* http://ergoemacs.org/misc/Daniel_Weinreb_rebuttal_to_stallma... (mirror of a blog post by Weinreb, made shortly after Weinreb died)
In another case, Levy tells a story about a chess program with a bug in it. If I remember correctly, the program was in check, and moved a knight that didn't get the program out of check. In other words, it took an illegal move. Levy says the programmers were in awe of this program; wondering if it was inventing new rules to increase its enjoyment of chess. I have a hard time believing the programmers truly thought they had created a self-aware program that would modify the rules of a game to increase its own enjoyment. I'm sure they knew a bug when they saw it. Levy, on the other hand, apparently did not, or thought that his audience would overlook such a silly statement. I do blame the writer for that one, and wonder why the editor didn't flag it as well.
There are good books on computer history. And there are good books about computers from the early days (written in the early days). "Hackers" is not one of those books.
That's a tough question to answer. The universe is a big place, so i'm going to go with a lot.
Although, I do understand your annoyance. The original phrasing with the "in the world" is stupid.