<jargon> /bawd barf/ The garbage one gets on the display screen when using a modem
connection with some protocol
setting (especially line speed) incorrect, or when someone picks up a voice extension on the same line, or when really bad line noise disrupts the connection.
Baud barf is not completely random
, by the way; hackers with a lot of serial-line experience can usually tell whether the device at the other end is expecting a higher or lower speed than the terminal
is set to.
*Really* experienced ones can identify particular speeds.