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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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Whack, whack, whack, went the quick-firing guns of the Americans' battery, and smash came an answering shell from the Furst Bismarck.
Little business men, shopkeepers, and such ilk took what whack they could out of the product of the worker; but, after all, it was the large business men who formed the workers through the little business men.
He takes off his long-flapped coat, and stands up in a long- flapped waistcoat, which Sir Roger de Coverley might have worn when it was new, picks out a stick, and is ready for Master Joe, who loses no time, but begins his old game, whack, whack, whack, trying to break down the old man's guard by sheer strength.
"It's damned tame, whatever it is, comin' in here at feedin' time an' gettin' its whack of fish."
"You'll get your whack, steward, if it comes out of my share," he frequently assured Daughtry at times of special kindness on the latter's part.
They were like the cherubs of the anecdote, who had-- morally, at any rate--nothing to whack! I remember feeling with Miles in especial as if he had had, as it were, no history.
Coincidentally, Tierra's mom needed a change, too, and so the Whacks moved to Georgia.
Showcasing 140 traditional and modern recipes by Sharon Hudgins and Tom Hudgins, "T-Bone Whacks and Caviar Snacks: Cooking with Two Texans in Siberia and the Russian Far East"is unique cookbook is filled with fascinating food history, cultural insights, and personal stories about the culinary adventures of two intrepid Texans who lived, worked, traveled in (and ate their way around!) the Asian side of Russia.
Sharon Hudgins and Tom Hudgins; T-BONE WHACKS AND CAVIAR SNACKS; University of North Texas Press (Nonfiction: Cooking) 39.95 ISBN: 9781574417142
WALLOP: whacks EASTENDERS Mon, Tue, Thur, Fri BBC1 Tempers are frayed and there are fiery showdowns in the offing - business as usual then - as the Carters prepare for Stan's funeral.