US iPhone Jailbreaking Becomes Legal

"Action by the US government gives users more freedom with their iPhone device."

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Today, the Library of Congress released a new set of exceptions to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA).  Among these exemptions was something perhaps of great interest to iPhone owners: the ability to break digital locks on the device in order to use (legally obtained) software not approved by Apple, a practice commonly known as jailbreaking.  Other exemptions include:

• allow owners of used cell phones to break access controls on their phones in order to switch wireless carriers.
• allow people to break technical protections on video games to investigate or correct security flaws.
• allow college professors, film students and documentary filmmakers to break copy-protection measures on DVDs so they can embed clips for educational purposes, criticism, commentary and noncommercial videos.
• allow computer owners to bypass the need for external security devices called dongles if the dongle no longer works and cannot be replaced.

The decision likely occurred due to the Electronic Frontier Foundation's efforts in this regard and Apple's reponding attempts to declare jailbreaking illegal under the DMCA early last year.

Now the question is, will this decision change anything?  At this point it's hard to say.  All this legislation does is make the act of "jailbreaking" okay from a legal standpoint.  It is still well within Apple's right to deny support for devices that have gone through the process.  However, it does allow those who engineer jailbreaking software to come work out of obscurity and perhaps increase development to create a more pleasant and safer experience.  Aside from this, we'll have to wait and see how Apple reacts to this development.

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10-07-2010, 17:10:51

Goran
my car's got this like weird finish thing thats suposed to protect it, and when i bought it it had a scratch which the car place fixed for me so i reckon the paint is pretty similair to what it was new

almost every other 207 i've seen is the same colour as mine so hopefully it should be a standard job

cheers for the help man, nice to know theres actual nice people out there among the retards who think it's funny to take a key to a car belonging to a stranger

10-07-2010, 17:16:10

AlienALX
No worries. I know how you can get attatched to a car. My last one had a full ground up rebuild, replacement brakes, suspension, rims & tyres, engine rebuild and turbo, etc etc. Was really sick. To top it all off I repainted it with holographic pearls and all.. Came out one day to find some tosser had lobbed a baseball through the side window. What made it worse was the cost of these side windows... $350. It's one piece and massive (2 door sports) and doesn't have a windowframe around it so it is laminated etc. Super gutted haha.

10-07-2010, 17:35:46

Goran
yeah i said to my mate earlier today, at least it isnt a smashed window or something, the car is still completely drivable its just a complete ballache that theres a massive scratch on the bonnet that looks quite penis-esque

10-07-2010, 17:48:09

AlienALX
Bastards. The part that gets me with tards like this is that they don't own a car and likely never will.

Still, I'm a firm believer in Karma mate. They'll get theirs.

10-07-2010, 17:58:27

AlienALX
Weird how Photobucket holds memories haha. Here was the day the window was smashed in. I also had to take a day off work so ended up $450 out of pocket :(

[IMG]http://i72.photobucket.com/albums/i174/timmahtiburon/IMAG0056.jpg[/IMG]

Thankfully though it happened before I did all of this. Or I think I would have been up on a murder charge :D

[IMG]http://i72.photobucket.com/albums/i174/timmahtiburon/backdriver.jpg[/IMG]

[IMG]http://i72.photobucket.com/albums/i174/timmahtiburon/frontright.jpg[/IMG]

[IMG]http://i72.photobucket.com/albums/i174/timmahtiburon/hood.jpg[/IMG]

And when I say ground up rebuild I mean it. Seats, carpets, dash, steering wheel, pedals. Nothing was left unchanged.

[IMG]http://i72.photobucket.com/albums/i174/timmahtiburon/interiorleft.jpg[/IMG]

Was a friggin ANIMAL on the road too :D

11-07-2010, 05:34:13

Goran
super nice car mate, makes it all the more special that you did most of it yourself

btw, my dad's given me some T Cut, but by reading the back of the tube, it looks as though this isnt the right thing to use. am i right?

11-07-2010, 06:17:06

AlienALX
Yes. That's basically cutting/rubbing/polishing compound depending on where you live in the world :D

However, here's some advice.. Tcut can be quite abrasive sometimes so start with that (if it's regular Tcut) and then move onto something finer like Tcut Metallic. I have Tcut metallic for my Alienware cases. The uses are different you see.

Tcut is for two stage paint finishes. Two stage meaning primer/top coat. Older cars are like that.

Tcut metallic is for more modern finishes or three stage, three stage meaning primer/basecoat (whatever colour your car is) and then clear coat or laquer again depending on what you call it.

Regular Tcut is TERRIBLE for laquer. It will scratch it and leave those horrible swirls. The only difference in them is the size of the 'grains' of cutting compound in the smelly fluid stuff.

I would get your touch up in (make sure you use too much) and then start with the heavier compound. When it has smoothed off start with the Tcut metallic which is finer and will give a nice clean finish.

This isn't as important on small touch ups but you still need to know. DO NOT wax any freshly applied paint. With these new paints the paint will still be reacting for about a month. It basically releases the chemicals and vapours within. If you wax over it and those vapors become sealed in they will eat your finish :D

11-07-2010, 06:19:14

AlienALX
Oh and some more advice. Ignore the instructions on the bottle that tell you to apply it, let it dry then rub hard. That's crap. Apply it wet and do your polishing wet, then let it dry and wash it off.

When the compound is dry it no longer provides the lubrication and will scratch your finish. Do all the hard rubbing whilst it is wet and then to save your arms falling off simply wash it off :)

11-07-2010, 11:01:58

llwyd
To be honest mate you will not get it back to a flawless finish without a respray. Even if you do it properly, prep it, fill it, sand it and take a machine polisher to it, it will still be noticeable. Look into the costs of a blowover from a body shop or even a replacement panel in the correct colour, whichever is cheaper.

Have a look on detailingworld and see if there is a professional detailer near you who would be able to give you an opinion on the results you could expect from paint correction.

16-07-2010, 09:17:28

mayhem
there are some jelioyus buggers out there good luck repairing it.
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