The User’s Manifesto: in defense of hacking, modding, and jailbreaking

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The User’s Manifesto: in defense of hacking, modding, and jailbreaking

Pt 2831
CrunchGear getting in on the manifesto action – I think we’ll see more people and more gadget sites tuning in, turning on and encouraging warranty voiding as companies try to be more restrictive. MAKE readers do not likely need any (more) encouragement :) but if you visit other techy sites people still are screwdriver adverse.


Pt 2832
Owner’s Manifesto / Maker’s Bill of Rights

4 thoughts on “The User’s Manifesto: in defense of hacking, modding, and jailbreaking

  1. cyenobite2 says:

    I understand where you’re coming from on this post. Part of me agrees. At the same time though… it’d be nice to see MAKE encourage makers to get involved with law making (ie: politics, voting, etc…) Rather than encourage one (even through innuendo) to break the law, we should learn how to change the law.
    “Do what thou wilt” is only part of Aleister’s law, the rest is “Shall be the whole of the law”.
    Quoting a man who gained the nickname of “the wickedest man in the world” may not be sending Makers down the right path.

    It’d be nice to see more posts regarding copyright, patents, etc…

    apologies if this is coming off sounding ‘troll like’.

  2. Math Campbell says:

    As cyenobite notes, it is similar to Aleister Crowley’s “law”, but it’s much more reminiscent of the more modern “Witches Rede”, as used by the Wiccans, and more generally by many other pagans.

    As a bit of a techno-pagan myself, I find it very appropriate to find the “an it harm none, do what ye will” rule being applied to hacking. It’s very apt as well, religious thoughts aside.

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