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The Register: So-called hackers: please grow up

Sep 16, 2000, 13:54 (4 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Kieren McCarthy)

"We ran a story, Wednesday, on SDMI's open challenge to hackers to break its new music codes with the incentive of $10,000 for anyone that did. Yes, it was a PR stunt but it was a pretty good one. And a bloody big gamble."

"...But soon after, with sad predictability, people start putting themselves forward as hacker spokespeople, dissing the whole thing with lame macho talk. "Yeah I'm not going to do it man, they're taking the piss. My skills are worth far more than $10,000. It's just a PR stunt." Childish."

"And our favourite: "Let's boycott it man." Boycott what, you idiots? Will not trying to hack the codes have any effect on what SDMI does? No, it won't. If you don't want to get involved, you're boycotting SDMI as much as we are boycotting the fitness centre over the road."

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