bootscript logging conundrum
kundor at member.fsf.org
Wed Apr 20 09:49:40 PDT 2005
On Wednesday 20 April 2005 02:15, Bruce Dubbs wrote:
> DJ Lucas wrote:
> > BTW, just to clarify, I had refered to it as a 'hack' myself, not
> > Archaic.
> Don't you know the definition of 'hack'?
> 1. A clever or elegant technical accomplishment, especially one with a
> playful or prankish bent. A clever routine in a computer program,
> especially one which uses tools for purposes other than those for which
> they were intended, might be considered a hack. Students at technical
> universities, such as MIT, are famous for performing elaborate hacks,
> such as turning a fourteen-story building into a giant Tetris game by
> placing computer-controlled lighting panels in its windows.
> -- Bruce
1. Originally, a quick job that produces what is
needed, but not well.
Which is the sense used here.
The dominant definition of a "hack" as a noun is still that -- a quick and
dirty workaround to a problem that works but isn't elegant. The dominant
definition of "hack" as a verb is the sense you give -- to program with
passion/playfulness/engagement. The dominant definition of the noun
"hacker," within our circles, is one who hacks in the sense just given -- in
mixed contexts it has to compete with the society-at-large definition which
is synonymous with "cracker."
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