- n. Extreme lossage (see LOSSAGE) resulting in something
(usually vital) becoming completely unusable.
- (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.
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)
- [from LISP terminology for "true"]1.Yes. Usage: used in reply to
a question, particularly one asked using the "-P" convention). See
2. See TIME T.
- TAIL RECURSION
- n. See TAIL RECURSION.
- TALK MODE
- See COM MODE.
- n. (primarily MIT-DMS) The quality in programs which tends to be
inversely proportional to the number of features, hacks, and kluges
programmed into it. Also, TASTY, TASTEFUL, TASTEFULNESS. "This
feature comes in N tasty flavors." Although TASTEFUL and FLAVORFUL
are essentially synonyms, TASTE and FLAVOR are not.