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How Frustration with Marconi’s Patents Led to One of the World’s First Hackers

From NewScientist: Dot-dash-diss: The gentleman hacker’s 1903 lulz. Explains how, “A century ago, one of the world’s first hackers used Morse code insults to disrupt a public demo of Marconi’s wireless telegraph”. This was “Nevil Maskelyne, a mustachioed 39-year-old British music hall magician,” whose “ambitions were frustrated by Marconi’s broad patents, leaving him embittered towards the Italian” Marconi.

[h/t Brian Martinez]

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