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RFC 8774, "The Quantum Bug", April 2020


Errata ID: 6077
Status: Reported
Type: Technical
Publication Format(s) : TEXT

Reported By: Ángel
Date Reported: 2020-04-01

Section 1 says:

time travel will never work (or it would already have been used).

It should say:

time travel is still not available in the consumer market.


While the introduction section may allow some more leniency, its discarding of RFC6921 based on an unfounded dismissal of time travel shows a lack of the required technical competence that should be cardinal for a serious publication such as this [RFC 3935]. The simplistic "it would already have been used" misses any rigorous testing and falls for the fallacy best described by the 19th century aphorism Absence of Evidence Is Not Evidence of Absence [QUOTE-INV]. Not only do we lack any method to detect whether time travel has been used already (with 'already being used' defined as the timestamp of either point of the time travel journey being prior to the current point in time, i.e. satisfying a lesser-than operation when the representations of their TAI [IEEE1588] values are checked with the comparison defined in [RFC2550]) but there are also many sensible reasons for time travel invented in the future not leading (coronavirus-aside) to an interaction with 2020 human beings (much less to a widely known one), as has been thoroughly studied in [WHY-HAVENT].

[RFC6921] Hinden, R., "Design Considerations for Faster-Than-Light
(FTL) Communication", RFC 6921, DOI 10.17487/RFC6921,
April 2013, <https://www.rfc-editor.org/info/rfc6921>.

[QUOTE-INV] Quote Investigator "Absence of Evidence Is Not Evidence
of Absence", 17 September 2019

[IEEE1588] IEEE, "IEEE Standard for a Precision Clock Synchronization
Protocol for Networked Measurement and Control Systems",
IEEE Std 1588-2008, DOI 10.1109/IEEESTD.2008.4579760, July

[RFC2550] S. Glassman, M. Manasse, J. Mogul, "Y10K and Beyond", RFC 2550,
April 1999, <https://www.rfc-editor.org/info/rfc2550>

[WHY-HAVENT] World Building Community, "If time travel is possible in the
future, no matter how distant, why haven't they come back to
tell us?", August 2016

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