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  • troglodyte mode
    [Rice University] n. Programming with the lights turned off, sunglasses on, and the terminal inverted (black on white) because you've been up for so... VIEW ENTIRE DEFINITION


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  • demon
    n. 1. [MIT] A portion of a program that is not invoked explicitly, but that lies dormant waiting for some condition(s) to occur. ...FULL DEFINITION

  • Great Worm, the
    n. The 1988 Internet {worm} perpetrated by {RTM}. This is a play on Tolkien (compare {elvish}, {Elder Days}). In the fantasy history...FULL DEFINITION

  • netsplit
    n. Syn. {netburp}.

  • xor
    /X'or/, /kzor/ conj. Exclusive or. `A xor B' means `A or B, but not both'. "I want to get cherry pie xor a ...FULL DEFINITION

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  • randomness
    n. 1. An inexplicable misfeature; gratuitous inelegance. 2. A {hack} or {crock} that depends on a complex combination of coincidences (or, possibly, the...FULL DEFINITION

  • proglet
    /prog'let/ [UK] n. A short extempore program written to meet an immediate, transient need. Often written in BASIC, rarely more than a dozen...FULL DEFINITION

  • zero-content
    adj. Syn. {content-free}.

  • dup killer
    /d[y]oop kill'r/ [FidoNet] n. Software that is supposed to detect and delete duplicates of a message that may have reached the FidoNet system via...FULL DEFINITION