FUD

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One of the many tools of FUD

FUD stands for Fear, Uncertainty, and Doubt. It is therefore like PLUR, but without the ecstasy. FUD is the favorite flaming tool of hi-tech companies directed at your average online user. One of the more famous tools of FUD is to employ a "research" firm to make dour predictions of your competition, advertise these "findings" on websites, and then claim these studies to be impartial. While FUD was originally invented by IBM, the master of FUD is actually Microsoft.

If you want to gain instant karma points on Slashdot, accuse the previous poster of spreading FUD.

Fud also means cunt, says Urban Dictionary.

Famous Victims of FUD


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