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Interview with Carol P. Meinel
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MS Industrial engineering - great for understanding complex human/machine systems. Lots of theoretical background. Shade-tree hackers make fun of finite state machine, Turing machine etc. theory, but they actually help focus the mind. Of course any real hacker can't resist learning to program. Hacking without programming is like a blind man learning to appreciate Rembrandt. He can say the right things and pass an art appreciation exam, but he's missing something big. Estimate how much time you spend online per...

Hacker Manifesto
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You bet your ass we're all alike... we've been spoon-fed baby food at school when we hungered for steak... the bits of meat that you did let slip through were pre-chewed and tasteless. We've been dominated by sadists, or ignored by the apathetic. The few that had something to teach found us willing pupils, but those few are like drops of water in the desert. This is our world now... the world of the electron and the switch, the beauty of the baud. We make use of a service already existing without paying for what could be dirt-cheap if it...

Hackers Heroes of the Computer Revolution
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The Tech Model Railroad Club or the TMRC was a club at MIT that build sophisticated railroad and trains models. These were among the first hackers. Key figures of the club were Peter Samson , Alan Kotok , Jack Dennis , and Bob Saunders . The club was composed of two groups, those who were interested in the modeling and landscaping, and those who created the Signals and Power Subcommittee who created the circuits that made the trains run. The latter would be among the ones who popularized the term hacker among many other slang terms, and who eventually moved...

Hacker ethic
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1. The belief that information-sharing is a powerful positive good, and that it is an ethical duty of hackers to share their expertise by writing open source code and facilitating access to information and to computing resources wherever possible. 2. The belief that system-cracking for fun and exploration is ethically OK as long as the cracker commits no theft, vandalism, or breach of confidentiality. Both of these normative ethical principles are widely, but by no means universally, accepted among hacker s. Most hackers subscribe to the hacker ethic in sense 1, and many act on it by writing and giving...

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Have there been some famous hacks? There have been many wonderful hacks, emacs is one example. I doubt many of them are famous, however, because noncomputer people rarely understand exactly what makes a hack famous. To be famous, a hack must show a high degree of novelty, as well as a deep understanding of the way computers work, and must be significantly more elegant than a kludge. What are some methods that crackers use? Some recent crackers have sent programs in email to unsuspecting users as attachments. Running these programs will give the cracker access to the computer. The programs...

Battle Tip: Hero Micro
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If you're not micro-managing your heroes in battle then you're probably going to lose a lot of games. This is extremely important against heavy myth unit civilizations like Loki and Zeus. How do you micro your heroes? It doesn't matter how you select them, either via a hotkey (press control and a number and click that number to select them) or double clicking, target those heroes immediately on the toughest myth unit that you see. When I'm approaching a battle and I have line of sight of their army before it reaches mine, I always select all of my priests...

Hizbullah Action Game
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The Jeruslem Post (free registration required) reports that Hizbullah (a Lebanese Shi'i Muslim political/militant group) is developing an action game for the PC that claims to "counter the image of the invincible all-American hero in games sold throughout the world." According to another report in Lebanon's Al-Anwar, Hizbullah says that its Internet unit is designing and planning the game, which will be based battles that took place in south Lebanon. The game will depict Israelis and American military forces as the enemy. The game will reportedly go on sale later this month in Lebanon and will come in Arabic, English,...

Chain Reaction Contest
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GarageGames says that Chris Cole of Monster Studios is working on an updated version of its puzzler game Chain Reaction and the team is offering the community the chance to design and submit puzzles - the best of which will be rolled into this new version of the game.

HotHead & Octagon
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Octagon Entertainment offhandedly revealed that it is representing HotHead Studios, a small development studio formed by former members of another small start-up called DarkBlack. HotHead Studios is currently working on a multi-platform action game featuring vampires and a fantasy setting called Shadow of the Sun.

Attal Update
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The Attal: Lords of Doom site has been updated with a to-do-list for the next major version of this open-sourced fantasy-flavored strategy game for Windows and Linux. The next major revision to the game, 0.7.x, is tentatively scheduled for release sometime in June of this year.