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Ranieri & Co.
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Introducing Motherlode, a Ranieri & Co. production. The gripping story about the birth of computer hacking from an unlikely centre - Melbourne Australia. It was here teenage boys, and they were mostly boys, hacked into some of the biggest organisations in the world. more


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    …a top 125 things a traveller should know about Melbourne list. This would be number 9. Right up there. A great podcast about the early hacking scene in Melbourne/the world. The initial content and content flow borrow a lot from the film “In the realm of hacking”, 2003. If you have scene that then the first bunch of episodes are a bit of a rerun of story. For first timers well worth it. Also, they are the only studio that doesn’t say “now to a break” or have a musical segway. A bit cheeky and I’... more

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