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splatter (39844) writes "Dave Arneson, one of the co-creators of the Dungeons & Dragons fantasy game and a pioneer of role-playing entertainment, died after a two-year battle with cancer, his family said Thursday. He was 61. Arneson and Gary Gygax developed Dungeons & Dragons in 1974, Gygax died in March 2008." Link to Original Source top
splatter (39844) writes "Just a few days after its launch, a group from Brazil has managed to unlock Apples iPhone to operate on almost any carrier.
On its Web site, DesbloqueioBr posted a video showing the unlocked handset making a phone call.
In an interview with gadget blog Gizmodo, developer Breno MacMasi said the unlocking process involved modifying the phone's SIM hardware so the International Mobile Subscriber Identity can be overwritten.
The procedure allows iPhone 3G users to makes calls with any compatible GSM carrier, not just ones with which Apple has an exclusive agreement. But users of an unlocked phone wouldn't be guaranteed to have 3G-network access, and Apple could potentially wipe out the hack with a software update." Link to Original Source top
splatter (39844) writes "A teenager in New Jersey has broken the lock that ties Apple's iPhone to AT&T's wireless network, freeing the most hyped cell phone ever for use on the networks of other carriers, including overseas ones.
George Hotz, 17, confirmed Friday that he had unlocked an iPhone and was using it on T-Mobile's network, the only major U.S. carrier apart from AT&T that is compatible with the iPhone's cellular technology.
The hack, which Hotz posted Thursday to his blog, is complicated and requires skill with both soldering and software.The modification leaves the iPhone's many functions, including a built-in camera and the ability to access Wi-Fi networks, intact. The only thing that won't work is the "visual voicemail" feature.
what you need: http://iphonejtag.blogspot.com/2007/08/what-you-ne ed.html
Hotz' blog: http://iphonejtag.blogspot.com/
2nd one's on sale on ebay: http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item =230164884672" Link to Original Source top
splatter writes "A well-known individual to slashdot readers claims to have overcome restrictions on Apple Inc.'s iPhone, allowing highly technical users to bypass AT&T Inc.'s network to use the phone's Internet and music features.
The iPhone does not have phone capability, but the iPod and Wi-Fi work. The site with his blog contains technical details for other hackers, as well as links to software necessary to complete the process.
One potential use would be for an iPhone user living or traveling outside the United States to access the iPhone's music player and Internet service over Wi-Fi connections without using the phone.
http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20070706/wr_nm/iphone_h acker_dc;_ylt=AlF67pTH3dplCOm8KCpiInYjtBAF" Link to Original Source top
splatter (39844) writes "Another lawsuit to clog up the justice system. This is the second case the first is another $600M case in AL.
"Family members of three people slain by a 14-year-old on newsman Sam Donaldson's New Mexico ranch sued the makers of the video game "Grand Theft Auto: Vice City" on Monday, claiming the crimes would not have occurred had the teenager never played the violent game."
"According to the suit, plaintiffs' lawyer Jack Thompson was told by a sheriff's deputy that the game and a Sony PlayStation 2 were found at the ranch. Posey had told police he shot his family after his father, the ranch foreman, slapped him for not cleaning horse stalls fast enough."