As a gamer, I hate cheaters. As a game developer, I can’t stand piracy. But as a consumer who believes if you can’t open it and hack it you don’t really own it, my personal reservations on the recent US government’s ICE sweep of Mod-Chip installers are many and varied. A slew of interesting and opinionated links on the topic are available at Slashdot.
How far would you go to improve your ability to interface with computers more efficiently? I know a lot of people who say they’re willing to wire their heads, but I’d not even be willing to shave some length off my thumbs to us my iPhone better, as this guy has. [engadget]
The vibration function in the Nintendo 64’s Rumble Pak can be hacked into an improvised tattoo gun. Someone let MAKE Blog know…
MizPee knows that when you’re on the go, sometimes you “gotta go.” Point your mobile browser at it, and it’ll tell you the nearest spots for relief. In the future, hopefully they’ll add GPS support, but for now I’m waiting on Apple to offer their own version with an iPhone-specific interface; they could call call it “iPee.” [lifehacker]
Mercedez Benz refused to activate the GPS locator device for a car which was strongly implicated in a fatality hit-and-run accident, despite a court order to do so. Leaving alone the legal precedent that even non-court-ordered law-enforcement placed GPS tracking is legal, the idea that communication equipment can be turned against its owner by court writ is well-established. [engadget]