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ZAP

(language)
A language for expressing program transformations.

["A System for Assisting Program Transformation", M.S. Feather, ACM TOPLAS 4(1):1-20, Jan 1982].

ZAP

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zap

(jargon)
1. To modify, usually to correct; especially used when the action is performed with a debugger or binary patching tool. Also implies surgical precision. "Zap the debug level to 6 and run it again."

In the IBM mainframe world, binary patches are applied to programs or to the operating system with a program called "superzap", whose file name is "IMASPZAP" (possibly contrived from I M A SuPerZAP).

See also Zero and Add Packed.

2. To fry a chip with static electricity. "Uh oh - I think that lightning strike may have zapped the disk controller."

zap

A command that typically deletes the data within a file but leaves the file structure intact so that new data can be entered. See wipe.
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The analysis of various scientific works showed that the TV channel zapping time is the most important criteria which affect the subjective assessment of IPTV QoE [3].
It means that is important to offer a new solution that allows an objective assessment of the IPTV QoE by the understanding the relation between the digital IP television quality and Quality of Experience assessment according to the TV channel zapping time.
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Assassination, incidentally, falls into the zapping category.
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Channel switching during commercials, also known as channel surfing, channel grazing, or zapping, has become a potentially serious problem for advertisers.
So irradiation becomes a quick fix--a way to avoid problems by zapping filthy food with gamma rays as it leaves the processing plant.
To ensure interactivity and satisfactory QoE, the channel zapping delay needs to be below 2 seconds, and to guarantee the recommended MOS (Mean Opinion Score) mapping [6].
While the zapping phenomenon itself has been examined in past studies, no research has yet specifically investigated the relationship and the effect of zapping on brand purchase behavior.
Zapping the AIDS virus with low-voltage electric current can nearly eliminate its ability to infect human white blood cells cultured in the laboratory, reports a research team at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York City.
Now a researcher at Harvard Medical School in Boston has demonstrated he can do these studies without genetic manipulation by zapping specific proteins with a laser.