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From wiki: "The word 'hacker' derives from the seventeenth-century word of a 'lusty laborer' who harvested fields by dogged and rough swings of his hoe."

Isn't it fun when meaning shifts over time?

I remember hearing old school guys refer to themselves as hackers for years and my thought was whoa, so you fucks were pentesting in the 70s? Holy shit.

... turns out their usage of the word differs from my understanding of it. And to be honest, I've read so many definitions of the term since I have no fucking idea what an 'actual' hacker even is anymore.

So a 'hack' is supposedly a clever yet unorthodox solution? I always used it to mean 'I pulled some shit from my fucking ass and now it works', that is to say, this is a somewhat shabby and arcane way to get the job done but I have not found a viable alternative, or at least not one that makes any more sense when read through the lens of conventional logic.

Perhaps both meanings apply, in their own way.

One things for sure: I'd rather refer to my 'clever' bits of code as black magic rather than hacking -- but *just* to be silly about it.

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  • 4
    You should add an entry to Urban Dictionary
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    Hacking during coding for me means a dirty and ugly solution that works. In Other words: tech debt. I ln cyber security it's different
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    @KatatonDzsentri i like what GeorgeBool used better. Using something in a way it was not intended. Does not have to be ugly (of course it usually is as it is often unstable and breaking separation of concerns). I find NAT a good example: perts where only only intended for service addressing never routing higher up the network.
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    english as a second language here, 32 years old, i know "a hack" primarily as a "quick and dirty, yet for now, somewhat working solution for which whoever will have to maintain it will want to hack your head off"
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    A hack is also someone who is doing a job they are barely qualified to do.
    See: impostor syndrome
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    @KatatonDzsentri in cyber security that's different, but sometimes has the same idea behind, a quick one time bodge that does the job e.g. of entering in a server or whatever target
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    Let's see what @hack has to say
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    @asgs thanks for summoning an expert.

    We all know what 'hack' means in context of cyber security: gaining unauthorized access to a system by using unusual tools or methods. It also has close meaning when you use it in context of coding: using unusual methods to solve a problem. A 'hacker' on the other hand, is someone who works in both cyber security and know how to harvest fields with his hoe by roughly swinging it. Also you need to wear a hoodie too.

    Like this guy:
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