[Dixielandjazz] "blivet" Defined

Kurt bowermastergroup at qwest.net
Mon Sep 22 16:33:24 PDT 2003

I found the following definitions of "Blivet" at this website:

blivet: /bliv'@t/, n.
[allegedly from a World War II military term meaning "ten pounds of manure
in a five-pound bag"]

1. An intractable problem.

2. A crucial piece of hardware that can't be fixed or replaced if it breaks.

3. A tool that has been hacked over by so many incompetent programmers that
it has become an unmaintainable tissue of hacks.

4. An out-of-control but unkillable development effort.

5. An embarrassing bug that pops up during a customer demo.

6. In the subjargon of computer security specialists, a denial-of-service
attack performed by hogging limited resources that have no access controls
(for example, shared spool space on a multi-user system).

This term has other meanings in other technical cultures; among experimental
physicists and hardware engineers of various kinds it seems to mean any
random object of unknown purpose (similar to hackish use of frob). It has
also been used to describe an amusing trick-the-eye drawing resembling a
three-pronged fork that appears to depict a three-dimensional object until
one realizes that the parts fit together in an impossible way.

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