IanKelley - 10:26 pm on Jan 27, 2011 (gmt 0)
I actually don't think it's that dumb.
I agree, the idea of Facebook funding itself using it's unprecedented user base is a good one. I suppose the question then becomes how much say (or the appearance of a say) you give those supporters in return, but in any case it's a good thought.
if zuckerberg doesnt hire him
Zuckerberg probably would hire him. Brin and Page would consider it too.
You won't see a lot of support for the concept here, where the average user is a bit older and not a serious coder, but at the young-centric companies that are ruling the net these days, hacking is a good thing.
Of course there are different connotations of the word hack, but among coders (and the founders of nearly all the uber successful web empires were/are coders) all but the most malicious of hacking is looked upon with a certain amount of fondness.
This is the prevailing perspective on hacking among ITechies, even if it's not well represented here at WW.
At Facebook they call themselves hackers. The word "hack" is featured prominently on the wall. Zuckerberg himself is a hacker, both white and black hat. In fact it's that mentality that is at least partially responsible for Facebook remaining under his control. He still loves the experience of doing something cool with a computer.
So if I "hacked" into your online bank account and then sent you an email on how you should be spending your money you'd be ok with that?
Absolutely! If my bank account is going to be hacked, I would consider it Christmas if the hacker did it to point out a vulnerability instead of steal money. They could send me an email detailing the fictitious sexual history of my mother and I would still be more grateful than pissed. :-)
And the bank's position should be the same.
The idea that all hacking is a terrible crime simply makes things easier for malicious hackers. If people are going to jail for relatively harmless pranks, which do a beautiful job of pointing out flaws as a side benefit, then less people are going to do it.
Leaving those flaws to be discovered by someone that wants to do real damage.