PS3 Hacked by George Hotz

PlayStation hackers are being sued by Sony, for publishing how to bypass the security features on the PlayStation 3 game console. Now that it has been hacked, people are able to get games, for free. The PS3 was considered the most secure games console ever built.

To hack this console you need a Sony’s digital signature, using a pair of keys. One of those keys is called the root key. George Hotz figured out Sony root key for the PS3 and then, was able to trick the PS3 into applying Sony signatures to any file.

Here is what George Hotz has to say about this:
“I am a firm believer in digital rights. I would expect a company that prides itself on intellectual property to be well versed in the provisions of the law, so I am disappointed in Sony’s current action. I have spoken with legal counsel and I feel comfortable that Sony’s action against me doesn’t have any basis.”

I think this is wrong, it is wrong to hack anything. Also in this article, it mentions that in 2007 George Hotz unlocked the Apple’s iPhone.

There was a comment on the bottom about, now will they come out with PS4. Then someone answered it, they said that xbox has been hacked for a long time. But games are still being bought. While I was reading the article, I was wondering this too. Eventhough PS3 has been hacked, doesn’t mean people aren’t going to buy the games.

For more information, you can go to: http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn19973-sony-sues-over-ps3-encryption-hack.html?DCMP=OTC-rss&nsref=science-in-society

Bamboo Cases

In the South West Regional Agro-Pastoral show, there are vegetables, fruits, live animals homemade products and gadgets made from local materials. On of the homemade products was cases made of bamboo.

The cases that were made were for cell phones and laptop cases. These cases were good for function and green design. I think these cases are great, they are made of bamboo, so they are strong and durable cases.

The man who made these cases, makes other things out of bamboo. He calls all of these bamboo products, ‘Bamboo Magic.’ He uses simple hand tools, varnish and glue. It would take a lot of patience to make these products. I think I would get frustrated trying to make these products.

The laptop cases have  USB port access, shoulder strap attachments, handle to carry the case, magnetic clasps, and a red felt inside.

I think these cases are very handy. I think the cases for the laptop is great because of what it has- the carry handle and more. If you like the look of wood, the look of these cases would be great for you.

Fiji Water

I came across this post and decided to tell you about it. Fiji Water is a company for water.

The government announced the new tax on water bottlers. Then a few days later Fiji Water shut down their bottling plant. They said they were shutting down Fiji Water and canceling all contracts.  They closed it because of a new government tax.

With the country’s Water Resources Tax that charges 8 US cents per liter if they bring out more than 3.5 million liters per month. Fiji Water thinks that the taxes are unfair. The bottlers will still pay .06 US cents per liter.

Fiji Water’s taxes had been all cleared up. so then, less than 24 hours after shutting down, reopened it. They reopened for business in Western Viti Levu. With Fiji Water reopening, they can continue to make money.

For more information on this story, go to:

http://globalvoicesonline.org/2010/12/02/fiji-fiji-water-agrees-to-new-tax-and-re-opens-plant/