= S =
1. Condition, situation. "What's the state of
your latest hack?" "It's winning away." "The system tried to
read and write the disk simultaneously and got into a totally
wedged state." The standard question "What's your state?"
means "What are you doing?" or "What are you about to do?"
Typical answers are "about to gronk out", or "hungry". Another
standard question is "What's the state of the world?", meaning
"What's new?" or "What's going on?". The more terse and
humorous way of asking these questions would be "State-p?".
Another way of phrasing the first question under sense 1 would be
"state-p latest hack?". 2. Information being maintained in
non-permanent memory (electronic or human).
--The Jargon File version 4.3.1, ed. ESR, autonoded by rescdsk.