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Holy Wars: [from {USENET}, But May Predate It] N. {flame War}s Over {religious Issues}.

:holy wars: [from {USENET}, but may predate it] 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 wars most of the participants spend
their time trying to pass off personal value choices and cultural
attachments as objective technical evaluations. See also
{theology}.
-- The AI Hackers Dictionary

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