1. (WWII military slang) Fucked up beyond all recognition (or repair).
2. <hardware> The Failed UniBus Address Register in a VAX. A good example
of how jargon can occasionally be snuck past the suits.
Larry Robinson <email@example.com> reports the following nonstandard
use for FUBAR:
One day somebody got mad at the card reader (or card eater that day) on our
Univac 3200. He taped a sign, "This thing is FUBAR", on the metal weight that
sits on the stack of unread cards. The sign stayed there for over a year. One
day, somebody said, "Don't forget to put the fubar on top of the stack". It
stuck! We called that weight the fubar until they took away the machine. The
replacement card reader had two spring loaded card clamps, one for the feed and
one for the return, and we called THOSE fubars until we dumped punch cards.
Incidently, the way he taped the sign on the weight made up for the lack of a
little nylon piece that was missing from it, and fixed the card reader. That's
why the sign stayed there.
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