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

  luser
  
      /loo'zr/ A user; especially one who is also
     loser.++({luser">a loser.  ({luser and loser are pronounced identically.)
     This word was coined around 1975 at MIT.
  
     Under ITS, when you first walked up to a terminal at MIT and
     typed Control-Z to get the computer's attention, it printed
     out some status information, including how many people were
     already using the computer; it might print "14 users", for
     example.  Someone thought it would be a great joke to patch
     the system to print "14 losers" instead.  There ensued a great
     controversy, as some of the users didn't particularly want to
     be called losers to their faces every time they used the
     computer.  For a while several hackers struggled covertly,
     each changing the message behind the back of the others; any
     time you logged into the computer it was even money whether it
     would say "users" or "losers".  Finally, someone tried the
     compromise "lusers", and it stuck.
  
     Later one of the ITS machines supported "luser" as a
     request-for-help command.  ITS died the death in mid-1990,
     except as a museum piece; the usage lives on, however, and the
     term "luser" is often seen in program comments.
  
     See: also LART.  Compare: tourist, weenie.
  
     [{Jargon File]
  
     (1998-07-01)
  

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