I just made about 120 successive queries (by hand!) to the MIT finger server, and this is what happened to me:
athena% f j-wolfe@mit [mit.MIT.EDU] Query refused. Number of queries has exceeded alloted time period.
I’m going to have to start using mitdir now. I mean, fscked if I’m going to use a web interface for this.
In case you’re wondering what the heck this is all for, I’m doing a favor for a fellow DL cross-checking the spelling on a bunch of faculty names for invitations. Yeah, it’s pretty fabulous.
Would you believe that there are in fact two people at MIT with the last name “Triantafyllou”?