Here’s The Deal.

January 6, 2012 at 8:37 pm (Uncategorized)

I don’t exactly know why, but ethical hackers are pretty darn attractive. I have to say that I am intrigued by these humans.

(I have an ethical hacker acquaintance but he’s a dad, and dads are not attractive; theoretically though, I still hold by the principle that ethical hackers must be pretty darn attractive).

Here is what attracted my notice today, when I was reading more about these attractive people, what they do, and what they hate (the attractive parts are shown in bold):

One of the worst kinds of projects is writing an interface to a piece of software that’s full of bugs. Another is when you have to customize something for an individual client’s complex and ill-defined needs. To hackers these kinds of projects are the death of a thousand cuts.

The distinguishing feature of nasty little problems is that you don’t learn anything from them. Writing a compiler is interesting because it teaches you what a compiler is. But writing an interface to a buggy piece of software doesn’t teach you anything, because the bugs are random. So it’s not just fastidiousness that makes good hackers avoid nasty little problems. It’s more a question of self-preservation. Working on nasty little problems makes you stupid. 

I have often felt the same way about writing. A writer who reads and studies trash like Paulo Coelho (repetitive and monotonous philosophy; a ridiculously mawkish sort of preachy style of writing), or any other such inferior author is likely to deteriorate mentally. And when a writer deteriorates mentally, the stuff they write becomes a hideous reflection of what they’ve read.

One thing I did not like to read about good hackers:

Along with interesting problems, what good hackers like is other good hackers.

And it’s not hard to guess why, being someone who doesn’t know Trojan horse from Backdoor.


1 Comment

  1. 3aynak Bint 3aynak said,

    Robin hoods of our day!

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