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.

The Network

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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).

The Network

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References in classic literature ?
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.
Organizational network analysis infers focusing on the network more as an organizational structure and less on its social interactions and connections.
IP is a mature, widely used network protocol that's emerging as the network of choice for storage-over-WAN applications.
Experts and academic technologists all over North America agree that perhaps the three most critical steps in building a wireless LAN are designing the network, managing it, and securing it.
Management must consider not only the current number of computer users who will be on the network but also how many users will be added in the years to come.
However, DoS attacks can overwhelm load balancers, compromising the network and deeply impacting application service levels.