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Is "looks up" a correct phrase when referring to a computer searching for information?

Is the following sentence grammatically correct? The computer looks up the email address provided. Guess it's just my brain, but "looks up" didn't have a familiar ring to it when I read ...
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Gerund or infinitive in application's progress messages [closed]

Our application prints progress messages. Which verb form passes better for them: gerund or infinitive? Please compare: $ ./my-documentation-app Copy documents...Done Index documentation...Done Open ...
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What is the antonym for OK?

I am trying to translate a web application, where if a specific condition is met it is necessary to write x < y : OK whereas, if not, one writes: x < y : KO This is a short message meaning that ...
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English word for adding "monitoring points" to a process

There is an English word that I can't remember about adding "monitoring points" to computer code so that when the code is run "trace" information, such as the module being executed ...
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Where does the term "bucket" in cloud storage come from?

In Amazon S3, Google Cloud storage, etc., they refer to containers that hold data as buckets. I was curious where this originated from. The closest I could find was maybe bit bucket maybe referring to ...
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Why 'Principal' is an 'authenticated user'

Many computer systems, related to authorization and permissions uses word 'principal' as term to describe 'user' or 'member'. I can't get connotation here. Principal is a 'school boss', or 'body of ...
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Computational complexity: how to express what the function depends on?

In computer science, algorithms are often characterized by their computational complexity — for example, a primitive sorting algorithm’s complexity may be O(n2) where n is the size of the input list. ...
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What is it called when people, e.g. computer programmers, pronounce, say, 65,536 as 'sixty-five, five, thirty-six' i.e. omitting 'thousands' etc?

I heard on ELU that computer programmers often pronounce long numbers like that. What is that method of saying the numbers called? How common is it? What is the point of it? What are the pros and cons ...
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What is the process of finding the remainder in division called?

Is there any one word for the process of calculating the remainder (division)?
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Is there a standard way of referring to electronic files?

If I'm writing about a specific computer file - let's say a file which looks, in some view, to be named ExampleFile.pdf (which is already problematic, since what you see might depend on the details of ...
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What would I call a program that was developed specifically for a company?

I am looking for a word that can describe a program I developed for a company, as opposed to a program I would create for a school assignment or for fun. I've written "paid programming task" ...
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“She´s happy” vs “She's happy” vs “She’s happy” vs ...?

I’ve always wondered what the correct apostrophe is when using contractions. Should I use She´s happy or She's happy? English´s a universal language. English's a universal language. Why do a lot of ...
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single word or phrase when one of the department manager tries "blur the lines of responsibility"

While in an organization when a department works only for their objective rather than organization as whole, it can be generally called as silo mentality (with Negative connotation). However what ...
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Computers as a class [duplicate]

I was just going through some book and found a word "computers" used as a class (like computer class). But in my generation, we called it a computer class, never "computers." Can ...
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Is “evictable” an acceptable adjectival form of ‘evict’?

Is it correct to use "evictable" as an adjective for something that can be evicted? I plan to use the term in computer science context as an adjective on a cache whose entries can be evicted ...
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Choosing the right title for my academic publication [closed]

I'm writing a computer science paper where the concept is "many small pieces would work better that a single big one". Basically the collaboration of multiple small entities would be better ...
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"replaced with an empty string" vs "replaced with the empty string" - which is correct?

I would think that the latter is correct because there can be only one empty string, that is "", or equivalent ''. Yet the former reads somewhat more natural to me. I came to think about ...
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Are "parent"/"child" in hierarchies technical terms? What's a non-technical version?

I want to display some hierarchical data. In math and computer science we'd use "parent" and "children", but I'm unsure if they're considered technical terms. Are there similar ...
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English as a computer language : research links needed [closed]

I conducted a small experiment some time back. The idea originated during e-mail composition when I wanted to examine the possibility of conveying something more than what is typically expressed in ...
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Is there a term for computer users who prefer keyboard shortcuts over a mouse?

Loosely, this person could be called a "superuser" or "power user" but those are broad terms that don't specifically refer to a user who avoids a computer's mouse or trackpad. Over at the superuser ...
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What is the opposite of a server which is "down"?

When you say that "The server is down", you refer to a remote computer/program which is not responding. How do you call the opposite state in which everything is working? What is the correct verb to ...
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to bail out vs to back out

In computer science, I have often come across the expression to back out meaning to say that a function is returned from before performing its actual task, as in this imaginary code comment: double ...
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Word or phrase for clicking and ignoring

I am looking for a word or phrase that is used to describe when people using mobile applications (or desktop applications or websites) do not fully read some prompt/warning/error message and simply ...
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Serial comma in academic papers in mathematics and computer science [duplicate]

Is there a predominant style in academic papers in computer science concerning the usage or the omission of the serial comma? What do ACM and IEEE do in general? I failed to find it out on my own. Is ...
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How do you describe only the name of the directory in computer science?

In computer science, I found the word "directory name" seems to describe path of the directory. (because when you use dirname command in linux you get path) Then what word(s) do you use to describe ...
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What is the origin of "grapes" meaning the percent sign (%)?

