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Why are open source and closed source usually not hyphenated? Should they be? [on hold]

Typically, English writers do not hyphenate open source or closed source when referring to computer software. Why is this? Should they be hyphenated or is it best to not use hyphens for these terms?
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Word that Means a Pool of PCs that Distribute their Processing Power Equally?

I want a word or phrase that means a group of PCs that distribute their processing power equally. For example, when one computer is in sleep and another is active, the active computer can be boosted ...
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Term for calling a non-programmer who has an effective, important role in a project [closed]

What is the official term (within a (software) project organization) for calling someone who is not a programmer however (s)he plans the nuts and bolts of the system, it goals, challenges and ...
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What's a good term for source code that could theoretically still run, but is purposefully not?

I'm a software engineer. There are many times when I write a good chunk, or even the entirety of, a feature, but opt not to make it actually run in the program for some reason or another. This code is ...
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What is the origin of mule in test mule?

A test mule is a prototype that is used for performance evaluation. It is a common term for preproduction cars, but is also widely used in non-automotive product development. Where did the term come ...
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“Cross-posting” - is this word able to be used literally nowadays?

"Cross-posting" is the act of asking a question of more than one site within a system. As far as I know, it has always had a poor reputation, because doing so encourages answers that are not seen ...
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Is “demo” understood in all languages? [closed]

The word "demo" is widely used in the information technology field as "demonstration" in many languages. Many applications are distributed in a "demo" form before users purchase them. I would like to ...
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Is '⚡' an emoji? [closed]

Me and a few other people debated over this for a while. I wanted to see what you guys thought it was. The debate started here: http://mcforums.org/threads/208/#post-2031
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Is there a word that includes laptops, desktops, Macs and PCs, but not mobile devices

I want to write the sentence "I am creating an app which is intended for use on laptops, desktops, for both MAC and PC". Is there a single word I can use in place of what I have bolded? They are all ...
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Origins of the term “High Definition”?

I just found a 1996 VHS cassette with 'Super HD' written on it. I was under the impression that 'High Definition' is a relatively new term but it seems pretty old :D. When did 'High Definition' come ...
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What do kids say instead of "videotape”?

In a conversation I just had I used the word "videotape" to mean recording a video on a cell phone. It occurred to me that this is probably not the word youngsters use today, but I couldn't think of a ...
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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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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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New term for “disk”

With Solid State Drives taking over, the term "disk" is becoming a misnomer. What word do you use? "File system", "persistent storage" and "mass storage" are correct, but a little long. Is there ...
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Another word besides cyborg or android?

I'm trying to find the word to describe a type of robot. Here are my assumptions about the terms I have found thus far: Cyborgs are biological creatures that have had cybernetic implants. Bionics ...
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What is an “IT” person called who isn't a manager? [closed]

What is an "IT" person called who isn't a manager? An information technologist? I'm writing short biographical articles and beginning each with a summary of their work history. E.g. Sam Jones: ...
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Wi-Fi, WiFi, wi-fi, wifi [duplicate]

Shame the previous thread on this was closed. A lot of my work entails getting stuff right and being able to justify it but like many on this previous thread How do you spell wifi / Wi-Fi / WiFi? ...
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What’s the verb for discontinuing a call on a mobile phone?

What is the correct term for stopping a conversation on a mobile phone? In the old days we used to put the phone down when we were done talking. Do we now put the mobile down instead of putting the ...
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In At vs In From vs Into

For a user interface project, my group is trying to determine the correct phrasing for when an account is being used at multiple computers. There were a few different options being given, but which ...
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Word for “entity who/that decides whether to grant or deny a request”?

Checker comes to mind but I want something better. The context I have in mind is in software development. What would you call the mechanism that will allow or deny user actions (based on users' ...
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a term for a “not web” traditional application

I am writing a cover letter and I would state my experience in both web application and "normal programs". "Normal programs" sounds so bad, what is a good term that I can use without delve into ...
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Is there a common expression for someone who “always holds a mobile phone in hand”?

I would like to know if there is a typical expression or phrase, used by native speakers, for someone who always has their mobile phone in their hand. I would prefer a spoken expression rather than ...
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Is there a word for using multiple electronic devices at the same time?

Right now i'm using my computer and iPad at the same time, basically just jumping between screens. Is there a word for this "screen-hopping"?
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Pertaining to “Analog(ue)” [duplicate]

As digitally is to digital, is analogously or analogically to analog(ue)?
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What is the name of the audio clip used at the start and end of a podcast?

The bit of a podcast at the beginning and usually the very end too with the branding/title+description+jingle that is always the same? Probably the same word describes what is used for the branding of ...
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A proper closing expression for informal email

What is an expression that you can use at the end of an informal email, when you forgot something and want to add it to the email after your signature?
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Does 'pinch' have an opposite?

