banana problem


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banana problem

(From the story of the little girl who said "I know how to spell "banana", but I don't know when to stop"). Not knowing where or when to bring a production to a close (compare fencepost error). One may say "there is a banana problem" of an algorithm with poorly defined or incorrect termination conditions, or in discussing the evolution of a design that may be succumbing to featuritis (see also creeping elegance, creeping featuritis). See item 176 under HAKMEM, which describes a banana problem in a Dissociated Press implementation. Also, see one-banana problem for a superficially similar but unrelated usage.
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Luis Umana of Costa Rica's Association of Independent Banana Producers wants the multinationals to share the banana problem by cutting production at their own plantations, not just by ending contracts with independent producers.
BANANA PROBLEM - From the IT tendency to look down on computer operators, this is a measure of task difficulty based on the incentive of offering bananas to have what are seen as trained monkeys try and perform a task.
May banana problems be the only problems we have in the world.