Re: Question on BogoMIPS

Steve McIntyre (
Tue, 15 Apr 1997 19:11:01 +0100 (BST)

On Tue, 15 Apr 1997, Mike Jagdis wrote:

>> 64 bytes from icmp_seq=2 ttl=64 time=-7.-9 ms
>Now that *is* weird! Apparently the transistor density is so great
>it has generated a temporal discontinuity right across your
>loopback. I suggest reconfiguring the sensor array to emit an
>inverse tachyon pulse...


> More realistically, this implies either that a gettimeofday()
>performed on reciept of the packet gives a time *before* that
>given by the gettimeofday() that was performed when the packet
>was generated (unlikely?) or that the first few bytes of the
>packet got corrupted somewhere. Can anyone reproduce this?

If it helps, these weird negative pings also happen to other hosts...

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