That really sucks. Really, that really, really sucks.
I dunno, I've followed this saga on and off for years, I'm pretty familiar with the case. But maybe there are other people, new to Perl, who don't know what this is all about. Do you have a link to a web page that explains the issue?
Maybe if people knew the whole story, they would be less inclined to downvote you on this...
I have lived for the past
eight years in the hope that the legal system was truly a justice
system, but that hope has now faded, and I'm older and wiser, but
Chin up, shoulders back. The legal system just is. I did a single year of law once upon a once upon before I saw the light. I was continuously chastised for my idiotic notions of justice - this was law afterall - what did justice have to do with it? The two may have been related at some time in the dim and distant past but....
The sun will rise tomorrow and it will be a new day. With that thought compliments of the season to you.
That is very sad news indeed. I have always thought - rather na´vely I guess - that courts would listen to facts and decide according to them. Your case just proves once more that this obviously is not the case. It seems that justice the longer the more becomes a question of who has more money, power and influence.
I wish you a quiet, merry Christmas despite all this, and all the Best for the new year.
Randal, I can't believe it! I didn't hear about your case until
this moment and it now strikes me so hard, I simply fail
to understand how one could cope with all this. I should
comment your 'hacker' spirit! I'm still not 100% aware of
the circumstances of your case; however, from what I have
been able to dig up on the web, I say that laws (especially
those of Oregon state) are "bull shit!". I don't trust
COPS now either. I never trusted the government. To
produce such llama laws is shameful.
I'd like to learn more about what _exactly_ happened.. God knows,
it might help me never get in the same pile of dirt =/.
Randal, you are the _MAN_! I wish you good luck in
ur career and hopefully some positive resolution in this case.
"There is no system but GNU, and Linux is one of its kernels." -- Confession of Faith
The problem with distributed cracking is that it makes a lot of noise. Remember the Randal Schwartz case? Mr. Schwartz probably would never have been discovered if he were not distributing the CPU load. Another system administrator noticed the heavy processor power being eaten. (He also noted that one process had been running for more than a day.) Distributed cracking really isn't viable for a cracker unless he is the administrator of a site or he has a net work at home...
Unfortunately it doesn't appear the publicity helped to reverse Intel's or the justice department's position. Hopefully other people did learn something from the case though, I know I did.
It's also incorrect. I was not "distributing the CPU load". I was using the shared server that we had just installed but not yet deployed for its designated task, partially as a test of the new server, and partially as a test of the new Crack version which I had not used.
And it was the only server on which I was running crack. There's no "distributing" there.
While I appreciate that my case has been written up in at least half a dozen books, I do wish some of them had come to me for a bit of fact-checking first.