Andy, I have to say, your flying ship phrase amused me.
One that I've misappropriated is "data stream", to indicate the flow of data from first arrival to final rest or evaporation. Business people "get it" when I use that phrase. They easily grasp that the stream of data includes people as well as computers, and so on. It's not the "official" definition of the phrase, it's just how I've been misusing it for decades.
- Gus "GSquared", RSVP, OODA, MAP, NMVP, FAQ, SAT, SQL, DNA, RNA, UOI, IOU, AM, PM, AD, BC, BCE, USA, UN, CF, ROFL, LOL, ETC
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