Hacker – defined

At a cocktail party full of institutionalized lackeys, it means you are a dreg of society, a misfit. At Spamroll, it often means you just broke into a government computer system, and are now headed to jail. But, it’s more often a badge of honor, at least computer geeks in the trenches – “he’s a great hacker” is a compliment that makes even the most humble engineers smile. Bruce Schneier has more.