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To Be A Hacker Is To...
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Our thoughts on the label ”hacker”, as used in “hackerspace”...
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There are ethical hackers and non-ethical hackers, just like there are ethical and non-ethical people in almost every field. Unfortunately, the media only uses “hacker” in the negative context. This [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hacker_ethic wikipedia article] explains the origins of the term “hacker”, and we encourage you to read it. However we can save you a click – we like this simple definition (also found in the wikipedia article) – “A person who enjoys exploring the details of programmable systems and stretching their capabilities, as opposed to most users, who prefer to learn only the minimum necessary.”
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While everyone has their own definition of "Hacker", here are some thoughts on what it means to be a "Hacker"...
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To Be A Hacker Is To:
 
* think analytically about things you're usually not supposed to
 
* think analytically about things you're usually not supposed to
 
* be able to sit down and reason a problem with innumerable technical details, while maintaining hope and inspiration
 
* be able to sit down and reason a problem with innumerable technical details, while maintaining hope and inspiration
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* sleep odd hours
 
* sleep odd hours
 
* lack the capacity for boredom
 
* lack the capacity for boredom
* see past the bullshit (and make up new bullshit)
 
 
* be weary of normal people
 
* be weary of normal people
 
* dye your hair funny colors
 
* dye your hair funny colors
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* save helpless animals from experimentation labs
 
* save helpless animals from experimentation labs
 
* fight in the war in iraq
 
* fight in the war in iraq
* cover your ass by blaming others
 
 
* call tech support to ask where the any key is
 
* call tech support to ask where the any key is
 
* encrypt your most sensitive documents with ROT*13
 
* encrypt your most sensitive documents with ROT*13
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* sincerely question legal identity
 
* sincerely question legal identity
 
* try things beyond your skill level
 
* try things beyond your skill level
* piss some people off sometimes
 
 
* acquire free technology wherever you can
 
* acquire free technology wherever you can
* have no trouble finding women **IMPORTANT**
 
* steal monies from banks and ruin'd daconomy
 
* have the head of the illuminati on speed dial
 
* have the Cheshire Catalyst in your phonebook
 
 
* do things in your spare time
 
* do things in your spare time
 
* have people ask you why you do things in your spare time
 
* have people ask you why you do things in your spare time
 
* enjoy working
 
* enjoy working
* eat glass and shit smartphones
 
* the girls thing again
 
 
* eat, sleep, and breath computers
 
* eat, sleep, and breath computers
 
* be a part*time student, full*time, employee, and overtime geek
 
* be a part*time student, full*time, employee, and overtime geek
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* add to this document
 
* add to this document
 
* be dissatisfied with non-systemic answers
 
* be dissatisfied with non-systemic answers
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Latest revision as of 15:06, 11 September 2011

Our thoughts on the label ”hacker”, as used in “hackerspace”...

There are ethical hackers and non-ethical hackers, just like there are ethical and non-ethical people in almost every field. Unfortunately, the media only uses “hacker” in the negative context. This wikipedia article explains the origins of the term “hacker”, and we encourage you to read it. However we can save you a click – we like this simple definition (also found in the wikipedia article) – “A person who enjoys exploring the details of programmable systems and stretching their capabilities, as opposed to most users, who prefer to learn only the minimum necessary.”

While everyone has their own definition of "Hacker", here are some thoughts on what it means to be a "Hacker"...

To Be A Hacker Is To:

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