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n. A kind of DAEMON which performs a service for the requester, which often runs on a computer other than the one on which the server runs.
[from any of various machines' instruction sets] 1. v. To move oneself to the left (right). To move out of the way.
2. imper. Get out of that (my) seat! Usage: often used without the "logical", or as "left shift" instead of "shift left". Sometimes heard as LSH (lish), from the PDP-10 instruction set.
(share or shir) See BIN.
See EXCL. (Occasional CMU usage.)
adj. Large quantity. Usage: Exclusive to MIT-AI. "Go away, I have 69 things to do to DDT before worrying about fixing the bug in the phase of the moon output routine..." [Note: Actually, any number less than 100 but large enough to have no obvious magic properties will be recognized as a "large number". There is no denying that "69" is the local favorite. I don't know whether its origins are related to the obscene interpretation, but I do know that 69 decimal = 105 octal, and 69 hexadecimal = 105 decimal, which is a nice property. - GLS]
n.1. A one-sided fudge factor (q.v.). Often introduced to avoid the possibility of a fencepost error (q.v.).
2. (used by compiler freaks) The ratio of code generated by a compiler to hand-compiled code, minus 1; i.e., the space (or maybe time) you lose because you didn't do it yourself.
v. To read a large data file entirely into core before working on it. "This program slurps in a 1K-by-1K matrix and does an FFT."
adj. Said of a program that does the Right Thing (q.v.) in a wide variety of complicated circumstances. There is a difference between calling a program smart and calling it intelligent; in particular, there do not exist any intelligent programs.
n. A psychedelic color munch due to Gosper.
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