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Re: Hackability

From: Alf Christophersen <alf.christophersen_at_medisin.uio.no>
Date: Wed, 02 Sep 2009 10:54:18 +0200

Daniel Becroft wrote:
> 4a to write computer programs for enjoyment
> 4b to gain access to a computer illegally
The first hackers I doubt wrote computer programs just for enjoyment.

The first meaning of a good hacker was a person with high skill to
program the computer numerically by entering on the consol the exact
machine code to have the computer to run, later when assembly language
was introduced, a person clever in writing assembly language, but still
able to program directly in machine decimally, and later, hexadecimally.

The first computer I used myself, an IBM 1620 II, we had to learn the
long decimal code that halted the computer :-)

After introducing high level programming languages, the meaning changed
in the direction of today in benign meaning.

But the skill of working directly in a debugger changng buggy programs
into working and usable program code by adding new routines at the end
of the program and introducing a jump to that correct working procedure
at the place of fault.

But that is what is used for cracking too.

So the diffenerence of hacking for benign use, which sometimes is the
only solution if the programmer has died, or source has gone to the
winds or is inhackable, and using hacking for cracking, is the intenrion
of why hacking and not do gardening instead.

The morality of the hacker is the diffence


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