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On Thu, February 9, 2017 11:40 am, markw at wrote:
> Here's the problem with all this.
> 8 characters for a name. Yes, in a hypothetical sense you have
> 2.183401056?10^14 possible passwords if you use 8 ascii alpha/numeric
> characters with no punctuation characters, but the vast majority of that
> space are random strings not suitable for nicknames or meaningful
> identifiers. For instance, I can't see that any remaining meaningful
> permutations of "john smith" could possibly be left. How many email
> addresses do they assign a year? How many back-logged names did they
> create at first?
> When an alum dies, does their email address become available?

Generally addresses are "recovered" approximately 1-2 years after
they leave MIT.  There are exceptions for certain classes of people whose
accounts remain "sponsored".  It's unclear what happens if a sponsored
account owner passes.

Then there are "" accounts, which is MIT's "Email Forwarding
for Life", which allows more than 8 characters, so there's really no


>> Dan Ritter <dsr at> writes:
>>> On Wed, Feb 08, 2017 at 10:24:54AM -0500, Derek Atkins wrote:
>>>> Eric Chadbourne <sillystring at> writes:
>>>> > Off topic, warlord at MIT.EDU, is the best email ever.
>>>> Thanks.  I've had it since 1989.
>>> MIT trivia: once you have a username, you can't change it.
>> Only mostly true.  I know a handful of people who successfully changed
>> their usernames.  It's rare, and only done in extreme circumstances.
>> But it *can* be done.
>>> -dsr-
>> -derek
>> --
>>        Derek Atkins, SB '93 MIT EE, SM '95 MIT Media Laboratory
>>        Member, MIT Student Information Processing Board  (SIPB)
>>        URL:    PP-ASEL-IA     N1NWH
>>        warlord at MIT.EDU                        PGP key available
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