om events like line noise or media failures.

Might occur, for example, if one bit of each incoming character on a tty were stuck, so that some characters were correct and others were not.

See terminak for a historical example.

2. By extension, accidental display of text in a mode where the output device emits special symbols or mnemonics rather than conventional ASCII. This often happens, for example, when using a terminal or comm program on a device like an IBM PC with a special "high-half" character set and with the bit-parity assumption wrong. A hacker sufficiently familiar with ASCII bit patterns might be able to read the display anyway.

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Nearby terms:

istent glitch, asom events like line noise or media failures.ia failures.

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