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[Muzaq] Audacity 2.0 Released

The platform independent and Open Source driven audio editing software Audacity has been released in version 2.0. Audacity is available for Windows, Mac OS X and Linux. Many people say, Audacity is simply one of the best software audio editors with a huge amount of well designed built-in functions (fading, normalizing, vocal remover etc.).

It is compatible to LADSPA-Plugins, Nyquist-Plugins and VST-Effects.

Although the GUI should imho still be enhanced in comparison to its commercial competitors (Steinberg Wavelab, Sony Soundforge, Adobe Audition etc.), Audacity is a must-have, as it is free and from a technical point of view it is impressively powerful.

Don’t waste your time and grab your copy now.


[Muzaq] Beyoncé – End of Time (AGIJ REMIX) — VOTE NOW

Visitors and fans from all over this lovely planet,

We really need 20 seconds of your valuable lifetime these days. Listen to our remix here:

and support us by voting here:

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  • Facebook account,
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  • or a valid eMail-address

to help us. It takes 20 secs and helps a lot. Don’t let the popish sounds win this competition. It’s time to act now!!!

You can vote until march 13th. Thanks in advance from Berlin :-)

[PS3] Sony To Remove Linux Support for PS3

According to Sony’s Blog, the upcoming Playstation 3 firmware update 3.21 will cease to support the “Other OS” option. It will be released on April 1st, 2010.

Sony says disabling Linux comes from security concerns. This is an immediate result from the efforts of GeoHot’s attack on Sony’s hypervisor protection and the release of XorLoser’s PS3 Exploit Toolkit.

Consumers and organizations that currently use the “Other OS” feature can choose not to upgrade their PS3 systems, although the following features will no longer be available;

  • Ability to sign in to PlayStation Network and use network features that require signing in to PlayStation Network, such as online features of PS3 games and chat
  • Playback of PS3 software titles or Blu-ray Disc videos that require PS3 system software version 3.21 or later
  • Playback of copyright-protected videos that are stored on a media server (when DTCP-IP is enabled under Settings)
  • Use of new features and improvements that are available on PS3 system software 3.21 or later

For those PS3 users who are currently using the “Other OS” feature but choose to install the system software update, to avoid data loss they first need to back-up any data stored within the hard drive partition used by the “Other OS,” as they will not be able to access that data following the update.

Find Sony’s blog entry here

[PS3] GeoHot Opens All HV’s SPUs / XorLoser Preps Manual

Obviously notorious George Hotz has managed to get all 7 SPUs of the Playstation 3’s CPU under his control. This means although he cannot access the CPU’s root key, he now can decrypt everything that’s going thru these SPUs like datastreams of (encrypted) commercial games.

The PPU is higher on the control chain then the SPUs. Even if checks were to be added to, for example, verify the hypervisor before decrypting the kernel, with clever memory mappings you can hide your modified hypervisor.

In the meantime another hacker going under the nick XorLoser has released a more detailed manual of how to use GeoHot’s exploitation files and how to do the glitching.

Besides that XorLoser maintains a plugin for reverser’s beloved Interactive Disassembler (IDA) that contains special PPC instructions for Xbox360 and PS3.

Congratulations to GeoHot. Kudos fly out to XorLoser.


» GeoHot: On Isolated SPUs
» XorLoser: PS3 Exploit – Software
» XorLoser: PS3 Exploit – Hardware
» XorLoser: PS3 and Xbox360 IDA PlugIn
» Hex-Rays.com: IDA Pro

[PS3] GeoHot Hacks PS3’s Hypervisor Protection

Notorious iPhone hacker GeoHot has succesfully circumvented the Playstation’s security system. According to his latest blog entry, he has dumped LV0 and LV1 code, thus allowing him to (theoretically) run code on the processor, bypassing the hypervisor.

The Playstation’s hypervisor is intended to run third party software (like Yellow Dog Linux) on a virtualized level, thus maintaining system integrity and protection of the host system. Within this virtualized environment arbitrary access to certain hardware devices has been disabled, thus allowing only basic access to the graphic processing unit (GPU) for example.

GeoHot seems to have broken the chain of trust. This means he can bypass the hypervisor to directly access hardware like the GPU with his custom code. Anyway he has not released any further information or proof of his work. But hey, it is not anyone, it is GeoHot, so it seems solid.

We compiled some links for people being interested in the hypervisor protection topic.

