Microsoft Offers PS3 Hacker A Present

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George Hotz hacked Sony's PS3, and then told everyone how to do it. That pissed Sony off, and the company is taking him to court. Rival Microsoft is ready to play nice, though. With a gift.

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Hotz, who also cracked the iPhone, blogged that he's keen to get a Windows Phone 7. And Brandon Watson, who according to his Twitter is an "entrepreneur on loan to Microsoft focused on getting our developer mojo back", tweeted this to the 21-year-old Hotz:

#geohot if you want to build cool stuff on #wp7, send me email and the team will give you a phone - let dev creativity flourish #wp7dev

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Guess that's a good way to get out in front of any exploits or holes Hotz is bound to find as he sets out to jailbreak the Windows Phone. Better than, you know, taking him to court.

Microsoft offers Hotz free phone [MCVUK] [Pic]

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Let's compare this situation to the Automotive industry shall we? In the Automotive sector, not only due the manufactuers support car mods, but embrace them, they work with the community. You can even mod your car without voiding your warranty. As the dealer would have to prove that the part you put in was responsible for the damage. Almost impossible.

However, the tech sector loves to shit on this community. Why, because yes, people will do it for unethical reasons like pirate games. There will always be people like this. The automotive sector has it, people who buy radar jammers and are overall irresponsible with the power they put in the cars. However, you don't see anybody getting sued for it. If they're endanger lives they're charged, if they caught with anything illegal they're charged. The actually act of modding is LEGAL, stay within the lines and everyone benefits.

Modders of consoles should be free to add features and use the system for their personal use. Once they cross that line of piracy then they should be held accountable. Hotz has done nothing wrong. All he has done was lifted the hood of his system to see what he can do with it.

For all the Sony fanboys out there crying he's ruined online games, blame the PSN. Xbox fans, you just got vindication on why you pay for LIVE. The xbox has been hacked for years, just don't go on LIVE with it. don't remember Microsoft sueing anyone for that.

While I do think Microsoft should have stayed out of this situation all together, it's obvious they're using it to get attention for WP7. It's nothing sinister on their part. It's not evil. Just trying to save somewhat of a flop of a device.