As you can see this is my first post. I have finally found a thread that rattled my cage enough to make me register and post (have been lurking for months).
My Opinion is nothign, its worthless but it is this:
Many very talented people have put a great deal of time into actually defeating the ever so secure xbox360, it should have been quite obvious when M$ said it was going to be the most secure console that it would draw fire from the best of the best. Tell me which single person or team of people would like to be credited with defeating the power house M$? Heck, I would love to put that on a resume if I could.
I feel hacking goes much deeper than hardware and software... Many of you young folks may want to do some old school reading. How about the book "out of the inner circle"? How about Kevin Mitnick? If you are into piracy, so be it. Release away, if you are a "white hat hacker" great, "black hat" cool by me but to expect others to follow your rules and to respect your motivation is silly. If your in the game because you want to be the first to pull something off and get credit for it, hack it and share it, if your in it to feel good inside and know in your heart you did it first then you must accept the fact that you will go unrecgonized for your accomplishments. One thing you can be sure of is that someone will ride on your coat tails and steal your glory. If you are not aware of this yet then you have not been introducted to the corporte world. Not a day goes by that a project manager comes off the hero while the grunt DBA is actually the one who fixed the issue at 2am on his day off while the PM was sleeping.
I am quite confident that once the little back door shops start patching 360's for cash and selling games M$ will round up a bunch of them and slam them with nice criminal Lawsuits and the end users who purchased the hacks or games will get the nice civil lawsuit. Anyone remember the Direct TV days? Everyone was happy with their free tv till those letters demanding 5k out of court showed up. Same thing will probably happen with the M$ hack. Give it time.
Now that I have wasted your time I will close in saying this: My hat off to each of the people who contributed to the successful hack of the 360. M$ deserved it for being so bold about the security of the console. You each proved a valuable part in what appears to be successful hack of each drive. I will not be too confident until I see the working FW released but thats just me.