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Differences between “methods”, “methodologies” and “paradigms”

I'm writing some internal documentation, which I cannot share, in which I outline several ways to accomplish a task. For example, updating software may be accomplished by: Send a list of what the ...
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Word For the Process of Finding Return on Investment

I am told that if I invest $20 in this Apple Stock, in one years time there is a: 10% chance I'll get back $25 10% chance I'll get back $20 30% chance I'll get back $15 50% chance I'll get back $10 ...
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Is EndDate higher, or later than StartDate?

In technical documentation, where you have two variables, StartDate and EndDate, how do you say that the EndDate must come after StartDate? Do you use the lower-higher or sooner-later comparison? Or ...
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Modern Term for Right/Secondary Click

In order to access secondary functions in a graphical interface (such as a context menu), users often have to "right click" an object on the screen. Some variations of this terminology I have seen ...
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The meaning of the phrase “to delay the time to occurrence of mood episodes”

I'm not exactly sure what this phrase mean: "the purpose of _ is to delay the time to occurrence of mood episodes ..." My guess is that it means that _ increases the amount of time between episodes.
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Single word to describe some tasks performed sequentially

I'm searching for a single word to describe a session made of independent tasks performed sequentially. For example when you go to a medical center (this is the context where it has to be used then ...
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What word is appropriate for a single-width slice of the third axis of data?

We have easy go-to terms for the X and Y axis, as row and column, respectively. However, I have never heard a similar term applying in the Z axis. Does such exist? Cell is not appropriate, as as cell ...
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What's a less-artificial-sounding work for “up-to-date” and “up-to-date-ness”?

I'm describing a software design in a proposal document of mine, and I want to express my intention of the design being up-to-date, taking into consideration existing publications and available ...
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Is there any scenario where one would use 'in the server' rather than 'on the server'?

My sentence is 'The user should be created on the server.' OR 'The user should be created in the server.' I usually use 'on' in all cases but I am wondering if the act of creation is better described ...
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Pronunciation of “SUS” in “Stainless Steel SUS 304”

How do engineers and the like who are native speakers of English pronounce “SUS” (stainless steel)? Like the verb “suss”? Like “SOS” (mayday) but with “U”?
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“Must Not” or “May Not” - which is the most correct

I work in the IT industry and often read software and standards specifications that start with a section with definitions for certain words used in the document. Recently I came across the following ...
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What is the meaning of 'probe' in the Linux command 'modprobe'?

My understanding of modprobe is that it is a command to load kernel modules. Based on this, I'm wondering what the meaning of word probe is in general English?
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Capitalization of Technical Terms/Proper Nouns

There are several technical terms for which I am struggling with the capitalization, such as Electronic Stability Control (ESC) Controller Area Network (CAN) Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) Advanced ...
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What's the name of the action for opening a lock with an RF card?

We're constantly bombarded with new gadgets in our everyday life. Lately, hotels are moving away from ordinary locks and towards card keys. Some of them simply slide into a small slot in the lock, ...
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Dissecting an English sentence using a pattern

I am trying to make a script that can dissect an English sentence. The problem is, I have no idea how to dissect an English sentence when the words are not familiar. I know what the nouns, verbs, etc ...
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How to write correctly in a heading the genus and species name of a microorganism? [closed]

I have a question regarding how to write correctly the name of a microorganism in the title of my thesis when using letters in uppercase: Option A: ...BLAH...BLAH... ESCHERICHIA COLI ...
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Synonyms for multiplexing and demultiplexing

I have developed a software mechanism which operates on a certain kind of software entities which are called interfaces. If you want technical details about the mechanism you can read this post on ...
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What should I do when two clauses that must be in parenthesis sit next to each other in my sentence?

I'm writing my thesis dissertation and in the results section I'm showing my results with this sentence: A small correlation between hit position and time was found for SS2 ($r=-0.143, ...
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Due by, due on, due for - what's the difference?

When someone says "I need x by Friday", I usually take it to mean they want x in their hands when Friday begins. However, when that same person says "I need x on Friday", I understand them to mean ...
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A term for making self-serving decisions that end up benefiting all

There's a term, perhaps a technical term, for when individuals make decisions that are self-serving only, but on a large scale, the combine decisions made in a self-serving manner happen to bring ...
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Usage of “w.r.t.” in academic papers [closed]

Is it possible to use the abbreviation "w.r.t." in academic papers?
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Single word for expressing “those which I am dependent on”

Is there any single (or near to single) word for expressing those which I am dependent on? I am searching for a dual term to dependent - the other side of the dependency. Something like the ...
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Need a word for 'spiderfy' or confirmation that spiderfy is OK to use in Technical Documentation

Question Is spiderfy a word? Is it OK to use in technical documentation for software? Is there a better alternative? Context I'm using the Google Maps API and there is this concept that many ...
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Singular and plural mess-up for an algorithm

How do I define a term and then use it in singular or plural context? Here is the problem: I am looking for a word which would collectively define the parameter setting for all the parameters in an ...
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Why Linux command called tee [closed]

I've tried to find etymology of Linux command tee that splits standard output onto two another outputs. Have anyone reference on this history or word origin?
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Does the word 'incrementation' exist?

