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The Internet is full of successful protocols such as HTTP, FTP, DNS, SNMP, IMAP and myriad others. Let us not forgot those protocols that never quite reached stardom, or died right out of the gate. Here are the top 10 protocols that, for one reason or another, never made it mainstream.
Hyper Text Transfer Protocol fecure
Similar to HTTPS but everything is encrypted by converting to old English.
File Corruption Protocol
Never really found a practical use.
Pornography Instant Delivery Protocol?
Caffeinated Beverage Delivery Protocol?
Rejected after computer modelling showed it would require 132% of the world’s aluminium resources to make the cans.
Butter Finger Messaging Protocol
Problems with dropped packets spelled its demise.
Voice Over A Telephone?
Duplicated talking on the phone.
Nigerian 411 Scam Service?
A member of Nigerian royalty is still trying to get this one started, if he could only get some seed money.
Renewable File Transfer Protocol?
No different than regular FTP, but used exclusively by Hybrid owners.
Priceline Packet Routing?
William Shatner allows packets to name their own number of hops.
Steve Jobs Reality Distortion Interface Protocol?
Catastrophically fails if you touch the antenna in the wrong place.
There are many I’ve missed, so please share them in the comments.
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