RTFS


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RTFS

(jargon)
1. Read The Fucking Source. Variant form of RTFM, used when the problem at hand is not necessarily obvious and not answerable from the manuals - or the manuals are not yet written and maybe never will be. For even trickier situations, see RTFB. Unlike RTFM, the anger inherent in RTFS is not usually directed at the person asking the question, but rather at the people who failed to provide adequate documentation.

2. Read The Fucking Standard; this oath can only be used when the problem area (e.g. a language or operating system interface) has actually been codified in a ratified standards document. The existence of these standards documents (and the technically inappropriate but politically mandated compromises that they inevitably contain, and the impenetrable legalese in which they are invariably written, and the unbelievably tedious bureaucratic process by which they are produced) can be unnerving to hackers, who are used to a certain amount of ambiguity in the specifications of the systems they use. (Hackers feel that such ambiguities are acceptable as long as the Right Thing to do is obvious to any thinking observer; sadly, this casual attitude toward specifications becomes unworkable when a system becomes popular in the Real World.) Since a hacker is likely to feel that a standards document is both unnecessary and technically deficient, the deprecation inherent in this term may be directed as much against the standard as against the person who ought to read it.
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One of the advantages of the RTFS approach is that it can capture the continuous flow of information accounting not only for the updated data, but also by using a regression that has been fit using actual data from previous periods with the same relative information content.
The RTFS is largely still in its infancy: we began using this kind of system in December 2001.
Although the sample is short, it is useful to compare the RTFS predictions with the NABE macroeconomic outlook for the five quarters from 2002Q1 through 2003Q1.
Table 3 shows the RTFS forecast that was done at a roughly equivalent time in the quarter as the forecasts contained in the NABE survey.
The table shows that the behaviors of the NABE and RTFS forecasts are quite similar.
Initially, we focused on using the RTFS to predict the specific quarterly values of real GDP growth.
We continue to experiment with and to further develop the RTFS.