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This question should have been asked in the computer programming forum, because it requires expertise with computer software construction and dynamics. There are a spectrum of constraints to cause non-portability of software. However, let's presume being firmware is not within the scope of your question. Non-relocatable software. Read up on compiled-code ...


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Adjective hardwired ‎(comparative more hardwired, superlative most hardwired) (electronics) Designed to perform a specific task. (electronic communications) Of devices, closely or tightly coupled. (computing) Having a fixed placement (on a screen format for example.) Not changeable. Verb hard code ‎(third-person singular simple present hard codes, ...


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I think that an installed application is the "opposite" of a portable one: Portable application (portable app), sometimes also called standalone,: is a program designed to run on a compatible computer without being installed in a way that modifies the computer's configuration information. This type of application can be stored on any storage ...


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Alright, I figured it out by searching for "believable facetious argument." I was a little bit off on my definition of it, and it's more of an internet adage than a part of actual English usage. Poe's law is what I was thinking of. From Wikipedia: Poe's law is an Internet adage which states that, without a clear indicator of the author's intent, ...


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When a speaker employs verbal irony, but there are no detectable indications as to whether or not they actually mean what they say, we might call that speaker "straight-faced" or "deadpan". "Straight face" is defined by Merriam-Webster as "a face that shows no emotion and especially no amusement". "Deadpan" is defined by Merriam-Webster as "showing no ...


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"double entendre" double entendre - (noun) ambiguity of meaning arising from language that lends itself to more than one interpretation - synonyms: ambiguity, double meaning, innuendo, play on. e.g. "The song's title is a double entendre." EDIT: After reading your comment explaining exactly what you're looking for, I suggest "a facetious ...


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I think mixture is as generic as you're going to get. You could use solution, but technically, that is a specific type of mixture.


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The sensible thing is to take.... That is called being sensible. OR That is called having good sense. OR That is only common sense. Sensible: Acting with or exhibiting good judgment; reasonable Sense: Natural understanding or intelligence, especially in practical matters: The boy had sense and knew just what to do when he got lost. American ...


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revelation noun rev·e·la·tion \ˌre-və-ˈlā-shən\ : a usually secret or surprising fact that is made known : an act of making something known : an act of revealing something in usually a surprising way : something that surprises you Merriam-Webster I was actually surprised to find there is a whole field devoted to researching ...


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In British English usage 'more clear' or 'clearer' strictly speaking mean the same. I agree with a previous answer - 'more clear' is used for emphasis, especially when negated. Often one form or the other seems more natural and also may help remove ambiguity ( see previous answers). For example, "the edge of that desk seems more curved than usual" versus ...


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I think the word you are looking for is prudent Defined in the American Heritage dictionary1 as: Careful or wise in handling practical matters; exercising good judgment or common sense: a prudent manager of money. Characterized by or resulting from care or wisdom in practical matters or in planning for the future: a prudent investment. Your ...


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I think the word you are looking for is precaution. The best precaution is to take two more spare tyres with you... That is precaution, my friend.


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Distancing is a writers' term for this. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Distancing_language This page contains the statement that it lacks references


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'Hedge' is one correct term for (2), and perhaps (3) and (4). These additions to the basic statement are known as pragmatic markers. There are many types; references to articles are given in previous threads. They add 'something' on top of the basic statement of the matrix sentence (eg an aid to processing [Firstly ... /]; a topic-change alert [Moving on ...


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I think this is more about the different definitions of sharp. Informally sharp can be used in relation to someone style, clothing, or general appearance and in that context, I would say either could be used acceptably. In this sentence, I think more sharp actually aides the clarification of the adjective used because saying "these earrings are sharper" ...


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It's "sharper." If an adjective has one syllable, you make comparative by adding "-er". Using "more + [a one-syllable adjective] is not an accepted alternative.


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Totally agree with Janus Bahs Jacquet. Furthermore, I'd add that, definetively, the etymology of this word 'Vessel" is actually shared with Spanish, Italian and French, including their dialects --Old Oc (Occitane): 'Vaissela'; Catalain: 'Vaixella'. In Valencia dialect 'Vaso" means hive -- Source: "Diccionario critico etimologico castellano e hispanico". For ...


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Defunct de·funct /dəˈfəNGkt/ adjective –Google no longer existing or functioning. "a now defunct technology that only people over a certain age remember" synonyms: disused, unused, inoperative, nonfunctioning, unusable, obsolete Origin: mid 16th century (in the sense ‘deceased’): from Latin defunctus ‘dead,’ past participle of defungi ‘carry ...


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Jerry rigged Urban dictionary To fix an object (usually mechanical) to a working condition in a haphazard way. Merriam-webster Organized or constructed in a crude or improvised manner


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Keeping to the popular use of automobile terminology, a lemon is something (usually a vehicle) the seller knows to be impaired but the buyer believes to be good.


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I think it's just a site where human remains (or just remains for short) have been found. Another term for a place where human bones are deliberately kept is ossuary, but that does not fit your example.


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There are words like burial place, bone yard and bone orchard. But for the example that you have given, final resting place fits the description.


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The phrase has been in use for over two hundred years. From Transactions of the Dublin Society Volume III for the Year MDCCCII a description of the weather for September 11, 1802: Wind high ; sunshine and a light frost this morning ; a shower of rain and hail about ten ; cloudy and sharp showers at intervals this day; a fine clear moonlight night;


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If a product is a (ticking) time-bomb it will fail at some indeterminate point in the future, with the implication that the flaw is hidden and will not be found until it "explodes".


