New uses for computerese
While hunting through the V's in an IBM glossary (for an unlisted item), I came across Virgin Medium. A telepathic Vestal? No, media on which no records have yet been made. But a game was born...
Ambiguous Reference: Gossip.
Alteration Switch: Radical change of quarry in the singles' bar.
Abnormal Termination: This covers many subjects. Are we reading a family magazine?
Absolute Command: The cat is hungry.
Access Level: Dating; supersedes system of 1st base, 2nd See also Basic Access Method.
Basic Access Method: Any access method in which each input/output statement causes a corresponding input/output operation to occur.
Explicit Route: Ian Faber Memorial Rally; The path control network components, including a specific set of one or more transmission groups, that connect two subarea nodes. n explicit route is identified by an original subarea address, a destination subarea address, an explicit route number, and a reverse explicit route number. See also Virtual Route.
Incremental Execution: The Falklands situation.
Virtual Memory: Sign of age.
Virtual Partition: Bundling; Wall of Jericho.
Virtual Route: Ian Faber Memorial Rally; Error condition.
Virtual Space: Heaven. (And what is the collective noun for angels?)
In 1977 Robin Winburn compiled the popular book Intelligensia, a compendium of articles from back issues of the SF Mensa Intelligencer.
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