heh, well, with a ham radio, or a twoway fucking with frequencies you can have lots of fun, but yes phreaking is closer, hacking does able to manipulating systems. But ppl know that wireless protocal is open as fuck, just like blue jacking(see bluejackq.com), I run a small wireless community, and keep up on shit. This is just a case of kiddies knowing they can use software to be idiots. How about you use that skill for real, that's like amature pranking. How about getting on the radio, pirate radio bands, stations, whatever. Fuck with shit the fcc will want to look into. That's what skill is used on, even if your a kiddie, doing kiddieish things, or whatever, fuckin there's MUCH better shit to do with toys.
As to the term hacker as they use it...the fuckin news...They use hacker more then any fuckin word out there, they say it more then bomb, or iraq, or fuckin president. Since the early 80's the community grew, and fuckin in the early 90's maybe late 80's(yes in the 60's-80's shit went on, but I'm talking the public starting to bleed into it, band wagon type shit), media has watched, and covered shit. The terror act, the computer crimes act. You know what I'm talkin about. Meh, who needs to talk this much about it though, so I shutup for now.
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The jaws that bite, the claws that catch!
Beware the Jubjub bird, and shun
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