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One Of The Earliest Computer Viruses Was Really DRM Gone Wrong

There are 32 comments on the Techdirt story from Feb 1, 2011, titled One Of The Earliest Computer Viruses Was Really DRM Gone Wrong. In it, Techdirt reports that:

Author William Gibson has a nice little opinion piece claiming that we've now hit the 25th anniversary of "digital vandalism" in the form of computer viruses .

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_Virginia_

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#1 Feb 10, 2011
Interesting.

Rich Skrenta, founder of Topix, developed the first large scale computer virus named Elk Cloner. He was 14 years old.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Computer_virus

"A program called "Elk Cloner" was the first computer virus to appear "in the wild" — that is, outside the single computer or lab where it was created. Written in 1981 by Richard Skrenta, it attached itself to the Apple DOS 3.3 operating system and spread via floppy disk. This virus, created as a practical joke when Skrenta was still in high school, was injected in a game on a floppy disk. On its 50th use the Elk Cloner virus would be activated, infecting the computer and displaying a short poem beginning "Elk Cloner: The program with a personality."

_Virginia_

Since: Apr 10

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#2 Feb 10, 2011
Here is more about the Elk Cloner virus:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elk_Cloner

"Elk Cloner spread by infecting the Apple II operating system using a technique now known as a "boot sector" virus. If a computer booted from an infected floppy disk, a copy of the virus was placed in the computer's memory. When an uninfected disk was inserted into the computer, Elk Cloner would be copied to the disk, allowing it to spread from disk to disk."

An infected computer would display a short poem on every 50th boot:

Elk Cloner: The program with a personality

It will get on all your disks
It will infiltrate your chips
Yes, it's Cloner!

It will stick to you like glue
It will modify RAM too
Send in the Cloner!

[well, at least he had a sense of humor]
The GINNERATOR

Elk Grove Village, IL

#3 Feb 10, 2011
Virginia Olive Hoge wrote:
Interesting.
Rich Skrenta, founder of Topix, developed the first large scale computer virus named Elk Cloner. He was 14 years old.
Did you sleep with HIM too?

_Virginia_

Since: Apr 10

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#4 Feb 10, 2011
The GINNERATOR wrote:
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Did you sleep with HIM too?
Poor old thing, always, always, always fantasizing about my love life!

poor old creepy thing. Lol.
Perry Noid

Oceanside, CA

#5 Feb 16, 2011
Virginia Olive Hoge wrote:
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...... always fantasizing about my love life...poor old creepy thing. Lol.
The doctor said it is better than counting sheep. And don't call yourself creepy, you are, but show some self esteem.
Kapuna

Honolulu, HI

#8 Feb 17, 2011
Virginia Olive Hoge wrote:
Interesting.
Rich Skrenta, founder of Topix, developed the first large scale computer virus named Elk Cloner. He was 14 years old.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Computer_virus
"A program called "Elk Cloner" was the first computer virus to appear "in the wild" — that is, outside the single computer or lab where it was created. Written in 1981 by Richard Skrenta, it attached itself to the Apple DOS 3.3 operating system and spread via floppy disk. This virus, created as a practical joke when Skrenta was still in high school, was injected in a game on a floppy disk. On its 50th use the Elk Cloner virus would be activated, infecting the computer and displaying a short poem beginning "Elk Cloner: The program with a personality."
My Grandfather used to hunt Elk when he went to the mainland, I don't think he ever got the cloner virus from eating it though, it's better to have it well cooked.

_Ginny_

Since: Mar 10

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#9 Feb 19, 2011
I want to know why some of my friends have been hit with viruses coming from Topix.

I want answers and an internal investigation. I will discuss this more on Monday.
in the LB

Pasadena, CA

#10 Feb 19, 2011
Don't let them get away with it, Why does topix let hackers on the network? What could they have to gain. Seems like bad business to me.
in the LB

Pasadena, CA

#12 Feb 19, 2011
This could break the Topix story wide open. It turns out topix has been placing cookies, they are in league with the girl scouts who are a front for the free mason scientology conspiracy.

_Ginny_

Since: Mar 10

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#13 Feb 19, 2011
Its much more clear than that, PT.

But since YOU are the culprit, I understand your nervousness.

I am going to demand that you are removed from Topix for hacking.

