I'm sure most(99%) of you out there are aware of the long and varied history of the word hacker
. The problem of course that it has now become synonymous with cracker
, and anyone who wishes to call himself a 'hacker' would have to explain to more or less everyone what he meant by that.
My proposal here is to come up with a word that can be used to describe more or less the same thing as hacker used to/does. Thus i invoke two virtues of perl, namely: laziness: I don't want to explain in what sense i use 'hacker', and hubris: i can invent a better 'hacker' :).
Possibly if we come up with several decent suggestions, one of the gods
could create a poll on those words..
(note: even if we don't revolutionize the usage of hacker, or vocabulary of real hackers or what not, coming up with amusing names is always fun. So have at it!)