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  4  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Restriction  \Re*stric"tion\,  n.  [F.  restriction,  L.  restrictio.] 
  1.  The  act  of  restricting,  or  state  of  being  restricted; 
  confinement  within  limits  or  bounds. 
 
  This  is  to  have  the  same  restriction  with  all  other 
  recreations,that  it  be  made  a  divertisement.  --Giv. 
  of  Tonque. 
 
  2.  That  which  restricts;  limitation;  restraint;  as 
  restrictions  on  trade 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  restriction 
  n  1:  a  principle  that  limits  the  extent  of  something  "I  am 
  willing  to  accept  certain  restrictions  on  my  movements" 
  [syn:  {limitation}] 
  2:  the  quality  of  being  limited  or  restricted;  "it  is  a  good 
  plan  but  it  has  serious  limitations"  [syn:  {limitation}] 
  3:  an  act  of  limiting  or  restricting  (as  by  regulation)  [syn:  {limitation}] 
  4:  the  act  of  restricting  by  restraint 
 
  From  Jargon  File  (4.2.3,  23  NOV  2000)  [jargon]: 
 
  restriction  n.  A  {bug}  or  design  error  that  limits  a  program's 
  capabilities,  and  which  is  sufficiently  egregious  that  nobody  can  quite 
  work  up  enough  nerve  to  describe  it  as  a  {feature}.  Often  used  (esp.  by 
  {marketroid}  types)  to  make  it  sound  as  though  some  crippling  bogosity 
  had  been  intended  by  the  designers  all  along  or  was  forced  upon  them 
  by  arcane  technical  constraints  of  a  nature  no  mere  user  could  possibly 
  comprehend  (these  claims  are  almost  invariably  false). 
 
  Old-time  hacker  Joseph  M.  Newcomer  advises  that  whenever  choosing  a 
  quantifiable  but  arbitrary  restriction,  you  should  make  it  either  a 
  power  of  2  or  a  power  of  2  minus  1.  If  you  impose  a  limit  of  107 
  items  in  a  list,  everyone  will  know  it  is  a  random  number  --  on  the 
  other  hand,  a  limit  of  15  or  16  suggests  some  deep  reason  (involving  0- 
  or  1-based  indexing  in  binary)  and  you  will  get  less  {flamage}  for  it 
  Limits  which  are  round  numbers  in  base  10  are  always  especially  suspect. 
 
 
 
  From  The  Free  On-line  Dictionary  of  Computing  (13  Mar  01)  [foldoc]: 
 
  restriction 
 
  A  {bug}  or  design  error  that  limits  a  program's  capabilities, 
  and  which  is  sufficiently  egregious  that  nobody  can  quite  work 
  up  enough  nerve  to  describe  it  as  a  {feature}.  Often  used 
  (especially  by  {marketroid}  types)  to  make  it  sound  as  though 
  some  crippling  bogosity  had  been  intended  by  the  designers  all 
  along  or  was  forced  upon  them  by  arcane  technical  constraints 
  of  a  nature  no  mere  user  could  possibly  comprehend  (these 
  claims  are  almost  invariably  false). 
 
  Old-time  hacker  Joseph  M.  Newcomer  advises  that  whenever 
  choosing  a  quantifiable  but  arbitrary  restriction,  you  should 
  make  it  either  a  power  of  2  or  a  power  of  2  minus  1.  If  you 
  impose  a  limit  of  17  items  in  a  list,  everyone  will  know  it  is 
  a  random  number  -  on  the  other  hand,  a  limit  of  15  or  16 
  suggests  some  deep  reason  (involving  0-  or  1-based  indexing  in 
  binary)  and  you  will  get  less  {flamage}  for  it  Limits  which 
  are  round  numbers  in  base  10  are  always  especially  suspect. 
 
  [{Jargon  File}] 
 
 




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