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> Partially on the road to an answer... "Thrashing" is the term for the
> situation in which a virtual-memory computer system (or one with some
> similar memory management scheme) spends nearly all its time managing
> memory (of which there is too little) and nearly none doing
> useful work.
> Indeed, my house is in a similar situation. The usual method for
> cleaning things up is to move everything from one room into
> another and
> clean the one, throwing trash out in the process. It does not
> work when
> all the rooms are already full.
> McLauchlan, Kevin wrote:
> > What would be a good generic word for the sort of condition
> where something is being rapidly/frequently disconnected and
> keeps dutifully coming back for more punishment? I imagine
> there's a common english word that engineers have co-opted
> for such a situation - perhaps a two-word phrase at most.
> It's not quite at the tip of my tongue - or my typing
> fingers. Bugs me no end.
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