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B&N Pulls Linux Format Magazine Over Feature On 'Hacking' 301

Posted by timothy
from the I-miss-borders dept.
New accepted submitter super_rancid writes that issue 154 of the "UK-based Linux Format magazine was pulled from Barnes and Noble bookstores in the U.S. after featuring an article called 'Learn to Hack'. They used 'hack' in the populist security sense, rather than the traditional sense, and the feature — which they put online — was used to illustrate how poor your server's security is likely to be by breaking into it."
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B&N Pulls Linux Format Magazine Over Feature On 'Hacking'

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  • by Anonymous Coward on Thursday May 03, 2012 @10:36AM (#39878947)

    That's because Linux is an OS used predominately by criminals to hack machines. I appluad Barnes and Noble for this responsible reaction.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Thursday May 03, 2012 @10:36AM (#39878967)

    With a title like "Learn to Hack" you're expecting instructions about chopping up things like bodies, not about poor server security.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Thursday May 03, 2012 @10:40AM (#39879021)
    Remember what happened last time, Redcoat.
  • by idontgno (624372) on Thursday May 03, 2012 @10:50AM (#39879163) Journal
    I thought it was a golfing tutorial. That's why I passed it by.
  • by Ukab the Great (87152) on Thursday May 03, 2012 @10:51AM (#39879179)

    Crap. I just violated Godwin's Law, didn't I?

  • by Theophany (2519296) on Thursday May 03, 2012 @10:57AM (#39879227)
    Using Apple is kind of like being one of the kids whose parents didn't tell them Santa or the Tooth Fairy wasn't real until they were 16.

    Using Linux is kind of like being one of the kids whose parents were alcoholics but did their best, in between drunken rants about the futility of life.

    I would finish this by saying using Windows is like being one of the kids whose uncle used to have special sleep over parties, but I'd definitely get modded flamebait. And I use Windows on my personal machines. And my uncle didn't touch me.
  • by Anonymous Coward on Thursday May 03, 2012 @11:11AM (#39879381)
    Theo! There ya are boy! It's been awhile! Come give your Uncle some more sugar!
  • by saveferrousoxide (2566033) on Thursday May 03, 2012 @11:13AM (#39879395)
    Actually, no. Quite the opposite. You lent further proof to it. :)
  • by Beardo the Bearded (321478) on Thursday May 03, 2012 @11:20AM (#39879459)

    Using Linux is kind of like being one of the kids whose parents were alcoholics but did their best, in between drunken rants about the futility of life.

    Well, MY distro has the parents on methadone. It's clearly superior.

  • by jsh1972 (1095519) on Thursday May 03, 2012 @11:54AM (#39879841)
    Is your son obsessed with "Lunix"? BSD, Lunix, Debian and Mandrake are all versions of an illegal hacker operation system, invented by a Soviet computer hacker named Linyos Torovoltos, before the Russians lost the Cold War. It is based on a program called "xenix", which was written by Microsoft for the US government. These programs are used by hackers to break into other people's computer systems to steal credit card numbers. They may also be used to break into people's stereos to steal their music, using the "mp3" program. Torovoltos is a notorious hacker, responsible for writing many hacker programs, such as "telnet", which is used by hackers to connect to machines on the internet without using a telephone. Your son may try to install "lunix" on your hard drive. If he is careful, you may not notice its presence, however, lunix is a capricious beast, and if handled incorrectly, your son may damage your computer, and even break it completely by deleting Windows, at which point you will have to have your computer repaired by a professional. If you see the word "LILO" during your windows startup (just after you turn the machine on), your son has installed lunix. In order to get rid of it, you will have to send your computer back to the manufacturer, and have them fit a new hard drive. Lunix is extremely dangerous software, and cannot be removed without destroying part of your hard disk surface.
  • by tqk (413719) <s.keeling@mail.com> on Thursday May 03, 2012 @11:55AM (#39879851)

    Using Linux is kind of like being one of the kids whose parents were alcoholics but did their best, in between drunken rants about the futility of life.

    Well, MY distro has the parents on methadone. It's clearly superior.

    Ah, OpenBSD. Did you notice they just released their latest the other day?

    Using Linux is like being a one eyed telepath in a world full of blind people, and you smell funny, so they grimace at you when you pass them but they don't have any clue why they need to.

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