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24th Apr '18 10:40:07 AM intastiel
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->''"What's more important, the data or the jazz? Sure, sure, "[[InformationWantsToBeFree Information should be free]]" and all that--but anyone can set information free. The jazz is in ''how'' you do it, ''what'' you do it ''to'', and in ''almost'' getting caught without ''getting'' caught. The data is ones and zeroes. Life is the jazz."''

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->''"What's more important, the data or the jazz? Sure, sure, "[[InformationWantsToBeFree Information "Information should be free]]" free" and all that--but anyone can set information free. The jazz is in ''how'' you do it, ''what'' you do it ''to'', and in ''almost'' getting caught without ''getting'' caught. The data is ones and zeroes. Life is the jazz."''



As opposed to the malicious [[TheCracker Cracker]] who uses his computer skills for profit and mayhem, the [[TitleDrop Playful Hacker]] normally wants nothing more than to explore new territory on the Net and learn new things. Sometimes, he plays harmless pranks which can cause clueless authority figures to confuse him with his dark counterpart. Even when his actions are not strictly legal, though, his intentions and presence are almost always benign--even heroic. [[http://catb.org/jargon/html/H/hacker.html This is what "hacker" used to mean, before mass media mutated it]].

When a PlayfulHacker and a [[TheCracker Cracker]] collide on the Net, it's always the PlayfulHacker whom authorities pursue first, a plot complication which puts additional pressure on the Playful Hacker [[ClearMyName to track down the Cracker]], the true culprit. When the final face-off comes, though, it's going to be the Playful Hacker versus the TheCracker at high noon at the [[StealthPun 0K]] Corral [[DuelingHackers with virtual six-guns]].

The PlayfulHacker usually owns a MagicalComputer, which allows him or [[{{Hackette}} her]] to do all manner of things impossible to normal computers and users, especially when engaging in RapidFireTyping. (See HollywoodHacking.)

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As opposed to the malicious [[TheCracker Cracker]] who uses his computer skills for profit and mayhem, the [[TitleDrop Playful Hacker]] Hacker normally wants nothing more than to explore new territory on the Net and learn new things. Sometimes, he plays harmless pranks which can cause clueless authority figures to confuse him with his dark counterpart. Even when his actions are not strictly legal, though, his intentions and presence are almost always benign--even heroic. [[http://catb.org/jargon/html/H/hacker.html This is what "hacker" used to mean, before mass media mutated it]].

When a PlayfulHacker Playful Hacker and a [[TheCracker Cracker]] collide on the Net, it's always the PlayfulHacker Playful Hacker whom authorities pursue first, a plot complication which puts additional pressure on the Playful Hacker [[ClearMyName to track down the Cracker]], the true culprit. When the final face-off comes, though, it's going to be the Playful Hacker versus the TheCracker at high noon at the [[StealthPun 0K]] Corral [[DuelingHackers with virtual six-guns]].

The PlayfulHacker Playful Hacker usually owns a MagicalComputer, which allows him or [[{{Hackette}} her]] to do all manner of things impossible to normal computers and users, especially when engaging in RapidFireTyping. (See HollywoodHacking.)



* David Lightman from ''Film/WarGames'', is a PlayfulHacker whose attempts to preview games nearly causes a global nuclear war.

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* David Lightman from ''Film/WarGames'', is a PlayfulHacker Playful Hacker whose attempts to preview games nearly causes a global nuclear war.



* Creator/CoryDoctorow's book ''Literature/LittleBrother'' centers around a group of {{Playful Hacker}}s as they are caught and detained under suspicion of a terrorist attack. Interestingly, TheCracker isn't even represented in the book--it's the PlayfulHacker versus the evil Homeland Security.

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* Creator/CoryDoctorow's book ''Literature/LittleBrother'' centers around a group of {{Playful Hacker}}s as they are caught and detained under suspicion of a terrorist attack. Interestingly, TheCracker isn't even represented in the book--it's the PlayfulHacker Playful Hacker versus the evil Homeland Security.



** As of ''Discworld/TheScienceOfDiscworld II'', Hex has also joined the PlayfulHacker ranks, as it's hooked up to the semaphore network, has cracked their operations codes, and can slip messages onto the network for free, passing them off as internal signalling. So far as we know, it's only done this to save the UU faculty the expense of sending c-mail messages. Ridcully's reaction to learning this is to ask some serious questions, starting with "Could anyone find out we're doing this?"

