= W =
warez d00dz /weirz doodz/ n.
A substantial subculture of
crackers refer to themselves as `warez d00dz'; there is
evidently some connection with B1FF here. As `Ozone Pilot',
one former warez d00d, wrote:
Warez d00dz get illegal copies of copyrighted software. If
it has copy protection on it, they break the protection so
the software can be copied. Then they distribute it around
the world via several gateways. Warez d00dz form badass
group names like RAZOR and the like. They put up boards
that distribute the latest ware, or pirate program. The
whole point of the Warez sub-culture is to get the pirate
program released and distributed before any other group. I
know, I know. But don't ask, and it won't hurt as much.
This is how they prove their poweress [sic]. It gives them
the right to say, "I released King's Quest IVXIX before you
so obviously my testicles are larger." Again don't ask...
The studly thing to do if one is a warez d00d, it appears, is emit
`0-day warez', that is copies of commercial software copied and
cracked on the same day as its retail release. Warez d00ds also
hoard software in a big way, collecting untold megabytes of
arcade-style games, pornographic JPGs, and applications they'll
never use onto their hard disks. As Ozone Pilot acutely observes:
[BELONG] is the only word you will need to know. Warez d00dz want to
belong. They have been shunned by everyone, and thus turn to
cyberspace for acceptance. That is why they always start groups like
TGW, FLT, USA and the like. Structure makes them happy. [...]
Warez d00dz will never have a handle like "Pink Daisy" because warez
d00dz are insecure. Only someone who is very secure with a good dose
of self-esteem can stand up to the cries of fag and girlie-man. More
likely you will find warez d00dz with handles like: Doctor Death,
Deranged Lunatic, Hellraiser, Mad Prince, Dreamdevil, The Unknown,
Renegade Chemist, Terminator, and Twin Turbo. They like to sound
badass when they can hide behind their terminals. More likely, if
you were given a sample of 100 people, the person whose handle is
Hellraiser is the last person you'd associate with the name.
The contrast with Internet hackers is stark and instructive. See
cracker, wannabee, handle, elite, courier,
leech; compare weenie, spod.
--The Jargon File version 4.3.1, ed. ESR, autonoded by rescdsk.