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Re: OT: Is Neo a Perl programmer?

by Coplan (Pilgrim)
on May 15, 2003 at 16:38 UTC ( #258438=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to OT: Is Neo a Perl programmer?

I don't know that any of that is evidence towards Neo's talents as JAPH, but here are my thoughts:

--It's obvious to all that he's some sort of hacker. I don't know exactly what he sold to that one guy, but he doesn't look like the stock-investment type. I would imagine that he sold him credit card numbers of some sort. That would lend me to believe that he's hacking into a lot of unix based systems. And what's the most rampant language on the average unix based system? Perl. I would imagine he'd want (or need) to know a bit of perl to do that.
--While the above evidence suggests that he might be a Perl hacker, it seems to me that he doesn't do that type of work for his company. The way he dresses for work, the way his cube-farm is laid out and the fact that his cube is so sterile lends me to believe that he works in a company that specializes in commercial software applications. I imagine there ain't much Perl happening in that company.
--He doesn't get out much...he didn't exactly look like he fit in that club. That alone says he's some sort of geek. And if he's a geek, he's gotta know perl. They're hand-in-hand, are they not?

All in all, does it matter? He isn't going to be doing too much perl now. After all, why program if you can simply CHANGE the matrix to do what you want.

--Coplan

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Re: Re: OT: Is Neo a Perl programmer?
by sschneid (Deacon) on May 15, 2003 at 16:45 UTC
    I would imagine that he sold him credit card numbers of some sort. That would lend me to believe that he's hacking into a lot of unix based systems.

    Credit card numbers = UNIX-based systems?

    -s.
      Well, Mastercard uses Unix based systems for their core. I'm pretty sure that Visa uses a combination of systems. To the best of my knowledge, they havn't changed their system infrastructure at all.

      I mean, it's not concrete evidence, but this isn't exactly a serious debate here.

      --Coplan

      that might explain why I'm getting no where on these crappy Win32 based systems. ;-)

      ======================
      Sean Shrum
      http://www.shrum.net

Re: Re: OT: Is Neo a Perl programmer?
by greenFox (Vicar) on May 16, 2003 at 01:04 UTC
    /me thinks you have confused hacker with cracker ...

    --
    Life is a tale told by an idiot -- full of sound and fury, signifying nothing. William Shakespeare, Macbeth

      Not at all. It is absolutely possible to be a bit of both, and someone of Neo's skill would be a bit of both. After all, a well rounded cracker must also be a bit of a hacker and vice-versa.

      I realize the difference between the two. But there's a bit of bleed-over between the two definitions. I mean, that's like saying that someone's an Economics Major, but not a Business Major. It takes a bit of Business to know Economics.

      I think I've stated my case well enough.

      --Coplan

      Give it up. English is a rapidly evolving language. So one term didn't evolve the way we wanted, it's not a big deal.

      If you think it makes you look smart to point that out, you're wrong.

Re: Re: OT: Is Neo a Perl programmer?
by Petras (Friar) on May 22, 2003 at 12:28 UTC
    --While the above evidence suggests that he might be a Perl hacker, it seems to me that he doesn't do that type of work for his company. The way he dresses for work, the way his cube-farm is laid out and the fact that his cube is so sterile lends me to believe that he works in a company that specializes in commercial software applications. I imagine there ain't much Perl happening in that company.

    Are you saying the virtual city we see within the matrix is in Washington?

    You can lead a programmer to washington, but you can't make him _________.

    Don't worry about people stealing your ideas. If your ideas are any good, you'll have to ram them down people's throats.

    -Howard Aiken

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