rusty memory = R = S/N ratio

rusty wire n.

[Amateur Packet Radio] Any very noisy network medium, in which the packets are subject to frequent corruption. Most prevalent in reference to wireless links subject to all the vagaries of RF noise and marginal propagation conditions. "Yes, but how good is your whizbang new protocol on really rusty wire?".

--The Jargon File version 4.3.1, ed. ESR, autonoded by rescdsk.

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