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Eric Conspiracy
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person, humour A shadowy group of moustachioed hackers named
Eric first pinpointed as a sinister conspiracy by an infamous
talk.bizarre posting ca. 1986. This was doubtless influenced
by the numerous "Eric" jokes in the Monty Python oeuvre.
There do indeed seem to be considerably more moustachioed
Erics in hackerdom than the frequency of these three traits
can account for unless they are correlated in some arcane way.
Well-known examples include Eric Allman (of the "Allman
style" described under indent style), Erik Fair (co-author
of NNTP), Eric S. Raymond and about fifteen others. The
organisation line "Eric Conspiracy Secret Laboratories" now
emanates regularly from more than one site.