defined as = D = dehose


[portmanteau of "defective" and "afflicted"; common among PC repair technicians, and probably originated among hardware techs outside the hacker community proper] Term used of hardware that is broken due to poor design or shoddy manufacturing or (especially) both; less frequently used of software and rarely of people. This term is normally employed in a tone of weary contempt by technicians who have seen the specific failure in the trouble report before and are cynically confident they'll see it again.

--The Jargon File version 4.3.1, ed. ESR, autonoded by rescdsk.

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