Joybubbles 19490525-20070808 blind with perfect pitch The hacker symbol, the glider from 'Game of Life' a cellular automaton by mathematician John Horton Conway There is a group of people who loudly call themselves hackers, but aren't. Hi I am  a lost little glider,, have you seen my mommy
These are mainly adolescent males who get a kick out of breaking into computers and phreaking the phone system.
Hackers call these people ‘crackers’ and want nothing to do with them.
Real hackers mostly think crackers are lazy, irresponsible, and not very bright, and object that
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  |          being able to break security doesn't make you a hacker         | .
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  |       being able to hotwire cars makes you an automotive engineer.      |
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Unfortunately, many journalists and writers have been fooled into using the word ‘hacker’ to describe crackers; this irritates real hackers no end.
Julian Assange
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  |                 hackers build things, crackers break them.              |
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If you want to be a hacker, keep reading. If you want to be a cracker, go read the alt.2600 newsgroup and
get ready to do five to ten in the slammer after finding out you aren't as smart as you think you are.
The above is from "How To Become A Hacker" from the author of "A Brief History of Hackerdom" , and "the Jargon File"

Old and New Hacker Ethics
 my take on this is 


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  |          being able to pic a lock doesn't make you a locksmith          |
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  |  if you are a lock smith you had better know how to pick a damn lock.   |
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There are theoretical types of hackers who are considered to posses an atypical level of skill beyond that of other meanings of the positive form of "hacker", which include the Guru and the Wizard.
In some portions of the computer community, a Wizard is one who can do anything a hacker can, but elegantly; while a Guru not only can do so elegantly, but instruct those who do not know how. In other portions, a Guru is one with a very broad degree of expertise, while a Wizard is expert in a very narrow field, distinctions seemingly more at home in a RPG world, and not often heard in actual conversation.


HACK, from the German word meaning "someone who makes furniture with an axe" cap'n crunch Bosun whistle CA 1971

(Q) what is worst than a cracker
(A)
HACKERSAFE?
last updated 9:20 AM 12/20/07
C:\HACKER>cd.._ glider gun


Q: Can you realy secure my windows computer
A: Securing Windows compleatly is like trying to bail out a boat with a sieve ;
the code and architecture simply have too many flaws.

Q: I'm having problems with my Windows software. Will you help me?
A: Yes. Back up your information then Go to a DOS prompt and type "format c:".
Any problems you are experiencing will cease within a few minutes.,,
then you can install an decent operating system

Q: Can you teach me to be a leet windows hacker
A: NO! thats a contradiction in terms,,trying to learn to hack under Windows
is like trying to learn to dance while wearing a body cast,


Contrary to popular myth, you don't have to be a nerd to be a hacker. It does help, however.

Miserable Failure