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  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Jargon  File  (4.2.3,  23  NOV  2000)  [jargon]: 
 
  drop-outs  n.  1.  A  variety  of  `power  glitch'  (see  {glitch}); 
  momentary  0  voltage  on  the  electrical  mains.  2.  Missing  characters  in 
  typed  input  due  to  software  malfunction  or  system  saturation  (one  cause 
  of  such  behavior  under  Unix  when  a  bad  connection  to  a  modem  swamps  the 
  processor  with  spurious  character  interrupts;  see  {screaming  tty}). 
  3.  Mental  glitches;  used  as  a  way  of  describing  those  occasions  when 
  the  mind  just  seems  to  shut  down  for  a  couple  of  beats.  See  {glitch}, 
  {fried}. 
 
 
 
  From  The  Free  On-line  Dictionary  of  Computing  (13  Mar  01)  [foldoc]: 
 
  drop-outs 
 
  1.  A  variety  of  "power  glitch"  (see  {glitch});  momentary  0 
  voltage  on  the  electrical  mains. 
 
  2.  Missing  characters  in  typed  input  due  to  software 
  malfunction  or  system  saturation  (one  cause  of  such  behaviour 
  under  {Unix}  when  a  bad  connection  to  a  modem  swamps  the 
  processor  with  spurious  character  interrupts;  see  {screaming 
  tty}). 
 
  3.  Mental  glitches;  used  as  a  way  of  describing  those 
  occasions  when  the  mind  just  seems  to  shut  down  for  a  couple 
  of  beats.  See  {glitch},  {fried}. 
 
  [{Jargon  File}] 
 
  (2001-02-22) 
 
 




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