[Noisebridge-discuss] Lack of due process when Cynthia forced to leave

Martin Bogomolni martinbogo at gmail.com
Thu May 3 14:03:49 PDT 2012

I, for one, follow Eric Raymond's definition of a Hacker:

( From the Hacker-howto : http://www.catb.org/~esr/faqs/hacker-howto.html )


A hacker is:


There is a community, a shared culture, of expert programmers and
networking wizards that traces its history back through decades to the
first time-sharing minicomputers and the earliest ARPAnet experiments.
The members of this culture originated the term "hacker". Hackers
built the Internet. Hackers made the Unix operating system what it is
today. Hackers run Usenet. Hackers make the World Wide Web work. If
you are part of this culture, if you have contributed to it and other
people in it know who you are and call you a hacker, you're a hacker.

The hacker mind-set is not confined to this software-hacker culture.
There are people who apply the hacker attitude to other things, like
electronics or music.  Actually, you can find it at the highest levels
of any science or art. Software hackers recognize these kindred
spirits elsewhere and may call them "hackers" too and some claim that
the hacker nature is really independent of the particular medium the
hacker works in

Thus a hacker is a person who follows the philosophy that:

1. The world is full of fascinating problems waiting to be solved.
2. No problem should ever have to be solved twice.
3. Boredom and drudgery are evil.
4. Freedom is good.
5. Attitude is no substitute for competence.

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