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Xbox Hackers, Linux, the DMCA, And Modchips 343

Posted by timothy
from the oh-my dept.
HardcoreGamer writes "The New York Times has a long article on Xbox hacking, why Microsoft hates it, and who does it (Google). 'Xbox hackers are exploiting Microsoft's business model, which is to sell Xbox hardware at a loss...' but Microsoft doesn't make the money back on software -- as it planned to -- if you decide to load up Xbox Linux. Where else can you get a PIII-733 with graphics and audio for $180? The reporter talked to the IDSA; Andrew Huang, author of 'Hacking the Xbox: An Introduction to Reverse Engineering'; a Manhattan exec who hacked his Xbox and said 'The reality is that if you could bypass Microsoft's operating system you would end up with a fairly powerful computer for less than $200;' and others. The article discusses the DMCA, modchips, the Xbox Linux Project and lots more. A good -- if long -- read. A shorter version of the story is at the International Herald Tribune. Best quote? 'Microsoft is a company passionate about innovation and creativity. We are also very committed to respect for others' intellectual property and we request the same respect applied to our innovations.'"
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Xbox Hackers, Linux, the DMCA, And Modchips

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  • by mikeophile (647318) on Saturday July 12, 2003 @10:32AM (#6423526)
    We're embracing and extending the XBox.
  • by Anonymous Coward on Saturday July 12, 2003 @10:33AM (#6423530)
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  • by Penguin2212 (173380) on Saturday July 12, 2003 @10:45AM (#6423577)
    "Microsoft is a company passionate about innovation and creativity. We are also very committed to respect for others' intellectual property and we request the same respect applied to our innovations."

    My response to quote, "How long have you worked for Microsoft?"
  • by Anonymous Coward on Saturday July 12, 2003 @10:54AM (#6423608)
    Microsoft must include a clause in the Xbox "EULA" that when purchased you _must_ buy 3 Xbox games at full price in order to ensure M$FT gets its profit.
  • by Anonymous Coward on Saturday July 12, 2003 @11:00AM (#6423625)
    Fine Fine .. we won't copy Microsoft Bob.

    Sheesh.
  • by theefer (467185) * on Saturday July 12, 2003 @11:02AM (#6423629) Homepage
    It's not a technical flaw. It's a business flaw.
  • by serutan (259622) <snoopdoug&geekazon,com> on Saturday July 12, 2003 @03:34PM (#6424720) Homepage
    Theft of Marketing Strategy Outcome! For God's Sake, we must be sure the definition of "intellectual property" prevents individuals from doing anything that disrupts a business plan. Come to think of it, it should be a crime to buy an advertised sale item without also buying two items at regular price. Theft of bait! Damn freeloaders.

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