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notable bit buckets

  • bit bucket (n.): 1) Figurative location wherein all lost data resides; data heaven; 2) a null device or placeholder bitstream, for removing useless data: e.g. '/dev/null' on Linux; 3) an IT product by the giant meta-IT company Atlassian; 4) Literal location underneath the front hopper of a 1960s computer, which collected the used bits of punch cards. Here is the bit bucket for the (60 year!) CosRay experiment in McMurdo Antarctic Research Station:

  • rainbow bridge (post-Christian n.): A Heaven for nonhumans, particularly pets. So named in a clickbait prose poem of the 1990s. I have seen this used sincerely for the afterlife in general, hence "post-Christian":
    I said in my heart, “Concerning the sons of men, God tests them, that they may see that they themselves are like animals.” /
    For what happens to the sons of men happens also to animals; one thing befalls them: as one dies, so dies the other. Surely, they all have one breath; man has no advantage over animals, for all is vanity.

  • backsourcing (n.): To return offices (and thus jobs) to the home country company. See also reshoring.

  • shepardize (US legal v.): to write up a matter with a forest of precedents taken from Shepard's Citations, a bibliography of cases mentioned in appeals court decisions.

  • insolation (n.): An odd but human unit of power: solar energy per square centimetre per minute

  • browsewrap (internet adj.): Getting assent to terms and conditions by default, e.g. through small-print down the bottom of a website. Contrast with clickwrap, getting assent via a text dump and an "I agree" box.

  • ward heeler (US n.): A low-level political operative; local party committee member, door-knocker.

  • remanence (physics n.): the residual magnetism in a ferrous metal after a source of magnetism is removed.