adj. Reserved for the exclusive use of something (a metaphorical extension of the standard meaning). "Accumulator 7 is sacred to the UUO handler." Often means that anyone may look at the sacred object, but clobbering it will screw whatever it is sacred to
n. A cuspy but bogus raving story dealing with N random broken people.
1. n. Abbreviation for "semicolon", when speaking. "Commands to GRIND are prefixed by semi-semi-star" means that the prefix is ";;*", not 1/4 of a star.
2. Prefix with words such as "immediately", as a qualifier. "When is the system coming up?" "Semi-immediately."
n. A kind of DAEMON which performs a service for the requester, which often runs on a computer other than the one on which the server runs
SHIFT LEFT (RIGHT) LOGICAL
[from any of various machines' instruction sets]
1. v. To move oneself to the left (right). To move out of the way.
2. imper. Get out of that (my) seat! Usage: often used without the "logical", or as "left shift" instead of "shift left". Sometimes heard as LSH (lish), from the PDP-10 instruction set
SHR (share or shir)
See EXCL. (Occasional CMU usage.)
adj. Large quantity. Usage: Exclusive to MIT-AI. "Go away, I have 69 things to do to DDT before worrying about fixing the bug in the phase of the moon output routine..." [Note: Actually, any number less than 100 but large enough to have no obvious magic properties will be recognized as a "large number". There is no denying that "69" is the local favorite. I don't know whether its origins are related to the obscene interpretation, but I do know that 69 decimal = 105 octal, and 69 hexadecimal = 105 decimal, which is a nice property. - GLS]
n. 1. A one-sided fudge factor (q.v.). Often introduced to avoid the possibility of a fencepost error (q.v.).
2. (used by compiler freaks) The ratio of code generated by a compiler to hand-compiled code, minus 1; i.e., the space (or maybe time) you lose because you didn't do it yourself
v. To read a large data file entirely into core before working on it. "This program slurps in a 1K-by-1K matrix and does an FFT."
adj. Said of a program that does the Right Thing (q.v.) in a wide variety of complicated circumstances. There is a difference between calling a program smart and calling it intelligent; in particular, there do not exist any intelligent programs
n. A psychedelic color munch due to Gosper
[Simple (or Small) Matter of Programming]
n. A piece of code, not yet written, whose anticipated length is significantly greater than its complexity. Usage: used to refer to a program that could obviously be written, but is not worth the trouble.
v. To grab, esp. a large document or file for the purpose of using it either with or without the author's permission. See BLT. Variant: SNARF (IT) DOWN. (At MIT on ITS, DDT has a command called : SNARF which grabs a job from another (inferior) DDT.)
n. Hypothetical disease the existence of which has been deduced from the observation that unused programs or features will stop working after sufficient time has passed, even if "nothing has changed". Also known as "bit decay"
adv. In a way pertaining to software. "The system is softwarily unreliable." The adjective "softwary" is NOT used. See HARDWARILY
1. (ess-oh-ess) n. A losing editor, SON OF STOPGAP.
2. (sahss) v. Inverse of AOS, from the PDP-10 instruction set
1. v. To behave spastically or erratically; more often, to commit a single gross error. "Boy, is he spazzing!"
2. n. One who spazzes. "Boy, what a spazz!"
3. n. The result of spazzing. "Boy, what a spazz!"
n. 1. Name used in many places (DEC, IBM, and others) for the ASCII star ("*") character.
2. (MIT) Name used by some people for the ASCII pound-sign ("#") character.
3. (Stanford) Name used by some people for the Stanford/ITS extended ASCII circle-x character. (This character is also called "circle-x", "blobby", and "frob", among other names.)
4. (Stanford) Name for the semi-mythical extended ASCII circle-plus character.
5. Canonical name for an output routine that outputs whatever the the local interpretation of splat is. Usage: nobody really agrees what character "splat" is, but the term is common
v. To communicate with another ARPAnet host using the SUPDUP program, which is a SUPer-DUPer TELNET talking a special display protocol used mostly in talking to ITS sites. Sometimes abbreviated to SD
n. Condition, situation. "What's the state of NEWIO?" "It's winning away." "What's your state?" "I'm about to gronk out." As a special case, "What's the state of the world?" (or, more silly, "State-of-world-P?") means "What's new?" or "What's going on?"
n. Extreme lossage (see LOSSAGE) resulting in something (usually vital) becoming completely unusable.
STY (pronounced "sty", not spelled out)
n. A pseudo-teletype, which is a two-way pipeline with a job on one end and a fake keyboard-tty on the other. Also, a standard program which provides a pipeline from its controlling tty to a pseudo-teletype (and thence to another tty, thereby providing a "sub-tty").
This is MIT terminology; the SAIL and DEC equivalent is PTY.
n. See "wizard", "hacker". Usage: rare. (Becoming more common among IBM and Yourdon types.)
adj. From the use of secondary storage devices to implement virtual memory in computer systems. Something which is SWAPPED IN is available for immediate use in main memory, and otherwise is SWAPPED OUT. Often used metaphorically to refer to people's memories ("I read TECO ORDER every few months to keep the information swapped in.") or to their own availability ("I'll swap you in as soon as I finish looking at this other problem.").
n. 1. The supervisor program on the computer.
2. Any large-scale program.
3. Any method or algorithm.
4. The way things are usually done. Usage: a fairly ambiguous word. "You can't beat the system."
SYSTEM HACKER: one who hacks the system (in sense 1 only; for sense 2 one mentions the particular program: e.g., LISP HACKER)