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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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[Jargon File]
(2003-09-29)

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