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‘Hackers' At 20

Nitehawk, one of Brooklyn's foremost purveyors of niche indies and cult revivals, took September 15 to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the teen cyberpunk thriller "Hackers." The director, Iain Softley, and members of the cast, including Jonny Lee Miller, Renoly Santiago, Laurence Mason and Fisher Stevens, were all in attendance to celebrate the film and its thumping tribute to youth and technology. The movie skids through the streets of New York City to follow a group of young hackers as they attempt to thwart the unleashing of a dangerous computer virus as they are tailed by the secret service and the evil tech genius who developed it. Featuring hacker names like Phantom Phreak, Acid Burn and Crash Override, as well as a young Angelina Jolie, "Hackers" has developed a cult following in the years following its release.

It was a raucous combination of cutting-edge graphics, electrifying soundtrack, flashy cyberpunk costuming, terrific supporting cast, and keen attention to detail, with references to everything from Metropolis to Boy Meets World Though critics glommed onto its slang-laden dialogue and computational kitsch immediately upon release, its aesthetic endears and the film endures in part because of its sly intermingling of the familiar and the unknown, of past and future tech.

Other languages of particular importance to hackers include Perl and LISP Perl is worth learning for practical reasons; it's very widely used for active web pages and system administration, so that even if you never write Perl you should learn to read it. Many people use Perl in the way I suggest you should use Python, to avoid C programming on jobs that don't require C's machine efficiency.

Community memory of the fact that most of us had spent decades developing closed-source software on closed-source operating systems had not yet begun to fade, but that fact was already beginning to seem like part of a dead past; Rochester Making were, increasingly, defining themselves as hackers by their attachments to open-source projects such as Linux or Apache.

It's the latest in a series of revelations from the two hackers that have spooked the automotive industry and even helped to inspire legislation; WIRED has learned that senators Ed Markey and Richard Blumenthal plan to introduce an automotive security bill today to set new digital security standards for cars and trucks, first sparked when Markey took note of Miller and Valasek's work in 2013.