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wetware

(jargon)
/wet'weir/ (Probably from the novels of Rudy Rucker, or maybe Stanislav Lem) The human nervous system, as opposed to electronic computer hardware or software. "Wetware has 7 plus or minus 2 temporary registers." Also, human beings (programmers, operators, administrators) attached to a computer system, as opposed to the system's hardware or software.

See liveware, meatware.

wetware

A biological system. It typically refers to the human brain and nervous system. See liveware, grayware and wares.
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The DNS therefore mediates between the needs and preferences of wetware and of software.
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Term used among crackers and samurai (hackers who hire out for legal cracking jobs) for cracking techniques that rely on weaknesses in wetware (human beings attached to a computer) rather than software; the aim is to trick people into revealing passwords or other information that compromises a target system's security.