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  • foreground
    [UNIX] vt. To foreground a task is to bring it to the top of one's {stack} for immediate processing, and hackers often use it... VIEW ENTIRE DEFINITION


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  • NIL
    /nil/ No. Used in reply to a question, particularly one asked using the `-P' convention. Most hackers assume this derives simply from...FULL DEFINITION

  • drop on the floor
    vt. To react to an error condition by silently discarding messages or other valuable data. "The gateway ran out of memory, so it...FULL DEFINITION

  • plumbing
    [UNIX] n. Term used for {shell} code, so called because of the prevalence of `pipelines' that feed the output of one program to the...FULL DEFINITION

  • live data
    n. 1. Data that is written to be interpreted and takes over program flow when triggered by some un-obvious operation, such as viewing it....FULL DEFINITION

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  • angry fruit salad
    n. A bad visual-interface design that uses too many colors. This derives, of course, from the bizarre day-glo colors found in canned fruit...FULL DEFINITION

  • bit decay
    n. See {bit rot}. People with a physics background tend to prefer this one for the analogy with particle decay. See also...FULL DEFINITION

  • cowboy
    [Sun, from William Gibson's {cyberpunk} SF] n. Synonym for {hacker}. It is reported that at Sun this word is often said with reverence.

  • flavor
    n. 1. Variety, type, kind. "DDT commands come in two flavors." "These lights come in two flavors, big red ones and small...FULL DEFINITION