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proprietary: adj. 1. In marketroid-speak, superior; implies a
   product imbued with exclusive magic by the unmatched brilliance of
   the company's own hardware or software designers.  2. In the
   language of hackers and users, inferior; implies a product not
   conforming to open-systems standards, and thus one that puts the
   customer at the mercy of a vendor able to gouge freely on service
   and upgrade charges after the initial sale has locked the customer