Jobs is Dead

For those of you without a life, good job, I am referring to Friedrich Nietzsche. lolwut? Okay, I’m just kidding (about the first part). And no, I am not trying to make Steve Jobs look like God…well, only metaphorically, if God can, sometimes, be a real a**. And for those of you that thought of the novel, well I guess it fits the metaphor as well.

On July 26, 2010, jail breaking and unlocking your phone (but particularly the iPhone) was made legal by the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF).

Here is what they said:

The first of EFF’s three successful requests clarifies the legality of cell phone “jailbreaking” — software modifications that liberate iPhones and other handsets to run applications from sources other than those approved by the phone maker. More than a million iPhone owners are said to have “jailbroken” their handsets in order to change wireless providers or use applications obtained from sources other than Apple’s own iTunes “App Store,” and many more have expressed a desire to do so. But the threat of DMCA liability had previously endangered these customers and alternate applications stores.

In its reasoning in favor of EFF’s jailbreaking exemption, the Copyright Office rejected Apple’s claim that copyright law prevents people from installing unapproved programs on iPhones: “When one jailbreaks a smartphone in order to make the operating system on that phone interoperable with an independently created application that has not been approved by the maker of the smartphone or the maker of its operating system, the modifications that are made purely for the purpose of such interoperability are fair uses.”

Apple, however, was and still is not willing to give up without a fight. At first, they said that jail breaking one of their products was a form of copyright violation, but they were put down by the FCC, which disagreed, saying that jail breaking a product of Apple merely enhanced the interoperability, thus being legitimate. Apple still considers a jail broken iPhone or iPod out of warranty. So far, Apple has not sued anyone over the issue, but they still frown deeply over the act of jail breaking, and will probably continue to do so.

Also, the fight over the law of jail breaking your iPhone or whatever…did it even matter? People were jail breaking their iPhones already, and were probably going to continue doing it, whether it was legalized or not. And people that had not jail broken their Apple product are not going suddenly risk their device, just because it was made legal on paper. Jail breaking your iPod is an issue no Government or anything can control as long as we have free will. It’s the same with things like Limewire, torrents, or streaming movies for free online. It’s not per say: “legal”, but since it is in gray area, and there is no way that all the people who do these things can get punished for it (I’m not saying they should getting punished in the first place), people are going to do it.

However, let’s move onto a bigger subtopic (if that makes any sense). The real news was something that came out on the following weekend. Most of you must know of BlackRa1n, the jail breaking program that, well, jail broke your Apple product. Now, with the iPad out, and people not really wanting to download software on their computer, and go through a few steps,

Move finger to jailbreak device...

JailbreakMe.com was born through Comex (et al.).This website when visited through Safari on whatever Apple product you have, allows you to simply slide your finger across the screen and jail break your iPhone or iPod or whatever. On their FAQ page, they warn you not go past version 4.0.1. Or so they claim…

While there are a several claims on the Internet that JailBreakMe.com works perfectly, there have also been several problems with it.

Claims include but are not limited to:

  • losing Multimedia Messaging Service (MMS) aka texting
  • phone not working at all
  • losing FaceTime (the video conferencing app on iOS)
  • iPhone/iPod shutting down, moments after the button was slid across the screen
  • screen freezing

I decided to back up my iPod, and actually try the website to see if it worked, but instead, my iPod went white and turned off. I thought, “Hey, maybe that error was an error. I’ll try again.” Same result, but the third time, Safari just closed and nothing happened. So I tried four more times, and one of two things would keep on happening. I have heard that the servers of the website are really backed up right now, due to so many people trying to jail break their iPhones/iPods. So, who knows? Just wait a few weeks, and try again. But so far, to what the DevTeam or Comex (et al.) have achieved, a good applause for taking step towards breaking through what was in a way socialism with technical devices.

On another note, how much freedom can we really have?if the world might be destroyed in war between Macs and PCs.

If you’re going to jail break your iPhone/iPod then here are a few things you should look at:

http://www.pcworld.com/article/202441/5_reasons_to_jailbreak_your_iphone_and_5_reasons_not.html

http://www.ismashphone.com/2010/08/how-to-jailbreak-iphone-40-using-jailbreakmecom.html

http://www.techradar.com/news/phone-and-communications/mobile-phones/10-reasons-to-jailbreak-your-iphone-or-ipod-touch-now-491125

http://www.readwriteweb.com/archives/top_10_apps_worth_jailbreaking_your_iphone_to_get.php

And by the way, we passed four hundred visitors and have a lot of foreign visitors, and we might be quickly get past five. That is all for now, Readers of the Variant Press.

– If Loops

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