Hackathons rapidly expand, as nerds, geeks and other computer whizzes brainstorm for cash

  • Article by: MARTHA MENDOZA , Associated Press
  • Updated: February 17, 2014 - 7:11 PM

SAN JOSE, Calif. — It used to be that "hacking" was just a type of crime, a computer break-in. But today, the term is also part of a growing — and perfectly legal — mainstay of the tech sector.

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champlagneFeb. 18, 1410:42 AM

The definition of hacking - amongst the computer literate, anyway - has never included criminal activity. Hollywood devised that myth and the press has been quite happy to spread it because it is a catchy term and they are essentially lazy. Now, the press seems to be inventing a new myth to explain how the definition of the term has evolved to include non-criminal activity. Please. Hacking has always been about changing something to suit your needs. It is a lot like that kid you heard about in high school who shoehorned a Chevy 283 engine into a VW bug. If the press didn't butcher the language, they wouldn't have to invent stories to cover the mess they'd made.

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