Subject: Re: Car Update

Date: Wed, 13 Jan 1999 22:24:14 -0500

From: (Jim Vandewalker)


Newsgroups: alt.slack.devo, alt.slack

References: 1 , 2 , 3 , 4 , 5


In article <>, wrote:


{ Nully Fydyan wrote:

{ > Transporters.

{ >

{ > I want one in the house, in fact. None of this driving to the space

{ > port stuff for me.


{ Not to mention that what a transporter does is KILL you, then create a

{ duplicate you several miles away. To others, it looks like it's you,

{ transported, but the real you is dead! WAY too disturbing for a method

{ of transportation! Give me an enormous pneumatic tube system any day.



Possible other problems as well:





Date: 20 Jun 1995 20:40:18 GMT

Organization: best of usenet humor


A matter transporter based on sendmail? <deep shudder> I have seen the

future and it's f**king terrifying! Imagine:


a) People arrive at their destination with new heads;


b) People with blonde hair have it dyed brown because blonde is used by

sendmail as a person delimiter;


c) Due to obscure config file errors, every tenth person loses a vital



d) Organ transplants made on the fly, randomly;


e) People arriving with someone else stuck to their feet;


f) People arriving in five segments with a preamble that says, "To

reassemble the original package, use the right sort of glue";


g) Some people mysteriously vanish and are never seen again. And you don't

find out until five weeks later when someone wonders why your Australian

auntie never did visit...


h) Some people spend five days bouncing back and forth between

transporters, and are then "expired" by sendmail.


i) People over 6ft2 being rejected by some braindamaged gateway halfway

between the source and destination site, and arriving back home with

`Unknown mailer error 5' stamped on their forehead.


j) Lusers with forwarding loops


k) Security holes in the MTA that let unprivileged users fake people so

that they look like they came from somewhere else (yeah, I know it's not

a security hole so much as a standard bit of protocol, but would _you_

want to be PGP signed?)


l) broken mail<->news gateways. 500 copies of yourself sitting in every

news-spool on the 'Net.


n) *real* mailbombs. email a terrorist to


o) "Well honey, it happened like this. I thought I'd surprise you at work,

but I mistyped your email address and got bounced to postmaster. The next

thing I knew I was sitting in your bosses office. I wasn't exactly naked, I

was wearing our pet boa constrictor..."


p) "Dear sysadmin, my parents emailed my brother to me for a visit, but I

accidentaly deleted him when I tried to uudecode him. Can you restore him

from tape backup for me? My parents will be really upset if I lost him"


"email - for when it absolutely has to get lost at the speed of light"