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Hacking X for Y
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[ITS] Ritual phrasing of part of the information which ITS
made publicly available about each user. This information
(the INQUIR record) was a sort of form in which the user could
fill out various fields. On display, two of these fields were
always combined into a project description of the form
"Hacking X for Y" (e.g. ""Hacking perceptrons for Minsky"").
This form of description became traditional and has since been
carried over to other systems with more general facilities for
self-advertisement (such as Unix plan files).