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November 16th, 2006 - Adventures in Engineering — LiveJournal
The wanderings of a modern ronin.

Ben Cantrick
  Date: 2006-11-16 09:48
  Subject:   [/.] Thai IT minister doesn't get it.
  Music:Free Software Song (Why working with RMS is impossible)


"If nobody can make money from it, there will be no development and open source software quickly becomes outdated..."

As opposed to closed-source software which... quickly becomes outdated!! (Noticing a pattern here? How's that massive Vista upgrade plan looking?)

"As a programmer, if I can write good code, why should I give it away?"

Oh, gee, I don't know. Network Effect? Free Advertising? Growing the Market? Massive, massive consulting opportunities? Because you actually give a damn about good code??

I had this same argument with one of the resident contrarians over at MrCranky.com not too far back. The essence of my argument was that I do not get paid because I merely hold onto source code. That is entirely secondary. I get paid because I have the ability to create new code that solves my customer's current problem(s). It is the ability to design, create and engineer a new system or component to my customer's specs that gets me paid. NOT the simple reselling of another person's code labor.

Even though our current patent system is hopelessly broken, I'm still for limited intellectual property rights. I don't think anyone should have to share their source code if they don't want to. I hope, however that people would be smart enough to see that opening their source is a big win in the long run for both themselves and their customers.

The mechanical engineer does not get paid because he resells the same bridge plans over and over again. The electrical engineer does not keep his job because of circuits he designed before he was hired. And the software guy should not get paid just because he has some legacy source code lying around.

Technology has always been, and always will be, about innovation. Thinking you can sit back and just collect royalties your whole life without ever producing anything is the worst kind of parasitism.
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Ben Cantrick
  Date: 2006-11-16 11:44
  Subject:   Okay, that's it - no more Red Steel for you guys!
  Music:GWAR - Slaughterama


"Needlessly graphic" => "Highly amusing" ;]
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Ben Cantrick
  Date: 2006-11-16 11:49
  Subject:   Wonderbreadlarity ensues.


You don't know what it says, do you? (G)
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Ben Cantrick
  Date: 2006-11-16 15:54
  Subject:   [Reddit] Freestanding ATMs don't encrypt your account info before sending it over the phone lines.
  Mood:bad security week

The phone line running from the ATM machine to an ordinary British Telcom socket was unplugged and a two-way adaptor inserted. The MP3 player was then placed between the ATM machine’s output cable and the phone socket. The player would record the tones, which resemble the kind of sound emitted by a fax machine. These were then interpreted using a modem line tap, or MLT, acquired from Canada, or passed through a computer software program bought illicitly in Ukraine.

Parsons was able to exploit his knowledge of credit card security systems to put together credit card numbers and the cards’ expiry dates. The gang used the data to encode and clone a number of credit cards. The stolen data were later tracked back to purchases worth £200,000, although police were able to trace only £14,000 to Parsons.


Best hack I've heard of in months! Recording modem signals with a fake phone jack with an iPod inside, then analyzing them to get the numbers. Sweet!

As for the banks, hey guys: Public Key Crypto. I know, it's just so new and fancy...
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