Texas Instruments Ownage

The online edition of IEEE Spectrum magazine alerted me to some major calculator hackage. A dude cracked the TI-83 Plus calculator from Texas Instruments. He got the signing key figured out. Now the key can be used to transfer your own O/S onto the calculator.

There was just one problem. The dude posted the key on his blog. The result was a cease and desist order from Texas Instruments. Damn. Apparently he was charged with violating the DCMA. The guy submitted and took down his post. Ouch. That's weak.

Another dude wrong about the incident. He linked to a page that had the signing key. I bet you can guess what happened. Texas Instruments slapped him with a cease and desist order. WTF?