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Hosted by Thistleweb on 2009-02-02 is flagged as Explicit and is released under a CC-BY-NC-SA license.
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Definitions taken from different dictionaries, with non-IT related definitions removed for relevance.

"Hacker" :n

  1. A programmer who breaks into computer systems in order to steal or change or destroy information as a form of cyber-terrorism [syn: cyber-terrorist, cyberpunk]
  2. A programmer for whom computing is its own reward; may enjoy the challenge of breaking into other computers but does no harm; "true hackers subscribe to a code of ethics and look down upon crackers"
  3. A person who enjoys exploring the details of programmable systems and how to stretch their capabilities, as opposed to most users, who prefer to learn only the minimum necessary.
  4. One who programs enthusiastically (even obsessively) or who enjoys programming rather than just theorizing about programming.
  5. A person capable of appreciating hack value.
  6. A person who is good at programming quickly.
  7. An expert at a particular program, or one who frequently does work using it or on it; as in `a Unix hacker'. (Definitions 1 through 5 are correlated, and people who fit them congregate.)
  8. An expert or enthusiast of any kind. One might be an astronomy hacker, for example.
  9. One who enjoys the intellectual challenge of creatively overcoming or circumventing limitations.
  10. [deprecated] A malicious meddler who tries to discover sensitive information by poking around. Hence `password hacker', `network hacker'. The correct term for this sense is cracker.

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