A group of taxicab drivers?
The chops I make at wayward limbs of growing shrubs and vines?
Precocious users who can break into computer codes and cause havoc? Probably the current popularity of the term derives from that. The linked article is where I found this definition:
Hacking might be characterized as ‘an appropriate application of ingenuity’. Whether the result is a quick-and-dirty patchwork job or a carefully crafted work of art, you have to admire the cleverness that went into it.I was wondering about this after seeing news about the company Samsung making an announcement about their new refrigerator. It is designed to provide its users with "life hacks" throughout the coming year. This thing is tricked out.
It has a huge screen and touch pad. You can display family photos or leave messages--gonna put magnets and sticky notes right out of business!
It can track your family's eating habits, or so it claims.
It takes a picture of the contents of the fridge every time the door is closed. Here's the good part -- you can access the pictures on your smart phone. You know, in case you are at the store and wonder, "Did those darn kids use up the last of the milk today?"
Five thousand dollars. I am not spending that kind of money because they have some serious perfecting to do. That's my guess.
Now, when the refrigerator can respond to a man's question (Honey, do we have any mustard?) with "Yes. On the second shelf...behind the mayonnaise...move the mayonnaise jar," then I will be impressed.
That would be an appropriate application of ingenuity!