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Re: face headers on mail to the list



On Mon, Apr 07, 2008 at 03:48:29PM +0100, Brad Rogers wrote:
> On Mon, 07 Apr 2008 09:41:56 -0500
> Ron Johnson <ron.l.johnson@cox.net> wrote:
> 
> Hello Ron,
> 
> > On 04/07/08 05:44, Brad Rogers wrote:
> > > That's X-Face.  Face can be colour.  
> > I guess we'd better ask OP for clarification!
> 
> Doug. over to you....   :-)
> 
> OTOH, either will come out as gibberish in a text-only MUA.

Well, the Face header is one long unwrapped line and it is gibberish in
mutt.  Luckily, there's "ignore Face" in my ~/.muttrc, but I still have
to download it.  Not a big deal right now.

However, if we go with the question "if everybody did it", then what
proportion of bandwidth for debian list would be taken up with "Face"
headers.  Would this be significant for someone downloading over a slow
(or very slow) link.  Right now I'm on dialup at about 2 KB/s and its
$9.99 per month for unlimited time.  What if I was on a sailboat and/or
in northern Canada (outside of a community with a sat ground station) on
either an M-sat box (?2400 baud) or on HF (shorwave) at 300 baud (or
less) and perhaps paying per KB?  

How does this mesh with, for example, debian's thought-paradigms for
deciding if something is free.  e.g. the desert-island paradigm where
you can't be required to send in a license fee.  Well, the desert island
will only have M-sat or HF (well, I suppose you may have a meridian
phone, but I think its limited to 9600 too).  

Just a thought.

Doug.



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