June 04, 2002
Par for the course

MIT Grad Student Hacks Into Xbox Security System
From what I can tell, this hack was predicated on the Xbox architecture being very similar to Windows, ie, common and predictable. It really shows what happens when a (American) software company tries to insinuate itself into the (essentially Japanese) console/hardware market.

I guess this is not really "news" since Microsoft "security" is like swiss cheese, but it makes me think about Linux. Ie, to what extent can we view Linux as a virus whose MO is to pry open every available piece of hardware and enable itself to be installed, thereby propogating itself to every existing platform with a capacity to host it?

Posted by tmonkey at June 04, 2002 08:29 AM
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Just to be clear on one thing:

That American company is not trying to insinuate itself into the console/hardware market.

That American company is trying to insinuate itself into your living room.

Hardware's a crappy business to be in. The living room is a great place to hang out. If you are that American company.

Posted by: kevin slavin on June 4, 2002 11:32 AM

>what extent can we view Linux as a virus whose MO is to pry open every available piece of hardware

wait, as opposed to what? Java? Msft?

Posted by: kevin slavin on June 4, 2002 11:37 AM

OK, point taken. But Windows and Java are developed, ie, engineered by their parent companies and driven into hardware by licensing agreements. Linux is disseminated by a more, dare I say, emergent phenomenon.

Posted by: tmonkey on June 4, 2002 11:56 AM

More like a fucking uninvited guest, sleeping on my couch, eating everything in the fridge, not flushing the toilet, leaving the front door and all the Windows open so some crook can just waltz right in and take all the electronics in my living room.

Posted by: tmonkey on June 4, 2002 12:04 PM
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