I'll admit that I don't understand just why/how it is that "piracy" came up in the responses this article's coverage of Apple's latest anti-jailbreaking move.
I'm confused about that. I saw some reference to the possibility of stealing apps from the Application Store, yet beyond that I'm not sure what sort of "piracy" would be facilitated by modifying firmware on the iPhone/iPod Touch. Are most apps on the App Store really worth
The only piracy that's otherwise relevant to the iPhone (as far as I can tell) is that of music and movies. Any iPhone or iPod Touch will surely play back even pirated media as long as it's in or can be converted to a format that either device knows how to play. And I suppose that a lot of us are technically guilty of this. I've watched video ripped from a DVD on my iPod Touch because it was convenient. I have the actual DVD, didn't distribute the file any further than my iPod and deleted it when I was done watching. Under the ridiculous legislation of the DMCA, I suppose that makes me a pirate and a lawbreaker.
No, I've never jailbroken my iPod Touch, nor do I intend to do so. I'd rather not have an iBrick...I've already got that but it's called a Time Capsule.
Oops. I got a little off the topic there.
While I'm at it, I take issue with those here who equate "hacking" or "being a hacker" to doing something illegal. It's not--and to say that hacking = illegal activity is not always true. If you've ever taken something apart to see how it works, studied its design or examined the software that came with it--well, you're closer than you think to an introduction to the real meaning of hacking.
I say with a measure of pride that I've looked inside numerous devices to see how they work, studied the datasheets for components to find out how they work, done a little bit of circuit modification, have built a few devices, soldered on motherboards and other parts, read technical manuals, modified some other devices, done "interesting things" to keep older systems on the road, and thought about designing devices of my own to overcome shortcomings that I see in what's on the market now. There's nothing illegal about any of that, and most of it would qualify as "hacking" in some way. (I've never been much on programming, though.)
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Today's project: making a better Time Capsule from an old computer and parts:http://greyghost.mooo.com/timecapsule-vs-freenas/
(hope nobody minds the link)