“Microsoft does not condone the modification of its products. With Kinect, Microsoft built in numerous hardware and software safeguards designed to reduce the chances of product tampering. Microsoft will continue to make advances in these types of safeguards and work closely with law enforcement and product safety groups to keep Kinect tamper-resistant.”
Alex: Kinect was not actually hacked. Hacking would mean that someone got to our algorithms that sit inside of the Xbox and was able to actually use them, which hasn't happened, or it means that you put a device between the sensor and the Xbox for means of cheating, which also has not happened. That's what we call hacking, and that's what we have put a ton of work and effort to make sure it doesn't actually occur. What has happened is someone wrote an open-source driver for PCs that essentially opens the USB connection -- which we didn't protect, by design -- and reads the inputs from the sensor. The sensor again, as I talked earlier, has eyes and ears, and that's a whole lot of noise that someone needs to take and turn into signal. NPR: You left it open by design, then, so that people could get into it? Alex: Correct.
Congrats to everyone in the open source community, in about one week we turned “work closely with law enforcement” to “inspired’ by community finding new uses for Kinect.
LOL, of course. If you can't beat them join them... Apple this could mean something :P...
They threatened legal action at first. HA HA! (still a little egg on your chin, MS)
Don't part with your illusions. When they are gone you may still exist, but you have ceased to live.
>> Hacking would mean that someone got to our algorithms that sit inside of the Xbox and was able to actually use them
*sigh*... It's pretty bad when people at the largest software company in the world don't know what constitutes "hacking". He clearly learned his definition from the mainstream media and not the hacker/technical community.
>> With Kinect, Microsoft built in numerous hardware and software safeguards designed to reduce the chances of product tampering.
This sounded like obvious BS the first time we heard it. Sure, it could be done easily... but adding DRM to their own device would have increased the CPU power needed to handle the Kinect's input. DRM is something Microsoft doesn't mind inflicting on users, but they're not going to do it to themselves and make their product appear less capable.
>> NPR: You left it open by design, then, so that people could get into it? Alex: Correct.
"Microsoft: Changing our story and rewriting history more than we change and rewrite our OS."
What part of "Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn" don't you understand?
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