You must hack.
July 31, 2002 2:39 PM   Subscribe

You must hack. It's your duty as an American. Godspeed, dear patriots.
posted by conquistador (7 comments total)
clarke obviously hadn't seen this.
posted by quonsar at 2:42 PM on July 31, 2002

This makes sense. Maybe now Microsoft can go back to innovating rather than dealing with security.
posted by TskTsk at 2:44 PM on July 31, 2002

A completely-off-the-subject complaint: I wish the Associated Press reporter who wrote that story would hack into his company's stylebook and learn that AP prefers adviser to advisor.

Sorry for the interruption. I get compulsive sometimes.
posted by TBoneMcCool at 2:55 PM on July 31, 2002

And yet if you do hack, you get threats from the company you've exposed. (Thread from earlier today.)
posted by dejah420 at 3:09 PM on July 31, 2002

Doh. Quonsar is the clever one here. I'll just go off, cat like, and pretend I meant to be an idiot. :)
posted by dejah420 at 3:11 PM on July 31, 2002

"Clarke said the hackers should be responsible about reporting the programming mistakes. A hacker should contact the software maker first, he said, then go to the government if the software maker doesn't respond soon."

Is this a joke? If not, are the software makers going to put these hackers on their payroll?

"Clarke said hackers shouldn't help criminals by showing how to exploit a programming bug before the software maker has a chance to fix the problem by issuing a patch, or fix.

Is this a joke too? Hackers ARE criminals, and have been viciously persecuted by software companies, even when they are unbelievably kind and responsible.

It's a joke, and in poor taste, I
posted by zekinskia at 3:37 PM on July 31, 2002

Examining the insides of software or hardware and finding bugs nobody else has seen makes you a hacker. Reporting them to the right people so as to make the technology better for the consumers makes you a responsible person. Exploiting the same holes for your personal gain or mischeif would be what makes you a criminal.

Imho, anyway.
posted by tomorama at 4:35 PM on July 31, 2002

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