Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 5th Jan 2011 20:41 UTC
Games All the recent hackery news regarding the Playstation 3 has culminated in the inevitable: the first custom firmware for the Playstation 3. KaKaRoTo, its creator, did not release his custom firmware; in fact, he released the tools so you can modify your own Playstation 3's firmware update package. The feature set is extremely limited - but that's kind of the point. He left most of it untouched, and refuses to implement anything related to piracy.
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First!
by umccullough on Wed 5th Jan 2011 23:53 UTC
umccullough
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2006-01-26

J/K - but I'm surprised nobody commented on this yet.

I sorta can't wait until the PS3 becomes phased out now that CFW is a possibility (which I suspect Sony will expedite). Once they start showing up at yard sales and such, I'd love to pick one up for a few $ and hack around with it a bit ;)

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RE: First!
by Beta on Thu 6th Jan 2011 15:06 UTC in reply to "First!"
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2005-07-06

I sorta can't wait until the PS3 becomes phased out now that CFW is a possibility (which I suspect Sony will expedite). Once they start showing up at yard sales and such, I'd love to pick one up for a few $ and hack around with it a bit ;)

o.O phased out? What about the millions of gamers (like myself) who actually use the damn things?

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RE[2]: First!
by umccullough on Thu 6th Jan 2011 21:15 UTC in reply to "RE: First!"
umccullough Member since:
2006-01-26

o.O phased out? What about the millions of gamers (like myself) who actually use the damn things?


But it's inevitable... look at all the consoles that have been abandoned for the "next big thing" ;)

Did your purchase come with a guarantee that Sony won't phase it out before you got tired of it?

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RE[3]: First!
by henderson101 on Fri 7th Jan 2011 16:51 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: First!"
henderson101 Member since:
2006-05-30

But it's inevitable...


It's more likely they'll do what they did with the PSP... add more security to the newer revisions. The PSP1000 was hacked YEARS ago, the PSP2000 is kind of hacked, the PSP3000 can only just about be hacked, and that depends on the firmware installed and relies on real absolute brute force attacks methodologies.

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RE[4]: First!
by umccullough on Fri 7th Jan 2011 18:43 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: First!"
umccullough Member since:
2006-01-26

It's more likely they'll do what they did with the PSP...


And PSP2 is already on the horizon - Sure, it may start out with original PSP compatibility, but I'm betting that only lasts for a couple revisions before that is eliminated as well.

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RE: First!
by shadoweva09 on Thu 6th Jan 2011 17:35 UTC in reply to "First!"
shadoweva09 Member since:
2008-03-10

It seems Thom screwed up more than just a hyperlink this time and now the comment link for this doesn't appear and the whole main page's layout is all messed up.

Edit: the link does appear, layout still messed up.

Edited 2011-01-06 17:37 UTC

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RE[2]: First!
by Johann Chua on Fri 7th Jan 2011 06:09 UTC in reply to "RE: First!"
Johann Chua Member since:
2005-07-22

I'm getting the weird layout as well, but only in Firefox. Site looks fine in Chrome and Epiphany, so I'm not sure what's wrong.

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Final words
by Nth_Man on Thu 6th Jan 2011 02:17 UTC
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2010-05-16

Just a note: playing games in an illegal way is a bad idea for the future of games (and gamers).

Sony is of course free to ban hacked consoles from the Playstation Network, but PS3 owners are also free to install whatever they want on their consoles.

Well said.

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Not Us here in the US
by nickelbackro on Thu 6th Jan 2011 05:54 UTC
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2009-04-12

The thing to remember for all of us US based enthusiasts is that any form of copyright circumvention falls under the DMCA.

As it is now I'm hoping that this falls under the recent decision from the Library of Congress on iPhones that jail-breaking for homebrew is legal.

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RE: Not Us here in the US
by umccullough on Thu 6th Jan 2011 22:07 UTC in reply to "Not Us here in the US"
umccullough Member since:
2006-01-26

The thing to remember for all of us US based enthusiasts is that any form of copyright circumvention falls under the DMCA.


Right, this is the same law that prevents you from playing DVDs on your Linux machine which doesn't have licensed CSS playback software.

I suspect this law is only enforceable when they can prove that you're distributing copyright circumvention methods to others (like the guy who got sued for telling people to hold down the shift-key when inserting CDs into their computer to prevent autorun from installing draconian DRM), or actually using them to create unlicensed copies of copyrighted works.

Eventually, that law (the way its currently written) is going to have to die - but it wont' be soon enough...

Edited 2011-01-06 22:17 UTC

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