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 From:  Michael Iedema <iedemam at pluto dot dsu dot edu>
 To:  Robert Rich <rrich at gstisecurity dot com>
 Cc:  Simon SZE-To <simonchs at gmail dot com>, m0n0wall at lists dot m0n0 dot ch
 Subject:  Re: [m0n0wall] Re: How much does a packet weigh?
 Date:  Sun, 23 Jan 2005 23:18:49 +0100
 > Why not...i'm supposed to relax today...
 >
 > (After some serious googling to try to find anything regarding the
 > electrical properties of 100BASE-TX Ethernet.)
 >
 > Size of a standard ping packet:
 >
 >    14 bytes Ethernet
 > + 60 bytes IP datagram
 > -------------------------
 >    74 bytes
 >
 >    74 bytes * 8 bits per byte = 592 bits
 >
 > Transmission rate of fast ethernet:
 >
 >     100M(ega) bits per second = 100,000,000 bits per second
 >
 > Transimission time of ping packet:
 >
 >    592/100,000,000 = 0.00000592 seconds
 >
 >
 > Ethernet current = 40mA = .04A
 >
 > An Ampere equates to the movement of 1 coulomb (6.24 * 10 ^^18
 > electrons) per second
 >
 > A single electron weighs 9.11 * 10^^-28 grams (give or take ;) )
 >
 > So, our standard ping packet weighs approximately:
 >
 > 0.00000592 * (.04 * (6.24 * 10^^18) * (9.11 * 10^^-31)) = 1.346122752 *
 > 10^^-15 grams
 >
 >
 > I have no idea what that means. :)

This is pure comedy.  I was waiting for such a response after reading 
the subject line.  I can sleep well now.

--Michael I.