While browsing through the Wikipedia article on the percent sign (%), I came across this interesting statement (emphasis mine): Names for the percent sign include percent sign (in ITU-T), mod, ...
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If a picture of a screen is a screenshot, what is a video of a screen?

I'm looking for a catchy and nice-sounding word. A really nice sounding phrase would although be better than nothing. I record my computer screen a lot and never really found a nice word to describe ...
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Is there any connection between 1 bit = 1/8 dollar and 1 bit = 1/8 byte?

I always thought the 1/8 ratio of bit/dollar was the inspiration for the bit/byte naming scheme, but I can't seem to find any evidence for this in my admittedly limited research. Wikipedia claims ...
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How to pronounce August Dvorak's last name in English?

I've recently come across the existence of the Dvorak Simplified Keyboard created by professor August Dvorak. And I've been looking for solid sources on how to pronounce the man's name and I can't ...
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Any single word to refer to the user who has already logged in and is using the application? [closed]

Frequently developers need to refer to the user that has been logged on to the application. This user is generally referred to as the current user. I would prefer to use a single word for it due to ...
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stuck {in/at} beta

You can be "stuck at home", "stuck at the airport" or "...at a certain level" e.g. Today, inflation is still low, but unemployment is stuck at a painfully high level. But you are "stuck in the middle",...
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In/on prepositions when referring to a front or back-end (computing)

When writing about computing, should I refer to a component in the front-end or on the front-end? For example: It was decided to place the function in the front-end Or should it be It was ...
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Confusion about Pronunciation of gif

I know there isn’t a correct way to pronounce gif. And its an abbreviation. There are two ways to pronounce it Hard G ( as in gift) Soft G( as in giraffe) This is a classic example of toe-ma-toe ...
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Why does XLAT mean 'translate'? [duplicate]

It is said that XLAT is an abbr of translate. But I don't understand how come it ends up like that? There is no site on internet would explain it but they're all agree that XLAT is shorten of ...
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What is the meaning of location? [closed]

I tried going on an English dictionary in google called dictionary.com to find the definition of Location. I really do not understand the definition of the word location. If someone could explain the ...
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What to call a library of shared libraries in programming

There are (for example) three dynamic libraries that is files libxx.so, libyy.so, and libzz.so (or .dll files xx.dll, yy.dll, and zz.dll on Windows). What do you call the collection of all three ...
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Meaning of the term "instaciate"/"instatiate" in computer programming

What does this word mean? instaciate, otherwise instatiate It's not in any of my dictionaries, but there are a few too many occurrences of this word in programming communities and across the ...
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What is a term for an operator/function in which the order of parameters makes no difference?

I'm trying to recall the term for an operator/function where f(a, b) = f(b, a). For example, a + b = b + a for all values of a and b. However a - b != b - a unless a = b.
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What is the opposite of retired in computing?

In some companies there are some hardware, like PCs, that are out of use (stored in the warehouse), and we say they are "retired". What is the opposite? How can we name the PCs in use, and what is the ...
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How can I call file not under version control in one word?

In opposite to - versioned - files that are under Source-Code-Version-Control system (i.e. Git/SVN), is there a way to call files that left deliberately out in one word? Is word "un-versioned" ("non-...
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Word to describe the tool that doesn't require configuration

I'm looking for an adjective that will describe a software tool that is ready to be used out of the box without any additional configuration, but it may be configured to fit a specific case. [...
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Is there a shorter alternative to "server connection configuration"? [closed]

I am trying to find a name for a variable that contains the hostname (node45.service.com), the port (9984) and the server name (US Salami Server) of a service I want to connect to and looks something ...
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Word for "a person looking for a match"? [closed]

I'm writing up some code and I'm having some trouble naming my variables. You say, "I'm looking for a match." So your supposed partner who has similar attributes is your "match". Then what are you ...
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Capitalization of "String"

I am writing a scientific text in the area of computer science. Often, I need to refer to a certain data structure named String which refers to a sequence of characters. In most programming languages, ...
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How do you pronounce "f(n) = Θ(g(n))" in English? [closed]

In Algorithm's Performance, if f(n) = Θ(g(n)), then we can say: g(n) an asymptotically tight bound for f(n) How do you pronounce f(n) = Θ(g(n)) in English? Would it be correct to say "f(n) is the ...
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Why are parallelizable tasks emberrassing? [closed]

Software developers often speak of "emberassingly parallel" tasks. Why is this adjective used in this phrase? What makes parallel tasks emberassing?
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Is there a verb that reverses the source and the result of rendering (e.g. rendering a document from a template)?

Suppose I have a template for creating documents, and I want to render a document from the template. It would be grammatically correct to call this action "rendering a document" or "rendering a ...
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Alternative for "descend" in the context of computer file systems

I was wondering if there's an alternative for the word descend (maybe something better than simply go), in the context of computer file systems, that doesn't imply going down. When we talk about file ...
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Word for moving a program into a production environment

I work as a software developer, and after we finishing developing a program, we have to move it from the development environment into the production environment so that we can test it under real-world ...
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How to pronounce "ReLU" (Rectified Linear Unit)?

A Rectified Linear Unit is a common activation function in deep neural networks and is often abbreviated as "ReLU". I usually pronounce it as /rel-you/ (with the "e" as in "relative" or "rectified"), ...
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