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hack +‎ -ability


hackability (uncountable)

  1. The state or condition of being hackable.
    • 1984 November 14, Shindman, Paul, “Re: Free and undirected campus computing facilities - Not at Waterloo”, in net.micro, Usenet[1], retrieved 2016-12-15, message-ID <196@utcs.UUCP>:
      Now it could be that all the hacks have moved to UNIX and off of our IBM systems, but there is a distinct change at U of T from 5 or so years ago when hacks abounded on all our systems. My personal opinion is that it is to our collective detriment that the environment no longer exists in which hacks can flourish. Their presence was on the whole benficial in that they always wanted to learn something new, and were always assisting those who didn't know (invariably to show off their hackability) and often ended up doing contract work or getting hired by the computer center, comp sci department, or some prof looking for someone who knew how to (mis)handle a computer.
    • 1987 March 8, Schwab, Leo L., “Re: Amiga good for hacking??”, in comp.sys.amiga, Usenet[2], retrieved 2016-12-16, message-ID <2719@well.UUCP>:
      I think the rewards far outweigh the drawbacks, and am pleased that Yet Another Hacker is turning to the Amiga for its hackability. I think it's the most hackable machine to come out since the old S-100 systems of the late 70's, and has the same kind of wonderful feel to it.
    • 1992 May 12, Bennett, John, “Re: Fiber optic networks and security”, in alt.security, Usenet[3], retrieved 2016-12-16, message-ID <1992May12.123236.163957@dstos3.dsto.oz.au>:
      I've seen an automatic splicer (made by Northern Telecom I think) which injects light through the sheath in one fibre, and detects it through the sheath in a second piece. The fibres are held in a jig which puts a small kink in them at the point where the light is injected/detected. The equipment uses the light received to align the two parts before splicing. It's a pretty good indication of the "hackability" of fibre I would say.