If you have a Nintendo 3DS/2DS (or even a New 3DS!) and a copy of Cubic Ninja (they’re getting pretty expensive now), you can get started with running unauthorized games and apps on your system right now, thanks to Smealum’s “Ninjhax” exploit and the Homebrew Launcher.
But won’t this just pave the way for piracy? Won’t Nintendo immediately patch this vulnerability with a firmware update? What can people even do with Ninjhax right now? And will we ever be able to get around the handheld’s region lock? We asked the 3DS hacker himself, Jordan “Smealum” Rabet*, all of these important questions — read what he has to say below!
Do you have information on Caribbean pirates that weren't white dudes? Or slaves brought to the Caribbean who became pirates? Books I'm reading mention that they existed, but don't give me any details.
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The Barbary Corsairs were a large band of infamous pirates from the Barbary States, now comprised of Tunisia, Algeria, and Morocco. Between the 17th and 19th century the Barbary Pirates were the terror of the high seas, raiding throughout the Mediterranean, but also raiding as far north of Ireland, England, Scotland, and Scandinavia. Craving wealth, they often struct Spanish treasure fleets contained gold, silver, and jewels from the New World. In fact they took whatever was of value with which they could make some money with. One of their most lucrative items were slaves, and between the 17th and 19th centuries it is estimated that the Barbary Pirates abducted between 800.000 and 1.25 million people.
One of the Barbary Pirate’s most remote targets was Iceland. At the time Iceland was an easy pick, they had few weapons, no organized military, and little violence had occurred on the island since the days of the Vikings. In 1627, a Barbary fleet under the command of Dutch pirate Jan Janszoon sailed north toward Iceland on a raiding mission. They arrived at Iceland on June 20th and over the next month raided villages along the eastern and southern coasts. While Iceland was a soft target, it also didn’t sport many riches. At best all the pirates found was salted fish and furs. So the Barbary Pirates decided to take the one thing in Iceland that was of value; slaves. During the raids 400 Icelanders were abducted to be sold into slavery. Scores of others were killed. Other sources estimate as high as 900 or 1,000, although primary Icelandic sources stick to 400. The Barbary Pirates were also lucky to have caught some incoming ships from the Netherlands, England, and Denmark, which made the expedition worthwhile. The 400 Icelanders were sold into slavery at Barbary markets in North Africa. Among the slaves were Olafur Egilsson, a Lutheran Minister who later wrote an account of his life in captivity, and Guðríður Símonardóttir, who became a concubine until she was personally brought back by King Christian IV of Denmark. Of the 400 Icelanders abducted, 27 returned home. In Iceland, the raids were known as the “Turkish Raids” or “Turkish Abductions” since the Barbary States were a part of the Turkish Ottoman Empire at the time.
The Barbary Pirates continued their raiding and plundering for the next two centuries. In the early 19th century a combined fleet of British, French, Spanish, Dutch, and American warships made war on the Barbary States, which greatly reduced their power. The end of the Barbary Pirates came in 1830 when France conquered and occupied Algeria.
New research by economist Koleman Strumpf shows that there is no significant effect of movie piracy on box office revenues. This conclusion is based on data from 150 blockbuster movies that were released over a period of six years, using the popular Hollywood exchange as an indication for the revenue impact.
No big surprise here — at least with the rational among us — that coder Smealum has postponed the Homebrew Channel’s launch due to the upcoming release of the New 3DS. The hack promises to enable both new and old 3DSes to load homebrew apps/games (not commercial or pirated software), and could eventually circumvent the handheld’s region-locking.
But waiting until he has the updated hardware in his hands to test before releasing the hack allows Smealum to not only ensure the new system won’t lock out the Homebrew Channel, but also potentially find a way for the hack to tap into the portable’s additional power.
"I’ve worked way too long and hard on this to throw it away," says Smealum. “This exploit is our best chance to get a look at the new 3DS coming out in one month. Using this as an entrypoint … gives us a fighting chance to defeat whatever new shit might be in there.”
Smealum doesn’t expect to delay the release into 2015. The 3DS Homebrew Launcher image above, by the way, is a mock-up from Soully.