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New iPad Jailbroken Already 255

An anonymous reader writes "Just hours after the new Apple iPad was released, it was jailbroken in three (how appropriate!) separate ways. This means that hackers have already found and exploited security holes to run custom code on the new iPad with iOS 5.1. The tools for jailbreaking your new iPad aren't yet available, but this first step means the software will be developed sooner rather than later."
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New iPad Jailbroken Already

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  • Re:Jailbreaks (Score:3, Informative)

    by betterunixthanunix ( 980855 ) on Sunday March 18, 2012 @11:49AM (#39395661)
    So you are suggesting that it increases "freedom" to prevent users from installing political cartoon apps on their tablets? How is providing a switch that allows users to unlock their tablets restricting anyone's freedom?

    Oh wait, this is the old "if corporations want to screw their customers, they should have the freedom to do so" argument. User freedoms should come second to corporations', right? It is not as though users should have any expectation of being able to install the software they want to install on their tablets, if the corporation that produces those tablets says they are not supposed to be doing so, right?
  • by carvalhao ( 774969 ) on Sunday March 18, 2012 @12:10PM (#39395877) Journal
    Well, it really depends on the kind of usage you give them. As a CEO I am always on the move, and there are a lot of surfaces and situations in which a laptop really isn't practical. Try the inconvenience of having to show a presentation on a lunch table with a laptop and you will understand why. Nothing beats the ease of passing an unobstrusive device over the table for the other person to check out what you are trying to show. This may sound frivolous, but when you are trying to sell an idea, every bit of positive feeling on the other side really counts. One of the best purchases I ever made.
  • by multipartmixed ( 163409 ) on Sunday March 18, 2012 @12:20PM (#39395953) Homepage

    Actually, it lets you pirated apps, instead of paying for them. Lots of consumers see that as a feature.

  • by x3CDA84B ( 2592699 ) on Sunday March 18, 2012 @02:31PM (#39396919)

    I didn't really understand the point of tablets until I used one extensively for testing a particular application at work, and got used to being able to view my calendar and inbox without the compromise of a phone-sized screen anywhere in the office.

    Like Jobs supposedly said, when they're made properly, they're intentionally a class that sits in-between "smart phone" and "laptop". They're not intended to do everything either of those device types can do, just like those devices can't do everything (well) that a tablet can.

    Right now, I mainly use mine as an electronic replacement for paper documents.

    I can take notes using a stylus, which is a lot more conducive to a conversation than pecking away on a laptop, and because they're electronic/backed-up, I don't need to worry about losing the one notebook that contains what I'm working on.

    I can view my calendar anywhere, and unlike a printout it's updated in realtime. I can view my work email. I could do those last two things on my phone if I really wanted to, but the having a comfortably-sized display is much nicer.

    I can read electronic copies of documents instead of relying on printouts that may be outdated.

    Because it's a tablet, I don't need to sit down to use it like I would with a laptop.

    All of the other things it can do (RDP/SSH to systems I'm responsible for) are a great benefit as well, but it's the replacement-for-printed/handwritten-materials aspect that I find most useful about it.

    Much to my own surprise (I'm not a big fan of Apple, traditionally), I went with an iPad, because it really does have that "it just works" quality. My paper-and-pen notebook or physical printouts never crashed or took five minutes to boot up, and neither should the thing that replaces them.

    I have an Android phone, and when something goes wrong with it, it literally does take multiple minutes to reboot. That's just ridiculous.

    I've seen the tablet editions of Windows, and it's painfully obvious that Microsoft's staff still haven't learned anything about making a UI that takes advantage of a particular form factor, as opposed to trying to make one UI that tries to do everything and then attempt to use that on all device types.

  • by Microlith ( 54737 ) on Sunday March 18, 2012 @05:57PM (#39398213)

    To put it briefly, it fails the "Re: Re: Re: Here try this out!" attack.

    People have done far dumber things with even less provocation. But obviously, to protect the ignorant and foolish we need to deny everyone. That's the sum of your argument.

    A nontechnical user receives an email that claims they can unlock a free copy of Angry Birds Extreme by following some simple instructions to enable non-curated apps--they click through all warning messages (because that is what Windows has trained them to do over the last 20 years) and boom--they are using a buggy malware infested piece of crap app. Now they need to run virus checkers, take their phone into the Best Buy guys, or maybe over to that nerdy kid next door. Oh wait, I can just download this other app that promises to clean up my phone and make it run faster.

    Ah yes, because SOMETHING bad might happen we can't allow anyone at all any flexibility. Or perhaps the solution isn't to dumb everyone down to the least common denominator, but to give them a baseline of education on what to do and not to do. That'd solve far more problems than getting malware on their phone.

    Of course you'll say that the user got what he deserved, because fundamentally you think the point of technology is to make those who understand it feel righteously indignant towards those who don't.

    No one deserves to have their ignorance taken advantage of. No one deserves to be treated as though they were ignorant, either. And in supporting companies in their efforts to take away people's ability to do as they wish with their computer technology, you manage to do both.

    People who design bridges don't intend that the bridge should work properly only for those with civil engineering degrees.

    Idiotic analogy. Bridges serve a solitary purpose.

    People who design elevators don't feel offended when some obnoxious prick says it has a "dumbed down interface".

    Again, idiotic analogy. Elevators serve a single, solitary purpose.

    Your microwave also doesn't allow you to side load apps onto it.

    My microwave has a 4-bit microcontroller than can control power and has a handful of timers. I could make it do whatever I wanted, and publish how, with out Apple complaining that it should be a DMCA violation or having the thing fight me.

    Get the idea yet?

    Yes, your argument is absolutely terrible, and you are far worse than any "arrogant nerd" in that you approve of limiting what people can do because you feel they are idiots, rather than giving them the option of flexibility. You are a prime example of an "Apple Authoritarian."

    >You know what? people who design computers (I'm one of them) also really want those computers to be safe and usable for nontechnical folks, as do people who design operating systems and most apps

    And we can have that, without losing capability. Rather, we will have it denied to us by the arrogant who claim it is to "protect" us.

    these are people who have far more technical cred than most of the wannabes that hang out on slashdot. So who is it that is complaining about Apple? frankly it is a bunch of insecure bratty little script kiddies. Losers.

    Oh please, you've made it readily apparent that you're arrogant beyond words, and hold average people in even greater contempt than any poster on slashdot.

    Good thing you aren't in government.

The Macintosh is Xerox technology at its best.