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1. Said of a problem that, although nontrivial, can be solved simply by throwing sufficient resources at it.

2. Also said of problems for which a solution would neither advance the state of the art nor be fun to design and code.

Hackers regard uninteresting problems as intolerable wastes of time, to be solved (if at all) by lesser mortals. *Real* hackers (see toolsmith) generalise uninteresting problems enough to make them interesting and solve them - thus solving the original problem as a special case (and, it must be admitted, occasionally turning a molehill into a mountain, or a mountain into a tectonic plate).

See WOMBAT, SMOP. Compare toy problem. Oppose interesting.
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After you pass Old Windsor, the river is somewhat uninteresting, and does not become itself again until you are nearing Boveney.
Existence seemed hollow and uninteresting. We thought of the happy days of childhood, and sighed.
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We had a long and uninteresting search for Caprona, for the old map upon which the assistant secretary had finally located it was most inaccurate.
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It was ruined, but not a ruin--a typical Californian substitute for what are known to guide-bookers abroad as "monuments of the past." With scarcely a glance at this uninteresting structure Jaralson moved on into the dripping undergrowth beyond.
Not only the chapter contents but contents on the English sentence structure and the writing style are old, dull and uninteresting.
Those who believed the format to be growing tired and uninteresting had a point.