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  • atomic
    the instruction being half completed or of another being interspersed Used esp to convey that an operation cannot be screwed up by interrupts This routine locks the file and increments the file s semaphore atomically 2 primarily techspeak Guaranteed to complete successfully or not at all usu refers to database transactions If an error prevents a partially performed transaction from proceeding to completion it must be backed out as the

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  • attoparsec
    A parsec parallax second is 3 26 light years an attoparsec is thus 3 26 10 18 light years or about 3 1 cm thus 1 attoparsec microfortnight equals about 1 inch sec This unit is reported to be in

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  • Aunt Tillie
    Aunt Tillie n linux kernel mailing list The archetypal non technical user one s elderly and scatterbrained maiden aunt Invoked in discussions of usability for people who are not hackers and geeks one sees references to the Aunt Tillie test

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  • AUP
    A U P Abbreviation Acceptable Use Policy The policy of a given ISP which sets out what the ISP considers to be un acceptable uses of its Internet resources Prev

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  • autobogotiphobia
    autobogotiphobia Prev A Next autobogotiphobia aw toh boh got foh bee n See bogotify Prev Up Next AUP Home autoconfiscate

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  • autoconfiscate
    suite Among open source hackers a mere running binary of a program is not considered a full release what s interesting is a source tree that can be built into binaries using standard tools Since the mid 1990s autoconf and

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  • automagically
    that for some reason typically because it is too complicated or too ugly or perhaps even too trivial the speaker doesn t feel like explaining to you See magic The C INTERCAL compiler generates C then automagically invokes cc 1 to produce an executable This term is quite old going back at least to the mid 70s in jargon and probably much earlier The word automagic occurred in advertising for

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  • avatar
    on virtual reality and cyberspace interfaces an avatar is an icon or representation of a user in a shared virtual reality The term is sometimes used on MUD s 2 CMU Tektronix root superuser There are quite a few Unix machines on which the name of the superuser account is avatar rather than root This quirk was originated by a CMU hacker who found the terms root and superuser unimaginative

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