I’m kind of torn between whether I want to help people or just help myself. I mean, for everything. A career, my life, everything.
I could be a teacher or something and help people. I could reform the government. I could invent something awesome. Or, I could just make a lot of money and do whatever the hell I want. Enjoy life, you know? Screw all you guys.
I think I’ve kinda given up on people. Everyone is just too ignorant. There is no way we can fix this. We all suck. Why bother fighting a battle you know you’re going to lose?
So I guess that means, I’m just looking out for number one. But there’s still a part of me that wants to fix everything.
People are ignorant about computers. Still! It’s amazing. I kind of thought that was gone, at least for teenagers. I can understand older people not “getting” it. But my generation is still totally ignorant about computers.
I was just reading an article about a student who was pretending to go to this university. She stayed in the dorms and pretended she had classes and everything. When someone got suspicious about her, they emailed people from housing. The impostor girl “hacked into” the other girl’s email account and replied to housing to tell them it was a mistake.
Excuse me, hacked? I really doubt it. This girl probably went on the other girl’s computer, opened her email program, and sent the email. That is not hacking. Theft maybe? Breaking and entering? But not hacking.
Pete, I love the man. He’s one of my dearest friends. But when he said, Ringo, something about how someone “hacked into” his site and found the next chapter of his novel, well, I just had to shake my head. Changing a number in a URL is not hacking.
Guessing someone’s password is not hacking. I once guessed someone’s Neopets password. Just for fun, just to check it out. Didn’t take anything (I mean, I feel guilty enough having just been poking around), didn’t have anything anyway. But that doesn’t make me a hacker.
I wish I was a hacker. ‘Twould be fun.
In my Individuals class a few weeks ago, the teacher mentioned something about a “hacker’s convention”. “A hacker convention?” people say, “OMG!”. Come on, people! They have conventions for everything, so why not hackers?
People don’t know what hackers are. Hackers are not Angelina Jolie, for one.
Hackers are not bad people. Sure, some are. Not all. A lot of them do it for fun, for the excitement. Same thing could be said about people who steal things, true. Sometimes hackers like to cause mischief, true. But I would say most of them just like to poke around and find out how things work. It’s a hobby, a pastime. Not a crime.
Some companies actually hire hackers. Some people are hackers for a living! They hack into things to help find security holes so the company can fix them. Pretty freaking awesome, no?
Some other people who don’t really qualify as hackers may be called “script kiddies”. They use programs and stuff that they didn’t make, nor do they understand, to “hack” into things. They are the ones who are more likely to do bad things and give the real hackers a bad name.
People, check out Wikipedia if you don’t believe me: hackers have ethics. Don’t fuck with things. Pretty much what I’ve said.
Don’t accuse people of being hackers if you don’t know what it means. You may be insulting an entire community.