Bit Twiddling: N. 1. (pejorative) An Exercise In Tuning (see {tune}) In Which Incredible Amounts Of Time And Effort Go To Produce Little Noticeable Improveme

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:bit twiddling: n. 1. (pejorative) An exercise in tuning (see
{tune}) in which incredible amounts of time and effort go to
produce little noticeable improvement, often with the result that
the code becomes incomprehensible. 2. Aimless small
modification to a program, esp. for some pointless goal.
3. Approx. syn. for {bit bashing}; esp. used for the act of
frobbing the device control register of a peripheral in an attempt
to get it back to a known state.
-- The AI Hackers Dictionary