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Jargon 2.0

Amp off (v.)

To run something in the background, or assign secondary importance to. The term was used in the Unix operating system as a system command.

By contrast, the very lowest task in importance is a “slopsucker.” That’s some task that has to wait until everything else has been accomplished before being done. Then, only when the machine would otherwise be idle is the task allowed to “suck up the slop.”

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