George Hotz, aka Geohot, Does Cars, Play Stations, iPhone and Rhymes
I knew a good bit about the famous hacker, geohot. He has a major league talent as a hacker. He would be what we call a “l33t”. For my older readers, unfamiliar with l33tsp34k, that is hacker-geek for “elite”. This 26-year old’s most recent accomplishment is, according to Bloomberg and other sources, an autonomous car!
In the past, he has also:
been credited for the first to hack the iPhone, way back when he was still in high school
hack the Play Station and get sued by Sony
and much more
What I didn’t know, until I heard mention of it on a podcast, he also spits rhyhms.
I can’t help it, I got that One of These Things Doesn’t Belong song from Sesame Street stuck in my head. Geez, I hope I don’t have to pay a royalty on the use of the title. Sounds paranoid and ridiculous, or is it?
I am digging through some old posts and came across one referencing an article about someone being sued for refilling an ink cartridge. It seems that since the Lexmark cartridge was labeled “single use” the consumer is liable for not using it as agreed. That story goes back to 2005. Some folks back then were saying that the courts would not tolerate such for long and that things would change. Have they?
I am no attorney but it seems that copyright and patent law is far removed from any intelligent approach to fostering new technology and innovation. Historically speaking, such law is a rather new concept. Perhaps it is just a bad idea and we should consider something more intelligent?