To Jenkins' Spoiler-Laden Guide to Isaac Asimov Introduction Though perhaps best known throughout the world for his science fiction, Isaac Asimov was also regarded as one of the great explainers of science. His essays exemplified his skill at making complex subjects understandable, and were written in an unformal style, liberally sprinkled with personal anecdotes that endeared him to a legion of faithful readers. It was all a labor of love; in particular Asimov often remarked that of all his writing, his essays for The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction were his favorite, despite the fact that he received the lowest word-rate payment for them. From November to Februaryan essay of his appeared in the magazine every month, without fail.
April To the popular press, "hacker" means someone who breaks into computers. Among programmers it means a good programmer. But the two meanings are connected. To programmers, "hacker" connotes mastery in the most literal sense: To add to the confusion, the noun "hack" also has two senses.
It can be either a compliment or an insult. It's called a hack when you do something in an ugly way. But when you do something so clever that you somehow beat the system, that's also called a hack. The word is used more often in the former than the latter sense, probably because ugly solutions are more common than brilliant ones.
Believe it or not, the two senses of "hack" are also connected. Ugly and imaginative solutions have something in common: And there is a gradual continuum between rule breaking that's merely ugly using duct tape to attach something to your bike and rule breaking that is brilliantly imaginative discarding Euclidean space.
When he was working on the Manhattan Project, Richard Feynman used to amuse himself by breaking into safes containing secret documents. This tradition continues today.
When we were in grad school, a hacker friend of mine who spent too much time around MIT had his own lock picking kit. He now runs a hedge fund, a not unrelated enterprise. It is sometimes hard to explain to authorities why one would want to do such things.
Another friend of mine once got in trouble with the government for breaking into computers. This had only recently been declared a crime, and the FBI found that their usual investigative technique didn't work.
Police investigation apparently begins with a motive. The usual motives are few: Intellectual curiosity was not one of the motives on the FBI's list.
Indeed, the whole concept seemed foreign to them. Those in authority tend to be annoyed by hackers' general attitude of disobedience.Read the full-text online edition of Between Fear and Freedom: Essays on the Interpretation of Jeremiah ().
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Our minds tell us, and history confirms, that the great threat to freedom is the concentration of power. Government is necessary to preserve our freedom, it is an instrument through which we can exercise our freedom; yet by concentrating power in political hands, it is also a threat to freedom.
Aung San Suu Kyi's** essay "Freedom from Fear" was first released for publication to commemorate the European Parliament's awarding to her of the Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought.
THE SPIKE. It was late-afternoon. Forty-nine of us, forty-eight men and one woman, lay on the green waiting for the spike to open.
We were too tired to talk much. Essays Related to On Fear and Freedom. 1. Freedom.
Antiquity. Ancient Rome; Ancient Greece; Asia; Babylonia; Medieval Europe; The Muslim World; Byzantine Empire; Ottoman Empire; Crimean Khanate; Topics and practices. THIS essay examines the idea of tolerance in our advanced industrial society. The conclusion reached is that the realization of the objective of tolerance would call for intolerance toward prevailing policies, attitudes, opinions, and the extension of tolerance to policies, attitudes, and opinions which are outlawed or . The yOOn coommentary, at least we know we will win the next referendum. Fear on a grand scale, all the ‘lead’ idiots squawking. But we must let them go, back to the land of the free, Wangland.
The first is freedom of speech and expression; the second is the freedom of every person to worship their god in his or her own way; the third is freedom from want; and the fourth is freedom from fear.
Instead freedom is the ability to choose.