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  • Help GeoHot Find 10 Red Balloons and He'll Make an Untethered JB


    George "GeoHot" Hotz has asked for help - in a tweet yesterday - from the jailbreak community in winning the DARPA Network Challenge. If he wins, he says, he will create an untethered jailbreak for the iPhone 3GS.

    The DARPA Network Challenge is a competition that explores the role the Internet and social networking play in the timely communication, wide-area team-building, and urgent mobilization required to solve broad-scope, time-critical problems.

    The challenge is to be the first to submit the locations of 10 moored, 8-foot, red, weather balloons at 10 fixed locations in the continental United States. The balloons will be in readily accessible locations and visible from nearby roads.

    In two separate tweets today, GeoHot made his offer:

    at 9AM EST tomorrow, I will be asking for all of your help..if you come through for me, i'll make you an untethered jailbreak. also $1000.00
    at 9AM EST tomorrow, I need you all to trend something and do something, which will be revealed then..big rewards are in order if this works
    A later tweet also said, "i wouldn't feel right with a distributed approach since it has to stay up for months and is commercial for me"

    The blackra1n exploit GeoHot had worked out the new iPod touch and the newer iPhone 3GS devices require the phone to tethered jailbreak. A complete untethered jailbreak would require a new exploit, something that would defeat Apple's efforts to outfox jailbreakers by releasing new bootrom code.

    GeoHot requests people to help by finding the balloons and retweeting the #dudeitsaballoon topic on Twitter to make it a top trend.

    image via dudeitsaballoon.com
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Help GeoHot Find 10 Red Balloons and He'll Make an Untethered JB started by Paul Daniel Ash View original post
    Comments 74 Comments
    1. modmyiguy's Avatar
      modmyiguy -
      [QUOTE=Fodd1337;5053898]Tethered is when you have to connect your iDevice to a computer to Jailbreak (The Dev Team's Pwnage Tool is tethered), Untethered is a jailbreak over wi-fi. Someone correct me if I am wrong.[/QUOTE

      Tethered means you need to re-jailbreak your device again if you ever turn it off/reboot it.
    1. ronfin44's Avatar
      ronfin44 -
      Quote Originally Posted by rob777 View Post
      your a compete idiot. Comparing Hitler to geohot, forums really make people use their brain. I can't beleive you honestly said that. YOUR AN IDIOT

      You sure showed him who the real idiot was. Great work. Stay hot.
    1. angiepangie's Avatar
      angiepangie -
      ^Nice work restating what I already said :/
    1. ronfin44's Avatar
      ronfin44 -
      Quote Originally Posted by angiepangie View Post
      ^Nice work restating what I already said :/


      Ok, and your point being? I read "his" post, and made a comment. I didn't get to yours, nor do I care if you wrote something similar, since I was remarking on his beautiful irony-laden foot-in-mouth comment. Welcome to the world of a Forum. This is where people comment on one another, and on the ever-changing topics. You may experience similar posts in the future, so bulk-up Buckeroo and enjoy the ride. *sigh*
    1. confucious's Avatar
      confucious -
      Quote Originally Posted by ecd5000 View Post
      half the ppl who use it probably never gave him anything, so stop ********
      The percentage of people who donate, despite everyone saying they will, is more like 0.1% than 50%
      If 50% of the people who use BlackRa1n actually donated George would be a rich man.

      As for the people who say he only did this competition for the $40k - did any of you actually read his web page on the competition? His share of the prize would have been $8k - somewhat less than the $10k he turned down for the latest unlock.
    1. DeL1873's Avatar
      DeL1873 -
      Quote Originally Posted by confucious View Post
      The percentage of people who donate, despite everyone saying they will, is more like 0.1% than 50%
      If 50% of the people who use BlackRa1n actually donated George would be a rich man.

