Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 14th Feb 2006 22:49 UTC, submitted by jayson.knight
Mac OS X It seems like flee-in-Apple's-fur, cracker 'Maxxuss', has succeeded in cracking Mac OS 10.4.4 for Intel. "We were just about to hunker down and wait through the cold winter and a wet spring until we saw some results on the OS X 10.4.4 for Intel hacking efforts, but it looks like we're getting a little Valentines present from 'Maxxuss' who has already broken through Apple's heightened security that is present in their shipping version of the OS. It's just a preliminary release, not all hardware is supported and it requires a bit of futzing around to get it to work, but seeing as we weren't expecting this kind of breakthrough this early, we really can't complain."
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RE: Fun while it lasts
by cg0def on Wed 15th Feb 2006 00:13 UTC in reply to "Fun while it lasts"
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2006-02-12

the funny thing is that you of all people is complaining about 14 year old behavior and yet there are some strikingly 14-year-oldish comnets comming from you. First of all there is pretty much no hardware that Apple uses in the Intel Macs that you can't buy. So this whole driver issue is pretty easily resolved. Also Apple is not going to ever implement some * random hardware check *. If they were to do this it would slow down the boot up process for paying users and ultimatelly any such check is very much crackable. If you new anything about compilers you would have caught the line about code obfuscation in the article. Yet even this didn't help Apple much. The bottom line is that any code is crackable if you want it too bad. In the case of Apple there are people that want it really bad just for bragging rights. So no matter what Apple does the software will be cracked. Plus as soon as a new version comes out there will also be a new crack. It's been done for windows software for decades now so the same fate awaits Apple. The driver problem is the only thing that is going to stop people for a while but Apple has to open up their hardware support base if they are to remain compatible in the x86 world. Plus you would be surprised how many 3rd party drivers were there for the powerpc architecture. Contrary to common believes Mac do have a pretty large hardware base.

Oh and I can't believe that there are still people confident in the fact that Macs are build to a higher quality standart that any pc. Maybe it comes as a surprise to some of you but there are some really high quality custom build pcs and they are hardly the exception anymore. From the perspective a custombuild computer Apple's product are cheaply made and the hardware is nothing but mainstream ( well may be except for the G5 cpus and some of the larger displays ).

Anyway the interesting thing from this article IMO is that Apple didnot implement any CPUID check. I am not sure how true this is but the guy is saying that any CPU with SSE2 support will do. I expected that Apple would at least check if it is an Intel CPU since they were so eager to pick Intel over AMD.

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RE[2]: Fun while it lasts
by rayiner on Wed 15th Feb 2006 00:52 in reply to "RE: Fun while it lasts"
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2005-07-06

Oh and I can't believe that there are still people confident in the fact that Macs are build to a higher quality standart that any pc.

One of the fans in my G5 PowerMac has begun intermittently buzzing. Not a whole lot, but its off-balance just enough to be annoying. I've got an 8 year old Dell which ran as the server in our house for several months while the basement was being remodeled. It inhaled all sorts of dust, but to this day, the fans are as quiet as the were when they were new.

Apple's hardware quality is vastly overstated, something which surprisingly enough most Mac users are aware of. They've dealt with the super-loud "wind tunnel" G4 PowerMacs, the buzzy power supplies in the G5 PowerMacs, the leaky water cooling systems, the constant logic board problems in some of the earlier G4 iBooks, all the assorted issues that plagued the Rev A G5 iMacs, etc. They still love Apple machines, but they don't seem to have the irrational image of Apple hardware quality some of the Apple contingent like to espouse.

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