What do you really think of hackers?

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  1. #1
    Token drunken Irish guy
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    Post What do you really think of hackers?

    What is your opinion of the term hackers, whether you see them as the media presents them, they present themselves, their culture gives to you?
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    Also the people that built the internet.
    [gloworange]\"A hacker is someone who has a passion for technology, someone who is possessed by a desire to figure out how things work.\" [/gloworange]
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    good

    Hackers...at least real ones are great. We discover new and interesting things.......
    “People don’t talk about anything.” [Clarisse]
    “Oh, they must!” [Guy]
    “No, not anything. They name a lot of cars or clothes or swimming pools mostly and say how swell! But they all say the same things and nobody says anything different from anyone else. And most of the time in the cafes they have the joke-boxes on and the same jokes most of the time, or the musical wall lit and all the colored patterns running up and down, but it’s only color and all abstract. And at the museums, have you ever been? All abstract. That\'s all there is now...\"
    -A conversation with Clarrise McClellan and Guy Montag from Fahrenheit 451
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    I still go by the old Berkley Definition

    Hackers are enthusiastic computer programmers who share their work with others; they are not computer criminals.

    And as a FYI- good book on the subject is, The Hacker Ethic by Pekka Hinamen — with a forward from Linus Torvalds.
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    Learning to hack, in my opinion, is the best way to learn security. When you try to secure down your system or network, it's best to think like a hacker. It's easier to think like a hacker when you are a hacker.
    Crackers are evil hackers, and script kiddies are just crackers minus all knowledge.
    It's a shame that most people put them all in one category and call them all evil.
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    yup yup

    no hackers...no internet...the friggin crackers would bring it down to its knees...to be a good admin you have to know what the person potentially breaking into your system is thinking and try to close as many gaps as possible before the unfixable happens and you have to bring down the server to repair it...the script-kiddies are not the ones to be blamed for nothing (anyone into Jack the Ripper would get this joke)
    You can kiss my 127.0.0.1


    I\'m a loser baby...so why doncha kill me?
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    Nice to know people understand true hackers these days even though its gonna take forever to convince the media.
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    Here is a real life experience. A family members boyfriend was convicted some time ago for breaking into a local banks accounts and having money placed into his account which was at the same bank (stupidity level-off of the charts), Anyhow I was fairly new to the lifestyle and I actually held some respect for the guy being a newbie and not knowing the truths behind hacking. I asked him for all that he could teach me. All he offered me were password crackers and similar programs. This is when I started catching on. I asked "what the hell is this going to teach me"?. he said "they do the work for you". After some time I studied on my own and did what I could here and there to better educate myself. In the end, I am the one 4.0 student and he is working at a local lumber mill still amazing his friends with his "programs". God Bless the guy and I feel sorry for my sister who is going to marry him. hehe
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    Hackers: The media has latched onto the term and it has developed into a "bad" thing. Maybe somebody can come up with a new term that will apply to the "White hat" crowd that are ethical.
    KNOWLEDGE IS OF TWO KINDS: We know a subject ourselves or we know where to find information upon it. SAMUEL JOHNSON
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    Yeah I suppose but imagine thinkin of a new nice name for hackers that didnt sound threatening.

    Example - Windows Bunnies
    Microsofties
    Lovenix
    Helpkers

    Damn that would take forever.
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