Collecting, Hacking and the Spooks (was: Gulf War, dummies,

From: Tony Duell <>
Date: Tue Feb 4 19:28:51 2003

> By the way... today the Sears repairman arrived to verify the validity
> of complaints from my parents about their new washer and dryer
> (absolute pieces of cheaply-made and annoying junk - beware) that

That, alas does not suprise me. Very little made today is made properly.

> replaced approx. 25 and 35 year old machines that were well made and
> worked nicely (until Sears/Whirlpool discontinued parts to repair them
> with). His eyes nearly popped out of his head as he looked around at
> my collection of electronics and computer equipment; as he was

Yes, serious computer collections have this effect. As do serious

> leaving, he remarked that he hopes that no one calls the eff b aye
> about what all I have, as they might think I'm "building a satellite

Since when has building a satellite been illegal?

> or something." Zog! Now, are those of us in the US to be considered
> criminals because we collect, build and hack all sorts of computer and
> electronics equipment as a harmless hobby (or is the knowledge and
> ability to do this now considered dangerous by our elected idiots,

I am convinced that most governments don't want to deal with a public who
can think for themselves (after all such people might realise what the
government is trying to get up to...) That's why they try to dumb
everything down...

Received on Tue Feb 04 2003 - 19:28:51 GMT

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