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post #11 of 14
A quote from the best.

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Originally Posted by Jon "maddog" Hall

A hacker is a fine name to be called, it is someone who really knows programming, has studied it, enjoys doing it, and shows exceptional skill at solving difficult problems with elegant code. Usually that code is relatively short, what we call a quick hack.

A cracker is someone that breaks into other people's system. There are two main types of crackers, those who are extermely skilled and often very hard to detect, and those who are less skilled often relying on techniques developed by others. Often these less skilled cracker are called script kiddies.

Cracker are someone looking for financial gain when breaking into some one elses machine.
The media has tried to intermix the two, and too many people don't really know the difference between the two...
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post #12 of 14
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well, thats helped a little , ty guys.
i don't have any sinister intentions so don't worry , i'm not going to wage war on you all.
i find the idea of learning a programming language(s) a challenge, and an extention of learning to OC, surely a form of "Hacking" in itself.
I like challenge (i must do, i have kids) and like to delve deeply into anything i get involved with.
i did think maybe programming and stuff would be beyond me, but now i think i should give it a shot.
i am just trying to suss out what would be involved (financially, mostly) so i can make a judgement on whether it is a worthwile road to start down.
i don't want to be laying out for another sytem just now (hence the Mac queery).
so there it is.
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post #13 of 14
Financialy nothing!

(And I didn't say to USE ubuntu- I said I used ubuntu..)

Have fun!
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- read things.
- be an ******* to people who use AOl.
- your golden ! !
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