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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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“asymptotically almost surely at most polylogarithmic”

In the introduction of a paper submission I had the following sentence: We show that, for a rather general set of probability distributions, the thickness of a random graph is asymptotically almost ...
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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 the application. This user is generally referred to as the current user. I would prefer to use a single word for it due to the ...
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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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Is there a corpus of synonyms that is classified by connotation (or sentiment)?

I am a software developer working on supervised document classification. In this case, a classification system for movie reviews. I need to determine with an acceptable degree of accuracy, whether I ...
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Single word for “performed catastrophically badly” (in a computing context/sense)

I know I've heard this word but cannot place it. Help please? I'm looking for the slang-like/tech jargon term one might read in a computer software developers' discussion or email exchange, if ...
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Hypernym for “radio button” and “checkbox”? [closed]

Dear Ladies and Gentlemen, Since I'm coding a shared css class for radio buttons and checkboxes, I would like to word it with the appropriate hypernym. Kind regards
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If a .midi is a sequence(d audio), what is a .wav or .mp3?

If a .midi is sequence(d audio), what is a .wav or .mp3? Streamed audio? Wave audio? Edit: I know what the difference is/what they are, I'm asking about the terminology.
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A word for a machine that can generate every possible combination

Let's say we have a machine whose sole purpose is to generate every possible combination from sets/columns of values. Examples: Single column. Column 1 values: 1, 2, 3 Generated output: 1 2 3 ...
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“Filepath” or “file path”? [closed]

A path, the general form of the name of a file or directory, specifies a unique location in a file system. "Filename" is a compound, but how about "filepath"/"file path"? "Filepath" seems incorrect ...
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A term for an end-user's device other than “endpoint”?

In my organisation, the encryption software of choice is McAfee Endpoint. In this multi-cultural multi-national company, using the word "endpoint" to refer to an end-user's device(s) is confusing to ...
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Neutral word for saying that a task is finished, without denoting success or failure

I'm working on some code where a task has two result states: - Complete | The task completed successfully - Failure | The task failed to complete successfully (no further attempts will be made) The ...
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How to write English without assumptions and/or shortcuts? [closed]

English grammar allows for many shortcuts due to assumptions(usually from context). For example, not needing to put "you" in imperative sentences: "Get over here!" Another example is how commas are ...
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Is a byte considered to be a datum or data? [closed]

Is a byte, a collection of 8 bits, considered to be a datum or data? I would assume a bit would unequivocally be considered a datum, but I've seen an individual integer referred to as a datum too. ...
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What word best represents the concept of data that can be easily used by a computer?

I want to find a word that encapsulates the concept of information that can be easily parsed by a computer and does not require a human to interpret the concepts. Imagine you are filling out a form ...
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Result of an operation that can fail [closed]

Imagine you have some operation like inserting data into a database. This operation can succeed or fail. What do you call the result of such operation? My candidates: Fallible operation result (...
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Which symbols can end a sentence? [closed]

I am wondering, in the context of a computer processing text, which characters or combination of characters can end an English sentence. A question mark, exclamation mark and period are the most ...
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What is the word for the row at the top of this Excel file? [closed]

I am looking for the word for the row at the top of this Excel file that shows what category each cell in the column is in. I've been using "header", but I wanted to check if there was a better word ...
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Why do we refer to computers and other machines as being up or down?

Generally when a machine is working we refer to it as "up" and when it's not we say the machine is "down." What is the origin of this?
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Words for resulting task states in computing [closed]

I have a question about naming of terminal states of a task regarding to computing area. Think of a task that is being processed by some system. There're several possible states the task can be ended ...
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In computing, what is the plural of 'child' in terms of inheritance? [duplicate]

For example: when using inheritance with classes in Java, I have a parent and two classes which inherit from that parent. Do I refer to these as 'children' or as 'childs'? In other words, what is the ...

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