brute force


  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • brute force The application of predominantly physical effort to achieve a goal that could be accomplished with less effort if more carefully considered. Figuratively, repetitive or strenuous application of an obvious or simple tactic, as contrasted with a more clever stratagem achieving the same goal with less effort;as, the first prime numbers were discovered by the brute force repetition of the Sieve of Eratosthenes .
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  • Simone Weil
    “Who were the fools who spread the story that brute force cannot kill ideas? Nothing is easier. And once they are dead they are no more than corpses.”
  • Thomas Carlyle
    “Not brute force but only persuasion and faith are the kings of this world.”
  • Oscar Wilde
    “I can stand brute force, but brute reason is quite unbearable. There is something unfair about its use. It is hitting below the intellect.”


In literature:

This more than surprised him, for it was well known that McGregor's strong and only point was his brute force.
"The Spoilers of the Valley" by Robert Watson
Prussianism lay crushed; brute force had failed utterly.
"Woodrow Wilson's Administration and Achievements" by Frank B. Lord and James William Bryan
Christ came to rebuke the belief that brute strength is the dominant force in life.
"In Times Like These" by Nellie L. McClung
This modern world is too complex to allow brute force and violence to wreck all that civilization has done.
"The Harbor" by Ernest Poole
It isn't a question of force, of brute strength.
"Slaves of Mercury" by Nat Schachner
I think it was the first time anything but brute force had been tried on him.
"Our Next-Door Neighbors" by Belle Kanaris Maniates
Peace purchased at the price of brute force is unworthy of the name.
"Prize Orations of the Intercollegiate Peace Association" by Intercollegiate Peace Association
If she succeeds her triumph will not be a triumph of mere brute force.
"A Critic in Pall Mall" by Oscar Wilde
This doctrine was the sanctification of brute force and chance.
"The Ghosts" by Robert G. Ingersoll
The sound of the keys made Anna feel faint; Axel was on the other side of that ostentation of brute force.
"The Benefactress" by Elizabeth Beauchamp

In poetry:

They tear the trees up, branch and root,
They kill the hedges green,
As though some force, malign and brute,
Ravaged the peace serene.
"The Aerodrome" by Katharine Tynan
Of their own force do they create;
They climb to light, in her their root.
Your brutish cry at muffled fate
She smites with pangs of worse than brute.
"The Thrush In February" by George Meredith
And, so, he ordered in those stormy hours
His adamantine chains for one and all,
Brute "Force" and soulless "Strength" the only Power
On which he chose to call.
"Arms And The Man - The Oaks And The Tempest" by James Barron Hope
In them Italia, visible to us then
As living, rose; for proof that huge brute Force
Has never being from celestial source,
And is the lord of cravens, not of men.
"The Century Of Garibaldi" by George Meredith
"Now, Brute-carl, yield thy booty to me,
Or I will take it by force from thee.
Say, wilt thou quickly thy beasts forego,
Or venture with me to bandy a blow?
Look out, look out, Svend Vonved.
"Svend Vonved" by George Borrow
On they came, a countless host of savages with a rush,
But the gallant little band soon did their courage crush,
But the cool man Henry Hook at his post began to fire,
And in a short time those maddened brutes were forced to retire.
"The Hero of Rorke's Drift" by William Topaz McGonagall

In news:

Defcon And Black Hat Wrap-Up: Wifi And VPN Crypto Cracked, NSA Chief Asks For Hackers' Help, Android Vulnerable To Brute Force Attack.
Kawasaki adds 'practical' accessories for Brute Force, Teryx, Mule.
Small but mighty Brute Force.
Kawasaki is hoping you do, as they introduce their latest all-terrain vehicle: the 2012 Brute Force 300.
A ride in the woods on Kawasaki's new Brute Force 300 ATV.
Kawasaki introduced its new Brute Force 300 ATV to members of the media by hosting a ride in the Pennsylvania woods north of Pittsburgh.
Flagship of the Kawasaki ATV line, the muscular Brute Force® 750 4x4i ATV received a comprehensive round of upgrades for the 2012 model year.
That means a lost or stolen phone could have its data compromised by a brute-force password-guessing attack.
Kawasaki adds 'practical' accessories for Brute Force , Teryx, Mule.
Small but mighty Brute Force .
Flagship of the Kawasaki ATV line, the muscular Brute Force ® 750 4x4i ATV received a comprehensive round of upgrades for the 2012 model year.
Young Tim Ream copes well with MLS ' brute force '.
It's not about brute force or exaggerated melodrama or spectacle.
It doesn't get bigger than this: 280mm of brute stopping force in a complete brake kit guaranteed to bolt on to any 2002-'09 CRF250 or 450 R or X.
From a Slab of Brute Force To Lyrical Sophistication.

In science:

However, the number of collisions is small—roughly O(N 2µ ) where µ is chosen to be a small constant—so we can count the collisions using brute force.
Quantum property testing for bounded-degree graphs
The first one is computational as the resulting optimisation task is combinatorial and cannot be solved by brute force enumeration when there is more than one change-point (that is, two segments).
Homogeneity and change-point detection tests for multivariate data using rank statistics
In practice it is found by a brute force search over a sensible range NP ≤ N ≤ Nmax .
An algorithm to compute the power of Monte Carlo tests with guaranteed precision
To illustrate the idea with examples we again will begin with the brute force algorithm.
Efficiency Theory: a Unifying Theory for Information, Computation and Intelligence
Efficiency (or at least rudimentary efficient algorithms) could be produced by brute force approaches simply by trying all possible algorithms up to a certain length until a more efficient one is found.
Efficiency Theory: a Unifying Theory for Information, Computation and Intelligence