An example: "To increment a variable makes an incrementation". One language wiki says it does, while MS Word and several dictionaries say there is no such word.
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How to specify that search should be between two dates in technical specification

I'm writing an integration manual that specifies how to use our WCF service for mobile messages and responses. The part in question needs to specify that the search results will be filtered between ...
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“Automation” versus “automatization” [closed]

I would like to characterize the action of making a process go automatically instead of doing it manually. The context is computer programming. A programmer may type in 10 pieces of code with only a ...
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Is there a difference between “disc” and “disk” for naming digital storage media?

I thought that a disc was a disc, and it is sometimes spelled disk. I now have got an indication that those two are not the same thing. In this answer on Graphic Design, I wrote floppy disc in the ...
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English of Modern Technology [closed]

English is a dynamic, fast evolving language. Many new technological terms and expressions have been recently added to the language. My question is where to find good resources (books, forums, etc) to ...
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Technical term for valid but unusual?

This question applies primarily to coding. Is there a term that describes input that is valid but unusual? For example: If I ask for a username, and get @##3i7&*(x]. The code should allow this, ...
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I need help with selecting correct title for technical article [duplicate]

I am a technical writer, tasked with producing a tutorial on PHP programming. In the latest work on the series, I've titled my article: "An Overview of PHP Data Types and Variable Concepts" The ...
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What is the antonym of “isolated” in the context of chemical substance?

I am looking for a word which would mean "not an isolated substance". I would use "blend" or "mixture", but these would imply that the components where isolated in the first place and then blended ...
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What's an alternative for the word “profile” in the context of computer software/data (and not relating to people or users)?

I'm a software/database developer and struggling to find the correct term for what we are currently referring to in our software as "profile". Of all the definitions I found for the word profile, ...
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Is 'Mochup' the same as 'Mock-up'?

I recently came across the word 'mochup'. I am unsure if this is simply a spelling mistake of the term 'mock-up', or if it is a technical neologism with a slightly different meaning. Searching on ...
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Name for a device purposefully put together from faulty parts

A tech jargon question: A friend thought he once heard a funny (?) jargon word for a device that was put together from faulty parts on purpose, maybe even with the very questionable intention to sell ...
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Etymology of a “pegged CPU”

There's a slightly obscure, slang meaning in tech circles of the word "pegged" as it relates to a computer's CPU. When it is fully utilised for a duration (at least several seconds), you can say that ...
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1st percentile, 2nd percentile… But how to say “2.5th” percentile?

It is necessary for me to write about the 2.5th and 97.5th percentiles of a data set. What is the correct way of writing this? This post talks about "zeroth", "n-th" and even "epsilonth" as ...
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punctuation and capitalization in lists [closed]

I'd like to know what is the best/correct form between the following example lists. I use such lists in technical documents. My two concerns are whether I should capitalize each list item (a) and ...
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Word for “A Song that Sets a Scene in a Particular Region or Culture”

This is a technical term in theater and movie arts for a stereotyped piece of music that is played to cue the audience that a scene is set in a particular location. E.g. London --> Rule ...
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Levelized in“ levelized cost of energy” [closed]

I have read a report titled "Lazard's Levelized Cost of Energy Analysis. What does this technical term "levelized cost of energy" mean?
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When referring to a previously sent text, would you say 'I text you about that' or 'I texted you about that'?

I realize texted is not a word, but text doesn't seem appropriate in the above sentence. What would make more sense?
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What do “source” and “sink” mean? [closed]

I do not understand "source" and "sink" in the following passage. I tried to look up a dictionary and google translate but it is not clear. Could anyone explain it for me? the passage: This ...
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Should I write “encode X into format Y” or “encode X in format Y”?

In technical writing involving such things as file formats, should one write "encode such-and-such into format Y" or write "encode such-and-such in format Y"? In other words, which preposition (into ...
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Instantiate a Video Player?

I am writing a technical report where a number of video players are being loaded on a webpage. Is it correct to say, "Instantiate a video player on the web page," or just, "Load a video player on the ...
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What is the antonym of 'virtual machine'?

What is the antonym of 'virtual machine'? A virtual machine (VM) is a piece of software pretending to be a piece of hardware. There can be virtual servers, virtual desktops... I googled around a ...
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How to pronounce “720p” and “1080p”

How do you pronounce 720p and 1080p? Because I don't live in a country that uses English, I haven't heard it yet. I guess it doesn't have a rule. seven hundred twenty p seven twenty p seventy two ...
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What is the difference between “deployment” and “release”?

In work environment, we frequently encounter the words "deployment" and "release" in technical context. I often hear them used interchangeably also. It is mainly related to "Release and Deployment ...
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Non-technical word or phrase to describe a data “query”

The scenario is that I am replying to an email from a colleague requesting statistics from a database. I am wanting to say that the results are of the same 'query' that was run the last time (and all ...
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Word for “Fetched Object”

For some context, I'm a programmer looking for a good word to use to label a generic class of things that are all pieces of information that are "fetched" from somewhere. These pieces of information ...