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Shaving Yaktoseconds

An amalgam of "yak shaving" and "shaving yoctoseconds". This line is commonly mistranscribed as "shaving yoctoseconds".

"Yoctoseconds" - Second smallest unit of time, above the Planck time.

"Yak shaving" - A term often used by programmers to mean a chain of useless activity that is prerequisite to a desired task. Can also mean intentional non-essential procrastination.


The line in the show could be interpreted as the team toiling away at even the most miniscule and seemingly-useless tasks to achieve tiny speed improvements.

"We're about shaving yaktoseconds off latency for every layer in the stack." -Gilfoyle

Added by derek9458 derek9458 about 9 years ago