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code decay

The tendency for computer software to become gradually worse in performance or responsiveness over time, eventually leading to it becoming completely faulty, unresponsive, or unusable. This is either due to software failing to remain up to date and compatible with the operating system in which it operates, or because the software's code has been updated or altered in ways that have introduced more bugs and errors over time. (It doesn't refer to actual physical decay.) If you want to develop programs that people continue to use for years to come, you've got to factor in ways to avoid code decay with each new update, the users will eventually move on to something that works better. A lot of people just let programs sit on their hard drives for years at a time without being updated or upgraded at all, and then are totally flabbergasted when code decay renders them totally unusable down the line.
See also: code, decay

software decay

The tendency for computer software to become gradually worse in performance or responsiveness over time, eventually leading to it becoming completely faulty, unresponsive, or unusable. This is either due to software failing to remain up to date and compatible with the operating system in which it operates, or because the software's code has been updated or altered in ways that have introduced more bugs and errors over time. (It doesn't refer to actual physical decay.) If you want to develop programs that people continue to use for years to come, you've got to factor in ways to avoid software decay with each new update, the users will eventually move on to something that works better. A lot of people just let programs sit on their hard drives for years at a time without being updated or upgraded at all, and then are totally flabbergasted when software decay renders them totally unusable down the line.
See also: decay, software

fall into decay

To deteriorate or rot. We inject preservatives to keep the body from falling into decay. The church has really fallen into decay—it will take a lot of time and money to restore it.
See also: decay, fall

fall into decay

to degenerate; to rot. The house was very old and had fallen into decay. The small town fell into decay, and people moved out.
See also: decay, fall
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But avoiding fluoridated tap water raises another public health concern; children are denied its protection from tooth decay.
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the all-Wales mean decay experience (decayed missing and filled teeth - dmft) has also continued to reduce from 1.
In 2007-08 the proportion of five-year-old children with evidence of tooth decay stood at 47.
Chief Dental Officer for Wales Dr Colette Bridgeman said: "Although we've seen great improvements in tooth decay in school Year 1 children over the last decade or so, there is scope for further improvement for the third of children still experiencing tooth decay.
It is unnecessary for patients to have fillings because they are not required in many cases of dental decay,' said the study's lead author Wendell Evans, associate professor at University of Sydney in Australia.
If neutrinoless double-beta decay is observed, it helps solve a couple of problems," Philip Barbeau, an assistant professor of physics at Duke University who wrote a commentary on the Nature paper, (http://www.
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Nationally, the number of five-year-olds suffering from tooth decay has dropped to its lowest level in almost a decade; just under 25% suffers from tooth decay.
Tooth decay can dramatically influence the health of a person if not taken care of.
This fact has to be taken into account in a complete explanation for the decay time distribution in this process.
Cavities, also called tooth decay or caries, are caused by a combination of factors, including bacteria in your mouth, frequent snacking, sipping sugary drinks, and not cleaning your teeth well.
ONE in ten North East threeyear-olds suffer from tooth decay, a new report has revealed.
Almost three out of every 10 five-year-olds have tooth decay and, on average, children have between three and four teeth affected by decay, treated or untreated, a survey by Public Health England suggests.
London, July 25 ( ANI ): Scientists have confirmed the ultra rare phenomena of decay in particle physics, which is found just thrice in every billion collisions at the LHC.