[LMB] LISTBIZ: GDPR and Birthdays

Robert Woodward robertaw at drizzle.com
Wed May 30 18:43:18 BST 2018


> On May 30, 2018, at 9:22 AM, Marc Wilson <marc.wilson at gmx.co.uk> wrote:
> 
> On Mon, 28 May 2018 09:41:10 -0400 (EDT), Harvey Fishman
> <fishman at panix.com> wrote:
> 
>> 
>> Excuse me, but what does "being routed" mean? Thanks.
> 
> Not the same thing as rooted.
> 
> Routed could mean: put to rout, i.e. chased away.
> Or gouged with a power-tool[1].
> Or sent a particular way, either in a transport or in a network sense
> (i.e. via a modem/router[1]).
> 
> Rooted, in the non-Australian sense, means that someone has got "root"
> access to your computer: root is the unix/linux equivalent of
> "administrator" on Windows.  
> 
> The chunk of malware that does this is generally known as a "rootkit",
> even on platforms like Windows where it's not *strictly* accurate.
> 
> [1] To add to the confusion, US types say these words identically, as
> "router" to rhyme with "shouter"; in the UK, that pronunciation is only
> for the woodworking tool, and the computer kit is a "router" to rhyme
> with "shooter".  
> 

I will point out that there is regional variation in USA in how “route” is pronounced. Some places it is “root” and other places it is “rout”.


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