Browser: knock knock

Server: who's there?

Browser: Mozilla

Server: Mozilla who?

Browser: Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 10.0; Win64; x64) AppleWebKit/537.36 (KHTML, like Gecko) Chrome/67.0.3396.87 Safari/537.36

Imagine if people introduced themselves like Web browsers do

Hi, I'm Michelle, actually I'm Angela, I resemble George but not really. As I was saying, I'm Christine, and also Sam.

@vi that's basically me when i start melting down and nobody wants to front

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@vi plot twist: that was neither of the aforementioned people, but actually cONVERSATION, a small utility designed to receive information verbally from other people.


they tie you back to all these people you're *not* but are sort of connected to in some ways

"Marion Johnson, nee Veldt."

"J. Harken Willoughby. 'Harken' is a family name, my grandfather was 'Harken'."


(and obviously 'family names' is being used more vaguely here than in the last name sense)

@vi wait, how exactly do web browsers introduce themselves o.O

@vi Hi I'm Michelle/5.0 (Angela Jr. 10.0; Ang64 for short; a64 for shorter 😎 ) with
a Johnson Kidney / 537.36 (Lymph like George). As I was saying, I'm Christine/67.0.3396.87 and also Sam Johnson / 537.36

@vi heh it's a trick, it's actually Edge, pretending to be Chrome! :p

@vi it's a good thing it's a useful and easy string to parse and not useful for fingerprinting users either

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