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I should point out that the word is probably a typical plural 's' -> 'z'
corruption of 'wares', that is, things for sale.

Or is that obvious?

-M

John Cowan wrote:
>
> Dan Jones scripsit:
>
>  > What in Alanzia's name are "warez"? "d00dz" I can unfortunately work
>  > out, but warez?
>
>  From the Jargon File (http://www.tuxedo.org/~esr/jargon):
>
> warez /weirz/ n.
>
> Widely used in cracker subcultures to denote cracked version of
> commercial software, that is versions from which copy-protection has
> been stripped. Hackers recognize this term but don't use it themselves.
> See warez d00dz, courier, leech, elite.
>
> warez d00dz /weirz dudz/ n.
>
> A substantial subculture of crackers refer to themselves as `warez
> d00dz'; there is evidently some connection with B1FF here. As `Ozone
> Pilot', one former warez d00d, wrote:
>
>    Warez d00dz get illegal copies of copyrighted software. If it has copy
>    protection on it, they break the protection so the software can be
>    copied. Then they distribute it around the world via several gateways.
>    Warez d00dz form badass group names like RAZOR and the like. They put
>    up boards that distribute the latest ware, or pirate program. The
>    whole point of the Warez sub-culture is to get the pirate program
>    released and distributed before any other group. I know, I know. But
>    don't ask, and it won't hurt as much. This is how they prove their
>    poweress [sic]. It gives them the right to say, "I released King's
>    Quest IVXIX before you so obviously my testicles are larger." Again
>    don't ask...
>
> The studly thing to do if one is a warez d00d, it appears, is emit
> `0-day warez', that is copies of commercial software copied and cracked
> on the same day as its retail release. Warez d00ds also hoard software
> in a big way, collecting untold megabytes of arcade-style games,
> pornographic JPGs, and applications they'll never use onto their hard
> disks. As Ozone Pilot acutely observes:
>
>    [BELONG] is the only word you will need to know. Warez d00dz want to
>    belong. They have been shunned by everyone, and thus turn to
>    cyberspace for acceptance. That is why they always start groups like
>    TGW, FLT, USA and the like. Structure makes them happy. [...] Warez
>    d00dz will never have a handle like "Pink Daisy" because warez d00dz
>    are insecure. Only someone who is very secure with a good dose of
>    self-esteem can stand up to the cries of fag and girlie-man. More
>    likely you will find warez d00dz with handles like: Doctor Death,
>    Deranged Lunatic, Hellraiser, Mad Prince, Dreamdevil, The Unknown,
>    Renegade Chemist, Terminator, and Twin Turbo. They like to sound
>    badass when they can hide behind their terminals. More likely, if you
>    were given a sample of 100 people, the person whose handle is
>    Hellraiser is the last person you'd associate with the name.
>
> The contrast with Internet hackers is stark and instructive. See
> cracker, wannabee, handle, elite, courier, leech; compare weenie, spod.
>
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