Calculator hackers are a small band of enthusiasts who revel in making their devices perform sometimes oddball tasks. But to engage in some of their antics, they have to get around the Texas Instruments coding that aims to prevent hobbyists from hijacking the devices — and TI isn’t happy about this, reports the Wall Street Journal. The Dallas-based semiconductor company sent a cease-and-desist letter to 23-year-old Benjamin Moody in August after he cracked the numeric code installed to keep users from modifying the calculators — and detailed the act online. It was one of several letters and eMails that TI has sent in recent weeks to members of the calculator-hacking community. "Our intent is to vigorously protect our intellectual property, and we welcome development on our platform as long as it respects our intellectual property," says Lynn Proctor Windle, a spokeswoman for TI’s Education Technology business. Calculator enthusiasts say that by installing their own programs, they can tackle new kinds of math problems and tailor the devices to their own needs. The Electronic Frontier Foundation, a San Francisco-based nonprofit that advocates for the free exchange of information online, is representing three other hobbyists who received cease-and-desist eMails from TI. EFF lawyer Jennifer Granick says the hobbyists have every right to install whatever they want on their devices, as long as they’re not violating copyright laws by tweaking and then distributing TI’s copyrighted programs…

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