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These terms are used in various philosophical articles on Pin Eight and by some contributors who also post to SoylentNews, Slashdot, NESdev BBS, and other web-based discussion platforms. Terms particular to the game world are not included in this glossary.

A

all maximized all the time
Capable of showing only one application's user interface at once due to window management policy, even though the underlying operating system supports multitasking. (See User:Tepples/tablets.)

C

copyleft
1. ShareAlike with the additional requirement to make a derivative work's source code available. Said of a copyright license.
2. To apply a copyleft license to (a work).
Copyrobeast
Any automated means to detect copyrighted material uploaded by users of a media hosting platform, when false matches cause serious inconvenience for noninfringing users. (By comparison to the villains from the animated television series Voltron; see User:Eighty5cacao/misc/copyrobeast.)

F

Folkwell
Any slab-serif typeface with an irregular or "bouncy" quality.
free cultural works
Works of authorship, other than computer programs, distributed in a way that allows end users to share and improve them, particularly under a copyright license granting these rights to the public.
free software
Computer programs distributed in a way that allows end users to share and improve them, particularly with source code published under a copyright license granting these rights to the public.

G

gamer
User of video games.
GNU/Linux
An operating system including Linux as its kernel, GNU Coreutils, and at least two other major components of the GNU operating system. The term is useful to distinguish these systems from Android or embedded systems using Linux.

H

hacker
Someone who enjoys playful cleverness. Contrast with "intruder".
HTPC
Home theater PC, generic term for a personal computer using a television as its monitor. An HTPC with a suitable graphics processor can replace a video game console.

I

intruder
Someone who bypasses the security of a building, computer system, or the like in order to commit a crime or intentional tort. Contrast with "hacker" and "pen tester".

J

Java-trapped
Distributed as free software but with unavoidable non-free dependencies. (After a 2004 article by Richard Stallman describing the status of programs written in the Java programming language prior to the release of OpenJDK.)

M

monkeysphere
A group of individuals with a size close to Dunbar's number (150 for humans), especially such a group with which a particular individual regularly interacts. (After David Wong's article "What Is the Monkeysphere?", an accessible, lighthearted look at the effects of Dunbar's number.)

P

PC Master Race
The community of gamers who choose to be their own masters by using a PC rather than being a slave to a video game console maker. Oppose "peasant". (Coined in a review by Ben "Yahtzee" Croshaw of the video game The Witcher.)
peasant
1. A farmer on leased land.
2. A gamer who prefers consoles for any of several reasons despite their inflexibility. Oppose "PC Master Race".
penetration tester, pen tester
Someone who bypasses the security of a property (a building, computer system, or the like) in order to help the property's owner improve its security. Contrast with "intruder".
personal computer, PC
A computing device that allows the person who owns it to control what computing is done on it.
proletarian, prole
1. Someone with capacity to work who does not own land, tools, or other related means of production.
2. A console peasant. (Endonym of the Console Proletariat, the rival to the PC Master Race community on Reddit.)

S

ShareAlike
Requiring derivative works to be distributed as free software or free cultural works. Said of a copyright license.
source code
"The preferred form of a work for making modifications to it." (Defined as such in the GNU General Public License, versions 2 and 3.)
-sson, -sdaughter
Having only a given name, with no surname recorded or even existing, but with a parent's given name available and distinctive. Said of a historical person or fictional character. (English calque of the Icelandic patronymic convention.)
super-deformed
Depicting humans older than toddlers with exaggerated cuteness that makes the head longer than the torso and/or wider than the shoulders. Said of a pictorial, graphic, sculptural, or audiovisual work.

T

tall
Having demonstrated experience directing commercial projects with a budget over a particular amount. Said of someone seeking to create and distribute a video game or other work, especially when a monopoly or cartel of distributors use experience, budget, or full-time status as the primary entry barriers. Often used in expressions to the effect "must be this tall" or "not tall enough", by analogy with height requirements for amusement rides.
TLS certificate
An X.509 public key certificate issued by a certificate authority trusted by web browser publishers, where the certificate's subjectAltName (SAN) field identifies one or more domain names. Sometimes called an "SSL certificate" after Secure Sockets Layer, the predecessor to Transport Layer Security.
trouser tyranny
A belief that a skirted garment, such as a tunic or kilt, ought to be exclusive to women, even if cut in an otherwise masculine manner.

W

without charge
Synonym for "gratis" using only common English words. (Borrowed from how Jehovah's Witnesses describe the lack of price for their literature.)

X

X11/Linux
An operating system including Linux as its kernel and an X11 server, usually the reference server by X.Org. Most popular X11/Linux systems are also GNU/Linux.