netlag

netlag

(networking)
A condition that occurs when the delays in the IRC network, a MUD connection, a telnet connection, or any other networked interactive system, become severe enough that servers briefly lose and then reestablish contact, causing messages to be delivered in bursts, often with delays of up to a minute. (Note that this term has nothing to do with mainstream "jet lag").
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NETLAG - The new excuse for bleary-eyed business types, this parodies jetlag in that laptop-connected workers sometimes have to stay up all night because their Internet connection is too slow.