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out-of-band

adjective

  • in communication, using a medium other than the current one. For example: discussing some finer point via email, rather than clogging a discussion forum.
    Let's talk about that out-of-band.

    Last edited on Nov 15 2011. Submitted by Walter Rader (Editor) from Sacramento, CA, USA on Nov 15 2011.

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pathological

adjective

  • of input used to test a program or an algorithm, specifically designed to make the test subject perform as poorly as possible.

    Last edited on Nov 15 2011. Submitted by WalterGR (via TheJargonFile) on Aug 14 2009.

  • of a set of circumstances that are likely to adversely affect something, very unlikely to occur.
    Person A: If the user uninstalls and then reinstalls video drivers while their monitor is off, the system will fail to boot.

    Person B: Yes, but that's a pathological case.

    Last edited on Nov 15 2011. Submitted by WalterGR (via TheJargonFile) on Aug 14 2009.

  • of a data set, very dissimilar from normal input. Especially one that exposes a bug or algorithmic limitation.

    Last edited on Nov 15 2011. Submitted by WalterGR (via TheJargonFile) on Aug 14 2009.

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pessimal

adjective

  • as bad as possible. The opposite of "optimal."
    My solution was just about as pessimal as possible, but it'll work until version 2.

    Last edited on Nov 11 2011. Submitted by WalterGR (via TheJargonFile) on Aug 14 2009.

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plumbing

noun

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pointy-haired

adjective

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postcardware

noun - uncountable

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pound on

verb - transitive

  • to test something before it is released or presented.
    The beta testers have been pound on the new version for a month. It seems solid, so we're going to start building release candidates.

    Last edited on Nov 11 2011. Submitted by WalterGR (via TheJargonFile) on Aug 14 2009.

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prepend

verb - transitive

  • to add something to the beginning; "prefix". The computing variant of "append".
    To get it to display in monospace font, prepend four spaces to every line.

    Last edited on Nov 11 2011. Submitted by WalterGR (via TheJargonFile) on Aug 14 2009.

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