= N =
[IRC] When netlag gets really bad, and
delays between servers exceed a certain threshhold, the IRC
network effectively becomes partitioned for a period of time, and
large numbers of people seem to be signing off at the same time and
then signing back on again when things get better. An instance of
this is called a `netburp' (or, sometimes, netsplit).
--The Jargon File version 4.3.1, ed. ESR, autonoded by rescdsk.