Meaning of HOLY WARS in English

transcription, транскрипция: [ n. ]

[from Usenet , but may predate it; common] n. flame war s over religious issues . The paper by Danny Cohen that popularized the terms big-endian and little-endian in connection with the LSB-first/MSB-first controversy was entitled "On Holy Wars and a Plea for Peace". Other perennial Holy Wars have included EMACS vs. vi , my personal computer vs. everyone else's personal computer, ITS vs. Unix , Unix vs. VMS , BSD Unix vs. USG Unix , C vs. Pascal , C vs. FORTRAN, etc., ad nauseam. The characteristic that distinguishes holy wars from normal technical disputes is that in a holy war most of the participants spend their time trying to pass off personal value choices and cultural attachments as objective technical evaluations. See also theology .

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