Thursday. This would lay the groundwork for future autonomous robotic missions to the Moon, Mars and beyond. Two satellites will be launched on the same rocket; ASTRO and NextSat. Once in orbit, ASTRO will approach NextSat and dock with it autonomously, without help from ground controllers — something no US spacecraft has previously been able to do. Last time NASA tried this, with DART, it crashed into a satellite."
Chris Speed writes: There's been a significant amount of "buzz" circulating on the internet over an article written by a well respected computer scientist and cryptologist named Peter Gutmann, whose article, "A Cost Analysis of Windows Vista Content Protection" has gained considerable notoriety since its initial publication in late 2006. His article mainly portrays Windows Vista as the cause for DRM and paints an overall bad picture of the new OS. But is this article really an analysis of Vista? FastSilicon.com takes a second look at Dr. Gutmann's article and finds many minor flaws and flat out errors.
Keyboard Hacking Guy writes: "Via HackaDay: Want to make a cheap Segway yourself? Here is a selfmade one-wheeled balancing scooter / skateboard. Using it is very similar to a snowboard to ride, requiring no user input other than the movement of your body mass. Leaning forwards and backwards controls the velocity and moving your weight from heal to toe controls the turn radius. It's easy and very intuitive to ride. See video on YouTube."
Patrik_AKA_RedX writes: "I spend quite sometime on the bus each day, and most of it I spend reading. A lot of it I get from the net and have to print to take with me. IMO this is a bit of a waste of perfectly good trees so I was looking for an alternative. I've tried taking a laptop, but even the compact Armada M300 is quite cumbersome. Real Ebook readers haven't shown up in stores around here yet, the closest thing I've found is a MP4 player with ebook support, which didn't specify how much this support actually is. My question is what ebook reader-device do you have and is it worth the trouble? Also which of these devices are available in Europe?"
Eric^2 writes "Oracle announced on Tuesday that TopLink will now be open source and a full-fledged Eclipse project. TopLink is an object-persistence layer for Java that maps Java objects to a relational database."
RobBebop writes: The organization Architecture for Humanity has just launched the beta version of their Open Architecture Network website. The goal of the Open Architecture Network is to be the SourceForge of the art of Building Sciences by allowing blueprints, engineering specs, and construction tips to be shared in a community. An article from Wired includes more detail, "The site is built so people can upload info, comment on and, in some cases, download building or project specs". There is also an interview with the co-creators Cameron Sinclair & Kate Stohr at the end of the article.