A DMCA Case in the Making [8:37 pm]
Usably hacked! Download your pictures the fast, easy way with the bulk-transfer software for Mac, Unix and Windows. Download your pictures (actually, entire flash memory contents) the raw, 10-hour way with flashdump.c, flashdump2iso.c, and optionally chewfat.cpp.
This is a very cheap ($12) “disposable” digital camera sold at select Ritz/Wolf Camera stores. Note that this is NOT the same as the one sold at Walgreens. Normally the camera must be returned to the store (negating a big feature of digital cameras), another $12 is paid for processing, and you get prints, an index print, and a CD (they try to call this a “free” cd, but of course its not, don’t be fooled, you paid for it). Build quality seems variable - these sample pictures suck these pictures are ok (aside from the content
The camera has a Flash, a delete button, and a 10 second self timer, but no LCD for picture review. It claims a 2 megapixel resolution, but it seems its an up-scale from 1.3 megapixels. The focus is calibrated at the factory, and the lens glued in place with a drop of epoxy. It uses a cheaper CMOS sensor, instead of a CCD sensor, which is what most cameras over $150 use. For comparison, Ritz’s sells a $99 two megapixel camera with an LCD.
[...] Although a standard JPEG compression engine is used, it is believed that pictures are stored in some sort of proprietary or non-standard format.
Reading the whole Wiki entry actually suggests that the storage format may be just FAT12, using a file structure quite similar to the Sony digital camera system (/DCIM directories, for example), meaning that the DMCA anti-circumvention provisions may not apply to the data, but it will probably at least be a consideration insofar as the extraction of the camera’s code goes. We’ll see.
Some good comments:
Gotta put one in my time capsule (Score:2)
by mackman (19286) on Wednesday November 12, @08:30PM (#7460164)
Re:Gotta put one in my time capsule by Stile 65 (Score:1) Wednesday November 12, @08:38PM
Bad PR for the Computer Community (Score:1)
by prozac79 (651102) on Wednesday November 12, @08:34PM (#7460198)
I have a feeling that the makers of these cameras will start to spin how the computer community is to blame for hacking every consumer product and making it do things that the manufacturer never intended. They can say stuff like “We can’t make any good products because when we do, someone finds a way to hack and ruin it!” They then run behind the DMCA so that they can make money on a plan that is shown to be flawed. Do they make a better product? Nope. They just get behind their lawyers and try to cram bad products down the public’s throat. I say we need need to spend less money fighting for flawed methodologies and products (do you hear me RIAA/MPAA?) and more time on R&D.