handle /n./ 1. [from CB slang] An electronic pseudonym; a
`nom de guerre' intended to conceal the user's true identity.
Network and BBS handles function as the same sort of simultaneous
concealment and display one finds on Citizen's Band radio, from
which the term was adopted. Use of grandiose handles is
characteristic of warez d00dz, crackers, weenies,
spods, and other lower forms of network life; true hackers
travel on their own reputations rather than invented legendry.
Compare nick. 2. [Mac] A pointer to a pointer to
dynamically-allocated memory; the extra level of indirection allows
on-the-fly memory compaction (to cut down on fragmentation) or
aging out of unused resources, with minimal impact on the (possibly
multiple) parts of the larger program containing references to the
allocated memory. Compare snap (to snap a handle would defeat
its purpose); see also aliasing bug, dangling
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