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Re: [ProgSoc] /dev/null (fwd)
Daniel Cafe wrote:
> On Mon, 20 Jul 1998, Rob Lowe wrote:
>> If anyone's interested in the origin of /dev/null:
>> > The phrase "dev/null" is a hangover from many years ago, which continues
>> > in use by tradition, and in memory of those who made Usenet what it is
>> > today by their hard work. The slash used to delimit the newsgroup is a
>> > hangover from the old "D-News" news software, which rather oddly delimited
>> > newsgroup components with a slash rather than a period, which is now the
>> > convention.
> Hmm always thought it was like /dev/null on a unix system, like send
> flames to /dev/null (Ie the unix "black hole")
I thought the whole post was a joke - people take this seriously? - "Flames to
misc.test"?! So they get propogated all over the Usenet and the flamer and
flamee get auto-responded to death? I think not :)
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