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  • v. 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.