The microblog: 2020.12.09 14:07:49

2020.12.09 14:07:49 (1336658813672325128) from Daniel J. Bernstein:

TCP (without BBR etc.) constantly accelerates communication, straining buffers, until news of packet drops triggers temporary deceleration. The U.S. handles COVID-19 by constantly accelerating interaction, straining hospitals, until news of deaths triggers temporary deceleration.

2020.12.09 14:13:25 (1336660222195027971) from Daniel J. Bernstein:

What happens when some TCP connections stop loading the network? The remaining connections speed up to keep straining buffers. Packets drop. When some people are vaccinated against COVID-19, will the U.S. respond by accelerating interaction to maintain hospital strain and deaths?

2020.12.09 14:35:46 (1336665846693818370) from Daniel J. Bernstein:

BBR reacts faster to problems. It aims, with high success, for zero strain on buffers and zero dropped packets. It can use the network even better than alternatives. One country after another has successfully eradicated COVID-19 cases; the U.S. reacts with ignorance and denial.