Adrian Kingsley-Hughes

Adrian Kingsley-Hughes is an internationally published technology author who has devoted over a decade to helping users get the most from technology.

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Blu-ray discs now crackable too

The group hacking effort, lead by an anonymous programmer going by the alias "muslix64", claim to have been able to decrypt and play commercial Blu-ray media as well as HD-DVD discs.Yesterday "muslix64" made the following post of the Doom9 forum:In less that 24 hours, without any Blu-Ray equipment, but with the help of Janvitos, I managed to decrypt and play a Blu-Ray media file using my known-plaintext attack...

January 20, 2007 by


My MacBook Pro Experience - Day 9

I hadn't planned on a "My MacBook Pro Experience" post today but a question by ShadeTree in the TalkBack section of yesterday's post I think deserves a longer answer than I can give it as a reply in the TalkBack section.ShadeTree asked: "Are you worried that if you converted to using the Mac your blog would lose its' relevance? I mean after all the Mac user is fairly well insulated from the hardware. Since you blog on hardware wouldn't using a Mac make you less knowledgeable?"

January 18, 2007 by


HD-DVD copy protection in tatters

Late last year I posted information about a new HD-DVD decryption utility that was released which was capable of decrypting a AACS (Advanced Access Content System) protected HD-DVD discs as long as title keys were available. Many were skeptical. Some pointed to the technical problems of extracting title keys. Some thought that the MPAA would crack down hard on this. Now, less than a month on and several fully-featured HD-DVD movies are available for download and title keys are available for about a third of all HD-DVDs currently for sale. It's time to declare the system in tatters.

January 17, 2007 by


My MacBook Pro Experience - Day 7

In this installment of my MacBook Pro Experience I'm going to be covering some of the basic skills and knowledge I’ve discovered that someone making the switch from Windows to Mac really needs to carry out basic functions within the Mac OS X environment.

January 17, 2007 by