I’ve lately been playing a lot of Fallout 4, a game that revolves around a character who gets cryogenically frozen and then wakes up 200 years later in a post-apocalyptic setting. That’s not quite what happened to an ex-convict named Otis Johnson but there are some parallels: Johnson just stepped back into the world for the first time after spending the last 44 years in prison for the attempted murder of a police officer. Recently Al Jazeera followed him around Times Square in New York and recorded his impressions of the world as it exists today. More →
Two Hon Hai employees and a MacTop Electronics executive have been found guilty of leaking information about Apple’s iPad 2 ahead of its release. The trio was arrested in December last year following an investigation by authorities in Shenzhen, China. Xiao Chengsong, general manager of Shenzhen MacTop Electronics Co., former Hon Hai employee named Hou Pengna, and Lin Kecheng, a Hon Hai research-and-development employee, were all sentenced on Tuesday in a Chinese court. Hou was sentenced to one year in prison and fined 30,000 yuan, Lin was sentenced to 14 months and fined 100,000 yuan, and Xiao was sentenced to 18 months in prison, and fined 150,000 yuan. More →
Fredrik Neij, Peter Sunde, and Carl Lundström — the founders of the wildly popular torrent site The Pirate Bay — have had their previous convictions upheld by a Swedish court of appeals. While the three defendants did see their prison sentences reduced, the court did increase the fine levied on the the trio from 30 million kronor to 46 million kronor (USD $6.5 million). In April of 2009, a 1 year jail sentence was handed down to all three defendants, the new sentencing has the Swedish residents spending between 10 and 4 months behind bars: Neij, 10 months in prison; Sunde, 8 months in prison; Lundström, 4 months in prison.
“In two years, this type of piracy will be over,” said Ludvig Werner, chairman for the Swedish arm of the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry. “After a ruling like this and all the pioneers start to get older and have children and families, piracy won’t occur to this extent.”
Christian Engström, a Pirate Party member of the European Parliament, refutes that claim, “The judgement has no meaning for file sharing. It has continued to increase from year to year and the technical capabilities continue to develop.”
No word on what impact, if any, this ruling will have on The Pirate Bay website. More →
That latest exploit from @pod2g confirmed to work beyond iPhone4…also on at least iPad and yesterday’s iPod4G too :)
Great news for all those who prefer their iDevices jailbroken. No time estimate has been given by the dev-team or others as to when we could potentially see the exploit tools in the wild; we’ll keep you up to date on any progress that is made. More →