[ntp:questions] Re: kiss-of-death packet - terminology

David L. Mills mills at udel.edu
Tue Aug 5 16:13:50 UTC 2003


You are clearly victim of millsspeak. This is a well known disease 
familiar to others reading my mundane publications. Be advised I dearly 
love the English patois and will on occasion torque the language to my 
personal whimsy. What you see is what you get and no apologies whatsoever.


mike cook wrote:

> In the proposed RFC
> http://www.eecis.udel.edu/~mills/database/rfc/rfc-xxxx.pdf
> the kiss-of-death term is named kiss-o'-death.
> While this is of no technical importance and probably
> equates to the american pronouciation, it really should be
> replaced by kiss-of-death for the following reasons.
>  a) Daves previous publications and the current NTP distrib docs
>      use the term kiss-of-death.
>      ex. accopt.htm, debug.htm, release.htm
>  b) Use of caracters with special meanings (') in names is
>     usually frowned upon in computing circles, and
>     causes complications in string handling.
>  c) The all knowing Google doesn't get a single hit for
>     kiss-o'-death relating to NTP, but gives plenty of pointers to
>     the NTP doc, RFCs and the like for the keyword kiss-of-death.

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