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  • nano-
    [SI the next quantifier below {micro-}; meaning * 10^(-9)] pref. Smaller than {micro-}, and used in the same rather loose and connotative way. ... VIEW ENTIRE DEFINITION


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  • weenie
    n. 1. [on BBSes] Any of a species of luser resembling a less amusing version of {BIFF} that infests many {BBS} systems. The...FULL DEFINITION

  • Mbogo, Dr. Fred
    /*m-boh'goh, dok'tr fred/ [Stanford] n. The archetypal man you don't want to see about a problem, esp. an incompetent professional; a shyster. "Do...FULL DEFINITION

  • seggie
    /seg'ee/ [UNIX] n. Shorthand for {segmentation fault} reported from Britain.

  • recursive acronym
    pl.n. A hackish (and especially MIT) tradition is to choose acronyms/abbreviations that refer humorously to themselves or to other acronyms/abbreviations. The classic ...FULL DEFINITION

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  • silicon
    n. Hardware, esp. ICs or microprocessor-based computer systems (compare {iron}). Contrasted with software. See also {sandbender}.

  • enhancement
    n. {Marketroid}-speak for a bug {fix}. This abuse of language is a popular and time-tested way to turn incompetence into increased revenue. ...FULL DEFINITION

  • leaf site
    n. A machine that merely originates and reads USENET news or mail, and does not relay any third-party traffic. Often uttered in a...FULL DEFINITION

  • sorcerer's apprentice mode
    [from Friedrich Schiller's `Der Zauberlehrling' via the film "Fantasia"] n. A bug in a protocol where, under some circumstances, the receipt of a messageFULL DEFINITION