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fun post! Especially the CSI bit :-)

I would like to add that the mix up started with the fact that there are actually two phenomena that are often mixed up:
- Hacking, the "art" of slapping code together
- Cracking, the well euhmmm of getting access to computers without permission

The first is now being extended to other domains than the computer domain. The confusion starts when media started to confuse hackers (coders) with crackers.

#1 Peter Weijmarshausen on 2008-08-29 11:02 (Reply)
Yeah dude, thanx for the compliments!
#2 Joris Peels on 2008-08-29 13:56 (Reply)
You have the dichotomy in use of the word 'hacking' down, but the order is off. Originally the term was applied in the general sense of tinkering, especially with technology, but later was misunderstood by the media and thus general public as applying only to "breaking in" to computers. While an artful break-in may be termed "hacking", the vast majority of computer security breaches are not and the usage of the term by those such as LifeHacker is in fact more appropriate to the original meaning.

More details at

#3 emansipater on 2008-09-08 18:24 (Reply)
eMansipater, thanx for that!

Yeah, I guess hacking really meant "artful" and perhaps what people in the "make" community are doing now is more true to "hacking's" origins than the 80's depection of hackers in movies.
#4 Joris Peels on 2008-09-09 08:04 (Reply)

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