Sunday, September 26, 2004

Xbox Trojan on Star Wars DVD? Only Imperial Storm Troopers are so precise

Boing Boing: Lucas put malicious Xbox Trojan on Star Wars DVD

If you are creative enough to mod your XBox and fan enough to put your newly bought Star Wars Trilogy DVD in said XBox, you're gonna have problems. If this is true, I don't think this is fair. It's not illegal to "mod" your XBox. Last time I looked Lucas was not Gates. (another creepy rant that I'll get into later) Since when does a film company have the right to alter firmware? So what about piracy? What if some person like me who knows a bit about computers but not enough about XBox to pop the DVD in and for some reason thinks their change of firmware is a good thing. I let it make it's changes and then I'm screwed. It's kinda dangerous.

The 'StarWars Trilogy DVD' (video/movie DVD) has an 'Extra Special Features Disc'. If you try to launch this on your Xbox it will automatic update your dashboard ... NO confirmation will be asked. The bonus disc has extra features including a documentary on the star wars saga, footage from the making of all three films and a preview demo of the new 'StarWars Battlefront' Xbox game (that's why there's a default.xbe, dashupdate.xbe and update.xbe on the disc).
This information can be important for some people with older bioses (booting xboxdash.xbe), people using exploits or simply those who don't want their dash upgraded.

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