A CDE Definition
A failure in an IRC link or server that divides online users into two groups. IRC servers are often linked in series, thus, a break in the line or failure in one computer causes a separation, and all of a sudden, a whole group of users sign off at once. See IRC.
(Internet Relay Chat) Computer conferencing on the Internet. There are hundreds of IRC channels on numerous subjects that are hosted on IRC servers around the world. After joining a channel, your messages are broadcast to everyone listening to that channel. IRC client programs, such as mIRC, provide a graphical interface for all functions, including logging into popular servers and obtaining a list of their active channels. See mIRC, netsplit, SOP and AOP.
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