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  • bells and whistles
    [by analogy with the toyboxes on theater organs] n. Features added to a program or system to make it more {flavorful} from a hacker's... VIEW ENTIRE DEFINITION


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  • toggle
    vt. To change a {bit} from whatever state it is in to the other state; to change from 1 to 0 or from 0 to 1. ...FULL DEFINITION

  • coefficient of X
    n. Hackish speech makes rather heavy use of pseudo-mathematical metaphors. Four particularly important ones involve the terms `coefficient', `factor', `index', and ...FULL DEFINITION

  • blue wire
    [IBM] n. Patch wires added to circuit boards at the factory to correct design or fabrication problems. This may be necessary if there...FULL DEFINITION

  • lossage
    /los'*j/ n. The result of a bug or malfunction. This is a mass or collective noun. "What a loss!" and "What lossage!"...FULL DEFINITION

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  • FITNR
    // [Thinking Machines, Inc.] Fixed In the Next Release. A written-only notation attached to bug reports. Often wishful thinking.

  • ADVENT
    /ad'vent/ n. The prototypical computer adventure game, first implemented on the {PDP-10} by Will Crowther as an attempt at computer-refereed fantasy gaming, and expanded...FULL DEFINITION

  • news
    n. See {netnews}.

  • meltdown, network
    n. See {network meltdown}.