The Cracker Way

Soo, last year Bieber killed steampunk (we have flirted with it, but consider ourselves more atompunk) and this year starts with Suckerberg paying homage to The Hacker Way. In a short text inside Form S-1 REGISTRATION STATEMENT that was just released, this is the same type of document that gave us Google’s “Don’t be evil”, we can read:

The word “hacker” has an unfairly negative connotation from being portrayed in the media as people who break into computers. In reality, hacking just means building something quickly or testing the boundaries of what can be done. Like most things, it can be used for good or bad, but the vast majority of hackers I’ve met tend to be idealistic people who want to have a positive impact on the world.

The Hacker Way is an approach to building that involves continuous improvement and iteration. Hackers believe that something can always be better, and that nothing is ever complete. They just have to go fix it — often in the face of people who say it’s impossible or are content with the status quo.

Hacking is also an inherently hands-on and active discipline. Instead of debating for days whether a new idea is possible or what the best way to build something is, hackers would rather just prototype something and see what works. There’s a hacker mantra that you’ll hear a lot around Facebook offices: “Code wins arguments.”

Hacker culture is also extremely open and meritocratic. Hackers believe that the best idea and implementation should always win — not the person who is best at lobbying for an idea or the person who manages the most people.

What can we say? We agree with this, but seeing it in a document signed by MORGAN STANLEY J.P. MORGAN GOLDMAN, SACHS & CO does not feel right. The nerds have had their revenge and sold out. It is 2012 folks, we need to crack it up and let some light in.

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