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  • n. The realm or sphere of computer hackers.


hacker +‎ -dom (Wiktionary)



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  • Virgil Griffith, another enterprising computer scientist under 30, once explained it to me: “Hackerdom rewards spontaneity, curiosity and ingenuity. Science rewards rigor and forging solid bedrock to stand on — which means a lot of carefully dotting i’s and crossing t’s. Although scientific questions are harder, more abstract and tend to have less immediate influence in the world, the questions are deeper and the answers so uplifting and transcendently beautiful that contact with them is a genuine spiritual experience.”

    "Looking for the Real Mark Zuckerberg" by Virginia Heffernan, The New York Times, December 10, 2010.

    December 11, 2010