Ian Mason November 14, 2007 6:56 PM

“I’m not sure what qualifies a site for being illuminated…”

A suspicion that the Illuminatti are really behind it?

An aside – there was quite a bit of discussion about Multics here a while back. Well, Bull in collaboration with MIT (the original home of Multics) have posted online the source code of the last release of Multics. It’s at for anyone who’s interested.

Darth Paradox November 14, 2007 7:20 PM

It’s basically a “hey, a Daily Illuminator reader told us this site was nifty, and we agree!” sort of thing.

SJGames was raided under accusations of cybercrime in 1990, in connection with their upcoming GURPS Cyberpunk book (and its writer, who ran a legal and hacker-friendly BBS). The whole story is here:

It’s natural that they’d have an interest in your site…

Brian November 14, 2007 8:32 PM

SJ Games has always had a passing interest in hacking/phreaking/crypto/privacy/etc – first probably as game material, then as a very real thing once the Secret Service raid took place.

I was a junior-high player of SJ Games (and lots of others) when they were raided; I think it was one of my first “WTF is the government smoking?” moments…

Filias Cupio November 14, 2007 9:54 PM

It was the SJG raid which prompted the creation of the EFF.

The SS seized pretty much every computer owned by SJG and the author of the GURPS Cyberpunk book, which included all the most recent copies of the Cyberpunk book. They had to get not-quite up-to-date copies of the book from playtesters to be able to continue.

This raises an interesting point: your backup strategy is proof against a single computer failing, a single building burning down or even a single city getting devistated – but is it proof against a government agency with search warrants?

Josh November 15, 2007 1:36 AM

Congrats, Bruce!

Steve Jackson Games makes some of the best card games in the world, at least if you like highly competitive games involving lots of trickery and backstabbing.

You should order a copy of Hacker, Illuminati, or Munchkin. Any one is a great way to spend a few hours with friends.

lucither November 15, 2007 2:32 AM

@josh yeah it’s fun, if you leave your friendships, partnership, loyalities at the wardrobe. otherwise it can get quite nasty ^^

IMO this accolade is merited, most people seem to be afraid of the WRONG things 😉
thanks for helping us to teach ourselves to be able to reconsider the worth of this horseshit that is fud us 😉

Terry Cloth November 15, 2007 10:54 AM

Does anyone know whether the gummint ever got around to giving SJ back his deadly hacking equipment?

Peter November 15, 2007 1:11 PM

Wow. I’m glad to see from the prior comments that I wasn’t the only person to be disappointed by that link:

I was expecting a gold-leaf embossed version of the blog, an initial S, and a hand-painted, miniature rendering of Mr. Schneier.


notSimon November 17, 2007 8:41 AM

Well, Wilson did sometimes say that maybe the Final Secret was that you were already in before you knew it, and then it was too late.

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