Nintendo: agree to our updated EULA or forfeit using your device

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Nintendo has recently updated the end user licensing agreement (EULA) for the Wii U. This is a normal occurrence.

The difference this time, as the Electronic Frontier Foundation pointed out in this article, is that if you choose not to agree, you don't just forfeit some functionality, you are completely locked out of your device and cannot use it as intended until you agree. No way around it.

Youtube user AMurder0fCrows documented the experience in this video:

It seems like every time we take a step forward, like the passing of the cell phone unlocking bill earlier this year, we end up taking two steps back with abuses like this. 

If you are interested in fighting abuses like Nintendo's outlined above, the EFF is working on related issues like DRM, the Right to Repair, and our Coders' Rights Project. Check out those pages for updates on those efforts.

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Maker Faire is for kids .. of all ages!

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Imagine a hands on science museum like the Exploratorium in San Francisco crossed with a craft fair crossed with a computer hacker conference and you'll just barely scratch the surface of what a Maker Faire is all about. 

Make Magazine, the originators of Maker Faire, describe it as "the Greatest Show (and Tell) on Earth—a family-friendly festival of invention, creativity and resourcefulness, and a celebration of the Maker movement." I could keep throwing words at you, but let me just show you some of what we saw at Maker Faire Atlanta 2014.

These are human powered submarines. This red one has a tail that sweeps back and forth like a fish. The wooden one propels itself with wings similar to a manta ray.

There were several opportunities to see 3D printers in action. Unfortunately barking "Tea, Earl Grey, Hot" at them did not produce a tasty beverage. Maybe next year.

Of course there was at least one drone buzzing the crowd from time to time.

Performance art? You betcha! Here's TV Head Guy, as he puts it: "Communicating thru circuitbent devices that seemingly only emit abstract sounds, TVHeadGuy tells epic stories. With these stories he controls reality!"

A few different folks were showing off art bikes, some you could take out for a spin!

ACE Hackware's Kevin Miller visiting the LibraryBox booth. If you ever need to share files with people easily without internet access, you should check it out.

Crusty old guy with a wood lathe? Sure, he was there!

Who doesn't love a race? Especially when it's grown people on modified Power Wheels chasing each other around a track. Way better than NASCAR.

This doesn't even begin to show all the fun to be had. Not pictured: fighting robots, glass blowing, tesla coil attached to a keyboard, mushroom growers, costumed Star Wars characters and on and on and on. So if you see that a Maker Faire is coming to your town, you should definitely go!

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ACE Hackware at DerbyCon 2012

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From September 27 - 30, 2012, the ACE Hackware crew will be in Louisville, Kentucky for the second annual DerbyCon conference!

We’re not speaking or exhibiting at this event, just attending, and we’re stoked about the opportunity to hang-out, see great talks and show some love for our friends who are speaking, our favorite vendors (Pwnie Express and Strategic Cyber), and all of the other speakers, organizers, and sponsors!

If you haven’t already signed up, you’d be remiss if you didn’t register for a seat in Chris Hadnagy’s class, Social-Engineer: Advanced Submission Techniques Module and Kevin Bong’s Build Your Own MiniPwner Village, which Kevin has invited us to run on his behalf on Sunday from 11a - 2p (you will get all the components needed to build your own MiniPwner pen testing dropbox and we’ll show you how)!

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Live at DEF CON 20!

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The ACE Hackware crew descends on Vegas for DEF CON 20. Stop by our booth to say 'hello' and pick up some essential Hackware!

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ACE Hackware is Live!

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Welcome to ACE Hackware's inaugural site!  Have a look around. If you don't find something you are looking for on ACE Hackware, let us know and we'll see if there's a place for it here. With secure checkout and our 100% satisfaction guarantee, we aim to be your first and last stop for all the hardware, software, tools and props you'll need for your penetration testing, physical security audit, and social engineering engagements. Please enjoy perusing our fine assortment of professional tools of the trade. We look forward to doing business with you.
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