December 7, 2005
On December 3, 2005, RICHARD EUGENE HACKER SR., beloved husband of the late Charlotte M. Hacker, devoted father of Norma Crouse, Richard Hacker Jr., Sandra Croy, and Jeffrey Hacker, dear friend of Lorena Gaydos. Also survived by ten grandchildren, three brothers and one sister. A funeral service will be held at the family owned Duda-Ruck Funeral Home of Dundalk Inc., 7922 Wise Ave. On Friday at 11 A.M. Interment Holly Hill Memorial Gardens. Friends may call on Thursday from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 P.M.
April 23, 2006
On April 20, 2006, ROBERTA MAGDALENE HARTNETT-HACKER; loving mother of Michael G. Hartnett of Baltimore, MD, Patrick J. Hartnett of Baltimore, MD, Maureen Koppelman of Mineral, VA, and Kathleen A. Rupert of Catonsville, MD; devoted sister of Elise Yeakle of Towson, MD and Cora Pencek of Aberdeen, MD; grandmother of 13; great-grandmother of four. Visitation will be held on Sunday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 at the Hardesty Funeral Home, 851 Annapolis Road, (Rt. 175) Gambrills, MD. Funeral Services will be held on Monday at 9:00 A.M. at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 1238 Odenton Road, Odenton, MD. Interment to follow at Holly Hill Memorial Gardens, Middle River, MD.
January 26, 2013
Hacker group Anonymous claimed to have taken over the website of the U.S. Sentencing Commission in protest of attempts by federal officials to prosecute open-data campaigner Aaron Swartz. Swartz killed himself earlier this month. And in a YouTube video Anonymous said he did so because he was faced with "an impossible choice" after federal prosecutors charged him in connection with copying academic journal articles from an online repository. The video was reportedly posted on the website of the sentencing commission, but as of Saturday morning the site appeared to be offline.
March 2, 2003
Mismatch: The Growing Gulf Between Men and Women, by Andrew Hacker. Scribner. 240 pages. $25. In the modern age, we have publishing's answer to the infomercial, and Mismatch seems to be a perfect example of this new development. The authors of these books try to sell you information you already know, and they do so with a cynical interest in market share that is simply breathtaking. Academics write these books in a language that is distinguished by its slipperiness and the use of the passive voice, along with a smarmy condescension to the reader.
November 14, 1994
The most horrifying book about computer culture that I've ever read landed on my desk last week. The title is "Gigabites: The Hacker Cookbook" by Jenz Johnson.It has nothing to do with viruses, worms, Trojan horses and other things that go bump in the eternal night of cyberspace. It's far more insidious. It's about food, hacker food. It's about Twinkie Casserole, Chinese Leftover Lasagna, Liverwurst and Anchovy Tub, Fish Stick Stir-fry, Hot Dog Stroganoff, Spam Sushi and Cold Pop Tart Soup.
January 21, 1996
"Takedown: The Pursuit and Capture of Kevin Mitnick, America's Most Wanted Computer Outlaw - By the Man Who Did It," by Tsutomu Shimomura with John Markoff. Hyperion. 324 pages. $24.95Kevin Mitnick is no John Dillinger. When FBI agents burst into his Raleigh, N.C., apartment a year ago, Mitnick didn't pull a gun. He threw up.That anticlimax reflected the nature of his crimes - stealing software, tampering with telephone systems, reading other people's electronic mail. Though his scams required skill, they were seedy and sophomoric, never grand or terrifying.