= B =
Batman factor n.
1. An integer number representing the
number of items hanging from a batbelt. In most settings, a
Batman factor of more than 3 is not acceptable without odd stares
and whispering. This encourages the hacker in question to choose
items for the batbelt carefully to avoid awkward social situations,
usually amongst non-hackers. 2. A somewhat more vaguely defined
index of contribution to sense 1. Devices that are especially
obtrusive, such as large, older model cell phones, "Pocket" PC
devices and walkie talkies are said to have a high batman
factor. Sleeker devices such as a later-model Palm or StarTac phone
are prized for their low batman factor and lessened obtrusiveness
--The Jargon File version 4.3.1, ed. ESR, autonoded by rescdsk.