GeoHot shows interest in WP7, Microsoft offers him a device

By Emil ยท 17 replies
Jan 19, 2011
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  1. Hacker George Hotz, also known as GeoHot, is known for helping crack the iPhone and for releasing the PlayStation 3 root key and custom firmware. Understandably, he is fed up with both Apple's and Sony's stances on jailbreaking (Apple wants to make jailbreaking illegal while Sony is suing GeoHot). According to his website though, he likes

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  2. princeton

    princeton TS Addict Posts: 1,676

    MS may have made some bad decisions. But they're damn smart. Good homebrew will bring a lot of developers ect over to WP7,
  3. mccartercar

    mccartercar TS Booster Posts: 140   +26

    Sony should take a page from Microsoft's book.
    Reaching out to a community before they reach out to you is the best approach to all situations of this type.
  4. Good move on Microsoft, may try and block but if the realize embracing is better then say how Sony has been over reacting.

    Look at the Xbox360 Kinect they wanted 100% control, and once open source jumped on it and MS saw what was happening, embraced it and plan on releasing official driver's and a SDK.
  5. ramonsterns

    ramonsterns TS Enthusiast Posts: 744   +12

    Good move on Microsoft's part, but only because the WP7 wasn't doing so hot. Oh well, a step is a step, even if it's not completely forward.
  6. yukka

    yukka TechSpot Paladin Posts: 861   +67

    Just want to say, how is submitting your app to MS for approval officially homebrew? Is it still to be the case that you cant add your own apps to your phone directly?

    I know you can pay MS some money then submit 5 free apps for the first year, $19.99 for each one after that. Is that what we are talking about here or are there plans to unlock the phone for all users for free?
  7. Emil

    Emil TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 154

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  8. Mizzou

    Mizzou TS Enthusiast Posts: 823

    This is certainly better public relations for Microsoft than Sony getting thrown out of court on their can.
  9. TomSEA

    TomSEA TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,713   +855

    Heh...this is only happening because MS is taking a colossal beating on it's WP7.
  10. yukka

    yukka TechSpot Paladin Posts: 861   +67

    Ok that's interesting. Thanks Emil I must have skipped that bit if the article or missed the relevance. I have a HD7 and anything that lets me put my own apps on it gets my thumbs up :)
  11. yukka

    yukka TechSpot Paladin Posts: 861   +67

    Really need sone patches fast from MS. They miscalculated the importance of copy and paste etc.
  12. AlienOverlord

    AlienOverlord TS Rookie Posts: 27

    Sony loses money (or used to) on each PS3 sold, they make money on the software which can now be pirated and the online games can now be hacked. A different situation I'd say.
  13. princeton

    princeton TS Addict Posts: 1,676

    Actually they've stated with the slim model they are once again making a profit off of the console.
  14. aj_the_kidd

    aj_the_kidd TS Rookie Posts: 555

    Smart move, good PR and great timing. Would it be a conflict of interest if MS backed GeoHot with his legal issues with Sony?
  15. Lurker101

    Lurker101 TS Evangelist Posts: 819   +343

    Regardless of the reasons, this is a fantastic move by Microsoft.
  16. Richy2k9

    Richy2k9 TS Enthusiast Posts: 515

    hello ...

    i agree partly for yes, Geohot is a hacking genius but nevertheless, not mature. yet if it's not hacking, it's not hacking! ... MS is making a programmer out of a hacker & nothing less, so it is still good. I think SONY should have done almost same in the beginning, when Geohot started to show some interest in the Linux on PS3 ...

    there's one thing not to forget: "better keep friends close & enemies closer", this is wise & recommended & MS can now control the hacking community that way ...

    I think i said so in 1 of my post (don't remember if here though), MS or Nintendo should hire this guy now but still no one should encourage future hackers to proceed that way, for it will be like cyber terrorism.

    well, i hope this goes for the best & now if Geohot wants to prove himself mature, come on now, we challenge you to create an external software based protection system for all devices you hacked, for me a great hacker is someone that can create a chaos & the antidote ... else it's just a fool 'fooling' around :)

  17. If there's any truth to this, Brandon Watson is probably getting his *** grilled by his boss. No company will officially volunteer to share the spot light in a high profile and negative publicity lawsuit.
  18. For the people that MSFT is aiming at (the not-so-compliant poweruser that have actually made MSFT big as they currently are in the first place) -- the only people getting negative publicity in the GeoHot case are Sony and Apple. And M$ is in dire need of more friends from that user pond since their own business moves in years passed have made them the antichrist of software world along with begginings of them becoming irrelevant in what software world is becoming (cloud and mobile).

    Sony and Apple want consumers. Linux/FSF world wants user-developers. MSFT has always been the smart one in aiming that populace which might not be largest or the most tech-savvy, but is most vocal and most opinion-shifting -- the power-user who is not affraid to tweak and tinker, but won't really get under the hood and mess with cogs and bolts.

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