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Re: How to catch a cracker in the US?
From: James R Cutler <james.cutler () consultant com>
Date: Thu, 13 Mar 2014 15:15:13 -0400
On Mar 13, 2014, at 12:46 PM, William Herrin <bill () herrin us> wrote:
On Thu, Mar 13, 2014 at 11:45 AM, James R Cutler
<james.cutler () consultant com> wrote:
And Bill documents yet another redefinition. Prior to that time, at MIT a "hacker" produced a novel variation of
technology using it in ways not previously envisioned but not necessarily unlawful.
Mating two different generations of telephone keysets or reducing a complex rack mount filter to a single small
circuit board with an FET or two are just a couple of examples. One was just a "hack", the other an "elegant hack".
We just called
Correct me if I'm wrong, but by the time "hacker" emerged as a word
distinct from "hack" it already carried implications of mischief and
disregard for the rules in addition to the original implication of
creatively solving a technical challenge. Is that mistaken?
As of early 1960’s - See history of WTBS, Ralph Zaorski, Dick Gruen, Alan Kent, and many others - The then current
usage of “hacker” was simply one who produced a “hack” - an unusual or unexpected design or configuration or action
which either did the same old thing done more simply/elegantly or which did something new or unexpected altogether.
Putting an Western Electric power plant on an Automatic Electric step-by-step for the East Campus telephone switch was
one of my “hacks”.
James R. Cutler - james.cutler () consultant com
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