» GeoHot: Hello hypervisor, I’m GeoHot
» WeboPedia.com: Virtualization – All About Hypervisors
» PS3News: Overview on Security architecture of the PS3
» PS2Dev Wiki: Details about hypervisor functions of the PS3 and Toshiba’s CellEB
» PS3News: A PS3 Game’s Flow of Execution; PS3’s base AIX

Massive Attack: Protection (1995)…

[Muzaq] Tan Dun’s Waterpassion

In August 2000 the world premiere of Tan Dun’s Waterpassion took place in Stuttgart’s Liederhalle.

(..) Tan Dun, along with Sofia Gubaidulina, Osvaldo Golijov, and Wolfgang Rihm, was commissioned by Helmuth Rilling and the Internationale Bachakademie Stuttgart to write a piece for the Passion 2000 project in commemoration of Johann Sebastian Bach. His contribution was the Water Passion After St. Matthew. The piece was widely performed in Europe and was subsequently given its American premiere by the Oregon Bach Festival, also under Rilling’s direction.
(Quoted from Wikipedia)

Singers and an a Cappella Choir of the University of Utah performed Tan Dun’s “Water Passion After St. Matthew” on April 11th, and 12th 2009 in Libby Gardner Concert Hall at the University of Utah. The first video is taken from that performance. The other three videos comprise an (english) interview with Tan Dun in Bilbao (Spain) in November 2009.


» Tan Dun on Wikipedia….
» Tan Dun on Sony (page seems to have issues atm)…

[e-Biz] Sony to offer Copy Protected DivX Movies online

Sony – one of the leading companies in nowadays media world – announced to offer movies for direct download. Sony Pictures and Television International (SPTI) will use the DivX codec in combination with a copy protected container. Currently it is not known in which countries this service will be established.

Wait a sec… can this really be true?

It is 2008 and movies are getting (illegally) copied thru the internet using p2p technology for the last 10 years. No copy protection, no laywer and no law suit ever stopped the majority of people from copying content.

It seems like the movie companies did not really learn their lessons by heart. We really like Sony (Pictures) a lot. Sony is the leading company behind the Bluray disc and the Playstation 3 is a console of its own kind.

But using copy protections on movies in this situation may be very risky. Consumers are willing to pay for content but we would not expect the mass of consumers to be tolerant of copy protected content that cannot be played on home DVD players but on PC only.

iTunes for example is only tolerated by the masses because it has the well known loophole that allows to create unprotected audio CDs. These audio CDs can then be re-ripped hassle free and converted to any unprotected format.

The guys behind the music portal Bleep (http://www.bleep.com) for example got that imponderability in their heads from the very beginning and therefore they are offering music as unprotected mp3’s and in lossless FLAC. There is no other music portal that we are aware of that got such a huge catalogue and offers lossless compressed music.

Concepts containing DRM (Digital Rights Management) are the past, wake up ol’ boys, kick the lawyers and invest into your company’s future.

[PS3] Playstation 3 für 190€

Man soll es kaum glauben, aber man kann die meistbegehrte Spielkonsole dieser Welt für unter 200€ bekommen. Es handelt sich hierbei um kein illegales Angebot und auch nicht um ein Angebot, bei dem man selbst von irgendwoher importieren muss. die PS3 steht hier in Deutschland und wird binnen einer Woche versandt. Wir selbst bieten dies nicht an, aber wir haben es auf Empfehlung ausprobiert und es funktioniert hervorragend.

Wie’s abläuft

Der Trick ist, dass durch Quersubventionen für neue Mobiltelefontarife rechnerisch am Ende die Playstation 3 für 180€ übrig bleibt. Faktisch schließt man zwei Mobiltelefontarife ab und bekommt dafür sogar noch zwei Handys dazu. Die sind nicht besonders umwerfend, aber es geht ja ohnehin nicht um die Handys, sondern um die PS3. Folgende Konstruktion kommt hier zum Tragen. Wir haben das Ganze der Einfachheit einmal beispielhaft tabellarisch dargestellt:

Grundgebühr pro Vertrag
Laufzeit in Monaten
Anzahl der Verträge
Gesamte Kosten
Gesamte Subventionierung
./. 11,00€
./. 528,00€
effektive Kosten
1 9 2 , 0 0 €

Die Zahlen sind nicht ganz genau und demonstrieren nur die Funktionsweise der Subventionierung. In Wahrheit ist die Erstattung sogar noch ein wenig höher und die Grundgebühr ein wenig niedriger. Übrigens gibt es neben diesem Angebot auch die Möglichkeit eine XBox 360 über eine solche Vertragskonstruktion zu beziehen.

Wie kommen Sie in den Genuss dieses Angebots?

Sehr einfach. Klicken Sie einfach einmal hier :-).

Update 01.07.2008: das Angebot gibt es leider derzeit nicht mehr.