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Hackers believe that essential lessons can be learned about the systems — about the world — from taking things apart, seeing how they work, and using this knowledge to create new and even move interesting things.  They resent any person, physical barrier, or law that tries to keep them from doing this.
What really drove the hackers crazy was the attitude of the IBM priests and sub-priests, who seemed to think that IBM had the only “real” computers, and the rest were all trash.  You couldn’t talk to those people — they were beyond convincing.  They were batch-processed people, and it showed not only in their preference of machines, but in their idea about the way a computation center, and a world, should be run.  Those people could never understand the obvious superiority of a decentralize system, with no one giving orders: a system where people could follow their interests, and if along the way they discovered a flaw in the system, they could embark on ambitious surgery.  No need to get a requisition form.  Just a need to get something done.
   —   Steven Levy
From his book:  “Hackers: Heroes of the Computer Revolution
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