I know it's supposed to be "word" of the day (not "words
), but people have been getting this wrong
for way too long and it's time to set the record straight
(besides, we need to make up for a couple weeks of getting no word of the day!)Hacker
A person who delights in learning about computers in excruciating detail for the purpose of "hacking" for pleasure, personal enrichment, showing off, and benefitting other hackers. While some do bad things with their knowledge, many do not and instead remain within the realm of what is legal.Hacking
The act of using one's knowledge of computers to come up with something really cool and really clever, often as a means of showing off and/or creating something that may be of benefit for others.Hacker Community
A global community of (mostly) peaceful hackers interested in freedom, self-enrichment, and sharing of knowledge for the benefit of everyone. The beliefs and communal experience of the Hacker Community is largely compatible with that of the Pastafarian Community Cracker
A person who attempts to gain access to someone else's digital device(s), often illegally. Some are hackers, but many are not and instead leech off of the work of the hackers.