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Mr. Spiv:
It was no use trying to protect your l337 vector routine like virginity anymore as papers & sources could be downloaded off somewhere..
In this day and age of free and open source software, why would I want my latest and greatest [insert name of the routine here] preserved?
My source code would speak almost more about my work than the work itself. I think I would even be happy if someone

a) learned something from it
b) improved it.

I read the takes on here and gentlemen, from what I read, the outlook is pretty bleak: lamers everywhere, internet, bla bla bla...

...but gentlemen, we now have at our disposal the most modern, high-tech, high-speed telecommunications network with vast knowledge resources for pennies on the pound/franc/euro/dollar... back then, even with Blueboxing / calling cards / whatever it was not this cheap, because if one got caught, the price to pay was terrible.

What we have now was science fiction back then.

The MIT and Bell Labs culture of freeware and open source can help tremendously if one makes the transition from "not 4 spreading" to sharing of knowledge.

We used to compete with each other, but while we were busy doing that, a bunch of long bearded hippies and greybeard sages built the infrastructure of the future, something we did not even think of, instead of piggybacking off of consumer grade equipment.

They did it by collaborating, not by competing with each other.

The world has changed: people now collaborate to advance.

You say: "it sucks", I say: with the resources we have at our disposal, both technological and financial - the sky is the limit.

This post was edited by Annatar (2012-05-28 17:48, 4 years ago)