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Re: Derogatory language
Hacker [ From ``the Hacker's Dictionary'', by Guy Steele Jr. et al.
Harper & Row, 1983]
1. A person who enjoys learning the details of computer systems and how
to stretch their capabilities--as opposed to most users of
computers, who prefer to learn only the minimum amount necessary.
2. One who programs enthusiastically, or who enjoys programming
rather than just theorizing about programming.
3. A person capable of appreciating ``hack value'' (q.v.)
4. A person who is good at programming quickly. (By the way, not
everything a hacker produces is a hack.)
5. An expert on a particular program, or one who frequently does
work using it or on it. Example: ``A SAIL hacker.'' (This
definition and the preceding ones are correlated, and people who
fit them congregate.)
6. An expert of any kind. One might be an astronomy hacker, for
7. A malicious or inquisitive meddler who tries to discover
information by poking around. For example, a ``password hacker''
is one who tries, possibly by deceptive or illegal means, to
discover other people's computer passwords. A ``network hacker''
is one who tries to learn about the computer network (possibly
because he wants to improve it or possibly because he wants to
interfere--one can tell the difference only by context and tone