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What does this word mean to you?
14 Replies - 3224 Views - Last Post: 28 September 2010 - 08:11 AM
Posted 27 September 2010 - 04:08 AM
Replies To: Hacker
Posted 27 September 2010 - 01:54 PM
WolfCoder, I appreciate the distinction between the three. Do you believe the cracker/script kiddie gets credited as a hacker too often by film/media?
Posted 27 September 2010 - 03:29 PM
People committed to circumvention of computer security. This primarily concerns unauthorized remote computer break-ins via a communication networks such as the Internet (Black hats), but also includes those who debug or fix security problems (White hats), and the morally ambiguous Grey hats. See Hacker (computer security).
A community of enthusiast computer programmers and systems designers, originated in the 1960s around the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)'s Tech Model Railroad Club (TMRC) and MIT Artificial Intelligence Laboratory.
This community is notable for launching the free software movement. The World Wide Web and the Internet itself are also hacker artifacts. The Request for Comments RFC 1392 amplifies this meaning as "[a] person who delights in having an intimate understanding of the internal workings of a system, computers and computer networks in particular." See Hacker (programmer subculture).
The hobbyist home computing community, focusing on hardware in the late 1970s (e.g. the Homebrew Computer Club) and on software (computer games, software cracking, the demoscene) in the 1980s/1990s. The community included Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak and Bill Gates and created the personal computing industry. See Hacker (hobbyist).
Wikipedia all up in this bitch. I generally associate it with the first definition.
This post has been edited by Dark_Nexus: 27 September 2010 - 03:30 PM
Posted 27 September 2010 - 04:17 PM
This post has been edited by Alex6788: 27 September 2010 - 04:18 PM
Posted 27 September 2010 - 05:08 PM
Posted 27 September 2010 - 05:28 PM
Posted 27 September 2010 - 05:59 PM
It's more like how I see the term "hack".
Posted 27 September 2010 - 06:32 PM
Do any of you believe the way hacking is portrayed by the media/film has negatively impacted how the general public views programmers? Have any of you experienced an association of yourself to someone who "cracks" software, simply because of your profession?
Posted 27 September 2010 - 07:31 PM
This post has been edited by RandomlyKnighted: 27 September 2010 - 07:32 PM
Posted 28 September 2010 - 07:03 AM
Never known a cracker in the professional world. But some old college friends were pretty hell bent on breaking anything they could get their hands on.
As media has begun slandering the hacker term some in the tech world were quick to slap on "White hat" hacking. Meaning the truth about hackers and also meaning the people who wanted to be crackers for the purpose of exposing errors to the software designers and helping fix them. This is the area that quickly becomes forgotten. Yahoo! has HackU days across the country that are about teaching college students how to use software to the fullest and work with computers to solve interesting problems. Also, Facebook is doing a "hacking" event soon. Not sure what all it entails but I believe the spirit is the same. Maybe through events like this we can take back the hacker name as being a good thing and correct public opinion/vernacular
Posted 28 September 2010 - 08:07 AM
I joined that site a while ago it's pretty cool.
Posted 28 September 2010 - 08:11 AM