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 for UTSL
From The Jargon File (version 4.4.7, 29 Dec 2003) :

  UTSL
   //, n.
  
          [Unix] On-line acronym for `Use the Source, Luke' (a pun on Obi-Wan
          Kenobi's "Use the Force, Luke!" in Star Wars) -- analogous to RTFS
          (sense 1), but more polite. This is a common way of suggesting that
          someone would be better off reading the source code that supports
          whatever feature is causing confusion, rather than making yet
          another futile pass through the manuals, or broadcasting questions
          on Usenet that haven't attracted wizards to answer them.
  
          Once upon a time in elder days, everyone running Unix had source.
          After 1978, AT&T's policy tightened up, so this objurgation was in
          theory appropriately directed only at associates of some outfit with
          a Unix source license. In practice, bootlegs of Unix source code
          (made precisely for reference purposes) were so ubiquitous that one
          could utter it at almost anyone on the network without concern.
  
          Nowadays, free Unix clones have become widely enough distributed
          that anyone can read source legally. The most widely distributed is
          certainly Linux, with variants of the NET/2 and 4.4BSD distributions
          running second. Cheap commercial Unixes with source such as BSD/OS
          are accelerating this trend.
  

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