MegaUpload Taken Down

The SOPA & PIPA legislation certainly was knocked down and political backing withered away once the public outcry was too much for even Washington to ignore. That didn’t stop the government from overstepping their bounds again.

A federal indictment and arrests occurred today and the sites were taken down. NY Times article.

It’s surprising the US government was able to coordinate in order to bring down a file sharing site actually based in elsewhere.

I’m having a hard time swallowing the idea of arresting people who run a company in one country based on, at best,  shaky laws from a different country. The US, again, acts like we are the World Police.

Unfortunately, we really are closer to the marionettes portrayed in the film. [NOTE- I am referring to SupePACs, big business, Hollywood, the Military Industrial Complex, etc really running the country].

MegaUpload supporters took down the DOJ site as well as some entertainment sites. Anonymous took credit for the DOS attacks. The sites were back up within a few hours as well.

But lets not get all into the conspiracy theories and anarchy talk. Lets talk about something closer to home.

The XBMC Icefilms plugin, which I use extensively, relies heavily on MegaUpload for many of its files. Taking the site down effectively makes the plugin useless. This makes me sad. This makes my family sad. We cut the cable many months ago and are having a hard time finding a way to get the entertainment we need. We are willing to pay for what we actually are interested in.

The fact that Icefilms is a legitimate way for people to share access to (mostly) media they own or resources that are community property makes it a great part of my home media setup. Others obviously feel the same.

The hacker community over at XBMC Hub had a new update to Icefilms for XBMC on iOS within hours (v 1.0.22) that uses 2Shared as an alternative.

I take two things from this:

  1. Big media companies are in their death throws and are stopping at nothing to try and hold on to the monopoly and current price structures they have
  2. How artists create and disseminate their works and how consumers want to access it is changing

I hope we are able to make the transition peacefully and that the new media consumption paradigms will allow for more & greater personal and collective expression, sharing and results in a richer human condition.

 

UPDATE:

MegaUpload already has a new IP. They don’t have a demain  name yet, but it proves my point that you cannot keep these changes from happening.

UPDATE 2:

The Megaupload site referred to previously is likely to be a DOS site. Don’t use it. In the meantime, there have been several updates to Icefilms for XBMC (now v 1.0.23) that now redirect users to 2Shared. This is another file sharing site that really is not up to par with others (hence it was used sparingly before).

Untethered Apple TV 4.4.4 Jailbreak Released

Right on the heels of the XBMC 11 Eden beta release, we got the new untethered jailbreak for SeasonPass.

Much of the work was done by @pod2g to make this new version possible.

What’s new in AppleTV 4.4.4?

  • AirPlay Mirroring: Now with video mirroring – wirelessly stream what’s on your iPad 2 screen to your HDTV.
  • Photo Stream: View photos recently taken on your iOS device and pushed to your Photo Stream in iCloud.
  • Trailers: A whole new way to browse and view hundreds of the latest theatrical trailers.
  • National Hockey League: Watch live games. View highlights, scores, and more.
  • Wall Street Journal Live: Watch up-to-date news, business commentary, and financial analysis from leading experts.
  • Audio output: Addresses an issue in which audio may not play through the optical port when the TV is turned off.
  • Netflix: Added support for Netflix in Mexico and Latin America.
  • Stability and performance: version 4.4.4 includes general performance and stability improvements, including a fix for an issue that displayed an error when playing some video content.

It should be noted that if you’re already running a tethered version of 4.4.4 you will need to re-jailbreak using Seas0nPass to take advantage of the new untethered version.

Which plugins are supported on 4.4.4?

  • Couch Surfer (works)
  • Last.fm (works)
  • Media Player (works)
  • NitoTV (works)
  • Overflow (works)
  • Remote HD (works)
  • Rowmote (works)
  • RSS Feeds (works)
  • Weather (works)
  • XBMC (works)
  • Plex (not working)

As always, Seas0nPass is available as a free download from Seas0nPass.com. If you already have SeasonPass, the software will notify you of the update automatically.

Apple TV iOS 5 Jailbreak In the Works

I am always amazed at the effort and skill that hackers show whenever there is a new update.

The most recent update on the firecore site states that they already have a tethered jailbreak and are working out other kinks.

This likely means that a full working jailbreak will arrive in the next month or so.

I went ahead and accepted the OTA update to my Apple TV2 when it came out (it is iOS 4.4 on the ATV2, the numbers are still not in sync with the software numbers for Apple phones and tablets).

Wanted to see all the new features. I must say, they were impressive. I liked the Wall Street Journal feed, as well as the the new hockey Feed.

Mirroring from the iPad and other iOS devices will be great for gaming and sharing video and pictures with the family and I really liked the new photo streaming and screensaver options.

All that being said, I have really come to rely on the jailbreak and my XBMC for a great deal of our video entertainment since cutting our cable.

So after playing with the new iOS for a few hours, I re-jailbroke the ATV. This required reverting back to iOS 4.3.

I look forward to having the best of the new Apple software in conjuntion with my hacked add-ons. I am willing to wait a little longer.