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  • cargo cult programming
    usually neither the bug nor the reason the code apparently avoided the bug was ever fully understood compare shotgun debugging voodoo programming The term cargo cult is a reference to aboriginal religions that grew up in the South Pacific after World War II The practices of these cults center on building elaborate mockups of airplanes and military style landing strips in the hope of bringing the return of the god

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  • cascade
    with poor error recovery Too frequently one trivial syntax error such as a missing or throws the parser out of synch so that much of the remaining program text is interpreted as garbaged or ill formed 2 A chain of Usenet followups each adding some trivial variation or riposte to the text of the previous one all of which is reproduced in the new message an include war in which

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  • case and paste
    with minor changes Common in telephony circles because most operations in a telephone switch are selected using case statements Leads to software bloat In some circles of EMACS users this is called programming by Meta W because Meta W is the EMACS command for copying a block of text to a kill buffer in preparation to pasting it in elsewhere The term is condescending implying that the programmer is acting

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  • case mod
    cutouts for oversized fans or a freon based or water cooling system 2 Nowadays similar drastic surgery that s done just to make a machine look nifty The commonest case mods combine acrylic case windows with LEDs to give the machine an eerie interior glow like a B movie flying saucer More advanced forms of case modding involve building machines into weird and unlikely shapes The effect can be quite

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  • casting the runes
    Appendix A A correspondent from England tells us that one of ICL s most talented systems designers used to be called out occasionally to service machines which the field circus had given up on Since he knew the design inside out he could often find faults simply by listening to a quick outline of the symptoms He used to play on this by going to some site where the field

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  • cat
    sites See also dd BLT Among Unix fans cat 1 is considered an excellent example of user interface design because it delivers the file contents without such verbosity as spacing or headers between the files and because it does not require the files to consist of lines of text but works with any sort of data Among Unix haters cat 1 is considered the canonical example of bad user interface

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  • catatonic
    on a terminal and suddenly the computer doesn t even echo the letters back to the screen as you type let alone do what you re asking it to do then the computer is suffering from catatonia possibly because it

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  • cd tilde
    the Unix C shell and Korn shell command cd which takes one to one s HOME cd with no arguments happens to do the same thing By extension may be used with other arguments thus over an electronic chat link

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