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** As of ''Discworld/TheScienceOfDiscworld II'', Hex has also joined the PlayfulHacker Playful Hacker ranks, as it's hooked up to the semaphore network, has cracked their operations codes, and can slip messages onto the network for free, passing them off as internal signalling. So far as we know, it's only done this to save the UU faculty the expense of sending c-mail messages. Ridcully's reaction to learning this is to ask some serious questions, starting with "Could anyone find out we're doing this?"



** Most of the members of Genius Squad are [[PlayfulHacker playful hackers]], though Hamish Primrose would be the best example.

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** Most of the members of Genius Squad are [[PlayfulHacker playful hackers]], hackers, though Hamish Primrose would be the best example.



* Mac on ''Series/VeronicaMars'': a PlayfulHacker with the tendency toward being a bit of a [[TheCracker Cracker]]. She's helpful to Veronica in solving cases, but as Veronica herself operates outside the law for profit, Mac does the same.

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* Mac on ''Series/VeronicaMars'': a PlayfulHacker Playful Hacker with the tendency toward being a bit of a [[TheCracker Cracker]]. She's helpful to Veronica in solving cases, but as Veronica herself operates outside the law for profit, Mac does the same.
27th Jan '18 9:14:30 PM nombretomado
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* Though it did not involve computers, the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Max_Headroom_broadcast_signal_intrusion_incident Max Headroom broadcast hijacker]] still applies. The incident occurred in 1987 when a guy dressed like MaxHeadroom was able to get into the signals of WGN and PBS and broadcast his [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sM7Q1WiepoQ&feature=related surreal]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tWdgAMYjYSs video]].

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* Though it did not involve computers, the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Max_Headroom_broadcast_signal_intrusion_incident Max Headroom broadcast hijacker]] still applies. The incident occurred in 1987 when a guy dressed like MaxHeadroom Series/MaxHeadroom was able to get into the signals of WGN and PBS and broadcast his [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sM7Q1WiepoQ&feature=related surreal]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tWdgAMYjYSs video]].
12th Oct '17 4:58:35 PM DarkOmega13
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* ''VideoGame/TOME'': The [[{{Player Character}}White-Hat Hacker]].

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* ''VideoGame/TOME'': ''VideoGame/{{TOME}}'': The [[{{Player Character}}White-Hat Character}} White-Hat Hacker]].
12th Oct '17 4:52:51 PM DarkOmega13
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* ''VideoGame/TOME'': The [[{{Player Character}}White-Hat Hacker]].
9th Sep '17 9:25:57 AM surge79uwf
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* Takeshi Katori and Olivia Lawrence, the main characters of ''Video Warrior Laserion''. In fact, Takeshi becomes Laserion's pilot ''because'' he got caught snooping and hacking around.

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* Takeshi Takashi Katori and Olivia Lawrence, the main characters of ''Video Warrior Laserion''. In fact, Takeshi Takashi becomes Laserion's pilot ''because'' he got caught snooping and hacking around.around. (Their relationship is similar to ''Film/WarGames'', below.)
9th Sep '17 9:24:23 AM surge79uwf
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* Takeshi Katori and Youko Sahara, the main characters of ''Video Warrior Laserion''. In fact, Takeshi becomes Laserion's pilot ''because'' he got caught snooping and hacking around.

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* Takeshi Katori and Youko Sahara, Olivia Lawrence, the main characters of ''Video Warrior Laserion''. In fact, Takeshi becomes Laserion's pilot ''because'' he got caught snooping and hacking around.
6th Sep '17 1:18:46 PM Rytex
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[[caption-width-right:300:And here we have CowboyBebopAtHisComputer]]
11th Aug '17 5:14:48 AM AsForMyHandle
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* Sombra from ''VideoGame/{{Overwatch}}'' blurs the like quite a bit in deciding whether or not she's a Playful Hacker or a Cracker. On one hand, her motives ''seem'' just, which is to know who really runs the world, but she works with the terrorist organization Talon to find this info.
** She's also quite keen on "[[Blackmail making friends]]."

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* Sombra from ''VideoGame/{{Overwatch}}'' blurs the like line quite a bit in deciding whether or not she's a Playful Hacker or a Cracker. On one hand, her motives ''seem'' just, which is to know who really runs the world, but she works with the terrorist organization Talon to find this info.
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info. She's also quite keen on "[[Blackmail "[[{{Blackmail}} making friends]]."
30th Jul '17 6:05:02 AM Landis
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** She's also quite keen on "[[Blackmail making friends]]."
6th Jun '17 11:26:06 AM Codefreak5
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