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"We are accustomed to have people mock what they don't understand" - Sherlock Holmes, A Study in Scarlet
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 Anyway, I don't understand why reclaiming the word "hacker" and creating this hacker-cracker dichotomy actually matters. Of course hackers included a lot of people who would try to access computer systems without authorization, which is illegal (and there are "white hats" who do that too) -- though in most cases, they didn't actually want to do nefarious on those systems, it was more about the intellectual challenge and thrill of the hunt. (And a lot is learned through doing that, especially identifying security vulnerability and developing innovative security tools.) Excluding that activity from "hacking" seems artificial and ahistorical to me, but it seems necessary as a rhetorical move for a political movement with which I sympathize, then I guess whatever. What I object to is that you're presenting all this as a lecture about facts and then telling me I must be wrong about my thought on what a "hacker" is because I'm "computer illiterate" -- when you're just retconning and I don't even think fairly describing what the people who are reclaiming the word hacking are actually saying.

-- BahradSokhansanj - 29 Nov 2011


Hey, I just ran across this post:

you might want to check it out + other things that she's written on the anthropology of "hackers"

-- BahradSokhansanj - 12 Jan 2012

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