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brain-damaged

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[generalisation of "Honeywell Brain Damage" (HBD), a theoretical disease invented to explain certain utter cretinisms in Honeywell Multics] Obviously wrong; cretinous; demented. There is an implication that the person responsible must have suffered brain damage, because he should have known better. Calling something brain-damaged is really bad; it also implies it is unusable, and that its failure to work is due to poor design rather than some accident. "Only six monocase characters per file name? Now *that's* brain-damaged!"

brain-damaged

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[especially in the Mac world] May refer to free demonstration software that has been deliberately crippled in some way so as not to compete with the commercial product it is intended to sell. Synonym crippleware.
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A Welsh Government spokesman said: "The Substance Misuse Delivery Plan 2013-15 sets out the actions that the Welsh Government is taking to tackle alcohol related brain damage and the recommendations from Alcohol Concern's report are welcomed and will be considered in conjunction with these actions.
His technique is an emergency time-buying procedure to delay brain damage until emergency medical personnel arrive.
But in 35% of cases, a sudden, rapid, and sustained deterioration of the fetal heart rate develops; profound brain damage leads to loss of autonomic control and the "stair steps to heaven," presaging death in 14%.
He said her husband wants definitive proof showing the extent of her brain damage.
Court-appointed physicians said her brain damage was so severe that there was no hope she would ever have any cognitive abilities.
Furthermore, the kinds of studies that have purported to claim that brain damage or other diseases of significance occur from mycotoxins in the indoor environment are primarily case reports, Gots noted, "and case reports are not terribly meaningful," he said.
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Mr Justice O'Hara made the ruling at Belfast High Court after hearing the five-month-old boy "has suffered such overwhelming and irreversible brain damage that in all likelihood he is now blind, deaf, severely mentally handicapped and severely physically disabled".
LITTLE Travis Goddard is helping children with brain damage.
Sydney, Apr 27( ANI ): Kentucky Fried Chicken has been ordered to pay eight million dollars in damages to the family of a young Sydney girl, who suffered brain damage after she consumed a Twister chicken wrap.
UNBORN babies whose bodies fail to regulate their blood properly are more likely to suffer brain damage and death, experts said today.
Brain damage suffered while fighting in a war can undermine core aspects of a soldier's personality and behavior.