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    Today's topics:

    (1) Posting onto BIOMCH-L
    (2) Formia 1989 Abstracts and Proceedings
    (3) Competition, openness, and privacy in email


    (1) Posting onto BIOMCH-L

    The number of subscribers on BIOMCH-L is steadily increasing (currently almost
    80), and a few newcomers have asked how to send postings to the list. This is
    quite simple: just send a message to BIOMCH-L@HEARN.EARN as if it were an
    ordinary, individual's email adress, and the list will automatically take care
    of redistribution to all parties. The LISTSERV@HEARN.EARN address is merely
    for administrative purposes, not for posting messages.


    (2) Formia Abstracts and Proceedings

    The Abstracts for the recent Symposium on Biolocomotion, held from 14 through
    17 April 1989 in Formia, Italy, were published in the Spring Issue (nr. 34) of
    the Newsletter of the International Society of Biomechanics. Jan Cabri, who is
    assistant editor to the Newsletter told me that a number of copies are avail-
    able for interested parties. His email address is , and
    his postal address is Experimental Anatomy, Free University Brussels, Laarbeek-
    laan 103, B-1090 BRUSSELS, Belgium. The Proceedings are expected to appear by
    the end of this year. Most fascinating, animated renderings of Marey's and
    Muybridge's photographies of biolocomotion from the previous century will be
    provided, too. For further details, contact Prof. Aurelio Cappozzo, Istituto
    di Fisiologia Umana, Universit`a degli Studi "La Sapienza", I-00185 ROMA,


    (3) Competition, openness, and privacy in email

    Rick Hinrich's posting this weekend brings back last year's discussion as to
    whether email addresses should be confidential or not. As mentioned at earlier
    occasions, I have preferred to keep addresses confidential so as maintain the
    possibility of controlling undesirable postings. Once email addresses are
    available to anyone, `junk mail' could be sent to known addresses which, once
    this does not occur via BIOMCH-L, I would be unable to prevent. As apparent
    from discussions on, e.g., the RISKS DIGEST, junk mail is becoming an issue
    of some importance in North America, and it would be awkward for BIOMCH-L users
    to come back from a holiday and find that they have run out of disk quota.
    Fortunately, BIOMCH-L has, until this time, been spared such problems.

    Considering Rick's posting, I propose to authorize the REVIEW BIOMCH-L command
    as a private command (i.e., for list subscribers only) as of June 1 unless
    there are serious objections against this. During the month of May, individual
    subscribers may elect to preserve their privacy by sending the request SET
    BIOMCH-L CONCEAL to LISTSERV@HEARN. One should note that this `members only'
    facility does not guarantee that addresses are kept confidential within the
    BIOMCH-L membership!


    Have a nice Labour Day (May 1). I shall be gone until May 8, 1989.

    Herman J. Woltring


    End of Biomch-l 1989/9