A person who doesn't have the faintest idea what they're doing and who, more importantly, refuses to do anything about it. [Blend of loser and user.]
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"Conceived and maintained by a contract programmer in Redmond, Wash., it is occasionally cutesy (he has names for each of the PCs on his home-office LAN) but saves itself with sardonic advice on topics such as the best way to handle what the programmer calls 'lusers.' (He recommends having a small, concealed LART, or Luser Attitude Readjustment Tool, available at all times. His preferred LART is, of course, a sledgehammer.)"
— Leslie Goff, "Site seeing," Computerworld, December 23, 1996
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Much of modern computer slang is a residue of the hackers' heyday of late 70s/early 80s Ivy League America. What was once almost a complete language has left an unnervingly rich vocabulary of insulting terms for almost anyone else who has contact with computers. Something badly designed is brain-damaged, someone using a machine badly is a lamer, a luser, a nerd, (in Britain an anorak or a trainspotter), as well as many other things too.
—Alex Bellos, "Lingua Franca: Invasion of killer worms," The Guardian (London), September 22, 1990
This word is a blend of "loser" and "user". In hacker parlance, luser is often used as a synonym for user, as though a mere user is automatically a loser, as well.
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  • Luser — steht für: die Ohren des edlen Schalenwilds; siehe Lauscher einen Benutzer im Netzjargon; siehe Dümmster anzunehmender User#Luser ein Berg im Schwarzwald; siehe Luser (Berg) Luser ist der Familienname folgender Personen: Constantin Luser (* 1976) …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Luser — Luser, contracción del inglés entre loser (perdedor, fracasado) y user (usuario), es un término utilizado por hackers y BOFHs para referirse a los usuarios comunes (local users en inglés o l users, de ahí el término), de manera despectiva y como… …   Wikipedia Español

  • Luser — es un término utilizado por hackers y Bofhs para referirse a los usuarios comunes, de manera despectiva y como burla. Luser es el usuario común, que generalmente se encuentra en desventaja frente a los usuarios expertos (hackers), quienes pueden… …   Enciclopedia Universal

  • Luser — (Jagdw.), so v.w. Lauscher …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • Luser — Luser, s. Lauscher …   Kleines Konversations-Lexikon

  • Luser — Luser,der:⇨Ohr(1) …   Das Wörterbuch der Synonyme

  • Luser — SVensson s ITS on KLH 10 Welcome to SV! SV ITS.1648. PWORD.2660. TTY 11 2. Lusers, Fair Share = 2% * One example of the usage of luser . In Internet slang, a luser (sometimes expanded to local user; also luzer or luzzer) is a painfully annoying,… …   Wikipedia

  • luser — LART and Lart redirect here. For the single board computer (SBC) from University of Delft/Netherlands, see LART (computer). SVensson s ITS on KLH 10      Welcome to SV! SV ITS.1648. PWORD.2660. TTY 11 2. Lusers, Fair… …   Wikipedia

  • Luser — Lu|ser: 1↑Loser. 1Lo|ser, Luser, der; s, [zu 2↑losen] (Jägerspr.): ↑Lauscher (2) …   Universal-Lexikon

  • luser — ● ►en /loo s*r/ n. m. ►ARGOT Variante qui se veut dans le vent de loser. Comme on me l a fait remarquer, la première utilisation du terme, jeu de mots confusionnant loser et user , remonte vers 1975, sur le système ITS du MIT. Le système… …   Dictionnaire d'informatique francophone

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