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  • broken-ring network
    network an early and very slow LAN technology from IBM that lost the standards war to Ethernet Though token ring survives in a few niche markets such as factory automation that put a high premium on resistance to electrical noise

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  • BrokenWindows
    BrokenWindows Prev B Next BrokenWindows n Abusive hackerism for the crufty and elephantine X environment on Sun machines properly called OpenWindows Prev Up Next broken ring network Home broket

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  • broket
    broken bracket Either of the characters and when used as paired enclosing delimiters This word originated as a contraction of the phrase broken bracket that is a bracket that is bent in the middle At MIT and apparently in the

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  • Brooks's Law
    and communications cost associated with coordinating and then merging their work is O N 2 that is proportional to the square of N The quote is from Fred Brooks a manager of IBM s OS 360 project and author of The Mythical Man Month Addison Wesley 1975 ISBN 0 201 00650 2 an excellent early book on software engineering The myth in question has been most tersely expressed as Programmer

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  • brown-paper-bag bug
    so embarrassing that the author notionally wears a brown paper bag over his head for a while so he won t be recognized on the net Entered popular usage after the early 1999 release of the first Linux 2 2

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  • browser
    has been present in jargon for a long time the proliferation of browsers for the World Wide Web after 1992 has made it much more popular and provided a central or default techspeak meaning of the word previously lacking in

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  • BRS
    BRS Prev B Next BRS B R S n Syn Big Red Switch This abbreviation is fairly common on line Prev Up Next browser Home brute force

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  • brute force
    should the cities be visited in order to minimize the distance travelled The brute force method is to simply generate all possible routes and compare the distances while guaranteed to work and simple to implement this algorithm is clearly very stupid in that it considers even obviously absurd routes like going from Boston to Houston via San Francisco and New York in that order For very small N it works well but it rapidly becomes absurdly inefficient when N increases for N 15 there are already 1 307 674 368 000 possible routes to consider and for N 1000 well see bignum Sometimes unfortunately there is no better general solution than brute force See also NP and rubber hose cryptanalysis A more simple minded example of brute force programming is finding the smallest number in a large list by first using an existing program to sort the list in ascending order and then picking the first number off the front Whether brute force programming should actually be considered stupid or not depends on the context if the problem is not terribly big the extra CPU time spent on a brute force solution may cost less than the programmer time it

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