[GTER] RFC5841 - TCP Option to Denote Packet Mood
Frederico A C Neves
fneves at registro.br
Thu Apr 1 17:47:27 -03 2010
In an attempt to anthropomorphize the bit streams on countless
physical layer networks throughout the world, we propose a TCP option
to express packet mood [DSM-IV].
Packets cannot feel. They are created for the purpose of moving data
from one system to another. However, it is clear that in specific
situations some measure of emotion can be inferred or added. For
instance, a packet that is retransmitted to resend data for a packet
for which no ACK was received could be described as an 'angry'
packet, or a 'frustrated' packet (if it is not the first
retransmission for instance). So how can these kinds of feelings be
conveyed in the packets themselves. This can be addressed by adding
TCP Options [RFC793] to the TCP header, using ASCII characters that
encode commonly used "emoticons" to convey packet mood.
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