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TCP/IP Slang Glossary, #1:
Gong, n: Medieval term for privvy, or what pased for them in that era.
Today used whimsically to describe the aftermath of a bogon attack. Think
of our community as the Galapagos of the English language.
"Vogons may read you bad poetry, but bogons make you study obsolete RFCs."
-- Dave Mills
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Teach children to be polite and courteous in the home, and,
when they grow up, they won't be able to edge a car onto a freeway.
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Teachers have class.
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Having someone to blame.
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Teamwork is essential -- it allows you to blame someone else.
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Technicality, n. In an English court a man named Home was tried for
slander in having accused a neighbor of murder. His exact words were:
"Sir Thomas Holt hath taken a cleaver and stricken his cook upon the
head, so that one side of his head fell on one shoulder and the other
side upon the other shoulder." The defendant was acquitted by
instruction of the court, the learned judges holding that the words did
not charge murder, for they did not affirm the death of the cook, that
being only an inference.
-- Ambrose Bierce, "The Devil's Dictionary"
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Technique?" said the programmer turning from his terminal, "What I follow
is Tao -- beyond all technique! When I first began to program I would see
before me the whole problem in one mass. After three years I no longer saw
this mass. Instead, I used subroutines. But now I see nothing. My whole
being exists in a formless void. My senses are idle. My spirit, free to
work without plan, follows its own instinct. In short, my program writes
itself. True, sometimes there are difficult problems. I see them coming, I
slow down, I watch silently. Then I change a single line of code and the
difficulties vanish like puffs of idle smoke. I then compile the program.
I sit still and let the joy of the work fill my being. I close my eyes for
a moment and then log off.
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Technological progress has merely provided us
with more efficient means for going backwards.
-- Aldous Huxley
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Technology is dominated by those who manage what they do not understand.
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Tehee quod she, and clapte the wyndow to.
-- Geoffrey Chaucer