[Arm-netbook] Side-Topic: Liberating PocketCHIP

Luke Kenneth Casson Leighton lkcl at lkcl.net
Tue May 30 03:36:24 BST 2017

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On Mon, May 29, 2017 at 10:48 PM, David Niklas <doark at mail.com> wrote:

> I am just a tad confused.
> 1. You started a reverse engineering project on NT domains.
> 2. You presented your success to MS as a security problem.

 and also a collaboration and interoperability opportunity (which
worked extremely successfully).

 and it also galvanised them to do a proper documentation effort.
basically there wasn't any.  at all.  the code had been organically
develeped by engineers that were getting on for retirement age.  as
they were the only ones left who understood the security implications,
they began a rather urgent process called the "CIFS Initiative" to
document the protocol so that their *own engineers could understand

 frickin funny, really.

> 3. You were hired.
> 4. Someone in MS complained.

 some fuckwit in the brain-washed marketing department, yes.  what's
hilarious is that microsoft's own employees - the ones with good
reputations and standing - had to tell this particular specimen of
brainwashed fuckwittery, "you _do_ realise what this one individual
could do to our company if you ever pissed him off??"


> So, the FLOSS folks never saw your work anyway?

 they did.... and they resented it, very very badly.  the so-called
leaders of the samba team *really* did not like the fact that i knew
more than them about MSRPC, and that the work that i spearheaded
increased the codebase of samba at the time by a whopping THIRTY

 so they engineereed a way to get me out.

 by 2003 someone in the FLOSS community tracked my work on Exchange
5.5 reverse-engineering, copied it, reimplemnted it, and did not tell
anyone that i was the one who had done the reverse-engineering.

 20 years later samba is considered to be a failure.  samba 4 was
something like 10 years in the making, and yet failed to deliver.
companies that had held on to samba 3, which the samba developers
STOPPED work on because they didn't understand it properly, were
struggling to keep it up and running and were totally incensed when
samba 4 was finally released and was even worse and even harder to

 they pushed me out and FLOSS has suffered as a result, because the
complexity is so high it's beyond their ability to cope.


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