[linux-elitists] ErrorDocument vs. censorware

Heather star@betelgeuse.starshine.org
Mon May 22 12:25:23 PDT 2000


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> 
> On Mon, 22 May 2000, Don Marti wrote:
> 
> > The idea is that if an HTTP request would otherwise have resulted in an
> > error, try to find a proxyable URL in it, snarf that URL, and send the
> > content to the user. This could be done with a Dumbass CGI Script(tm) (I
> > would make it acquire a lock on a file so that only one copy could run
> > at a time to prevent a DoS, but that's just detail.)
> 
> Would be more cool to get the document steganographically encoded inside a
> harmless picture. 
 
Probably sufficient for it to provide a picture (of image name tmpfile() )
of the resulting document.  Maybe a PDF to PNG converter or something.  

A PDF to PNG converter would be good for other reasons.  Heck, a reader
that would (given a PDF) cough up an HTML-4.0 compliant webspace instead
would be very nice indeed.  Then marketdroids can continue to cough up 
their pretty brochure goo, but their webstaff can get real HTML and keep
going with it.

* Heather
  Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from junk if
  it gets no electrical power...




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