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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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Phelan reviewed the fetal heart rate strips of 455 brain-damaged infants and found a persistent, nonreactive pattern in 39%, the Hon pattern in 26%, a reactive prolonged deceleration pattern in 25%, a persistent reactive pattern in 6%, and bradycardia in 2%.
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The Association for Brain-Damaged Children and Young Adults, based at Clifton House in St Paul's Road, Foleshill, is marking the milestone with a dinner dance on June 17.
Prime Minister Tony Blair and Foreign Secretary Jack Straw had pleaded for Housel, whose supporters say he was brain-damaged and mentally ill when he killed, to be spared.
The brain-damaged man, called NK by the researchers, displayed average intelligence and good vision and hearing.
64 billion, was brain-damaged, dependent on aides and adopted a broker's strategy without doing a simple analysis that proved it a loser, witnesses testified Monday.
US senators yesterday voted to extend the life of a brain-damaged woman in a right-to-die row.
A TWIN left brain-damaged after being starved of oxygen at birth was awarded pounds 2.
Brain-damaged people who have lost much of their ability to understand spoken sentences are better than healthy folks at picking up on emotions that others are trying to conceal, a new study suggests.
Given) the fact that Brian Mittenhuber is currently brain-damaged, and the fact that the initial responding deputy knew that Brian Mittenhuber had mental problems, the jury (could) easily conclude that Brian Mittenhuber was a `mentally disturbed person' at the time of this incident and that the deputies should have used other tactics to avoid using deadly force,'' court documents state.
THE family of a brain-damaged criminal are at "breaking point", a court heard yesterday.
Although all participants had normal IQ scores, both groups of brain-damaged patients lost money on this task, while most healthy volunteers picked cards that produced a profit.