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Some interesting news regarding jailbreaking phones came out today.


WASHINGTON — Owners of the iPhone will be able to legally unlock their devices so they can run software applications that haven't been approved by Apple Inc., according to new government rules announced Monday.

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That is great news for Android development in Hawaii since getting US Govt security approval will definitely be a major help i developing apps for the military.
That would be interesting, if e-Gov wasn't already deeply embedded.

John Wang said:
That's interesting indeed. But more interesting! Google App for Government! (hint hint hawaii state gov't)
http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=128776322
http://news.cnet.com/8301-27076_3-20011653-248.html
It would be best if you quote the original source.

http://www.copyright.gov/1201/2010/Librarian-of-Congress-1201-State...
Interesting. I wonder how Apple is going to respond to this on an iOS level. Will they just continue to focus efforts on making the phone harder to jailbreak, or accept that like with DRM, people will always find a way, and take steps to eliminate the need to jailbreak (Expert option from the good ol' days, so people can opt to leave the walled garden by choice, much like Android has done?)
Apple has just responded to this, in short they said "Yeah, whatever man."
Paul Graydon said:
(Expert option from the good ol' days, so people can opt to leave the walled garden by choice, much like Android has done?)

Hmm, explain how you can leave the walled garden by choice on a (non-developer) Android phone without 'rooting' it first. This is semi-equivalent to a jailbreak (not technically, but in terms of DMCA circumvention, it is. Note that *both* were made explicitly legal today by the LoC opinion.)

I think the bigger news out of this decision is that excerpting movies (via say, DeCSS) just got legal for educational and non-commercial use.

The original text of the opinion makes for great reading. http://www.copyright.gov/1201/2010/RM-2008-8.pdf
Jim in order to leave Android's "walled garden" (not sure how that's remotely appropriate) you go into settings and check a box that says "Unknown Sources" which will "Allow installation of non-Market applications".

Takes a few seconds.. anyone can do it. Does not require root.. re-ROMing.. anything.

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