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  • CPU Wars
    /C-P-U worz/ n. A 1979 large-format comic by Chas Andres chronicling the attempts of the brainwashed androids of IPM (Impossible to Program Machines) to... VIEW ENTIRE DEFINITION


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    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 of his Middle Earth books, there were dragons powerful enough to lay waste to entire regions; two of these (Scatha and Glaurung) were known as "the Great Worms". This usage expresses the connotation that the RTM hack was a sort of devastating watershed event in hackish history; certainly it did more to make non-hackers nervous about the Internet than anything before or since.