[free-sklyarov] Hacker

Yogi badnewsbears at prodigy.net
Tue Aug 7 08:05:26 PDT 2001

I have to agree with Michael Scottaline.  Much better to *educate* than to

----- Original Message -----
From: "Michael Scottaline" <nbhs2 at i-2000.com>
To: "Austin Hook" <marvin at qubit.computershop.calgary.ab.ca>
Cc: <free-sklyarov at zork.net>
Sent: Monday, August 06, 2001 4:02 PM
Subject: Re: [free-sklyarov] Hacker

> On Mon, 6 Aug 2001 14:48:45 -0700 (MST)
> Austin Hook <marvin at qubit.computershop.calgary.ab.ca> insightfully noted:
> AH>     So I think newspapers who use headlines "Hacker... Dmitry ..."
> AH> should
> AH> be threatened for suit for defamation, with sufficient remedy being to
> AH> publish either a retraction, or else a detailed explanation of how
> AH> "hacker" need not be interpreted as criminal.  This should not be
> AH> necessary for publications whose targeted readership already knows
> AH> this,
> AH> but for publications that are deliberately using the word "hacker",
> AH> knowing that their readership is ignorant of the fair meaning of
> AH> "hacker"
> AH> then, if they are not doing it to defame, they must provide sufficient
> AH> and
> AH> constant clarification to their readership what they mean by hacker,
> AH> sufficient that at least a majority of their readership knows that
> AH> they
> AH> are not implying that hacker=criminal, and why a hacker is not a
> AH> criminal
> AH> in general.
> ========================================================
> Hmm......, now it should be our turn to censor and violate a
> constitutional right?  If calling Dmitry a hacker is not blatant libel
> then I don't think the press can be stopped (nor should they) for using
> the term.  If calling Dmitry a "hacker" is clearly an untruth and done
> with "malicious intent" then perhaps you have a case.
> Mike
> --
> "I decry the current tendency to seek patents on algorithms.  There are
> better ways to earn a living than to prevent other people from making
> use of one's contributions to computer science."
>                                 -- Donald E. Knuth, TAoCP vol 3
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