pain in the net
= P =
Hackish way of referring to the postal
service, analogizing it to a very slow, low-reliability network.
Usenet sig blocks sometimes include a "Paper-Net:" header
just before the sender's postal address; common variants of this
are "Papernet" and "P-Net". Note that the standard
netiquette guidelines discourage this practice as a waste of
bandwidth, since netters are quite unlikely to casually use postal
addresses. Compare voice-net, snail-mail, P-mail.
--The Jargon File version 4.3.1, ed. ESR, autonoded by rescdsk.