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From The Jargon File (version 4.4.7, 29 Dec 2003) :
1. [from CB slang] An electronic pseudonym; a nom de guerre intended
to conceal the user's true identity. Network and BBS handles
function as the same sort of simultaneous concealment and display
one finds on Citizen's Band radio, from which the term was adopted.
Use of grandiose handles is characteristic of warez d00dz,
crackers, weenies, spods, and other lower forms of network
life; true hackers travel on their own reputations rather than
invented legendry. Compare nick, screen name.
2. A magic cookie, often in the form of a numeric index into some
array somewhere, through which you can manipulate an object like a
file or window. The form file handle is especially common.
3. [Mac] A pointer to a pointer to dynamically-allocated memory; the
extra level of indirection allows on-the-fly memory compaction (to
cut down on fragmentation) or aging out of unused resources, with
minimal impact on the (possibly multiple) parts of the larger
program containing references to the allocated memory. Compare
snap (to snap a handle would defeat its purpose); see also
aliasing bug, dangling pointer.
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