= C =
CPU Wars /C-P-U worz/ n.
A 1979 large-format comic by
Chas Andres chronicling the attempts of the brainwashed androids of
IPM (Impossible to Program Machines) to conquer and destroy the
peaceful denizens of HEC (Human Engineered Computers). This rather
transparent allegory featured many references to ADVENT and
the immortal line "Eat flaming death, minicomputer mongrels!"
(uttered, of course, by an IPM stormtrooper). The whole shebang
is now available on the Web.
It is alleged that the author subsequently received a letter of
appreciation on IBM company stationery from the head of IBM's
Thomas J. Watson Research Laboratories (then, as now, one of the
few islands of true hackerdom in the IBM archipelago). The lower
loop of the B in the IBM logo, it is said, had been carefully
whited out. See eat flaming death.
--The Jargon File version 4.3.1, ed. ESR, autonoded by rescdsk.