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With this rash of seize-servers-first-ask-questions-later, sounds like we're heading for a reprise of the glorious Steve Jackson Games era of blunt-weapon policing tactics when it comes to technology.

I'm sorry, but what are you referring to?

The FBI raided the offices of Steve Jackson Games because Loyd Blankenship, the author of GURPS Cyberpunk, was the subject of a crackdown for disseminating a (largely non-technical) document about the E911 system on his BBS.


Check the external links here for free versions of The Hacker Crackdown, a non-fiction account of the whole situation by Bruce Sterling.


You made me feel old. As others commented before, the documents at stake were released int he Phrack magazine (which had a HN article some days ago because of a new issue).

The E911 article is:


The funny thing is that after all the noise the FBI and government made, it was found that the same document was kind of publicly available (or easily obtainable by anyone).

Good times those :)

I don't have a written source, but according to my Russian friend, the position of the Russian govt on Bitcoin goes something like "We will have non-technical solutions for your technical mumbo-jumbo." Interestingly, Russia and Ukraine rank #1 and #2 on http://www.google.com/trends/?q=bitcoin

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