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Past MIT hacks include: * Covering the university's signature "Great Dome" (which seems to be something of a magnet for hacks) with tin foil * Putting a fake (but convincing) MIT Campus Police cruiser on the Dome * Decorating the Dome as R2-D2 * Hiding the university president's office by covering its entrance with a fake bulletin board * Inflating a huge balloon on the playing field during a Harvard-Yale football game * Turning the MIT Dome into a giant baseball with a Red-Sox logo after the Red-Sox won the World Series * Making an image of Trogdor out of post-it notes Over time, the meaning of the word there was expanded, perhaps through contact with the amateur radio community...
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It came to mean either a kludge, or the opposite of a kludge, as in a clever or elegant solution to a difficult problem. In the term "hack value" it also acquired a meaning of anything that was simultaneously fun and clever. The initial hacker community at MIT, particularly those associated with the Tech Model Railroad Club, applied this pre-existing local slang to computer programming, producing the variant which first came into common use outside MIT...
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