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    Whoever controls the pipe

    ... controls the world. We quite relized that when Microsoft retired his Smart Tags technology, that allowed him to underline whatever words developers found interesting, and redirect them to some huperlink.
    But it's become quite clear again: a router manufacturer injects URLs randomly every 8 hours directing the browser to one of their promo pages.
    Problem is, pipes are long, and packets travelling through them are manipulated by lots of hardware/software thingies. Can you imagine if every one of them tried to manipulate them, to redirect whoever is sitting at the client side to whatever spam they would want?
    I guess IETF, or whoever is in charge of poor old packets, should write the "Bill of rights of TCP packets and content thereof", to avoid that kind of things, and to make sure that whatever is at one end of the pipe, arrives safely at the other.

    2003-11-11 04:36 | 0 Comment(s) | Filed in

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