slopsucker

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hungry puppy

n. Syn. {slopsucker}.
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slopsucker

/slop'suhk-r/ n. A lowest-priority task that waits around until everything else has `had its fill' of machine resources. Only when the machine would otherwise be idle is the task allowed to `suck up the slop'. Also called a `hungry puppy' or `bottom feeder'. One common variety of slopsucker hunts for large prime numbers. Compare background.
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/slop'suhk-r/ A lowest-priority task that only runs when the computer would otherwise be idle. Also called a "hungry puppy" or "bottom feeder" (after the fishermen's and naturalists' term for finny creatures who subsist on the primordial ooze).
One common variety of slopsucker hunts for large prime numbers.
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(2003-09-29)

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