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Don't mess with Wal-Mart

The bar code-hacking Web site Re-Code.com shuts down, though not without firing some last-second salvos at evil chain store hegemonic domination.

The art graduate students behind Re-Code.com said it was satire. Wal-Mart said the site promoted fraud.

But now the debate over the Web site is one for the culture-jamming alternative history books, since the pranksters behind the site yanked it off the Web on Wednesday night, saying that they feared legal action.

"Corporations win again!" announced a headline on what remains of the site -- an article explaining the reasons for the shut down. .

"We got a little scared yesterday," said "Nathan Hactivist," the co-creator of the site, who is a 26-year-old art graduate student in upstate New York. "If we wanted to fight a legal battle with a corporation like that, right or wrong doesn't matter, legal or illegal doesn't matter -- the cost of fighting that battle does."

News source: Salon - Don't mess with Wal-Mart

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