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When sold, your junk device could be called a pup, as in "to be sold a pup".


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Ford. Which is the common abbreviation for Fix Or Repair Daily.


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You can refer to the resulting product as a botch job: An improvised and ultimately dishonest approach to repair so as only to provide a temporal verisimilitude of correct functionality. Urban Dictionary


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I wonder if the word "similar to diva" was simply defective. "V" and "F" sounds may be hard for a non-native speaker to distinguish, since some languages don't contain both of them. If the OP's example, an honest seller might describe the third item as "known to be defective".


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In American, it's called jury rigged. That's when you cobble something together in order to make it work. This only applies to the first two laser pointers, more so if you'd used parts from other manufacturers. The third one, as you say, is offered: as is. The technical term is: Broken @$$ piece of $#!^.


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How about a shiny turd, or polished turd ? (I've heard both variants, while living in the UK. First one is more common.) Looks good on the outside, inside is another matter.


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The Japanese have Chindōgu which are inventions that are purposely created to solve a problem (that may not have existed in the first place) but are really just useless. Wikipedia: Chindōgu is the Japanese art of inventing ingenious everyday gadgets that, on the face of it, seem like an ideal solution to a particular problem. However, chindōgu has a ...


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"My friend was able to construct two usable laser printers, and one useless Frankenstein - which he sold anyway."


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There are a few reasons for a Peg to by placed on the face of an analog meter. 1) The devise was designed to measure a certain range accurately. A peg prevents rotation beyond the limit. 2) Some of these devices have a limit to how far the pointer can rotate before it would jam or damage the device. 3) Many analog meters have a spring connected to the ...


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Something sold broken, but fixable, would be called a fixer-upper. fixer-upper: (noun) something (as a house or car) that needs fixing up merriam-webster


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This kind of procedure is based on what is sometimes called the four-eyes principle. The four eyes principle is a requirement that two individuals approve some action before it can be taken. The four eyes principle is sometimes called the two-man rule or the two-person rule. (http://whatis.techtarget.com/definition/four-eyes-principle)


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This sort of hardware hack is known, in British English at least, as a Kludge. The word is used for any system that is built from parts, possibly scrap or obsolete, taken from other machines. The word can also be used for a temporary repair of a similar nature - a lash-up to get you home.


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The probe entered the orbit of Mars would be the correct choice. Here is an example from NASA's website: An object's momentum and the force of gravity have to be balanced for an orbit to happen. If the forward momentum of one object is too great, it will speed past the other one and not enter into orbit. If momentum is too small, the object will be ...


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cut and shut I suggest you adopt the terminology that is used for cars. This is the term used in the UK. I'm not certain about US terminology. A ‘cut and shut’ car is one of the biggest dangers to a car buyer. A cut and shut consists of two or more cars welded together. Usually, this happens when a car is damaged enough to be written off by ...


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unseasoned (adj.): (of food) not flavoured with salt, pepper or other spices 'The dish is unseasoned, the pepperiness supplied by the rocket and the saltiness by the prosciutto.' Source: ODO


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This kind of entry is called Two Pass Verification or Double Data Entry. Two people key data into a system, and then the differences are displayed at the end for verification. Two-pass verification, also called double data entry, is a data entry quality control method that was originally employed when data records were entered onto sequential 80-column ...


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Since each dessert might involve different processes to create, the all-inclusive "preparing dessert" seems like it will fit the bill.


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Although it doesn't describe the situation precisely in and of itself, the word independent (meaning 3) is very important here - the number is entered twice, each entry being independent of the other. Hence a full description of the system (in as few words as I can make it and still fully describe the system) is: The number is independently entered ...


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I think "double-checked" or "cross-checked" would be more accurate than "redundant" here. If the intention was that the system was still usable even if one of the computers fails altogether, that would be a redundant system, but (I assume) it isn't; the cross-checking that both operators agree on the numbers is a necessary part of the system if we want to ...


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In engineering, we would call it a redundant system. redundancy: (1b) (engineering) The inclusion of extra components that are not strictly necessary to functioning, in case of failure in other components {ODO}


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"This element is the second or later in this sequence."


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I think it is a real word, according to Wikipedia: Trypophobia is a claimed pathological fear of objects with irregular patterns of holes. Thousands of people claim to have the condition, but it is not recognized in the American Psychiatric Association's Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) or other scientific literature. The ...


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This is a kind of metonymy. Within the realm of metonymy, it is a case of synecdoche; more specifically, it is a pars pro toto, but applied in a peculiar construction, pluralising the pars. (In a way, metonymy is a subclass of metaphory.)


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There is a trick for figuring this out. You go to Google Scholar and try out a series of custom ranges. Doing that, I discovered the following: I argue that their work, though powerful and brilliant in many ways, relies on what I call gender essentialism-the notion that a unitary, "essential" women's experience can be isolated and described ...


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No single term would cover both viruses and bacteria because there are other biological entities that are similar enough to each, such as prions or protozoa, that would need to be covered by a word that included viruses and bacteria. The context in which you want to use this term would be useful. For non-technical audiences, you already said that microbe ...


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From what I can tell, microorganism is your best bet. Microbial population biology is the application of the principles of population biology to microorganisms. ... Microbial population biology, in practice, is the application of population ecology and population genetics toward understanding the ecology and evolution of bacteria, archaebacteria, ...



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