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"You have to budget the number of fuzzy rules you use to control a system. It turns out, you can state the optimality principle in three words: 'patch the bumps.'"
- Bart Kosko

Padloid  
  A tawdry news publication on a PDA, or notepad, device.  

Just a passing mention, but if you don't see anything like this on AvantGo, you're not looking hard enough.

The word itself is a contraction of "newspad" or "pad computer" (like a tablet pc) and "tabloid journalism" (meaning a newspaper that presents material in a condensed and lurid form). The word "Tabloid" is a registered trademark for a method of delivering drugs or chemicals in a condensed form.

My office was in Mall Twelve, level thirty-six, 120 degrees. It's in the editorial offices of The News Nipple, the padloid with the largest circulation in Luna.
From Steel Beach, by John Varley.
Published by Ace Putnam in 1992
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Only if you want your news fresh; this is a good newspaper name for those who remember The Glass Teat (by Harlan Ellison).

The term newspad is borrowed from Arthur C. Clarke's 1968 novel 2001: A Space Odyssey; Varley uses this term himself in his 1979 short story Options:

Through it all Jules was an island of calm at the other end of the table, his nose in his newspad, sipping his second cup of coffee... He finished his coffee, folded his newspad and tucked it under his arm...

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