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Final Vote: TechnoBuffalo Defines Hacker

by Emily Price | May 19, 2011May 19, 2011 10:30 am PST

TechnoBuffalo DefinesTechnoBuffalo Defines is a weekly thing here on the range, where every Tuesday we give you guys a new tech term to define. You give us your best shot at a definition in the comments, and then the TechnoBuffalo staff picks our favorites from the mix, posts them on Thursdays as a poll, and let you all vote for who you think did the best job of explaining the term to everyone else- with the winner walking away with a cool prize

This week’s term was: hacker

We looked through the responses and picked these as our favorites. Now it’s your time to decide! You have until 12am Sunday to vote for your favorite.

REMINDER: We were only able to pick people who left a comment on the original post while signed in through Facebook or Twitter, or who left their contact info with their comments. You couldn’t win if we didn’t have a way to contact you! If that applies to you, make sure to remember to leave some form of contact or sign in next time!

Choice 1: Josaias Valdez
A Hacker is often misunderstood as being a malevolent anonymous being thats out to steal your base and make it belong to them (Base=information, credit cards, money). Often characterized as a creature who lives in their parents basement eating junkfood and staying away from light. There may be hackers that fall into that category, but there are also hackers who help, sometimes without wanting anything in return. There are hackers who hack devices to unlock potentials not intended for said device, and others offer protection from other hackers.

Choice 2: Jordan Bukikosa
Hacker(noun) – [ha-kur]
(a) One who develops and/or uses methods to ‘crack’ through any security measures of any object, as to unlock any potential abilities, or to add on abilities previously unavailable for use.
(b) One who ‘cracks’ through security measures of a system as to access information that is not available publicly.

(usage:) It is suspected that hackers were to blame for the recent breaches of security of Sony’s PSN data servers.

Choice 3: Christian Johnson
Their climbin in SonySnatchin your passwords upTryna find dem number so y’all need toHide your password, hide your controllerHide your password, hide your controllerHide your password, hide your controllerAnd hide Kazuo HiraiCuz they’re hacking errbody out hereYou don’t have to come and confessWe’re not looking for youWe ain’t gon find youWe ain’t gon find youSo you can go and type datGo and type datGo and type dat, hackerHack, hack, hacker
We got your file You ain’t leave no links and allYou are so smartYou are really smart—for realThe man got away leaving a note by my xboxI was hacked by some genius in the Cul-de-sacSo smart so smart so smart so
Their climbin in SonySnatchin your passwords upTryna find dem number so y’all need toHide your password, hide your controllerHide your password, hide your controllerHide your password, hide your controllerAnd hide Kazuo HiraiCuz they’re hacking errbody out hereYou don’t have to come and confessWe’re not looking for youWe ain’t gon find youWe ain’t gon find youSo you can go and type datGo and type datGo and type dat, hackerHack, hack, hacker

Choice 4: Solo1
ANYONE who tries to or gains access into anything that they do NOT have the authority to rightfully gain access to … Usually by crude, unethical, or “back door” stealth means.

Choice 5: Chaz Dinkle
A hacker is someone who can take a piece of software and/or hardware and use it for purposes it was not originally intended. Hackers are not usually bad people, in fact a lot of modern progress can be attributed to “hackers” doing new things with what’s on hand.

Choice 6: Chris V
“Hacker: A digital pioneer, one who isn’t content with accepting a systems or devices limitations. A person able to understand a system or device at a level others cannot in order to gain entry or make modifications as they see fit. See also: Cracker, Reverse Engineer, Visionary.”



Emily Price

Emily has been obsessed with computers since the early 80s when she discovered she could play Ghostbusters on her father's Commodore 64. She...

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