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  • PPN
    /P-P-N/, /pip'n/ [from `Project-Programmer Number'] n. A user-ID under {{TOPS-10}} and its various mutant progeny at SAIL, BBN, CompuServe, and elsewhere. Old-time hackers... VIEW ENTIRE DEFINITION


  •  Miscellaneous Hacker Terms 
  • syntactic sugar
    [coined by Peter Landin] n. Features added to a language or other formalism to make it `sweeter' for humans, that do not affect the...FULL DEFINITION

  • feature key
    n. The Macintosh key with the cloverleaf graphic on its keytop; sometimes referred to as `flower', `pretzel', `clover', `propeller', `beanie' (an apparent reference to...FULL DEFINITION

  • dongle
    /dong'gl/ n. 1. A security or {copy protection} device for commercial microcomputer programs consisting of a serialized EPROM and some drivers in a D-25...FULL DEFINITION

  • General Public Virus
    n. Pejorative name for some versions of the {GNU} project {copyleft} or General Public License (GPL), which requires that any tools or {app}s incorporating...FULL DEFINITION

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  • nonlinear
    adj. [scientific computation] 1. Behaving in an erratic and unpredictable fashion; unstable. When used to describe the behavior of a machine or program,...FULL DEFINITION

  • luser
    /loo'zr/ n. A {user}; esp. one who is also a {loser}. ({luser} and {loser} are pronounced identically.) This word was coined around...FULL DEFINITION

  • padded cell
    n. Where you put {luser}s so they can't hurt anything. A program that limits a luser to a carefully restricted subset of the...FULL DEFINITION

  • videotex
    n. obs. An electronic service offering people the privilege of paying to read the weather on their television screens instead of having somebody read...FULL DEFINITION