: What is origin and why is it called finger?
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+ What is origin and why is it called finger?
It comes from the 1920's pulp fiction magazines and novels:
"finger", to obtain information about a person without their
knowledge. Mickey Spillane would probably be the only person
immediately at home with the term.
The gods do not protect fools. Fools are protected by more capable fools.
Maybe this might be a question for the guru newsgroup, but how does
one get the address of a person who is fingering them? I recall it
has something to do with named pipes, but I am not entirely sure.
11. Finger Command.