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Abbreviation for Bastard Operator From Hell. Often used to describe a system administrator who has little tolerance for inexperienced users and is occasionally used to describe heavy-handed moderators of newsgroups. The term originated in the days when mainframe computers were prevalent and when the users of such computers were very reliant on the operators to run their programs. Many operators, tired by irregular shift patterns, would take their unhappiness out on the users and came to be known as bastard operators from hell.

Subjects: Computing.

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