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Playstation 3 Hacked By Freedom Fighters

Playstation 3 Hacked By Freedom Fighters (photo)

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It’s been news for the last couple of days that a handful of Hans Gruber-like baby-geniuses have successfully hacked Sony’s Playstation 3 game console. Not “hacked” like, ‘Yes! I finally disabled auto-correct on my iPhone,’ but “hacked” like these dudes somehow attained the key to the popular console’s here-to-fore uncrackable encryption system. It was, by most reports, a difficult feat and not the easiest process to understand. Wired UK does a good job of clarifying for the layman here.

Ultimately, the big hack is unlikely to affect casual gamers directly, as risking financial penalty or even incarceration to traffic in pirated software just seems like too big a risk for the great majority of us. What’s most interesting is the philosophy behind this bold act of egghead vandalism.

The hackers, “failOverflow,” as they call their crew, claim not to be proponents of piracy. They’re not suggesting everyone in the world is entitled to a free copy of “Uncharted 2.” Rather, they were pissed because the latest edition of the PS3, essentially a computer like any other, doesn’t support the open source operating system Linux. In other words, you can’t write your own programs for the machine, or, in fact, run any code not approved by Sony.

The hackers’ logic, then — if I’m interpreting this correctly — is this: Were you to purchase any other piece of tech with your hard earned cash, say, a computer, or a toaster, or even a shower rod, you would be free to use it for the purpose it was created but also to do whatever the hell else you want to do with it. If you want to practice Tae Bo with your shower rod or “hack” your toaster to dry toenail polish, that’s your prerogative. By their account, the failOverflow fellows are just exercising their rights as consumers.

So, why does it still seem like they should be wearing masks?

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The Best Of The Last

Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

It’s not that being single sucks, it’s that you suck if you’re single.

Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

This one’s a “Serial” killer…everything both right and wrong about true crime podcasts.

Wedding Planners

The only bad wedding is a boring wedding.

Disaster Hut

It’s only the end of the world if your doomsday kit doesn’t include rosé.

Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at

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Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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