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  • ITS
    terminal independent I O After about 1982 most actual work was shifted to newer machines with the remaining ITS boxes run essentially as a hobby and service to the hacker community The shutdown of the lab s last ITS machine in May 1990 marked the end of an era and sent old time hackers into mourning nationwide see high moby There is an ITS home page 2 A mythical image

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  • Usenet
    University and the University of North Carolina it has swiftly grown to become international in scope and is now probably the largest decentralized information utility in existence As of late 2002 it hosts over 100 000 newsgroup s and an unguessably huge volume of new technical articles news discussion chatter and flamage every day and that leaves out the graphics By the year the Internet hit the mainstream 1994 the

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  • win
    sufficiently robust to take exceptions in stride 2 n Success or a specific instance thereof A pleasing outcome So it turned out I could use a lexer generator instead of hand coding my own pattern recognizer What a win Emphatic forms moby win super win hyper win often used interjectively as a reply For some reason suitable win is also common at MIT usually in reference to a satisfactory solution

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  • lose
    fails to work in the expected manner 2 To be exceptionally unesthetic or crocky 3 Of people to be obnoxious or unusually stupid as opposed to ignorant See also deserves to lose 4 n Refers to something that is losing

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  • hack
    I hack solid state physics See Hacking X for Y 5 vt To pull a prank on See sense 2 and hacker sense 5 6 vi To interact with a computer in a playful and exploratory rather than goal directed way Whatcha up to Oh just hacking 7 n Short for hacker 8 See nethack 9 MIT v To explore the basements roof ledges and steam tunnels of a large

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  • flame
    speak The term may have been independently invented at several different places It has been reported from MIT Carleton College and RPI among many other places from as far back as 1969 and from the University of Virginia in the early 1960s It is possible that the hackish sense of flame is much older than that The poet Chaucer was also what passed for a wizard hacker in his time

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  • barf
    he barfed means only that he complained about it not that he literally vomited 3 vi To fail to work because of unacceptable input perhaps with a suitable error message perhaps not Examples The division operation barfs if you try to divide by 0 That is the division operation checks for an attempt to divide by zero and if one is encountered it causes the operation to fail in some

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  • chomp
    and close your hand rapidly to suggest a biting action much like what Pac Man does in the classic video game though this pantomime seems to predate that The gesture alone means chomp chomp see Verb Doubling in the Jargon Construction section of the Prependices The hand may be pointed at the object of complaint and for real emphasis you can use both hands at once Doing this to a

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