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The error message given by a modem when the telephone line carrier signal is lost. In the days of BBSs this was a frequent occurrence, often at the very moment someone was typing a sentence. Loss of signal would cause a string of garbage characters to be displayed to the recipient.
In later years this gave rise to an unending joke, depicting someone getting forcefully interrupted or otherwise cut off the internet, out of spite, in the middle of a particularly boring thought, irritating tirade, or some Famous Last Words.
"Backups? BACKUPS? We don' NEED no STEENKIN' BAC{`+#$%{`&+#{@$`%+NO CARRIER
by The 2-Belo June 29, 2004
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