magic bullet


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magic bullet

(jargon)
(Or "silver bullet" from vampire legends) A term widely used in software engineering for a supposed quick, simple cure for some problem. E.g. "There's no silver bullet for this problem".
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I couldn't find such an organization, so I started The Magic Bullet Fund.
Instead, a magic bullet could take a search term such as "global warming" and enlist related terms such as "climate change" and "greenhouse gases," and even cross-reference a hidden meta-tag, without the user being aware of this in the second between hitting the Search button and getting results.
So, whilst it's a step in the right direction, it's no magic bullet.
The Magic Bullet Fund provides financial assistance to people who have a dog with cancer but cannot afford treatment.
Rather than seeking to find magic bullets, chemicals that specifically attack one gene or protein involved in one particular part of a disease process, the new approach looks to find "magic shotguns" by sifting through the known universe of chemicals to find the few special molecules that broadly disrupt the whole diseases process.
In politics--as in real life--there are no magic bullets.
Professor Ravi Acharya, of Bath University's biology and biochemistry department, said: "It is rather like Mother Nature's very own magic bullet for recognising and destroying cancer cells.
There is no one single magic bullet solution, of course.
These tools, while not a magic bullet," adds Holtan, "give students a sense of independence and a sense of what they can do, and they provide individualized lesson plans that address the weak areas of each student.
I'm not saying that Biden's suggestion of funding civil society is worthless--but it's not even close to the magic bullet that many liberals believe it to be.