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  •  It depends on what the crime is though (2+ / 0-)
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    rja, WiseFerret

    If I stole millions of dollars I'd do my best to hide those assets, not report them as earnings on my 1040. And if I got caught I sure as hell couldn't say, "I was only doing it to prove it could be done!"

    The only evidence he needed to preserve was that he could call the API and return clear text for anyone, not the actual clear text. The program he wrote to do just that would be all the evidence needed. It would've then been tested in court, under approved circumstances, and no crime would've been committed.

    As G2 points out, even though he committed an illegal act and doing so knowingly he may be able to argue the case that he was doing a public service. You might not have heard about this case but Pete Townshend was arrested for having child pornography on his computer. He claimed, and was able to show to a court's sastifaction, he was doing it to track down and expose the purveyors of child pornography.

    To me progress is not so much a goal as it is a process and I believe it will not follow a straight course. Remember, the drops of water that form the river may not take the shortest path but they will still reach the ocean.

    by ontheleftcoast on Fri Nov 16, 2012 at 11:04:47 AM PST

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