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Icon 4 posted November 04, 2003 14:49      Profile for MTB Babe   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
I love the way we have to always categorize ourselves. I am a geek because of these specific reasons. I am a hacker for these specific reasons.
G33z [Roll Eyes]

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I can just feel the love.

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I think "woot" came from hiphop culture. Back when I was an undergrad, I remember the phrase "Woot! Woot! Raise the roof!" accompanied by raising your arms and extending your arms twice in rapid succession whenever when we'd be up in the club. Wow, a hip-hop/geekdom crossover. Who'd a thunk it? But, no, I don't know what it means.
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Icon 1 posted November 05, 2003 17:04      Profile for csk     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Actually, that makes sense. Sort of a siren like sound, yes?

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Icon 1 posted November 06, 2003 09:11      Profile for Drazgal   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Hacking originally had nothing to do with computer security, infact it didnt have anyhtign to do with computers.

It was the art of a clever trick, over tiem the poeple who enjoyed this most migrated to computers in the 50s and the term moved with them. Hacker was a term for a person who writes code for codes sake, whos code is elegant, beautiful and above all clever.

Unfortunatly the media needed a name for people who started to break security that they could use on tv before the watershed [Smile] Unfortunatly instead of making anew term they chose one they heard but did not understand, as back then the people who were breaking security were in the main at a level that classed them as hacker, and lo all hackers were tarred with the same brush and the mainstream meaning changed beyond all recongnition.

Shame really.

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On a different note I once heard that woot came from a victory speach by a winner of an early Quake competition (the one for Carmacks car). Which went along the lines of "What can I say but woot!"

though Im skeptical if this is right.

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Icon 1 posted November 06, 2003 09:17      Profile for spungo     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
I always thought the term 'hacker' originated with the phone phreaks in the 60s (i.e., they hacked into the phone system long before computers were widely available to be hacked). [ohwell]

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The phone hacking was just part of the hacking culture back then, train hacking (linking an electric train to a phone and using number dials to change junctions) was also popular before computers.
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from: http://www.sptimes.com/Hackers/history.hacking.html

to
http://dictionary.com

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http://www.etymonline.com/h1etym.htm

And from many other sources, some of which are in deep dark closets

The term as we know it came from the '70s when guy's (mostly in their thirties, from their parents' basements) "hacked" into telephone systems. At first literally by opening patchboxes and connecting wires but soon by using telephone equipment to get telephone employees' help in getting codes and switch patterns. The object was to place a phone call, as far away as possible. The only goal was knowledge.

Later with computers it became potentially lucrative.

It means something completely differnt in butcher shops and on golf courses.

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quote:
Originally posted by TonyRad:
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Originally posted by illuminatus:
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Originally posted by TonyRad:
geeze... I'm sorry I'm not into the l33t jargon. But l33t doesn't impress me. The only people who use l33t are crackers and cracker wanna be's. real hackers don't use l33t. they use normal everday common english... or techno talk. but never l33t.

IMHO,
Tony Rad

uhhh no d00d sorry. hackers do not always use plain english, mainly because plain english doesn't contain the net jargon that many hackers use. hackers will say l33t, w00t, pwned, etc. anyway, IMHO you need to read the definition for hacker http://www.dictionary.com/?search=hacker

k? thnx!

Alright illuminatus, this is the only post I will make on this. Yes, I know the definition of a hacker. I am learning the ways of hacking myself. I have done research on hackers, hacking, programming, crackers, script kiddies, and more for years. and if you didn't notice i also added techno talk after plain english to incorporate net jargon. net jargon is still comprehensible and still uses the normal 26 letters from the english alphabet. l33t does not. also, probably not too many people have noticed this but i recently added "IMHO" to the end of my posts because it seems that without fail I get somebody trying to troll or flame or whatever my posts. This is the internet and this is a forum, people have their own opinions, what i say are my opinions, not necesarrily facts. if you do decide to roam around on other forums in the future remember that. and don't believe everything you see on the net. now, it is time for me to finish my homework so I can go on with my life and not read any more on this thread because of a troll.

INHO,
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I would have to agree with Illuminatus. I know a couple guys with l33t sk1lz that use it occasionally. I've been known to say "w00t!" myself upon occasion, but usually only in bed. Generally the only people that take it seriously are script kiddies.

And calling Illuminatus a troll is rather rude. I don't see where s/he did anything but disagree.

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Icon 3 posted April 19, 2004 20:50      Profile for ixhlbxi   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Stems from 80's hacker lingo. When a hacker 'rooted' (got root access to) a 'box' (a computer hooked up to the internet) he would exclaim "woot. (I have root.)" Later use spread to the hacker's lesser brethren, the gamer, and most hackers no longer use the term
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Anyone know what the term 'necro-post' means?

On a related note, I tend to shout things other than woot while rooting a box. [Big Grin]

Like: "Who's your daddy" or "Here, hold my beer for a sec"

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quote:
Originally posted by Cap'n Vic:
Anyone know what the term 'necro-post' means?

Google has a load of stuff - as one might expect - but the first one seems to offer a reasonably clear definition if you read it through.

http://www.fredart.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=1001

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*ahem*

*nudges hey u*

Pssst......this thread is like so 2003 [Wink]

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*giggles*
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Y'know whats better than w00t? WOOTCHA.

oooooooh yeah.

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/me holds cap'n's beer
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I bit of a necro here, but I always thought it originated from Archie comics.
I think I remember it was used to represent the sound whenever someone whistled, I think in particular when Archie or Reggie wolf whistled at a girl they thought was hot.
Anyone with a collection of old Archie comics could probably verify it though.

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OK, reviving this thread because Abi was nice enough to email me about it!

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I don't exactly want to register for Geek Culture (I might when school finishes) but I was going to say that for the section of the forum that discusses the origin of WOOT , the answer is that it is an acronym for We Own the Other Team

Source: My Computer Science Professor,


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well there you have it folks!

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That sounds ... wrong. And lame.

Also, the posters in this thread make me nostalgic.

http://grantbarrett.com/the-real-history-and-origin-of-woot-and-w00t

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