Twenty reasons why hackers do not graduate from cs
- A hacker is interested in pushing the edge of the envelope;
CS curricula are designed to keep you well within its limits.
- Any one who is willing to sacrifice hack time to passing
courses lacks true hacker dedication.
- CS courses teach you what can be done with a computer;
hackers make computers do things that can’t be done.
- CS majors prepare you for a profitable career in software;
hackers could care less about profitable careers.
- The principle value of a college degree is to demonstrate
to prospective employers that you can complete a long term project
under external discipline; hackers are not amenable to external
- To graduate from college you must accept [appear to accept]
external values supplied by your academic institution of choice; hackers
have their own set of values.
- Colleges will waste your time with courses that are irrelevant
to hacking; a good hacker will not be diverted by irrelevancies.
- Hacking is the spirit of play taken to the limit; college is
work undertaken in the preparation for a lifetime of work.
- College professors are not hackers.
- Colleges are mundane environments that do not appreciate
the true beauty of hacking.
- Dungeons and Dragons is not in the core curriculum.
- Colleges expect you to have a social life.
- Colleges are filled with non-hackers.
- Colleges have courses at odd times like daylight hours.
- Colleges conduct their courses in obscure, non-hackish
languages like English.
- A hacker has a true sense of values; another hour at the
terminal is much more important than passing a test.
- Computer Science courses do not teach you how to find
really neat holes in the operating system and how to exploit them.
- Mel didn’t have a college degree.
- Computer Science is filled with boring stuff that mostly
doesn’t have any thing to do with hacking.
- Richard Stallman doesn’t have a CS degree.
This page was last updated July 1, 2003.