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  • biff
    which was in turn named after a friendly dog who used to chase frisbees in the halls at UCB while 4 2BSD was in development There was a legend that it had a habit of barking whenever the mailman came

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  • big iron
    n common Large expensive ultra fast computers Used generally of number crunching supercomputers but can include more conventional big commercial IBMish mainframes Term of approval compare heavy metal oppose dinosaur

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  • Big Red Switch
    again time to hit the Big Red Switch Sources at IBM report that in tune with the company s passion for TLA s this is often abbreviated as BRS this has also become established on FidoNet and in the PC clone world It is alleged that the emergency pull switch on an IBM 360 91 actually fired a non conducting bolt into the main power feed the BRSes on more

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  • Big Room
    room with the blue ceiling and intensely bright light during the day or black ceiling with lots of tiny night lights during the night found outside all computer installations He can t come to the phone right now he s

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  • big win
    win n 1 common Major success 2 MIT Serendipity Yes those two physicists discovered high temperature superconductivity in a batch of ceramic that had been prepared incorrectly according to their experimental schedule Small mistake big win See win big Prev

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  • big-endian
    RISC designs are big endian Big endian byte order is also sometimes called network order See little endian middle endian NUXI problem swab 2 An Internet address the wrong way round Most of the world follows the Internet standard and writes email addresses starting with the name of the computer and ending up with the name of the country In the U K the Joint Academic Networking Team had decided

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  • bignum
    called integer but such computer integers are usually very limited in size usually they must be smaller than 2 31 2 147 483 648 If you want to work with numbers larger than that you have to use floating point numbers which are usually accurate to only six or seven decimal places Computer languages that provide bignums can perform exact calculations on very large numbers such as 1000 the factorial

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  • bigot
    language operating system editor or other tool see religious issues Usually found with a specifier thus Cray bigot ITS bigot APL bigot VMS bigot Berkeley bigot Real bigots can be distinguished from mere partisans or zealots by the fact that they refuse to learn alternatives even when the march of time and or technology is threatening to obsolete the favored tool It is truly said You can tell a bigot

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