= T =
[acronym, from Robert Heinlein's
classic "The Moon is a Harsh Mistress".] "There Ain't No
Such Thing As A Free Lunch", often invoked when someone is balking
at the prospect of using an unpleasantly heavyweight
technique, or at the poor quality of some piece of software, or at
the signal-to-noise ratio of unmoderated Usenet newsgroups.
"What? Don't tell me I have to implement a database back end to
get my address book program to work!" "Well, TANSTAAFL you
know." This phrase owes some of its popularity to the high
concentration of science-fiction fans and political libertarians in
hackerdom (see Appendix B for discussion).
--Jargon File, autonoded by rescdsk.