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According to arch-hacker James Gosling, to "...modify a program with no idea whatsoever how it works." (See whacker.) It is actually possible to do this in nontrivial circumstances if the change is small and well-defined and you are very good at glarking things from context. As a trivial example, it is relatively easy to change all "stderr" writes to "stdout" writes in a piece of C filter code which remains otherwise mysterious.
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Plus a bunch of bedroom-based nerds whose eyesight gets increasingly worse due to nights spent salivating over the internet, whacking off their rants to football websites.
It was his job to shinny up the proposed spar tree, whacking off limbs as he went, ax and saw dangling from his belt, until maybe 150 to 200 feet up he would saw off the upper part of the tree-taking care not to saw through the safety belt that was his only "platform"-then brace himself as the severed tree swung in a vicious arc as it was relieved of its load.