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  • Murphy's Law
    prov. The correct, *original* Murphy's Law reads "If there are two or more ways to do something, and one of those ways can result... VIEW ENTIRE DEFINITION


  •  Miscellaneous Hacker Terms 
  • aliasing bug
    n. A class of subtle programming errors that can arise in code that does dynamic allocation, esp. via `malloc(3)' or equivalent. If more...FULL DEFINITION

  • UBD
    /U-B-D/ [abbreviation for `User Brain Damage'] An abbreviation used to close out trouble reports obviously due to utter cluelessness on the user's part. ...FULL DEFINITION

  • CP/M
    /C-P-M/ n. [Control Program for Microcomputers] An early microcomputer {OS} written by hacker Gary Kildall for 8080- and Z80-based machines, very popular in the...FULL DEFINITION

  • semi
    /se'mee/ or /se'mi/ 1. n. Abbreviation for `semicolon', when speaking. "Commands to {grind} are prefixed by semi-semi-star" means that the prefix is `;;*',FULL DEFINITION

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  • 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

  • kremvax
    /krem-vaks/ [from the then large number of {USENET} {VAXen} with names of the form foovax] n. Originally, a fictitious USENET site at the Kremlin,...FULL DEFINITION

  • plan file
    [UNIX] n. On systems that support {finger}, the `.plan' file in a user's home directory is displayed when the user is fingered. This...FULL DEFINITION

  • bug-compatible
    adj. Said of a design or revision that has been badly compromised by a requirement to be compatible with {fossil}s or {misfeature}s in other...FULL DEFINITION