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  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  uninteresting 
  adj  1:  arousing  no  interest  or  attention  or  curiosity  or 
  excitement;  "a  very  uninteresting  account  of  her  trip" 
  [ant:  {interesting}] 
  2:  characteristic  or  suggestive  of  an  institution  especially  in 
  being  uniform  or  dull  or  unimaginative;  "institutional 
  food" 
 
  From  Jargon  File  (4.2.3,  23  NOV  2000)  [jargon]: 
 
  uninteresting  adj  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})  generalize  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}. 
 
 
 
  From  The  Free  On-line  Dictionary  of  Computing  (13  Mar  01)  [foldoc]: 
 
  uninteresting 
 
    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}. 
 
  [{Jargon  File}] 
 
  (1995-03-10) 
 
 




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