_Ginny_

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#14 Feb 19, 2011
in the LB wrote:
Don't let them get away with it, Why does topix let hackers on the network? What could they have to gain. Seems like bad business to me.
Exactly. That is why an internal investigation is going to be opened and the culprit is going to be banned from Topix.

_Ginny_

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#16 Feb 20, 2011
UR Anonimity wrote:
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About the only question at this point would be if she acted on her own or got paid to do it from a higher up. Whatever the case, she's a very good hacker. You're not dealing with an amateur here.
I was briefed a little, but don't know everything that's happening here. However, one thing I heard is absolutely true. It's very easy to recognize a PT post, no matter what the moniker or location says.
Absolutely. Her voice is very recognizable.

And yes, the question is, did she act on her own or was she paid to do so from higher ups? She has been bragging for a long time, that Topix gives her access to our IP addresses. The Mods have refused to do anything about her, even though she has loaded this Topix board with defamation and libel of me, AND claimed to be a Mod.

The Mods need to conduct an internal investigation into the PT and her destructive hacking.
in the LB

Pasadena, CA

#17 Feb 20, 2011
Ginny Hoge wrote:
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Exactly. That is why an internal investigation is going to be opened and the culprit is going to be banned from Topix.
Free speech must be allowed on Topix, and if I have to endure continued harassment to prove this... So be it.

_Ginny_

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#18 Feb 20, 2011
in the LB wrote:
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Free speech must be allowed on Topix, and if I have to endure continued harassment to prove this... So be it.
oh look whose here, the hacker. Guess what? hacking has NOTHING to do with free speech and yes, you are soon to be history.

If you are not banned, this is proof that Topix is sponsoring hackers, I don't think they would care for that image.
in the LB

Pasadena, CA

#19 Feb 20, 2011
I see someone gave a clueless to free speech, why do the trolls hate the constitution.
in the LB

Pasadena, CA

#20 Feb 20, 2011
Ginny Hoge wrote:
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If you are not banned, this is proof that Topix is sponsoring hackers,...
What a poorly constructed syllogism, fallacious on multiple counts. Did you ever take a freshman logic course?

_Ginny_

Since: Mar 10

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#21 Feb 20, 2011
poor thing. You know whats funny is for all your profuse posting, all the nastiness, you had to resort to cheating - hacking into my supporter's computers and trashing their computers with viruses - you had to smash your opponents with illegal methods.

You are a lame troll and always have been. Whoever put you here has lost and big time.

_Virginia_

Since: Apr 10

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#24 Feb 20, 2011
The GINNERATOR wrote:
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Hi Ron.
Perry Noid.

See ya later PT, and remember, if you are not banned, Topix is sponsoring hackers so either way, I win.
in the LB

Pasadena, CA

#28 Feb 20, 2011
The Plural Possessive wrote:
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This appears to be the error in thinking known as "Black & White Thinking" aka the logical fallacy of the "False Dilemma".
A False Dilemma is a fallacy in which a person uses the following pattern of "reasoning":
Either claim X is true or claim Y is true (when X and Y could both be false).
Claim Y is false.
Therefore claim X is true.
This line of "reasoning" is fallacious because if both claims could be false, then it cannot be inferred that one is true because the other is false. That this is the case is made clear by the following example:
Either 1+1=4 or 1+1=12.
It is not the case that 1+1=4.
Therefore 1+1=12.
In cases in which the two options are, in fact, the only two options, this line of reasoning is not fallacious. For example:
Bill is dead or he is alive.
Bill is not dead.
Therefore Bill is alive.
Examples of False Dilemma
Senator Jill: "We'll have to cut education funding this year."
Senator Bill: "Why?"
Senator Jill: "Well, either we cut the social programs or we live with a huge deficit and we can't live with the deficit."
Bill: "Jill and I both support having prayer in public schools."
Jill: "Hey, I never said that!"
Bill: "You're not an atheist are you Jill?"
"Look, you are going to have to make up your mind. Either you decide that you can afford this stereo, or you decide you are going to do without music for a while."
Your argument is admirable, but wasted on self deluded.
in the LB

Pasadena, CA

#29 Feb 20, 2011
Virginia Olive Hoge wrote:
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Perry Noid.
See ya later PT, and remember, if you are not banned, Topix is sponsoring hackers so either way, I win.
Why do you want to win topix? It is not a competition.

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