The Jargon File

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n. Programmer who is characterized by large and somewhat brute force programs. The term is particularly well-suited for systems programmers.
(jerst) [based on the PDP-10 jump instruction] v. To suddenly change subjects. Usage: rather rare. "Jack be nimble, Jack be quick; Jack jrst over the candle stick."
(jay'sis), pl. JSI (jay'sigh) [Jump to SYStem] See UUO.
(kloodj) alt. KLUDGE [from the German "kluge", clever] n.1. A Rube Goldberg device in hardware or software.
2.A clever programming trick intended to solve a particular nasty case in an efficient, if not clear, manner. Often used to repair bugs. Often verges on being a crock.
3. Something that works for the wrong reason.
4. v. To insert a kluge into a program. "I've kluged this routine to get around that weird bug, but there's probably a better way." Also KLUGE UP.
5. KLUGE AROUND: To avoid by inserting a kluge. 6. (WPI) A feature which is implemented in a RUDE manner.
(lid'dib) [from the PDP-10 instruction set] v. To extract from the middle.
n. A cellular-automata game invented by John Horton Conway, and first introduced publicly by Martin Gardner (Scientific American, October 1970).
(standard ASCII terminology)1. v. To feed the paper through a terminal by one line (in order to print on the next line).
2. n. The "character" which causes the terminal to perform this action.
(MIT) Inverse of LINE FEED.
[from the technical term "logical device", wherein a physical device is referred to by an arbitrary name] adj. Understood to have a meaning not necessarily corresponding to reality. E.g., if a person who has long held a certain post (e.g., Les Earnest at SAIL) left and was replaced, the replacement would for a while be known as the "logical Les Earnest". The word VIRTUAL is also used. At SAIL, "logical" compass directions denote a coordinate system in which "logical north" is toward San Francisco, "logical west" is toward the ocean, etc., even though logical north varies between physical (true) north near SF and physical west near San Jose. (The best rule of thumb here is that El Camino Real by definition always runs logical north-and-south.)
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