does Elons Tweet suggest something new?

does Elons Tweet suggest something new?

Elon Musk ‏@elonmusk 1h

TCP packet walks into a bar & says “I’d like a beer.” Barman replies “You’d like a beer?” “Yes,” replies TCP packet,“I’d like a beer.” | July 9, 2013

I would take it as simple its network geek humor :)


BenRogers03 | July 9, 2013

He's confirming a "Handshake" in geek speak.

lolachampcar | July 9, 2013

Do you have the controls?
Yes, I have the controls.
Ok, you have the controls.

PaalT | July 9, 2013

A shot in the dark.. Maybe wifi functionality will be activated...hence, the TCP/IP joke.

nickjhowe | July 9, 2013

+1 @PaalT

shop | July 9, 2013

Specifically it's the start of session three way handshake. As a former network engineer I love the humor!

bfranks273 | July 9, 2013

No, that cant be right. The barman responds "Ack". Thats it. The TCP packet now has no no need to waste the bandwidth of duplicating the message. Instead he now knows all is well and sends the second message: " I also want a bag of Beer Nuts".

Perhaps this is an indication of why some people find the Model S 3G web access slow??

shop | July 9, 2013

For session initiation, it isn't just an ack from the server. The client does have to repeat his initial message. See

You guys that are saying the joke isn't accurate are interpreting the beer request as data in the tcp packet. But come on, it's a joke, not a protocol specification!

ellcyc | July 9, 2013

Reminds me of this one:

I could tell you a joke about UDP but you probably wouldn't get it.

lnxcar | July 9, 2013

@ellcyc ahyeap :)

mdemetri | July 9, 2013

Can someone translate, this thread is confusing to the 'non-geek'.

wcalvin | July 9, 2013

Handshaking protocols for devices connected to computer.

olanmills | July 9, 2013

It's just a joke, but fan forums wouldn't be fan forums if there's wasn't some overanalysis of something like this once in a while | July 9, 2013

@olanmills Amen! :)

nickjhowe | July 9, 2013

@mdemetri - UDP (user datagram protocol) is a "lossy" protocol, hence a chance you "won't get" the packet that is sent to you.

@bfranks273 - NACK!

Brian H | July 10, 2013

Also Usenet Death Penalty, the blocking of a site or range of sites.

mrspaghetti | July 10, 2013

That tweet confirms that Tesla is the car for me.

AmpedRealtor | July 10, 2013

ACK NACK! ACK NACK NACK! Mars Attacks, anyone? LOL

Could his joke be a veiled reference to WOL (wake-on-LAN) functionality for Model S? Perhaps a hint they may have found a way to shut down the system but keep the car's 3G connection "awake" to receive the WOL magic packet to "wake up" the car?

Here is the Wikipedia page about WOL:

stangel | July 10, 2013

@ellcyc for the win! (better joke than Elon's)

Brian H | July 10, 2013

Overcooked; "maybe wouldn't get it" might be fairer/more accurate!

larmorfreq | July 10, 2013

Maybe this handshake is related to the grasshopper rocket test, which returns on its own, and recently had a higher flight, hover and return...
my 0.02

mjs | July 10, 2013


I finally got your joke, but found it slightly out of order :)

pilotSteve | July 10, 2013

its all related to his retweet of the Pizza nerd joke (pi*z*a*a)! He's in a nerdy mood. I love it.

Robert22 | July 12, 2013

I like this one:

So a termite walks into a bar, walks up to the counter and says "Is the bartender here?"

(Wait for it, wait for it....)

Brian H | July 13, 2013

"No, it's hardwood."