As used by a hacker
, implies that some system, program, person, or institution is sufficiently maldesigned as to be not worth the bother of dealing with.
Unlike the adjectives in the cretinous, losing
series, "evil" does not imply incompetence or bad design, but rather a set of goals or design criteria fatally incompatible with the speaker's.
This usage is more an aesthetic and engineering judgment than a moral one in the mainstream sense.
"We thought about adding a Blue Glue
interface but decided it was too evil to deal with."
is neat, but it can be pretty evil if you're prone to typos."
Often pronounced with the first syllable lengthened, as /eeee'vil/.
Compare evil and rude