slopsucker

/slop'suhk-r/ A lowest-priority task that only runs when the computer would otherwise be idle. Also called a "hungry puppy" or "bottom feeder" (after the fishermen's and naturalists' term for finny creatures who subsist on the primordial ooze).

One common variety of slopsucker hunts for large prime numbers.

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Last updated: 2003-09-29

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