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Linux.com: To Hack or Not To Hack

Sep 22, 2000, 23:18 (4 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by D. Clyde Williamson)

"There have always been hackers, people who didn't simply use the tools given to them, but abused them. They tore them apart and made them do things that they were never intended to do. There will always be hackers, unless companies like Digital Convergence have their way."

"Digital Convergence, just in case you've been in a cave for the past several weeks, is the company that makes the CueCat. The CueCat is a cool barcode scanner that is being given away for free at Radio Shack, and being sent in the mail to subscribers of Forbes and Wired."

"What happens when someone gives me a cool piece of hardware? Yep, it goes the way of the record player, metrnome and other neat stuff I've ripped apart. Young hackers, all over the country, did the same thing. People figured out how it talked to their computer, other people figured out what bits of hardware did what, and still others wrote software drivers for Linux, which DC hadn't supplied."

"Digital Convergence's response was immediate. Cease-and-Desist letters went out and lawyers threatend these hackers, all in the name of Intellectual Property. This is a very immediate, and direct threat to future generations of hackers like me."

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