Link: “A little mischief has always had its virtues.”

[New Scientist has a great write-up][1] on what amounts to an early hacking of electric information technologies: Nevil Maskelyne putting one over on Marconi and Fleming in their demonstration of the supposed security of wireless communication before the Royal Academy. Their first clue that things would not go as planned: the repeated signaling of the word “rats,” which apparently was a very rude thing to say in 1903.