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  From  Jargon  File  (4.2.3,  23  NOV  2000)  [jargon]: 
 
  Borg  n.  In  "Star  Trek:  The  Next  Generation"  the  Borg  is  a 
  species  of  cyborg  that  ruthlessly  seeks  to  incorporate  all  sentient  life 
  into  itself  their  slogan  is  "You  will  be  assimilated.  Resistance  is 
  futile."  In  hacker  parlance,  the  Borg  is  usually  {Microsoft},  which  is 
  thought  to  be  trying  just  as  ruthlessly  to  assimilate  all  computers  and 
  the  entire  Internet  to  itself  (there  is  a  widely  circulated  image  of  Bill 
  Gates  as  a  Borg).  Being  forced  to  use  Windows  or  NT  is  often  referred 
  to  as  being  "Borged".  Interestingly,  the  {Halloween  Documents}  reveal 
  that  this  jargon  is  live  within  Microsoft  itself  (Other  companies, 
  notably  Intel  and  UUNet,  have  also  occasionally  been  equated  to  the 
  Borg.)  See  also  {Evil  Empire},  {Internet  Exploiter}. 
 
  In  IETF  circles,  where  direct  pressure  from  Microsoft  is  not  a 
  daily  reality,  the  Borg  is  sometimes  Cisco.  This  usage  commemmorates  their 
  tendency  to  pay  any  price  to  hire  talent  away  from  their  competitors. 
  In  fact  at  the  Spring  1997  IETF,  a  large  number  of  ex-Cisco  employees, 
  all  former  members  of  Routing  Geeks,  showed  up  with  t-shirts  printed  with 
  "Recovering  Borg". 
 
 




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