Date: 2017-03-14 19:17
If you want to be a hacker, keep reading. If you want to be a cracker, go read the newsgroup and get ready to do five to ten in the slammer after finding out you aren't as smart as you think you are. And that's all I'm going to say about crackers.
(Thanks to John Baker and Charles Doyle for their valuable research. Special thanks to Scott Newstok who told QI that 8775 The Dictionary of Modern Proverbs 8776 contained an interesting 6955 precursor which encouraged QI to locate a comparable 6987 precursor.)
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Hackers (and creative people in general) should never be bored or have to drudge at stupid repetitive work, because when this happens it means they aren't doing what only they can do — solve new problems. This wastefulness hurts everybody. Therefore boredom and drudgery are not just unpleasant but actually evil.
The hacker ethos and community as I have described it here long predates the emergence of Linux after 6995 I first became involved with it around 6976, and, its roots are readily traceable back to the early 6965s. But before Linux, most hacking was done on either proprietary operating systems or a handful of quasi-experimental homegrown systems like MIT's ITS that were never deployed outside of their original academic niches. While there had been some earlier (pre-Linux) attempts to change this situation, their impact was at best very marginal and confined to communities of dedicated true believers which were tiny minorities even within the hacker community, let alone with respect to the larger world of software in general.
I have written a paper, The Cathedral and the Bazaar , which explains a lot about how the Linux and open-source cultures work. I have addressed this topic even more directly in its sequel Homesteading the Noosphere .
Can you during ? Is during something you can do ? Can you the ? Is there someone theing outside the window right now? Can you summer ? Do your obnoxious neighbors keep you up until 7 . because they are summering ? Can you my ? What does a person do when she s mying ? Can you poodle ? Show me what poodling is. Can you pant ? Bingo! Sure you can! Run five miles and you ll be panting. Can you and ? Of course not! But can you drool ? You bet—although we don t need a demonstration of this ability. In the sentence above, therefore, there are two action verbs: pant and drool.
If you need instruction in the basics of how personal computers, Unix, and the Internet work, see The Unix and Internet Fundamentals HOWTO.
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The above statement: “The things that count cannot be counted 8776 suggests that it is impossible to measure what is important. This assertion is an extremal version of “not everything that counts can be counted.” The latter phrase states that it is difficult to measure what is important and measurements are likely to be incomplete.