Date: Mon, 10 Nov 1997 14:22:31 -0500 From: Gareth Branwyn Subject: Re: Ping of Death >SPAM is good and everything you say is very true. But my pick is the Ping of >Death. Didn't think the Internet could be so morbid, did you? At first, this >appears to be a joke or the product of what many of like to refer to as the >"wire-head" culture. However, it is very real and can shut down someone's >network very quickly. Pinging has been around for a while. That's where you >send a Ping command to a server to see if it is working. This is usually done >when people are trying to access a site and keep getting error messages. The >Ping of Death sends a huge amount of bytes, more than a server could possibly >handle, thereby shutting it down. > >Bonnie Briggs >The University of Memphis This is technically referred to as ping flooding. There is a long tradition of "death" slang in the computer world. "Blue Screen of Death" (or DSOD) is another popular term right now. That's the blue screen you get in Windows when some fatal error is being announced. In Macs, there's the Chime of Death (or Doom), which is the little tune that plays when your computer has experienced a serious hardware crash. In hackerdom, there's "eat flaming death," an exaggerated expression of hostility often used in computer games. A "dead link," is a WWW link that no longer connects to another page. And one of my all-time favorites: "wave a dead chicken," which is to perform a number of ritualistic procedures in the vain hope of reviving ailing or broken hardware or software. Years ago, I had a computer whose hard drive was very sick and often wouldn't show up on the monitor when I started the machine. I found myself putting my hand on the CPU every time I started it, hoping, I guess, to comfort and encourage it. This is waving a dead chicken. -------------------------------------------------- Gareth Branwyn garethb2[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE], Contributing editor, Wired Senior editor, bOING bOING Co-author _Happy Mutant Handbook_ , _Internet Power Toolkit_ Author, _Jargon Watch: A Pocket Dictionary for the Jitterati_