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Re: Mr Zhang

Dear all,

Apologies for adding to the noise here, but these messages being posted to
the Auditory list by Mr Zhang are becoming a little curious. Initially I
thought that the characters in the subject line must result from a
translation from a chinese character set, however this doesn't seem to be
the case since the header of the message shows a completely different
character set from the subject line. (ie. 发件人日期 rather than
=?gb2312?B? ). Since the characters in the subject line do not appear to be
random and some sequences vary subtly from message to message I wonder if
these messages may not be as pointless as they seem. It may be just
paranoia but I seem to remember an instance of a computer virus (last
century) that exploited a bug in some Microsoft software such as Outlook
whereby a virus could be activated via code in very long subject lines. 

This may not be the case but I would be most interested to hear comments or
whether anyone using Outlook has experienced any difficulties with these


Bill Budd

At 23:08 15-01-00 +0800, Qiong Zhang wrote:
>-----Original Message-----
>发件人: Automatic digest processor <LISTSERV@LISTS.MCGILL.CA>
>收件人: Recipients of AUDITORY digests <AUDITORY@LISTS.MCGILL.CA>
>日期: 2000年1月15日 13:06
>痔: AUDITORY Digest - 12 Jan 2000 to 14 Jan 2000 (#2000-4)
>>There are 2 messages totalling 46 lines in this issue.
>>Topics of the day:
>>  1. AUDITORY Digest - 6 Jan 2000 to 12 Jan 2000 (#2000-3)
>>  2. Fw: Al Liberman (fwd)
>>Date:    Fri, 14 Jan 2000 08:57:56 -0500
>>From:    "Linda A. Seltzer" <lseltzer@PHOENIX.PRINCETON.EDU>
>>Subject: Re: AUDITORY Digest - 6 Jan 2000 to 12 Jan 2000 (#2000-3)
>>I would like to make a comment concerning "long standing experts"
>>and young people with innovative ideas.  I think this ignores the
>>situation of women who often don't have the opportunity to start
>>their academic pursuits at a young age.  I am older than 45 and
>>still working on my doctorate.  I am not young, but still have
>>innovative ideas.  I don't have a long standing reputation because
>>I haven't even had a chance to start yet, since I am just supporting
>>myself and working on my doctorate when possible.  So please don't
>>forget us older ladies who are late bloomers who are finishing our
>>doctorates in our 40's, 50's, 60's and even later.  I have tons
>>of original ideas and no funding to work on any of them.  We can
>>be just as innovative as young people.  It's one's state of mind,
>>not one's birth date.
>>Date:    Fri, 14 Jan 2000 16:35:52 -0500
>>From:    Al Bregman <bregman@HEBB.PSYCH.MCGILL.CA>
>>Subject: Fw: Al Liberman (fwd)
>>> ---------- Forwarded message ----------
>>> Date: Fri, 14 Jan 2000 13:46:30 -0500
>>> From: Philip Rubin <rubin@tom.haskins.yale.edu>
>>> To: rubin@tom.haskins.yale.edu
>>> Subject: Al Liberman
>>> Our dear friend and colleague, Al Liberman, passed away today, Friday,
>>> January 14, 2000.  There will be a private funeral on Sunday, January 16,
>>> 2000 for the immediate family only.  A memorial service will be held with
>>> a tentative date of Saturday, February 12, 2000. We will keep you
>>> as further details regarding the memorial service become available.
>>End of AUDITORY Digest - 12 Jan 2000 to 14 Jan 2000 (#2000-4)