= B =
1. [common; generalization of
`Honeywell Brain Damage' (HBD), a theoretical disease invented to
explain certain utter cretinisms in Honeywell Multics]
adj. Obviously wrong; cretinous; demented. There is
an implication that the person responsible must have suffered brain
damage, because he should have known better. Calling something
brain-damaged is really bad; it also implies it is unusable, and
that its failure to work is due to poor design rather than some
accident. "Only six monocase characters per file name? Now
that's brain-damaged!" 2. [esp. in the Mac world] May
refer to free demonstration software that has been deliberately
crippled in some way so as not to compete with the product it is
intended to sell. Syn. crippleware.
--Jargon File, autonoded by rescdsk.
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