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Where is Tsutomu Shimomura supposed to be in the picture? Is he Deth Vegetable? No mention of this alias is in the article. Alvis 04:39, 14 Feb 2005 (UTC)

The photograph is a screenshot of Freedom Downtime, where someone identified as Shimomura climbs on stage. It seems that this person was misidentified and is in fact Deth Vegetable. Someone needs to review the film to acertain this thing. Rama 08:22, 14 Feb 2005 (UTC)
I seem to recall that the picture shows volunteers from an audience at a hacker conference acting scences from Takedown. Tsutomu Shimomura is not in the picture. Tim Ivorson 10:18, 14 Feb 2005 (UTC)
Woops... now that also makes the identification of Mitnick questionable... Does anyone happen to have the DVD and be able to do the verification ? (I have it but I am not a native English speaker, so I am afraid of losing details like that :/ ) Rama 10:45, 14 Feb 2005 (UTC)
That's definetely not Mitnick or Tsutomu, I'm changing the caption.
Well, if it's none of the two, it doesn't make sense anymore to put this photograph on Mitnick or Tsutomumora. I'm removing them -- of course, if there's objections to that, we can discuss but I imagine it's more reasonble, isn't it ? Rama 10:59, 16 Feb 2005 (UTC)


Considering everything here is lifted straight from [1], isn't it a copyvio? Or is that site a mirror or something? ~~ShiriTalk~~ 21:44, Mar 28, 2005 (UTC)

I does indeed look very mcuh like a copyvio now... Rama 22:17, 28 Mar 2005 (UTC)
Restored latest "home-made" version. Rama 22:23, 28 Mar 2005 (UTC)
Good show. I was going to do that, but I wasn't sure if I needed to list it on Wikipedia:Copyright problems first or whatever. ~~ShiriTalk~~ 22:32, Mar 28, 2005 (UTC)


The article is listed in Category:Hackers under S for Shimomura and the article seems to use Shimomura as a surname. However, it is more usual for modern Japanese names to be written surname first. Is Tsutomu his surname and, if so, should the article be under T for Tsutomu? Tim Ivorson 11:47, 14 Jun 2005 (UTC)

Tsutomu Shimomura is a citizen of the USA, and is therefore not necessarly bound by Japanese tradition. Unless I am mistaken, Tsutomu is the first name (not so frequent, yet you can find other examples) and Shimomura the family name. Rama 13:33, 14 Jun 2005 (UTC)
Ok. Thanks. Tim Ivorson 08:43, 15 Jun 2005 (UTC)
Rama, Tsutomu is a resident of the USA, but my understanding is that he is actually a citizen of Japan. But he HAS lived most of his life in the US, and speaks completely unnaccented English, and so is accustomed to American culture. Possibly he is a Dual Citizen; the US doesn't recognize Dual Citizenship but some other countries do. I am not dead certain that this is the Gospel Truth, but when Tsutomu was hired as a Nuclear Weapons Designer at Los Alamos National Laboratory, someone - it may have been a common friend, or it may have been Tsutomu himself - told me that the United States Congress passed a law to grant Tsutomu - and ONLY Tsutomu! - a Q Clearance, the clearance required to design nuclear weapons. That's because it has been Capital Treason to pass Nuclear Secrets to a foreigner ever since Julius and Ethel Rosenberg and Klaus Fuchs were discovered to have been leaking Manhattan Project secrets to the Soviet Union. MichaelCrwford (talk) 13:28, 18 June 2012 (UTC)[reply]


Like many other internet "personalities", shimomura is widely known for his arrogance. He is demeaning and insulting to everyone around him -- coworkers, academic colleagues, even the law enforcement officials he worked with! That takes real balls. No idea how this can be presented as a neutral POV but it's an important data point about him. —The preceding unsigned comment was added by (talkcontribs) 09:05, 11 October 2005 (UTC).[reply]

I added the Sterling quote from "Freedom Downtime." As an interview quote from a documentary, I believe it's a suitable source. Rob T Firefly 18:20, 15 July 2006 (UTC)[reply]
So he enabled the net monitor mode on a cellphone... Big deal, i had it enabled on a Motorola StarTAC back in high school. The only thing that quote illustrates is the author's lack of knowledge. 14:45, 26 May 2007 (UTC)[reply]

Widely known by people who don't know him I presume.

