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  • wiggles
    n. [scientific computation] In solving partial differential equations by finite difference and similar methods, wiggles are sawtooth (up-down-up-down) oscillations at the shortest wavelength ... VIEW ENTIRE DEFINITION


  •  Miscellaneous Hacker Terms 
  • spiffy
    /spi'fee/ adj. 1. Said of programs having a pretty, clever, or exceptionally well-designed interface. "Have you seen the spiffy {X} version of {empire} yet?"...FULL DEFINITION

  • segv
    /seg'vee/ n.,vi. Yet another synonym for {segmentation fault} (actually, in this case, `segmentation violation').

  • software rot
    n. Term used to describe the tendency of software that has not been used in a while to {lose}; such failure may be semi-humorously...FULL DEFINITION

  • fragile
    adj. Syn {brittle}.

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  • DEC Wars
    n. A 1983 {USENET} posting by Alan Hastings and Steve Tarr spoofing the "Star Wars" movies in hackish terms. Some years later, ESR...FULL DEFINITION

  • terminal illness
    n. 1. Syn. {raster burn}. 2. The `burn-in' condition your CRT tends to get if you don't have a screen saver.

  • BRS
    /B-R-S/ n. Syn. {Big Red Switch}. This abbreviation is fairly common on-line.

  • propeller head
    n. Used by hackers, this is syn. with {computer geek}. Non-hackers sometimes use it to describe all techies. Prob. derives from SF fandom's...FULL DEFINITION