The Network

The Network

(jargon, networking)
(Or "the net") The union of all the major noncommercial, academic and hacker-oriented networks, such as Internet, the old ARPANET, NSFnet, BITNET, and the virtual UUCP and Usenet "networks", plus the corporate in-house networks and commercial time-sharing services (such as CompuServe) that gateway to them.

A site was generally considered "on the network" if it could be reached by electronic mail through some combination of Internet-style (@-sign) and UUCP (bang-path) addresses. Since the explosion of the Internet in the mid 1990s, the term is now synonymous with the Internet.

See network address.

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A fictional conspiracy of libertarian hacker-subversives and anti-authoritarian monkeywrenchers described in Robert Anton Wilson's novel "Schr?dinger's Cat", to which many hackers have subsequently decided they belong (this is an example of ha ha only serious).

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The network that supported the car was made of very strong hempen cord, and the two valves were the object of the most minute and careful attention, as the rudder of a ship would be.
Its weight, along with that of the network, did not exceed two hundred and fifty pounds.
The muscles stood up sharply under the network of sinews, covered with this delicate, mobile skin, soft as satin, and they were hard a bone.
These phenomena were occasioned by the expansion of the gas, through increase of heat in the atmosphere, and the consequent disruption of the minute particles of ice with which the network had become encrusted during the night.
Depending on how the network gets data to the machines using it, everything going to and from a machine may also be seen by every other machine on the network.
Digitally networked pressure sensors send data back and forth continuously through a single fieldbus cable, providing closed-loop, real-time control of all the devices in the network by an industrial PC, which may double as the operator interface.
What is the Network? It is the summation of all the things that move people, goods and information around the world.
Most offices with networks already own most of the necessary components, which include a server (the computer that manages network resources), a router or switch (to distribute riles within the network) and a firewall (software or hardware to prevent unauthorized access into or from the network).
The district quickly took the network offline and began correcting the problem, according to Scigliano.
Hackers continuously refine their attacking methods, while network security engineers continue to deploy technology to foil the hackers' attempts and keep the network secure.
With VoIP, the voice transmission is broken up into multiple packets of information that are coded and sent over the network to the recipient device, which reassembles them.
One of the most important challenges facing enterprises in recent years is preventing important, and often times confidential, information from going out through the network. Until now, simple fire walling has failed to prevent information leakage through web mail, email, web hard, blogs, or internet bulleting boards, and it was impossible to trace these information leaks.