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  • batbelt
    such as pagers cell phones personal organizers leatherman multitools pocket knives flashlights walkie talkies even miniature computers from their belts When many of these devices are worn at once the hacker s belt somewhat resembles Batman s utility belt hence

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  • batch
    file is a series of instructions written to be handed to an interactive program running in batch mode 2 Performance of dreary tasks all at one sitting I finally sat down in batch mode and wrote out checks for all those bills I guess they ll turn the electricity back on next week 3 batching up Accumulation of a number of small tasks that can be lumped together for greater

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  • bathtub curve
    end to end section of one of those claw footed antique bathtubs that describes the expected failure rate of electronics with time initially high dropping to near 0 for most of the system s lifetime then rising again as it

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  • Batman factor
    than 3 is not acceptable without odd stares and whispering This encourages the hacker in question to choose items for the batbelt carefully to avoid awkward social situations usually amongst non hackers 2 A somewhat more vaguely defined index of contribution to sense 1 Devices that are especially obtrusive such as large older model cell phones Pocket PC devices and walkie talkies are said to have a high batman factor

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  • baud
    with bps only for two level modulation with no framing or stop bits Most hackers are aware of these nuances but blithely ignore them Historical note baud was originally a unit of telegraph signalling speed set at one pulse per second It was proposed at the November 1926 conference of the Comité Consultatif International Des Communications Télégraphiques as an improvement on the then standard practice of referring to line speeds

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  • baz
    usage the term is often drawn out for 2 or 3 seconds producing an effect not unlike the bleating of a sheep baaaaaaz 3 Occasionally appended to foo to produce foobaz Earlier versions of this lexicon derived baz as a Stanford corruption of bar However Pete Samson compiler of the TMRC lexicon reports it was already current when he joined TMRC in 1958 He says It came from Pogo Albert

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  • bazaar
    The Cathedral and the Bazaar The main argument of the paper was that Brooks s Law is not the whole story given the right social machinery debugging can be efficiently parallelized across large numbers of programmers The title metaphor caught on see also cathedral and the style of development typical in the Linux community is now often referred to as the bazaar mode Its characteristics include releasing code early and

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  • bboard
    the BBS world or as a real old timer predating Usenet 2 At CMU and other colleges with similar facilities refers to campus wide electronic bulletin boards 3 The term physical bboard is sometimes used to refer to an old fashioned non electronic cork and thumbtack memo board At CMU it refers to a particular one outside the CS Lounge In either of senses 1 or 2 the term is

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