Hackers Lose a Patron Saint

Excerpted from this Wired article:

If there is a heaven, the angels are in for a hell of a time when Jude Milhon, the Internet’s real and very earthy patron saint of hacking, shows up. Better known on the Internet by her nom de plume, St. Jude, Milhon died on July 19 of cancer.

She was a staunch advocate of the joys of hacking, geek sex and a woman’s right to choose to use technology. She figured life was too short to waste worrying about what other people might think, and was also known for her very colorful way with the English language.

Milhon also believed in learning how to hack “as a martial art — a way of defending against politically correct politicians, overly intrusive laws, bigots and narrow-minded people of all persuasions,”. Her definition of hacking — “the clever circumvention of imposed limits, whether imposed by your government, your own skills or the laws of physics” — has been widely quoted in many news stories and magazine articles.

She was also a heck of a nice lady. Oh, she was an odd duck, don’t get me wrong. But she was brilliant, and unafraid and determined to walk her own path, consquences be damned. So, maybe now we’ll find out if hackers get unlimited bandwidth in the afterlife.

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