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GeoHot Retires from PS3 and iPhone Hacking, Others to Lead On


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220w ago - Today George Hotz aka GeoHot has announced he is retiring from Sony PS3 and Apple iPhone hacking, citing that the demand for updates from end-users will never stop.

In his exit from the PS3 scene, GeoHot left many legitimate PlayStation 3 users without OtherOS and without the promised 3.21OO PS3 Custom Firmware.

The good news? Others whom GeoHot shared the PS3 METLDR info and LV2 dump with are currently using his work to continue hacking the PS3 console, with rumors from IRC (for what those are worth LOL) indicating a public "end-user" PS3 hack may arrive before September 2010 from their camp.

Unfortunately though, just like the past Dark_AleX and "M33" PSP releases, an incoming PS3 hack will probably be from a fictitious group and won't include anything useful to PS3 Devs such as dumps, reversals, sourcecode, etc.

Hopefully once a hole that Sony can't block is public, other PlayStation 3 Devs will begin working on the PS3 though... and sharing all the juicy the technical details along the way for others who wish to learn.

This will help ensure the PS3 scene won't fall victim to the hypocritical and ridiculous "anti-piracy, users deserve nothing" attitude that began the downfall and led to the fate of the current PSP scene.

To quote: His PS3 username, Twitter account, and blog are all now shut down. His last tweet said, "it was a cool ride, and i've learned a lot about a lot. perhaps one of these days i'll do a more formal goodbye."

Along with that post, he wrote in his blog explaining his reasons for retiring from the scene. He says that he "didn't fully realize most of the current scene don't care unless they are getting something," but now he does.

He then continued a bit more in his post with the following: "The real reason behind no release isn't technical. It's just that it will never stop, after blackra1n, people demand unlock, after blacksn0w, people demand untethered. I miss the days when jailbreaking and unlocking were difficult, it attracted a much higher caliber crowd."



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#70 - Siggy12 - 219w ago
C'mon Guys... let's face the truth!! Geohot already hacked the PS3, and the reason that prove this is the fact that Sony have done a fast marathon for delete OTHEROS feature from the XMB that was the only patch applicable to the otherwise unpatched Geohot exploit like him declared when he founded it.

Now the things are more hard, with otheros you can anyway launch your code inside the system, without it you can't... so PS3 security is still safe from 3.21 but at risk from 3.15 to 1.60 that nowdays a small branch of people still have it.

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#69 - PhilipJWitow - 219w ago
Wow, this is kind of unexpected.

I haven't heard from the guy for weeks and was wondering what he was up to. Looks like the crazy security of the PS3 holds up once again. :|

It's also interesting none of the news sites covered this. Hmm.

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#68 - PS3 News - 219w ago
Quote Originally Posted by PS3 News View Post
Grojcig is also another guy who is starting some CELL related development work

Another Grojcig update- thanks dondolo:

So there are two ways in how the PPE can Communicate with the SPEs. MFC DMA and mailboxes. I just need some more assembly sample codes.

Making my SPU code more readable. It's halfway done, and i already discovered some parts I could easily optimize. [Register or Login to view links]

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I guess I can tell you that. It's actually about reversing SPU and PPU code on the PS3 Linux using the GNU tool chain...

Started working on my new tutorial, no title yet...

A little bit of a preview on my upcoming tutorial:

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#67 - xUb3rn00dlEx - 219w ago
Quote Originally Posted by lilshortwun View Post
I think it is you who is misinformed. Sony has released details that the Playstation 4 is coming soon, quite possibly by the end of 2012. That is not 5 years but in about 2 years.

LOL. Where exactly did you find this information? Perhaps the CEO himself told you? Or did you find among the endless internet rumors, because I myself have seen these rumors too.

If you honestly believe that Sony would push through new 3D content and motion control right before 2011, only to replace that with COMPLETELY new hardware a little over a year later, you my friend know nothing of business models and how they work. Will 3D and motion control transfer their relevance to the next generation, yes, undoubtedly.

But to believe that a complete system replacement including this utilization is a mere year and a half away is IMO complete idiocy. If you haven't seen the other thread, then let me inform you that apparently Sony PS3 sales are up 85%. Why in the world would Sony decide to release a new console with these kinds of statistics?

I am not going to try to convince you that you are mistaken, because that effort would be futile. You hold on to those hopes and illusions, and I'll stick to my common sense and studies of economics and business.
Quote Originally Posted by lilshortwun View Post
Second, it is not possible to create an unbannable or unpatchable hack/exploit. Sony has got this system on lock down and once they detect some form of unauthorized modification to the system, they will void the system from connecting to the PSN network.

I agree that it is not, but I never said it was. I was talking about an exploit that "would be close to impossible to trigger." Why? Because it offers the most use to the community. There is no point in developing something that will need to be completely redone within several days.
Quote Originally Posted by lilshortwun View Post
And hacking is like a domino effect. Once the system is hacked, more doors will open that will lead to further development of homebrewing on the system. So regardless if the hack is patched more exploits will show up just because of the first one.

In case you didn't know, professional mod chip makers like the old school guys from original PS1 and PS2 are highly motivated by money while the private devs are motivated by donations and fame. I mean it is a multi-million dollar business.

All the mod chip makers see is green in their eyes and that is all the motivation they needed to find a hack to unlock this system by now. If there was a hole in the PS3 these mod chip makers would of found it already and mass produced a $69.99-$100 mod chip just like that. Imagine how overfilled their bank account would be by the next morning.

As a matter of fact, green drives most of the economy, in case you didn't know. Yes, mod chip developers look to mass produce chips and make money off of them. It is a physical piece of hardware that took time to create and distribute, and in order to keep distribution on going, costs need to be covered by revenues.

The same is true on the software side of things, but not necessarily at all times. Sometimes software hacks are delivered through donations and free of charge, and other times they are sold. A good example of this would be the FTA hacking scene.
Quote Originally Posted by lilshortwun View Post
And I agree that otheros was an important factor in dumping some quite possibly crucial Playstation 3 data to be analyzed but however now that it is gone that does not does not mean that otheros is the only way to hack the system.

That is not gone. For those who haven't upgraded, otherOS remains installed on their system, but they do trade up access to PSN. I agree that it was an important factor and probably not the only way to hack it, but it is the furthest a hack has ever gone involving the PS3 and shows the most potential for a full blown hack.

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#66 - cfwprophet - 219w ago
All the mod chip makers see is green in their eyes and that is all the motivation they needed to find a hack to unlock this system by now. If there was a hole in the PS3 these mod chip makers would of found it already and mass produced a $69.99-$100 mod chip just like that. Imagine how overfilled their bank account would be by the next morning.


Not true !!
Look at the Wii sceen, everything good is coming from FREE Hackers/Modders/Devers and not from the so good called Modchip old school guys.Even the now installable channels wich comes with the modchips are based on the work of US -The Community-

On the PS3 it was a FREE Hacker who have reversed the ECC of the NAND and not the Team Infectus !!!

And even the Infectus Flasher works not so good as the self coded and free available Amoxi Flasher from Bushing (the Master Wii Hacker and Leader of Team Twiizers)

Beside that on the PS3 the 3D games are on the beginning.There is no single one 3D game to time and even the motion thingy is not released to time and you really think that sony will put out a new con in the year of 2012?
I will say -No Way-

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