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by Dave Kellam

Hack value

n. Often adduced as the reason or motivation for
expending effort toward a seemingly useless goal, the point being
that the accomplished goal is a hack. For example, MacLISP had
features for reading and printing Roman numerals, which were
installed purely for hack value. See display hack for one method
of computing hack value, but this cannot really be explained, only
experienced. As Louis Armstrong once said when asked to explain
jazz: “Man, if you gotta ask you’ll never know.” (Feminists please
note Fats Waller’s explanation of rhythm: “Lady, if you got to ask,
you ain’t got it.”)

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