I have very mixed feelings about this development. Personally, I don't steal cable or service of any sort. My parents have a subscription to The Dish Network, so I've seen what satellite TV has to offer, and I'm not impressed - cable is adequate for me. Now...
On the one hand, I share in the hacker ethic. I think that information ought to be free (blah, blah, blah) and tend to view governments and corporations that seek to control content, media or IP, with a significant distrust. Thus, I find myself cheering for the hacker, and even the cracker in many cases.
On the other hand, this is such an elegant and skillful hack against the h|crackers, that I can't keep myself from wanting to congratulate the techs at DirecTV for sticking it to those who were exploiting their livelyhood.
And on the gripping hand, this isn't that far removed from the issues of music piracy and the RIAA. And my feelings on that are even more mixed. Further, I hope that Microsoft doesn't get too good a whiff of this approach and apply it to the copy protection scheme on Whistler.
I guess I'm just a ball of unresolved references today.
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