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I'm my prefix,

But my prefix is not necessarily me.

My suffix determines

If you are dirty-minded.

When I appears,

One person will be really happy,

And one person will not.

What am I?

Hint:

my last letter is the last letter of this sentence.

Hint:

the rest of my suffix is the common prefix of two related software

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  • $\begingroup$ "One people" is intended, by the way. (Although not significant.) $\endgroup$ – null Aug 26 at 13:02
  • $\begingroup$ It is related to one of my interest by the way $\endgroup$ – null Aug 26 at 13:03
  • $\begingroup$ Interest? Is that deliberate? $\endgroup$ – Prince Deepthinker Aug 26 at 13:20
  • $\begingroup$ neccesarily->necessarily? $\endgroup$ – RobPratt Aug 26 at 13:48
  • $\begingroup$ The intended answer is much less farfetched than peanut. $\endgroup$ – null Aug 26 at 14:12
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Another possibility:

Checkmate

I'm my prefix, But my prefix is not necessarily me.

In checkmate the king is in check but there is no way to protect him. In a normal check the king has a way to be protected

My suffix determines If you are dirty-minded.

Mate selection?

When I appears, One person will be really happy, And one person will not.

Winner/Loser

Hint 2:

Matlab/Mathematica

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  • $\begingroup$ Congrats!! You got it!~ $\endgroup$ – null Aug 26 at 14:29
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One possible answer is:

A SNOWBALL

I'm my prefix,
But my prefix is not necessarily me.

A snowball is made of SNOW; however, snow exists in many forms other than a snowball.

My suffix determines
If you are dirty-minded.

Talk of a BALL to someone and there are multiple interpretations, some ruder than others (e.g. sports equipment vs body parts...).

When I appears,
One person will be really happy,
And one person will not.

When somebody makes a SNOWBALL during a snowball fight, the person holding it is happy at the possibilities before them - their opponent suddenly is not, as they may be about to be hit with something cold, hard and painful!

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  • $\begingroup$ NB I began answering this question before the hint was added... $\endgroup$ – Stiv Aug 26 at 14:19
  • $\begingroup$ Why do this puzzle have this many answers? :( A snowball is not "snow" though (Otherwise I could argue that a CPU is transistor, or you are quarks) $\endgroup$ – null Aug 26 at 14:22
  • $\begingroup$ Now there's two answers I might as well add a second hint $\endgroup$ – null Aug 26 at 14:23
  • $\begingroup$ @TwilightSparkle ^ The difference there though is that if you refer to a snowball as 'snow' nobody would think you are being pedantic (a snowball is indisputably snow, just shaped as a ball - the clue's in the name!) - whereas try to justify humans equating to nothing more than 'quarks' and you start off a full philosophical debate! ;-) $\endgroup$ – Stiv Aug 26 at 21:44
  • $\begingroup$ lolololololol without context you can't say a snowball "appeared" though $\endgroup$ – null Aug 27 at 0:24

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