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  • fora
    pl.n. Plural of {forum}.


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  • waldo
    /wol'doh/ [From Robert A. Heinlein's story "Waldo"] 1. A mechanical agent, such as a gripper arm, controlled by a human limb. When these...FULL DEFINITION

  • Great Renaming
    n. The {flag day} on which all of the non-local groups on the {USENET} had their names changed from the net.- format to the...FULL DEFINITION

  • black magic
    n. A technique that works, though nobody really understands why. More obscure than {voodoo programming}, which may be done by cookbook. Compare...FULL DEFINITION

  • SNAFU principle
    /sna'foo prin'si-pl/ [from WWII Army acronym for `Situation Normal, All Fucked Up'] n. "True communication is possible only between equals, because inferiors are moreFULL DEFINITION

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  • let the smoke out
    v. To fry hardware (see {fried}). See {magic smoke} for the mythology behind this.

  • toy language
    n. A language useful for instructional purposes or as a proof-of-concept for some aspect of computer-science theory, but inadequate for general-purpose programming. {Bad...FULL DEFINITION

  • logic bomb
    n. Code surreptitiously inserted in an application or OS that causes it to perform some destructive or security-compromising activity whenever specified conditions are ...FULL DEFINITION

  • octal forty
    /ok'tl for'tee/ n. Hackish way of saying "I'm drawing a blank." Octal 40 is the {{ASCII}} space character, 0100000; by an odd coincidence,...FULL DEFINITION