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rick merritt
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Great story, well told
rick merritt   7/29/2013 5:55:38 PM
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This is just one of many tales of smart hackers and engineers whose achievements we need to celebrate.

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Re: Great story, well told
mcgrathdylan   7/29/2013 8:37:32 PM
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Hear, hear. Or is it here, here? Anyway, I agree. This is a fantastic story. I'd never heard about the Whistler before, but I had heard about Woz and Jobs and the blue boxes. And as it is told here, I do see the logic in the Whistler being at least partly, if not completely, responsible for the formation of Apple. Great stuff.

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Whistler
junko.yoshida   7/29/2013 10:26:33 PM
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Until I read this piece, I didn't know the blind hacker character in Robert Redford's movie "Sneakers" was based on a real historical character. Very cool.

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Re: Great story, well told
Patk0317   7/29/2013 10:41:50 PM
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Wasn't there a whole slew of these people in the 70's. I think one was called "Captain Crunch" who also sold these boxes? And to think today - at least in the USA, long distance is effectively free. My how times have changed!

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Visit from the past...
Charles.Desassure   7/29/2013 11:19:48 PM
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This was a good story, but come on.  We all know the FBI did what they wanted to do doing the 60's and early 70's.  I really appreciate the article.  There were a bunch of guys like this during that time period but their stories will never be told.   But thanks for a visit from the past.

Susan Rambo
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Susan Rambo   7/29/2013 11:39:44 PM
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Captain Crunch, Woz and more in this 50-min video on phone phreaking and hacking. Hackers The History Of Hacking - Phone Phreaking, Cap.Crunch, Wozniak, Mitnick

Charles.Desassure
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Charles.Desassure   7/30/2013 12:44:03 AM
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Susan...Thanks for the link. I sure can use this for my Fundamentals of Information Secuirty class this fall.  Great job. 

Susan Rambo
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Susan Rambo   7/30/2013 12:52:11 AM
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@Charles.Desassure, I'm glad you liked it. It's a good documentary. I watched the full 50 minutes! The Computer History Museum in Mountain View, CA may have one of those blue box keypads from Woz (who is a big supporter of the museum). I like that Woz, Draper, and Mitnick are sitting at the table together at the end. Two of them had some tough go of it, didn't they.

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Re: Whistler
Caleb Kraft   7/30/2013 8:16:54 AM
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Yep, that movie did a fantastic job on a few things. They showed that hacking was mostly a social manipulation game as well. A good percentage of the time you never touch a computer. You con people into giving you the information you want instead. 

Caleb Kraft
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Caleb Kraft   7/30/2013 8:22:12 AM
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this is one of the greatest documentaries out there. Here's my collection of the 10 best docs/movies about hacking.

My wife casually mentioned that she had used a small phreaking box as a teenager. She was surprised to see me get excited. She had no idea what a pivotal role that piece of hardware had played in our tech/security history. 

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