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Re: "The Net"
On Thu, 3 Aug 1995, Dr. Dimitri Vulis wrote:
> I once was a consultant at a small financial services firm, and a (young,
> disturbed) user was going around playing stupid pranks on unattended PCs. I
> mandated the use of screenblankers that kicked in after 3 minutes of inactivity
> and required a password to get back. The user would then reboot the PCs; some
> password was needed to get onto the LAN, but he'd mess with the local
> config.sys's. He eventually got fired and I do something else.
Unfortunatly, the lusers here are brain-dead and don't care about
anything. They don't even know the first things about DOS. We do have a
couple of geniuses who think they know Windoze (or want to learn it) who
occasionally play with the icons and groups: one such genious once closed
a group window, then claimed someone "erased it." What a dork! The
worse is that I have to clean up after them no matter how stupid they are.
> I guess byte values>255 are the IP equivalent of 555. Better than 127.0.0.1 -
> someone might telnet to 127.0.0.1, then ask mgm/ua whose address this is. :)
Well, the loopback is only a single IP address. If they used that, every
net.entity would have the same IP. Not too good. :-)
> My 6yr-old's IBM Aptiva comes with a sound board and the software that reads
> English text and pronounces it in much more lifelike manner than the gizmo in
> the movie. That gizmo sounded annoyingly computer-like, but had intonations
> obviously coming from a human actor.
Nope, sounded right the like the Apple MacinTalk II Pro voices. They've
got some really cool voices, some even human sounding. Check it out if
you get a chance. Real intonations: you can hear the voice flex, etc.
There are some voices that follow songs or other tones. (i.e. Big Ben,
Bells, etc.) They sound like they're singing.
> The notion is very realistic (but the flashy displays in the movie were not).
> At the recent PC Expo at the Javitz Center in NYC, there were tens of PCs
> running various Web browsers to try out. No one was watching over most of them.
> I entered the URL telnet://uunet.uu.net:119, and sure enough, got connected.
> It accepted 'IHAVE', but I was too lazy to type in an entire Usenet article.
> I (and the heroine) could have telnetted to someone's port 25 just as easily.
Yep. Those be the same machines where I dropped my Cypherpunx PC EXPO
V2.0 disks. Just left a few dozen infront of each machine as I used
them. Sort of the sleight of hand that theives use to lift stuff; only I
didn't take, I put. >;-)
> Brighton Beach Boardwalk BBS, Forest Hills, N.Y.: +1-718-261-2013, 14.4Kbps
Say, what's on this BBS anyway... (send me email, enough noise on this list.)
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