from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. An electronic device that converts electronic signals into sound waves, and sound waves into electronic signals, used to transmit information between computers by the use of ordinary telephone lines; usually called a modem.
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The idea of pushing data down a telephonic connection through the intermediary of an acoustically coupled modulator-demodulator?
Ah, the modulator-demodulator, better known as the modem.
If he were not being paid to be amongst David Bradley’s stable of boys and girls who issue opinion, wouldn’t Brian Williams be dismissing him as a “Vinny” from the Bronx who’s got a modulator-demodulator and lives in an efficiency?
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