welcome to another edition of TWIG. The week has been consumed by computers yet again and also by masses of data. Trying to fit on in the other is never an easy task. The hardest task must be retrieving anything that actually went in in the first place. I am sure you have had equally busy weeks and if not then I hope you had a chilled out time.
Without further ado…
A hacker who hires out for legal cracking jobs, snooping for factions in corporate political fights, lawyers pursuing privacy-rights and First Amendment cases, and other parties with legitimate reasons to need an electronic locksmith. In 1991, mainstream media reported the existence of a loose-knit culture of samurai that meets electronically on BBS systems, mostly bright teenagers with personal micros; they have modeled themselves explicitly on the historical samurai of Japan and on the “net cowboys” of William Gibson’s cyberpunk novels. Those interviewed claim to adhere to a rigid ethic of loyalty to their employers and to disdain the vandalism and theft practiced by criminal crackers as beneath them and contrary to the hacker ethic; some quote Miyamoto Musashi’s “Book of Five Rings”, a classic of historical samurai doctrine, in support of these principles.
Trousers + built-in keyboard – how cool are these, would love to test some out.
Bot Colony game – I am itching to play this game “The player simply speaks in free-form, unrestricted English to the characters, who reply using speech”.
Concept Blade speakers – these look incredible I bet they sound awesome
Logitec illuminated keyboard – excellent for night time typing
Orbita mouse – it looks weird and it looks a bit too white for me, but I love the concept
Lexeme of the week:
Inappropriately intense negative response. “I told him we couldn’t have pizza and he went totally nonlinear.”
Code of the week:
print STDOUT q
Just another Perl hacker,
(by Larry Wall)
Geek Tweet of the Week:
“Perl syntax seems to be an esotericism. Even experienced hackers rely on trial and error, kind of iterative coding”. (@NeoVanGoth)
Time-sink of the week:
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