@tauli I'm interested in which details you believe are incorrect for a story set in 1994.
@noelle from the top of my head:
- the author mixed up travel time for single distance with roundtrip time
- electronic signals don't travel at the speed of light but - depending on the medium, voltage, etc. - significantly slower. as a rule of thumb you can assume half that
- caching by network equipment will typically add significant amounts of time
- context switching done in a multitasking operating system can put processes to sleep several microseconds, increasing delay further.
@noelle don't get me wrong, the story is entertaining. and the morale (as i understand it) to follow evidence wherever it may lead is useful to any engineer. it's just so wrong on so many levels, that is makes me cringe.
@tauli You're nitpicking details; if that's enough to make you cringe, go ahead.
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