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  • magic cookie
    [UNIX] n. 1. Something passed between routines or programs that enables the receiver to perform some operation; a capability ticket or opaque identifier. ... VIEW ENTIRE DEFINITION


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  • heavy metal
    [Cambridge] n. Syn. {big iron}.

  • mung
    /muhng/ alt. `munge' /muhnj/ [in 1960 at MIT, `Mash Until No Good'; sometime after that the derivation from the {{recursive acronym}} `Mung Until No...FULL DEFINITION

  • profile
    n. 1. A control file for a program, esp. a text file automatically read from each user's home directory and intended to be easily...FULL DEFINITION

  • front end
    n. 1. An intermediary computer that does set-up and filtering for another (usually more powerful but less friendly) machine (a `back end'). 2....FULL DEFINITION

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  • scruffies
    n. See {neats vs. scruffies}.

  • Weenix
    /wee'niks/ [ITS] n. A derogatory term for {{UNIX}}, derived from {UNIX weenie}. According to one noted ex-ITSer, it is "the operating system preferred...FULL DEFINITION

  • defenestration
    [from the traditional Czechoslovak method of assassinating prime ministers, via SF fandom] n. 1. Proper karmic retribution for an incorrigible punster. "Oh, ghod,...FULL DEFINITION

  • Green's Theorem
    [TMRC] prov. For any story, in any group of people there will be at least one person who has not heard the story. [The...FULL DEFINITION