December 6, 2011DiAmante Astillero, Shannon Bona, John Lo Casio and Marcelo Mazzocato
Do you guys think of hackers as something good or bad?
Someone who makes furniture with an axe? A joke thief? An illegal cab operator? One who enjoys the intellectual challenge of creatively overcoming or circumventing limitations.
A person who enjoys exploring the details of programmable systems and how to stretch their capabilities, as opposed to most users, who prefer to learn only the minimum necessary.
Attitude Thrill from Solving Problems Moral obligation to share results Boredom and Drudgery are evil Freedom is good. Distaste for authority
Skills Know how to program: Python, C/C++, Java, Perl, and LISP Be able to use and run a Unix Use the www and write HTML English
Status Write open-source software Help test and debug open-source software Help keep the infrastructure working
Like science fiction Martial arts (mental discipline) Meditation Analytical ear for music Puns and wordplayWhy these things in particular is not completely clear, but theyre connected with a mix of left- and right-brain skills that seems to be important
John Conway’s The Game of Life Cellular Automation 4 rules: 1. A dead (white) cell will become alive if surrounded by exactly 3 alive neighbors. 2. A black (alive) cell surrounded by none or 1 neighbor will die. 3. A black cell surrounded by 2 or 3 neighbors will survive to the next generation. 4. A black cell surrounded by 4 or more neighbors, it will die by overpopulation. The Glider
Hackers build Crackers destroy (viruses, security breaches) Video