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 for brain-damaged
From The Jargon File (version 4.4.7, 29 Dec 2003) :

  brain-damaged
   adj.
  
      1. [common; generalization of ?Honeywell Brain Damage? (HBD), a theoretical
      disease invented to explain certain utter cretinisms in Honeywell Multics
      ] adj. 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!?
  
      2. [esp. 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
      product it is intended to sell. Syn. crippleware.
  

From The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (18 March 2015) :

  brain-damaged
  
     1. [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!"
  
     2. [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.
  
     [{Jargon File]
  
     (2011-01-04)
  

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