On Thu, 18 Apr 1996, Chris Carpenter wrote:
> >On Thu, 18 Apr 1996, Bruce Marshall wrote:
> >> How many "newbie hacker wannabe"s do you know of that would be
> >> intelligent to understand perl code, let alone any real programming language?
> I've been following this thread for a little while...Whether or not
> perl is powerful is not the issue. There are tutorials out there for anyone
> who wants them. A young kid who reads a lot can amass libraries of these
> tutorials, teach himself how to code, and instantly become dangerous.
Dangerous in the sense that they would have a potential for being
destructive if they so chose. Knowledge, in and of itself, is not dangerous.
Or, to paraphrase someone, what man knows so much as to no longer worry
about the danger of knowledge?
> My generation grew up with computers, and they become second nature.
> For a teen or pre-teen to have this computer awareness, and then read these
> tutorials, (s)he can "intuitively" begin to recognize security holes and
> things of that nature. With the wealth of information out there, it is hard
> (if you have the desire) to remain a "newbie hacker wannabe" for long....
This was pretty much the point I was trying to make. If you're
intelligent enough to grasp a moderately hard programming language then
you typically will not remain a newbie hacker for very long.
From: Chris Carpenter <gt7746c @