Jude Milhon is a hacker. St. Jude, as she is known, has been messing with code since 1967, when she taught herself Fortran and assembly code for the 1440. Once a Unix programmer, she "speaks C++ without an accent." Starting in 1973, long before CompuServe or easy access to the Net, Milhon was a member of a "lefto-revolutionist programming commune" in Berkeley, California, that created the legendary Community Memory project, the first public online computer system. She is a charter member of the cypherpunks - a term she coined. Rosie Cross interviewed the take-no-prisoners programmer via e-mail between Cross's home in Australia and St. Jude's in Berkeley, California.
Do you think women-only electronic salons that allow women to "gag" dweebs, dorks, and cyberbores are important? Or do you think the imposed "free speech" climate of the Net prevents control of some of the more abusive attacks directed at women, poofs, dykes, and people of different cultures?
Hanging out with nice people is nice. But I don't want to sit around in the politeness ghetto all the time. Hanging out with nasty-ass bigoted male teenagers is also good, if I can learn from them. I may pretend I'm a gay snotty male teenager myself - and why not? Particularly if I can turn somebody around with my expressed deviant opinion. (I am a gay snotty male teenager, now that I mention it.) Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words on a screen get at me only as much as I allow them to.