Saturday, April 9, 2011

Blessed are the Hackers

For They Make Inheritable Classes

~ An essay published under the auspicies of the Vatican redeems computer hackers (i.e. hackers in the traditional sense of those who relish "having an intimate understanding of the internal workings of a system, computers and computer networks in particular" and not to be confused with crackers, who are those who illegally force entry into secure systems.)

Hacker mentality implies a joyful application of intelligence to problem solving, rejecting the concept of work as repetitive, burdensome and stupid, Spadaro wrote. Hacker ethics rejected a capitalistic, profit-oriented approach to work, eschewing idleness but favoring a flexible, creative approach that was respectful of the human dimension and natural rhythms.
Having been a hacker myself in years past, I take some perverse pleasure. It is hard, however, as an unrepetant hacker, marinated in a culture of strident irreverence, not to muse on Monty Python when reading this.
Monks: Pie Jesu Domine, dona eis requiem [bonk!]
(h/t Discover Magazine, Tab Pierce)

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