[Cyberpunk SF, refers to flattening of EEG traces upon brain-death] also
"flatlined". 1. To die, terminate, or fail, especially irreversibly. In hacker
parlance, this is used of machines only, human death being considered somewhat
too serious a matter to employ jargon-jokes about.
2. To go completely quiescent; said of machines undergoing controlled shutdown.
"You can suffer file damage if you shut down Unix but power off before the
system has gone flatline."
3. Of a video tube, to fail by losing vertical scan, so all one sees is a bright
horizontal line bisecting the screen.
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