A term which refers to software that has gotten far bigger and bulkier than it needs to be; frequently as the result of so-called "gang bang coding" in which legions of coders work over the same application simultaneously and for extended periods of time. This leads to cruft such as gigantic libraries of which only a tiny fraction of the functions are actually used, but nobody's sure what is needed so the whole thing gets kept; or odd bugs that somebody wrote code to depend on rather than chasing them down and fixing them, so that if one thing gets fixed three more are likely to be broken in consequence.
microshit gets a lot of (richly deserved) scorn for bloated code, but bloat is by no means unheard of outside the hallowed halls of Redmond: *nix's own ubiquitous sendmail is as blecherous, buggy, and hag-ridden as almost anything microshit has out there.
The Importance of Imagination
While growing up, Id never really considered how important it is to be imaginative. Its a childhood profession, you could say. It comes naturally. Then we hit an age when were presented with a scantron of bubble-in options, a template for a CV that we need to create, and Excel. At that point, our learning has to fit into certain parameters: within that little bubble, within the one page limit, and within a tiny digital graph. So, what happens to our imagination?It seems to fade.
Rainbow of Colorful Critters Discovered in Suriname
A scientific expedition into one of the worlds last pristine tropical forests has revealed incredibly diverse species and extraordinary cultural heritage, said Conservation International (CI) today, announcing the results of a scientific survey in southwest Suriname that documented nearly 1,300 species, including 46 species which may be new to science. The announcement comes as the global organization marks 25 years of science-based conservation, this month.
Cat Saves Owner Hours After Adoption
A newly-adopted cat repaid his owners loving gesture earlier this month by saving her from a medical emergency just hours after he was brought home, the Green Bay Press Gazette reports.
Not a Fairytale: Americas First Public Food Forest
Hungry? Just head over to the park. Seattles new food forest aims to be an edible wilderness. Seattles vision of an urban food oasis is going forward. A seven-acre plot of land in the citys Beacon Hill neighborhood will be planted with hundreds of different kinds of edibles
Learning from the Wisdom of the Body
"Its amazing that our interpretation of experiences can generate intense visceral responses. The fact that we get goosebumps when we are inspired or afraid is one of many everyday indicators of just how deeply and intricately connected our minds and bodies are. In fact, the mind and body are an intertwined whole -- and there is great wisdom in the totality of our mind-body experience.