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OT: hidden messages, steganography and Osama'S code
>While the misc mailing list isn't the best place for such a joke there is
>nothing racist about it. It could only be a racist statment if the
>statment had something about an ethinic group, sex, or religious prefrence
>which it clearly does not. Also note that you do not own the misc mailing
>list and it is up to th good folks at OpenBSD to filter the mail or not
>(and what to filter if they do).
I don't think it was even a joke, much less a racist one. There have been
many reports in the (so-called) mainstream press of hidden messages
With this kind of press, it's no wonder that anonymous "scrambled" text
sent to a distribution list would make someone jittery.
However if you read the nitty-gritty from the folks who have done some good
work looking for these messages (who are probably on this mailing list as I
think they are OpenBSD developers--yay back on topic again!), you see that
the prospect of islamic terrorists* transmitting huge lists of marching
orders and secret bomb plans via pictures of vintage weeble collections on
ebay is still pretty much an urban-legend stage (although who knows what
they are doing).
*(to keep things warm and fuzzy, I hereby acknowledge that there are
terrorists of the islamic, protestant, amish, hindu, buddhist,
white-supremacist, black-power, catholic, environmental, anti-abortion,
pro-choice, anti-capitalism, anti-socialism, anarchist, pro-linux, pokemon,
and country line dancing persuasions. The articles had to do with Islamic