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benchmark: [techspeak] n. An inaccurate measure of computer
   performance.  "In the computer industry, there are three kinds of
   lies: lies, damn lies, and benchmarks."  Well-known ones include
   Whetstone, Dhrystone, Rhealstone (see h), the Gabriel LISP
   benchmarks (see gabriel), the SPECmark suite, and LINPACK.  See
   also machoflops, MIPS, smoke and mirrors.