brain-damaged


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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 mother who gave her brain-damaged son a lethal heroin injection to end his "living hell" has had her appeal adjourned, because she wanted to change her barrister.
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Drueciel Ford, 49, pleaded not guilty to five counts of child abuse and unprofessional conduct in Pasadena Superior Court on Wednesday, 11 months after a 15-year-old patient sedated with chloral hydrate almost died and was left brain-damaged after having a tooth pulled.
The investigators were studying decision-making performance in people with damage to the ventromedial prefrontal cortex when they noticed that some of the older controls did as badly on the task as brain-damaged subjects.
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Currently, families of brain-damaged babies who win payouts from hospitals using legal aid get to keep the full amount to help support their child.
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