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  • Meaning of "frob"

    I came across this in my linix box

    Frobnicate, v.:
    To manipulate or adjust, to tweak. Derived from FROBNITZ. Usually
    abbreviated to FROB. Thus one has the saying "to frob a frob." See TWEAK
    and TWIDDLE. Usage: FROB, TWIDDLE, and TWEAK sometimes connote points along
    a continuum. FROB connotes aimless manipulation; TWIDDLE connotes gross
    manipulation, often a coarse search for a proper setting; TWEAK connotes
    fine-tuning. If someone is turning a knob on an oscilloscope, then if he's
    carefully adjusting it he is probably tweaking it; if he is just turning it
    but looking at the screen he is probably twiddling it; but if he's just
    doing it because turning a knob is fun, he's frobbing it.

    some of you have the word "frob" in your signatures and I wondered if you had seen this.
    Conformity is the refuge of the unimaginative, the dull and the stupid
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  • #2
    How interesting

    *Shadow Thief frobs his chin*

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    • #3
      It may seem a bit weird to manipulate the loot, but would you rather "use" the loot to pick it up? It fits a lot better with the whole 'frob inventory item' option as well.

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      • #4
        How about Finagle?

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        • #5
          I'm just willing to bet that THAT dictionary also includes, "Taffer."

          Fill us in, Decompiler?

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          • #6
            I don't have this dictionary, this came from a unix program called "fortune" basic list. If I find any more theivery related cookies in it I will post them too. But no taffer.
            Conformity is the refuge of the unimaginative, the dull and the stupid
            The internet based realm of Decompiler

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            • #7
              Bonus from same dictonary. Still no taffer(may make one up though) but a deffinition of "hacker"

              hacker, n.:
              Originally, any person with a knack for coercing stubborn inanimate
              things; hence, a person with a happy knack, later contracted by the
              mythical philosopher Frisbee Frobenius to the common usage, 'hack'.
              In olden times, upon completion of some particularly atrocious body
              of coding that happened to work well, culpable programmers would gather
              in a small circle around a first edition of Knuth's Best Volume I by
              candlelight, and proceed to get very drunk while sporadically rending
              the following ditty:

              Hacker's Fight Song

              He's a Hack! He's a Hack!
              He's a guy with the happy knack!
              Never bungles, never shirks,
              Always gets his stuff to work!

              All take a drink (important!)
              Conformity is the refuge of the unimaginative, the dull and the stupid
              The internet based realm of Decompiler

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              • #8
                got bored and invented this
                taffer, n.:
                1:Lower class person who is where they should not be. Hence "To taff"(spend time in an area where you should not be) 2erogatary term applied to anyone caught by a guard or similar. i.e. "I've got you now, taffer." 3:Member of a theives guild (as people who are often where they should not be and being seen or caught by guards).

                what do you all think?
                Conformity is the refuge of the unimaginative, the dull and the stupid
                The internet based realm of Decompiler

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                • #9
                  Well, I think this:
                  Originally posted by Shadow Thief
                  *Shadow Thief frobs his chin*
                  was funny.
                  AlienMode ThieveryUT adaption
                  Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better.
                  Life is a bitch, then you get cancer. One story is good till another is told.

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                  • #10
                    Took me a while to learn what "frob" meant when I entered the Internet gaming community. I'd been playing solo on my own computer for years before and never used the word frob. I think I used "grab". Is frob more of a Thief term or is it used all over other games? What game did the term first show up in?

                    "Woot" was another one that took me forever to figure out :roll:
                    "Garlisk's got a lov-el-y bunch of coconuts."

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                    • #11
                      Frob=interact in the Thief games.
                      Hippopotomonstrosesquippedaliophobia, n. See also Irony.

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                      • #12
                        Frob is jargon. Much of the jargon originated in the hacker culture of MIT, where the principal authors of the Dark Engine are hailing from (Looking Glass HQ was in Cambridge Mass., and their ranks were swelled by the occasional student, as makes me "Behind the scenes" believe); or at least have adopted the hacker culture.

                        Another word of importance is tweq.
                        "HTML is ON" -- LIKE HELL. I can use neither the < entity nor the <strong> element.

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                        • #13
                          And I thought I was the link whore....

                          :lol:
                          "Garlisk's got a lov-el-y bunch of coconuts."

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                          • #14
                            WTF? Has anone noticed that Daxim's avatar changes every 5 seconds?
                            "Garlisk's got a lov-el-y bunch of coconuts."

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Buho
                              WTF? Has anone noticed that Daxim's avatar changes every 5 seconds?
                              No, just every time the page reloads.

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