Recently, I've found myself talking about the use of pinching to zoom out on mobile devices, and I've been struggling with an opposite for the word 'pinch'. In lieu of a better word, I've been saying ...
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What measures the Byte unit? [duplicate]

Well, meters measures distances or lengthes, volt measures tension or voltage, , kelvin measures temperature, second measures time, ampere measures electric current, kilogram measures mass, But ...
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Software bug formal usage

Is it appropriate to use terms "software bug" and/or just "bug" in formal report? What else could be used instead? Defect?
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Collective term for data sizes (bytes, kilobytes, megabytes etc.)

As you will probably work out from my profile, I'm a software developer. This is sort of a software development question, but I think this is more suited to English language too. Feel free to migrate ...
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Item queue vs items queue? Files list vs File list? [duplicate]

My question is connected with programming. I'm not sure how to name my class. Should it be ItemQueue or ItemsQueue? We are talking about queue, which stores many items. We can add new ones or remove ...
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Is the definition of browser generally poor? [closed]

In regards to this question on meta Stackoverflow I had a look at what definitions one find for "browser". My definition of to browse is in short looking for information or things of interest. In ...
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What is a term for a form that has been filled out?

Assuming the definition of 'form' as follows (see definition #6 here): "a printed document with blank spaces for information to be inserted." What could you call a printed document with the blank ...
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Phrase for order is done or order received?

I am developing a mobile application, which gets orders from client and sends it to us. What I am wondering is what kind of a statement can I use in order to inform the user that we have received his ...
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Is there a term for phrases which were once literal but now figurative?

We still hang up the phone, even though we really only push a button, not suspend it in a cradle. Sometimes we tape a television series, even though the DVR does the heavy lifting, not the analogue ...
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What is the opposite word to “indent”—“outdent” or “unindent”?

I'm looking for the opposite word to "indent." Is it "outdent", or is it "unindent"? Corresponding to "Tab" and "Shift Tab" in most editors.
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What do you call something that reads and writes files?

In programming, it's common to write a class that both reads and writes files. What do you call this type of thing? Is it a file handler? A file parser? A file provider? A file streamer? How about a ...
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What does “personally identifiable” mean

I was reading a booklet when I came across the phrase "personally identifiable". What does it mean in the following context (emphasis mine): As the common household and business router will often ...
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What's the most appropriate preposition to use with the word “status”?

Say I have application that tracks TODO items; each TODO item has a status, e.g. "Not Started", "In Progress", "Completed", etc. Which phrasing is the most appropriate to display in the application? ...
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Did “Pokédex” recently become a slang term for iPhone? [closed]

Suddenly everyone is calling their iPhone a "pokédex". And not just comments in reddit. Actual industry people. How did I miss this?
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Degrees of Criticality / Lateness or whatever

I am writing a Web Application where I am going to list certain events and their overdue days. If an event is overdue by less than 10 days then its safe. If it is overdue by over 10 days but less than ...
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Reviewing documents for technical users [closed]

I am working on reviewing a document which details what a software application does. It is supposed to be detailed enough for a non-technical person to understand. A technical user will then ...
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What does it mean in this context by “Gem”?

From here, I found such a sentence: This Gem won't cover hardware details... Besides, I also found a book named: GPU Gems I could not look up the meaning of "Gem". What's its meaning in ...
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Setup or “set up”? [duplicate]

The word setup (as a noun), I feel, has become an acceptable part of the English language, at least insofar as technical manuals or computer textbooks are concerned. However I find that the word is ...
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looking for a word or expressing to express matching, symmetric

Background: A packet has a source IP and a destination IP. I set the source IP as 10.0.0.3. The destination IP can be set as 10.0.0.1, 127.0.0.1 or 138.9.32.4. These 3 IPs belong ...
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How should “The Cloud” be capitalized?

"We are migrating our core systems into (1) The Cloud ... or (2) the cloud ... or (3) the Cloud???" I've googled (Googled?) this and found the usual range of differing opinions but as yet no ...
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How to write in a scientific way? [closed]

Could anybody help me in rephrasing these sentences in a scientific way? Both d1 and d2 perform well under sparse vegetation (LAI<1), for LAI larger than 1, d1 (with almost constant ...
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What is the plural of tablix?

Don't know why the word table wasn't good enough for Microsoft, but SQL Server Reporting Services has a control called a tablix.... But how would I tell you that I have multiple tablix controls? (I ...
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What is a PSI faceplate? [closed]

An electronics engineer wanted to order a multimeter with a PSI faceplate. Does anyone know what it is ?