Sorry, Bud, nobody uses "cracker" to mean anything other than White Southern Racist or salty wafer anymore. The media and pop culture decided they liked the word "hacker" to mean bad guy who breaks into computer systems, and ran with it, and that's all she wrote. I'm truly sorry for your loss, but that's the way language lives, breathes and evolves.
>>Before you were born
Before I was born the only hacking or cracking that was done was on punch cards, but bless you, that made my day...!
>>before you say he believes "hacker" means simply "programmer", I suggest you consult his own writing on the subject
No. That's the whole point. The meaning of "hacker" has changed (meanings of words *do* that). When Raymond revised Steele's Hacker's Dictionary in 1991, "hacker" meant "computer programming enthusiast." Now it means "someone who gains unauthorized entry into a computer system." We can, like Raymond, wish we still lived in the fresh and exciting Mondo 2000 world of the mid-90s, but that -- and any amount of articles he writes mis-using words in their titles -- won't make it so.
>>He does indeed regard himself as a hacker
And I regard myself as one sexy man-beast. Rrrrrrooowwwwwrrr You see how that works...?
 Is it to punish Bad Guys, said punishment being a deterrent to keep all those not-quite Bad Guys from taking the plunge?
 Is it to protect the populace, keeping Bad Guys off the streets?
 Or is it to rehabilitate Bad Guys, transform them into Good Guys?
If it's  or , ditch the iPads and stack 'em up like cordwood. If it's , give 'em all iPads and teach 'em web design (the modern equivalent of making license plates), but don't call it 'prison,' because words mean something. It seems to me the justice system blurs all these distinctions into a muddy and costly mess.
"Gotcha, you snot-necked weenies!" -- Post Bros. Comics