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 +<H2 ALIGN''​CENTER>​The Hacker Manifesto ​
 +<P ALIGN''​CENTER>​by<​BR>​+++The Mentor+++<​BR>​Written January 8, 1986</​P>​
 +<​P>​Another one got caught today, it's all over the papers. &​quot;​Teenager
 +Arrested in Computer Crime Scandal&​quot;,​ &​quot;​Hacker Arrested after
 +Bank Tampering&​quot;​...<​BR><​BR>​Damn kids. They'​re all alike.<​BR><​BR>​But
 +did you, in your three-piece psychology and 1950's technobrain,​ ever
 +take a look behind the eyes of the hacker? Did you ever wonder what
 +made him tick, what forces shaped him, what may have molded him?<​BR><​BR>​I
 +am a hacker, enter my world...<​BR><​BR>​Mine is a world that begins
 +with school... I'm smarter than most of the other kids, this crap
 +they teach us bores me...<​BR><​BR>​Damn underachiever. They'​re all
 +alike.<​BR><​BR>​I'​m in junior high or high school. I've listened to
 +teachers explain for the fifteenth time how to reduce a fraction. I
 +understand it. &​quot;​No,​ Ms. Smith, I didn't show my work. I did it
 +in my head...&​quot;<​BR><​BR>​Damn kid. Probably copied it. They'​re all
 +alike.<​BR><​BR>​I made a discovery today. I found a computer. Wait a
 +second, this is cool. It does what I want it to. If it makes a
 +mistake, it's because I screwed it up. Not because it doesn'​t like
 +me... Or feels threatened by me.. Or thinks I'm a smart ass.. Or
 +doesn'​t like teaching and shouldn'​t be here...<​BR><​BR>​Damn kid. All
 +he does is play games. They'​re all alike.<​BR><​BR>​And then it
 +happened... a door opened to a world... rushing through the phone
 +line like heroin through an addict'​s veins, an electronic pulse is
 +sent out, a refuge from the day-to-day incompetencies is sought... a
 +board is found. &​quot;​This is it... this is where I belong...&​quot;​ I
 +know everyone here... even if I've never met them, never talked to
 +them, may never hear from them again... I know you all...<​BR><​BR>​Damn
 +kid. Tying up the phone line again. They'​re all alike...<​BR><​BR>​You
 +bet your ass we're all alike... we've been spoon-fed baby food at
 +school when we hungered for steak... the bits of meat that you did
 +let slip through were pre-chewed and tasteless. We've been dominated
 +by sadists, or ignored by the apathetic. The few that had something
 +to teach found us willing pupils, but those few are like drops of
 +water in the desert. <​BR><​BR>​This is our world now... the world of
 +the electron and the switch, the beauty of the baud. We make use of a
 +service already existing without paying for what could be dirt-cheap
 +if it wasn't run by profiteering gluttons, and you call us criminals.
 +We explore... and you call us criminals. We seek after knowledge...
 +and you call us criminals. We exist without skin color, without
 +nationality,​ without religious bias... and you call us criminals. You
 +build atomic bombs, you wage wars, you murder, cheat, and lie to us
 +and try to make us believe it's for our own good, yet we're the
 +criminals.<​BR><​BR>​Yes,​ I am a criminal. My crime is that of
 +curiosity. My crime is that of judging people by what they say and
 +think, not what they look like. My crime is that of outsmarting you,
 +something that you will never forgive me for.<​BR><​BR>​I am a hacker,
 +and this is my manifesto. You may stop this individual, but you can't
 +stop us all... after all, we're all alike. ​
 +<P STYLE''"​margin-bottom:​ 0in"><​BR>​
 +-- Main.FredPettis - 16 May 2008
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