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Hackers vs audiophiles: which headphone do they prefer?

August 12, 2012 Leave a comment

Hackers vs audiophiles: which headphone do they prefer?.

Headphones for Hackers

– Anonymous Hacker

Headphones are ingrained in startup culture. If you visit a startup office, more often than not, it seems like everyone is wearing headphones. The same workplace norm doesn’t appear to exist at law firms, medical practices or anywhere else really.

A hacker needs to concentrate without interruption for long periods of time and yet has almost no quiet personal space at work. A pair of headphones is a great solution to the contradiction inherent in this situation.

Beyond the practicalities, hackers seem to be personally invested in their choice of headphones. Headphones are a tool of the trade, and like many craftsmen, programmers like to talk about their tools (what other professions could have lively debates about Text Editors?). Ask a programmer about his headphones and you’re likely receive a more detailed response than you care to hear.

At Priceonomics we became curious about what types of headphones programmers actually … (Read more here)

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Hacktivist Leader Turns on Fellow LulzSec Bretheren – Cooperates With Feds

Lulzsec Hung Jake Davis

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According to Brit Dee over at Activist Post:

At a time when governments are working hard to stifle internet freedoms — just today, the British government was given the green light to implement the draconian Digital Economy Bill and start implementing sanctions on alleged illegal downloaders — LulzSec‘s and Anonymous‘ attacks provide the authorities with the perfect justification for such laws, as well as the excuse to push through even more restrictive internet legislation.

Ms. Dee went on to foretell one possible ominous future:

This could create a classic “problem-reaction-solution” situation, where the public reacts to the seemingly chaotic and threateningly anonymous hacking groups by accepting a government solution they may previously have resisted — stricter regulation of the Internet. It would be grimly ironic if groups proclaiming to fight for internet freedoms were in reality being used as a tool — infiltrated and steered by the very intelligence agencies they have apparently attacked — to kill those very freedoms.

Only time will tell if Ms. Dee’s assertions are correct. Nevertheless, I can think I two appropriate quotes to leave you with:

The easiest way to get a law passed quickly is by scaring old people — (anonymous)

and …

Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety. — Benjamin Franklin (1755)

-Kristobaldude