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Abbreviations, Acronyms and Slang Terms

Ever wonder WTF people are talking about sometimes?  Here is a list of abbreviations, acronyms and slang terms you may encounter in absm.* (alt.binaries.sounds.mp3.*):

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.aac - Advanced Audio CODEC - the extension for a Liquid Audio file, also known as an LQT
ab. - the alt.binaries.* hierarchy, e.g. ab.misc or ab.test
absm - alt.binaries.sounds.mp3 (the main group)
absm.* - alt.binaries.sounds.mp3.* (the hierarchy - all groups beginning with absm.)
AFAICT - As Far As I Can Tell
BTW - By the way,
BFD - Big Deal 
CBR - Constant Bit Rate (see also VBR)
CCS - Copyright Control Services (now called NetResult)
CDDA - CD Digital Audio - non-compressed format used on audio CDs
CDDB - CD Database (a formerly free database of album and track names - still free for private use, but developers who sell their players, rippers, etc. commercially or as shareware must now pay Gracenote a fee, so it is now gone from many applications - see also freedb)
cdi -
CEP - Cool Edit Pro - popular sound file editor
cmsg - Usenet control message often used to refer to creating and removing newsgroups (see also newgroup and rmgroup)
CODEC - Compressor/Decompressor - technology for compressing and decompressing files, either through hardware or software
.d group - discussion group - alt.binaries.sounds.mp3.d
DAE - Digital Audio Extraction - also known as ripping - getting an exact digital duplicate of the CD Digital Audio from a CD
DMCA - Digital Millenium Copyright Act
EN - Easynews - a commonly used NSP.
EOM - End Of Message - that's it, there ain't no more
FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions
freedb - freedb is the completely free CD Database - an alternative to CDDB
froup - group
FOMC - Falling Out of My Chair (laughing) - several extensions of this
Fraun - Fraunhoffer Institute - respected developer of MP3 CODECs.
Fhg - Fraunhoffer Institute- respected developer of MP3 CODECs.
FTP -File Transfer Protocol
FWIW - For What It's Worth
GoAT - Go Away, Troll
HAND - Have a nice day (usually used sarcastically)
HTH - Happy to help; Hope This Helps (also used sarcastically)
IANAL - I Am Not A Lawyer (stated just before dispensing a legal opinion)
ID3 - a tag in an MP3 header providing information about the artist, album, release date, etc.  The ID3 tag will show up in the display of MP3 players no matter what the actual filename on disk is.
IIRC - If I Recall Correctly
IMO, IMHO, IMNSHO - In My Opinion, In My Humble Opinion, In My Not So Humble Opinion
IRC - Internet Relay Chat - another way of sharing information, including MP3s
ISP - Internet Service Provider - an organization that provides access to the Internet.  Basic service usually includes access, email, DNS, possibly some Web space, and access to a news server.
JS joint stereo
KF - Kill File or Kill Filter - a newsreader filter that hides undesired posts from view
kb/sec or kbps - kilobytes per second - 8 times as much as kbps
kbps - kilobits per second - not the same as kilobytes per second
LAME - LAME Ain't an MP3 Encoder
LOL - Lots Of Laughs or Laughing Out Loud
LQT - see .aac
- in a subject line, "M" means Mono
MAD - MPEG Audio Decoder
MB - megabytes
 - Message ID - unique ID for a Usenet posting.
- Music Match Juke Box
MP3Enc - a Fraunhofer CODEC
newgroup - a control message for creating a new newsgroup (see alt.config FAQ).
.nfo file - an information file - a plain text file used to provide additional information with a binary post.
- Not My Rip - if the post has a ripping or encoding problem, the poster can't help
- a commercial News Service Provider
OBF - One Big File - often posted by someone who is clue-deficient.  It is usually the posting of all tracks of a CD as One Big File instead of posting each track separately.  It is the worst way to post.  No one can get anything inside unless they download the whole thing.  If it is missing parts, then the whole huge mess is totally unusable.
or OE5 - Outlook Express, Outlook Express version 5
- Out Of Print
PAR or PAR2 - Parity Archive Volume Set.
-  (not an abbreviation) from the command issued to send an ICMP packet to a host and get an echo back, therefore letting you know you can reach the host.  Ping is a way of getting someone's attention.
- Pain in the ass
- Pardon Me For Jumping In
PP2K - Power-Post 2000
PPOSTFU - Post Proof or Shut Up
PPP - Peck's Power Post
quit looking here for acronyms because none start with "Q"
RAR - an archive format that splits large files into smaller files and then reassembles them
RIAA - Recording Industry Association of America
rmgroup - a control message for removing a newsgroup (see alt.config FAQ).
- a way of intentionally mangling text by rotating the text by 13 characters, i.e. adding 13 to each character's ASCII value.  ROT-13 encoding/decoding is built in to most newsreaders.
RR - Road Runner - a popular cable modem provider
RTFM - Read the Fine Manual
- in a subject line, the letter "S" means Stereo (as opposed to Joint Stereo or Mono)
SFV - Simple File Verification
SN - Supernews - a commonly used NSP.
SSDD - Same Stuff, Different Day
STFU - Shut the f*ck up
TIA - Thanks In Advance
UNS - Usenetserver - a commonly used NSP.
UUE - Unix to Unix Encoding - the protocol for encoding binaries as test posts on Usenet.  A binary on the news spool is about 40% larger for transmission and storage than it is on your hard drive.
VBR - Variable Bit Rate
VQF - VQF is a compressed audio format developed by Yamaha.  
warez - bootleg software - softwarez
.wav - non-compressed Windows PCM audio format
- with respect to
WTF - What The F___? (fill in the blanks)
WTMKF - Welcome to My Kill File (see also KF) - sometimes an additional MF added to end
YMMV - Your Mileage May Vary
zbeba - the "politically correct" term for "moron".  The word "moron" with ROT-13 applied.