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RE: [SLUG] x-Fnord
- To: "peterw" <peterw@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Subject: RE: [SLUG] x-Fnord
- From: "Doug Stalker" <doug@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Sun Sep 16 18:17:02 2001
- Cc: "Slug" <slug@xxxxxxxxxxx>
> > > So, what is the x-Fnord mail header for ?? and why do people embed the
> > > modem escape and hangup cmd sequence in it ??
> > On sufficiently broken mail clients, the client wil actually send the
> > modem escape sequence tothe modem.
> I suspect that the mail client doesn't have to be "broken" as the modem
> will see the escape sequence before any running program(the mail client)
> gets it. So if you are using a modem out of the box and your connection
> software doesn't reprogram it before it dials up, there is a good chance
> that the modem will hang up regardless of what mail client you are
This used to work many years ago in the days of dialup BBSes. I suspect
that it won't do anything at all now, as the modem will only accept the
escape sequence from the local side to avoid a potential DOS attack.
> So this x-fnord <escape sequence> thingie is designed to cause mischief,
> a bit like a virus really.
To find out all about fnords, read the Illuminatus! trilogy by Robert Shea
and Robert Anton Wilson.
Remember: If you cant see the fnords, they can't eat you.