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  • hot spot
    n. 1. [primarily used by C/UNIX programmers, but spreading] It is received wisdom that in most programs, less than 10% of the code eats... VIEW ENTIRE DEFINITION


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  • hog
    n.,vt. 1. Favored term to describe programs or hardware that seem to eat far more than their share of a system's resources, esp. those...FULL DEFINITION

  • UBD
    /U-B-D/ [abbreviation for `User Brain Damage'] An abbreviation used to close out trouble reports obviously due to utter cluelessness on the user's part. ...FULL DEFINITION

  • two-to-the-N
    quant. An amount much larger than {N} but smaller than {infinity}. "I have 2-to-the-N things to do before I can go out for...FULL DEFINITION

  • path
    n. 1. A {bang path} or explicitly routed {{Internet address}}; a node-by-node specification of a link between two machines. 2. [UNIX] A filename,...FULL DEFINITION

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  • grault
    /grawlt/ n. Yet another {metasyntactic variable}, invented by Mike Gallaher and propagated by the {GOSMACS} documentation. See {corge}.

  • frotz
    /frots/ 1. n. See {frobnitz}. 2. `mumble frotz' An interjection of very mild disgust.

  • fudge factor
    n. A value or parameter that is varied in an ad hoc way to produce the desired result. The terms `tolerance' and {slop}...FULL DEFINITION

  • rogue
    [UNIX] n. A Dungeons-and-Dragons-like game using character graphics, written under BSD UNIX and subsequently ported to other UNIX systems. The original BSD `curses(3)'...FULL DEFINITION