Windows RT Jailbreak: Microsoft Lauds Hacker's Ingenuity, Rules Out Possibility of a Security Threat

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war59312

Hey,

Good news about this, is that a good handful of apps have already been ported over using this "hack".

Google around a bit, should not be too hard for you. :p

And the whole "any change effected in this manner is undone as soon the system reboots." does not really matter since you just reapply after the reboot again. Not that hard when running as a service. ;)

cya,

Will

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whr4usa

people with your name are smart!

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Hilarity

And what are tablets good for? Overpriced toys. You may as well just buy a cheapo $400 laptop and be done with it.

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riopato

The last sentence of this article suggests that porting x86 based programs shouldn't be that hard to code for RT.

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theplustwo

It is, as the article states, a largely superficial line drawn by Microsoft. It wouldn't be hard to recompile most x86 apps (especially those written in .NET) to run on ARM hardware, especially any that aren't doing low-level architecture based math.

The restriction is there for two reasons: security and battery life. Microsoft doesn't want people borking their Surfaces with viruses, and they don't want people getting the impression that the battery life is bad because they installed forty tray applets that run in the background and consume resources.

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whr4usa

wrong.

x86 assemblar or lower is 'physically' (digitally?) impossible to *recompile* or otherwise port over to ARM (or between any 2 ISAs on that level!)

nativecode i.e. C/C++ can theoretically be ported but its difficulty and feasability varies wildly depending on ISA featuresets leveraged and purpose of said code

managed code by definition is (or should be) architecture-neutral so any .NET application can run on any system with the .NET runtime installed regardless of architecture or OS (.NET4.5 is natively avaialble to 6.2.920x)

x86 is more securable but less-secure-by-default comparatively to ARM and battery life depends on many more things than whether code was ported or not...

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LGA1156

X86 Programs on the RT is the only way that the surface or win 8 Rt could ever be successful

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whr4usa

no

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theplustwo

The Surface RT is not really that compelling now, but I think it'll get progressively more so as the Windows Store ecosystem matures (and if it picks up a more powerful processor in some future revision since the main complaint seems to be that it's "sluggish").

I wouldn't buy an RT device for myself, but it'd probably be the platform of choice for my wife, who would like to run Word and Excel but doesn't really care about any other desktop applications, and the fact that it's essentially impossible to get a virus or unintentionally install malware is pretty attractive for non-technical users.

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whr4usa

+1

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