      As for the people who say he only did this competition for the $40k - did any of you actually read his web page on the competition? His share of the prize would have been $8k - somewhat less than the $10k he turned down for the latest unlock.
      thats the problem no one ever reads everything in full they qwickly half read somthing and then start their moaning crap and all this loyality crap etc. Geo writes and creates all these complex scripts and programs him self for iphone community's benefit he is not obliged to release anything nor is he legaly contracted to do so. so therfore if geo wishes to realease a unthered jail break then he can if not then no hard done by.

      just remember if it wasnt for geohot you would not be using your iphone on 3.1 or 3.2 just now and also no unlock for all use idiots who say help i upgraded my phone by mistake
    1. darkrom's Avatar
      darkrom -
      Quote Originally Posted by one1 View Post
      Well, we've dated ourselves the under 20 crowd haven't we? It is imperative in attempting to make a point that you do not quote modified rap lyrics to make your paragraph complete if you intend to pass off for anything over tween status.
      Well that's funny. I am absolutely over 20. I am an app Dev as well. I just have a good sense of humor and think that this thread is total ******** just complaining about something we all (myself included) want for free. But under no situation is this something we are OWED.

      I HOPE he releases it. If not someone will eventually. I thought I couldn't live without jailbreak till my 3gs had to be replaced under warranty. I use it for work so tethered is not an option and not reliable IMO, though it would be fine for an IPT3.

      I feel like this whole thread is way out of hand.
    1. symple's Avatar
      symple -
      It's funny how all the Jail-Broken Critics can speak their mind, make slick remarks and slam a Guy who has not only helped in revolutionizing the way the iphone works but allow them to expand on the technology locked down by apple.

      My question for all who is pissed at GEOHOTZ!!!
      What if after jailbreaking your damn idevice the **** stopped working with means of repairing (BRICKED)?

      I'm sure GH didn't hold a gun to none of ya'll heads and say DOWNLOAD BlackRa1n. It's free (THAT MEANS..."use at your own risk." )and to each his/her own.

      I've never posted much in these forums because there will always be some numbMuck sitting infront of his/her PC or MAC surfing the net looking for FREE$hit and once they get it. . . .they'll be looking for more.

      BASHERS N SKEPTS ARE BASICALLY A DIFFERENT SPELLING FOR ANAL!
    1. camperchuck's Avatar
      camperchuck -
      i 2nd this. all these keyboard jockeys trying to out intelligence each other make my brain hurt. i been around a long time and people never change online. always b!tching, moaning and making things a pissing contest. *HUGE SIGH*


      Quote Originally Posted by darkrom View Post
      I just have a good sense of humor and think that this thread is total ******** just complaining about something we all (myself included) want for free. But under no situation is this something we are OWED.

      I feel like this whole thread is way out of hand.
    1. stylishguy929's Avatar
      stylishguy929 -
      blah blah blah.....all the geohotz fanboys and suckers can kiss my bottom. Geohotz was jus a piece of **** like youall untill he unlocked the iPhone....the guy has talent no doubt and CAN make a freakin untethered JB so I believe he should go ahead and make It instead of being an ******* asking for the stupid balloons=money=double standards....I wouldn't mind paying for Untethered JB.
      Peace
    1. confucious's Avatar
      confucious -
      Good, intelligent, well reasoned first post....
    1. moudy's Avatar
      moudy -
      I'm trying to get you all guys "who's mad, upset, whatever..." on Geohot, but still really couldn't!
      whether it was him, the dev team, or anyone else, they are all putting all their own time and effort into something so very creative and publishing it for FREE to whoever might need it!!!
      got it guys? for freeeeeeeee......
      so if you're upset or mad, get over it and have a life, or try to be creative and keep it for yourself!

      that's sick :-/
    1. confucious's Avatar
      confucious -
      I think most people got over something that happened 6 months ago about 6 months ago
    1. z3r01's Avatar
      z3r01 -
      I guess he had to prove a 6 month old point lol hope he set them straight with this post now, 6 month grudge is soooo uneasy lol