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software bloat
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jargon, abuse The result of adding new features to a program
or system to the point where the benefit of the new features
is outweighed by the extra resources consumed (RAM, disk
space or performance) and complexity of use. Software bloat
is an instance of Parkinson's Law: resource requirements
expand to consume the resources available. Causes of software
bloat include second-system effect and creepingfeaturitis. Commonly cited examples include Unix's "ls(1)"
OS/2 and any Microsoft product.