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You may enjoy the cuckoo's egg.
It's a true story about a man finding a 75 cent accounting discrepancy and tracing it all the way back to the KGB. Reads like a thriller and besides Cliff Stoll is pretty funny.
The Cuckoo's Egg is a classic and describes a true story written by one of the "hackers" involved. It involves international espionage, the US military, the FBI, and the NSA.
You think DRM isn't deadly? That it doesn't pose a threat to human life or national security? Take a look at TPM chips. Since software DRM has been such an abject failure because anyone with a debugger can analyze it and find weaknesses, they're starting to build it into system-level black-box hardware that's much harder to reverse-engineer. It operates at the highest level of trust, the computer's owner has no way to override its decisions, and its policy can be updated remotely over the Internet.
And they're trying to sell these things everywhere. Private computers. Government. Military. Hospitals. Banks. They're trying to make TPM chips as ubiquitous as CPUs. And with everything computerized these days... ever see the movie Live Free or Die Hard? TPM makes that nightmare scenario a very real possibility, minus Bruce Willis and the "I'm a Mac" kid showing up to save the day. Some people worry about Iran building a nuclear bomb. I worry about them doing something much, much simpler: infiltrating one single engineer into the right division at Microsoft or Intel. And nobody is talking about it!
And do you really think that "contains a rootkit" would stop people from buying things? Sony doesn't!
>Most people, I think, don't even know what a rootkit is, so why should they care about it?
-- Thomas Hesse, head of Sony BMG
Look at how many people willingly install spyware to get free pictures of cute animals, video games, or porn. People today don't understand electronic security because they were never taught about it.
As for Big Fish Games, I think that if that's what they do, their business model is a bad idea, for three reasons. The first is because DRM is inherently evil. The second, because most players aren't going to buy the full game anyway, so by making them download it, they're wasting their users' time and bandwidth on downloading something they'll never use. And third, it's bad for business because they're distributing the full game without intending for people to use the full game. All it takes is for someone to crack the DRM once and publish it somewhere, and there goes their revenue model. Better to just make a real demo version.
>Hacking into someone's computer is never justified, but the term hacking assumes that someone is acting without your knowledge. Take that away, and it's all legitimate business.
Wait, wait, what? If you know someone is hacking you then it's not really hacking? Somehow I doubt Clifford Stoll would agree with your premise.
>If you instead focus on taking away a provider's right to put certain things in their products,
What right? You never answered my fundamental question. What right, under what standard of morality, does someone have to hack my computer?
>you're going to be killing off products instead of encouraging them.
...which is exactly what I want. I want all DRM to be killed off forever! Its only use is to trample on my rights and yours, the right to control over our own property and the right to not be punished for any crime without Due Process and the presumption of innocence. Nobody should be encouraging that.