RFC 8774, "The Quantum Bug", April 2020Source of RFC: INDEPENDENT
Errata ID: 6075
Status: Held for Document Update
Publication Format(s) : TEXT, PDF, HTML
Reported By: Pickle Surprise
Date Reported: 2020-04-01
Held for Document Update by: Adrian Farrel
Date Held: 2020-04-01
Section Abstract says:
This will lead to a perceived round-trip time of zero seconds on some Internet paths, a capability which was not predicted and so not included as a possibility in many protocol specifications.
It should say:
Suggested text... The no communication theorem holds, and there will be no perceived round-trip time of zero seconds on some Internet paths, a capability which was not predicted and so not included as a possibility in many protocol specifications.
This report has been marked as "held for document update" so that the authors can consider it when a revision to the RFC is made.
At that time, the authors may want to think about the following points:
- The original text says "perceived round-trip time of zero seconds". Of course, the
perception of a zero round-trip time says nothing about the actual time: none of
the laws of physics apply to perception.
- The well-known "no-communication theorem" is predicated on the assumption
that the laws of quantum mechanics hold, but that it is clearly not the case on
- The proof of the no-communication theorem depends on an understanding of
Hilbert Space. Mr Space is notably hard to comprehend.
- The no-communication theorem is classically described in relation to
communications between Alice and Bob, but we know that the Internet is For All,
and so our concerns should extend wider than just Alice and Bob to include
Charlie, Daphne, Eustace, and Felicity.
- The proof of the no-communication theorem depends on the Born rule, but while
there is one Born every minute, it is generally accepted that there is no change
through the Born identity.