I know him, very very well. He is in fact arrogant; those who aren't up to snuff he regards as "ankle biters".

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Legal Pictures of Tsutomu on Their Way[edit]

I have many pictures of Tsutomu that I shot while he and I were fellow Physics Majors in the Caltech Ricketts House Class of 1986, as well as others that I took when another Institute friend and I spent a weekend at his place in La Jolla in 1989.

I own the copyright in all those pictures, and so I have the authority to place an appropriate license on them that would be suitable for Wikipedia. I will of course study the licensing terms before I actually upload any of them.

It's going to be a while before I can actually upload any of the photos, as they are in a storage facility in Canada, where I once lived, and will remain there for a while until I get settled somewhere that has enough space to put all that stuff once I get it delivered. But I AM quite certain that I have some good photos of him: I am quite a serious photographer, and Tsutomu is an excellent subject for artistic photography.

Some shots were taken with 35mm Kodachrome Slide Film, and were well-focussed, composed, and being a slower speed of Kodachrome, have rich color and extremely high resolution. I expect I can get PhotoCD Scans of them.

Like Kevin Mitnick, I played with the Sun Workstation in Tsutomu's living room, but I had the G-d Given Sense to ask PERMISSION first! MichaelCrawford (talk) 13:38, 18 June 2012 (UTC)[reply]

External Link to "Ankle Biters" Essay[edit]

I am Wikipedia member MichaelCrawford, but I've been posting without logging in because I have some email trouble that prevents me from resetting my password. I'll fix that problem soon, but have not had the headspace to deal with it.

Just a little while ago, I added an external link to my essay [Allow Me to Show You Ankle Biters How It's Done] at [Solving the Software Problem].

The first part of that essay, while strictly speaking a work of fiction, quite accurately portrays my experience of what Tsutomu is really like as a person.

When I posted that External Link, my Edit Summary quite clearly said to refer to this Talk Page for my explanation of why I posted it, some further details as to how I got to know Tsutomu so well, as well as my identification of myself as user MichaelCrawford.

But it could not have possibly been more than three or four MINUTES after I saved that edit, well before I had any time to post anything at all to this Talk Page, before User_Talk:Solarra accused me of an act of vandalism, and reverted my edit.

That was anything but vandalism!

Just now I posted a lengthy explanation to her User Talk Page. After posting it, I read over her other items there, and noted that many others - including some more-experienced Wikipedia editors - take her to task for her overzealous deletions of new article contributions.

Considering that only three or four minutes elapsed between my post and her reversion, that my Edit Summary specifically said to refer to the Talk Page, that she reverted my edit with any warning to or discussion with me, and that she posted nothing at all to the Talk Page, I humbly submit that it was completely inappropriate of her to revert my link, and that Solarra would do well to curb her overzealous enthusiasm.

If any editor at all has a problem with that link, I invite them to discuss it with me HERE, in the Talk Page, rather than summarily deleting it before anyone else gets a chance to even look at it.

That's what these Talk Pages are for after all.

I was all set to re-post my External Link, when Solarra replied to my post in her User Talk page to suggest that I initiated a discussion right here in hopes at arriving at a consensus.

I am completely cool with that. HOWEVER:

That is what Solarra HERSELF should have done, rather than just nuking my submission outright. If she found my link there and had some problem with it, I assert she should have left it be, but instead asked here in the Talk Page as to whether it should be removed.

I expect that my edits have been getting reverted as I have been editing without logging in. But in every single Edit Summary I ask that one refer to the talk page, where I explain that I am not logging in because I cannot.

Perhaps Wikipedia's anti-spam code has too much of a hair trigger.

User_Talk:MichaelCrawford (talk) 16:49, 18 June 2012 (UTC)[reply]

User:MichaelCrawford Apology (more or less) issued by Solarra at User_talk:Solarra/Archive_1#External_Link_to_.22Ankle_Biter.22_Essay_in_Tsutomu_Shimomura_Article. The link in question is not on the page, dead, and not in archive.is or archive.org.--Elvey(tc) 22:41, 27 September 2016 (UTC)[reply]

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