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According to arch-hacker James Gosling, to "...modify a program with no idea whatsoever how it works." (See whacker.) It is actually possible to do this in nontrivial circumstances if the change is small and well-defined and you are very good at glarking things from context. As a trivial example, it is relatively easy to change all "stderr" writes to "stdout" writes in a piece of C filter code which remains otherwise mysterious.
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They are penny pinching in the transfer market, trying always to get players in on the cheap or on loan deals, whilst charging the loyal supporters top whack for a team that is consistantly being built year after year with players nobody rates.
Opt for the Vantage engine and top whack rose to 150mph+ - and that was in 1963.
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Those in the 'beautiful rural areas' ' of the South can keep on paying top whack. Paul Nuttall, UKIP North West MEP