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THIS FRIDAY WE’RE TURNING YOU IN.
When you are a hacker, it is your own inner conviction of your elite status that enables you to break, or let us say “transcend,” the rules. It is not that all rules go by the board. The rules habitually broken by hackers are unimportant rules — the rules of dopey greedhead telco bureaucrats and pig-ignorant government pests. Hackers have their own rules, which separate behavior which is cool and elite, from behavior which is rodentlike, stupid and losing. These “rules,” however, are mostly unwritten and enforced by peer pressure and tribal feeling. Like all rules that depend on the unspoken conviction that everybody else is a good old boy, these rules are ripe for abuse. The mechanisms of hacker peer- pressure, “teletrials” and ostracism, are rarely used and rarely work. Back- stabbing slander, threats, and electronic harassment are also freely employed in downand-dirty intrahacker feuds, but this rarely forces a rival out of the scene entirely. The only real solution for the problem of an utterly losing, treacherous and rodentlike hacker is to turn him in to the police. Unlike the Mafia or Medellin Cartel, the hacker elite cannot simply execute the bigmouths, creeps and troublemakers among their ranks, so they turn one another in with astonishing frequency.

THIS FRIDAY WE’RE TURNING YOU IN.
When you are a hacker, it is your own inner conviction of your elite status that enables you to break, or let us say “transcend,” the rules. It is not that all rules go by the board. The rules habitually broken by hackers are unimportant rules — the rules of dopey greedhead telco bureaucrats and pig-ignorant government pests. Hackers have their own rules, which separate behavior which is cool and elite, from behavior which is rodentlike, stupid and losing. These “rules,” however, are mostly unwritten and enforced by peer pressure and tribal feeling. Like all rules that depend on the unspoken conviction that everybody else is a good old boy, these rules are ripe for abuse. The mechanisms of hacker peer- pressure, “teletrials” and ostracism, are rarely used and rarely work. Back- stabbing slander, threats, and electronic harassment are also freely employed in downand-dirty intrahacker feuds, but this rarely forces a rival out of the scene entirely. The only real solution for the problem of an utterly losing, treacherous and rodentlike hacker is to turn him in to the police. Unlike the Mafia or Medellin Cartel, the hacker elite cannot simply execute the bigmouths, creeps and troublemakers among their ranks, so they turn one another in with astonishing frequency.

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