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  • bare metal
    to test device drivers and writing the assemblers that will be used to write the compiler back ends that will give the new machine a real development environment 2 Programming on the bare metal is also used to describe a style of hand hacking that relies on bit level peculiarities of a particular hardware design esp tricks for speed and space optimization that rely on crocks such as overlapping instructions

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  • barfmail
    n Multiple bounce message s accumulating to the level of serious annoyance or worse The sort of thing that happens when an inter network mail gateway goes down or wonky

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  • barfulation
    fyoo lay sh n interj Variation of barf used around the Stanford area An exclamation expressing disgust On seeing some particularly bad code one might exclaim Barfulation Who wrote this

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  • barfulous
    B Next barfulous bar fyoo l s adj alt barfucious bar fyoo sh s Said of something that would make anyone barf if only for esthetic reasons Prev Up Next

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  • barn
    so much space The logs have grown to several barns The source of this is clear when physicists were first studying nuclear interactions the probability was thought to be proportional to the cross sectional area of the nucleus this probability is still called the cross section Upon experimenting they discovered the interactions were far more probable than expected the nuclei were as big as a barn The units for cross

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  • barney
    barney is to fred sense 1 as bar is to foo That is people who commonly use fred as their first metasyntactic variable will often use barney second The reference is of course to Fred Flintstone and Barney Rubble in

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  • baroque
    of elephantine or monstrosity but is less extreme and not pejorative in itself In the absence of other more negative descriptions this term suggests that the software is trembling on the edge of bad taste but has not quite tipped

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  • BASIC
    case like Pascal of the cascading lossage that happens when a language deliberately designed as an educational toy gets taken too seriously A novice can write short BASIC programs on the order of 10 20 lines very easily writing anything longer a is very painful and b encourages bad habits that will make it harder to use more powerful languages well This wouldn t be so bad if historical accidents

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