Re: [ISN] Editorial - Hacker Vs. Cracker, Revisited (final)

From: mea culpa (jerichoat_private)
Date: Tue Jun 02 1998 - 05:53:08 PDT

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    Reply From: saintat_private (Gian Uberto Lauri)
    mc> 1. A hacker is a person who attempts to, or gains unauthorised
    mc> access to a computer system.
    Ahem, I suggest reading the Hacker Jargon File...
    :hacker: n.  [originally, someone who makes furniture with an
       axe] 1. A person who enjoys exploring the details of programmable
       systems and how to stretch their capabilities, as opposed to most
       users, who prefer to learn only the minimum necessary.  2. One who
       programs enthusiastically (even obsessively) or who enjoys
       programming rather than just theorizing about programming.  3. A
       person capable of appreciating {hack value}.  4. A person who is
       good at programming quickly.  5. An expert at a particular program,
       or one who frequently does work using it or on it; as in `a Unix
       hacker'.  (Definitions 1 through 5 are correlated, and people who
       fit them congregate.)  6. An expert or enthusiast of any kind.  One
       might be an astronomy hacker, for example.  7. One who enjoys the
       intellectual challenge of creatively overcoming or circumventing
       limitations.  8. [deprecated] A malicious meddler who tries to
       discover sensitive information by poking around.  Hence `password
       hacker', `network hacker'.  The correct term for this sense is
       The term `hacker' also tends to connote membership in the global
       community defined by the net (see {network, the} and
       {Internet address}).  It also implies that the person described
       is seen to subscribe to some version of the hacker ethic (see
       {hacker ethic, the}).
       It is better to be described as a hacker by others than to describe
       oneself that way.  Hackers consider themselves something of an
       elite (a meritocracy based on ability), though one to which new
       members are gladly welcome.  There is thus a certain ego
       satisfaction to be had in identifying yourself as a hacker (but if
       you claim to be one and are not, you'll quickly be labeled
       {bogus}).  See also {wannabee}.
    					Gian Uberto Lauri
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