Posted by: Anonymous
on November 17, 2008 08:07 PM
Unless you are talking about industrial systems, no PC hardware has general purpose interfaces, like digital I/O, A to D, D to A converters, relay (switch) outputs. True hackers can use a printer parallel (centronics) interface this way, but modern PCs no longer have the legacy devices, and OSs like Windows specifically prohibit hardware hacking.
Hardware interface is a black art, practiced by iron men, with wooden pencils. If BugLabs encourages the black art, they will do more for open source than a hundred thousand software hackers. Programming needs muscles for output and data acquisition for input to be really useful.