If you haven’t seen this presentation yet…well, you call yourself a nerd? Okay, it is rather long (~45 minutes) but to anybody with an interest in consoles, homebrew, hacking, or general poking around inside machines, it’s a pretty interesting listen.
Whoever was behind the security system in the PS3 failed miserably, and failed hard, hence the title of that presentation “Console Hacking 2010: PS3 Epic Fail”. Heck, I could have solved that maths problem presented at the end, even if it was shown to me four years ago! That right there is GCSE level difficulty. Of course the rest of the lecture requires either the ability to smile and listen, or an in depth understanding of computer hardware, but it’s quite funny to see that kind of complexity broken down to something a 15 year old could solve. One can imagine the little monkeys in Sony running around in panic.
I do agree that the reason hackers haven’t hacked the PS3 yet is because they’ve not had reason to. Most hardcore hackers aren’t too interested in piracy, just the challenge, and Sony made the mistake of creating a challenge by pulling OtherOS.
Also of interesting reading is this article which details the possible repercussions of this epic fail.
Ironically, seeing this has actually made me want to get a PS3.
Quote of the Day
“So farewell hope, and with hope farewell fear,
Farewell remorse; all good to me is lost.
Evil, be thou my good.”
Paradise Lost (Book IV, Lines 108-110)