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Re:FCC now planning "all-IP" phone transition
Re:FCC now planning "all-IP" phone transition
Series on Telecom security
Court mulls 'sexting'
Re: Court mulls 'sexting'
Re: Coming Soon to a Windows 7 Machine Near You: Cable
FCC to many "wireless microphone" users: turn them off!
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Date: Fri, 15 Jan 2010 17:29:41 +1100
From: David Clayton <email@example.com>
Subject: Re:FCC now planning "all-IP" phone transition
On Thu, 14 Jan 2010 19:31:48 -0500, Geoffrey Welsh wrote:
> One of my favorite stories, though quite possibly fictional, is about an
> organization that tested their backup power systems regularly but failed
> to notice that the fuel pump was actually connected to mains power so,
> while every test was successful, during a real power outage the generator
> spluttered and died...
Or this place where there was one large UPS powering a number of
important servers, but only one server was directly connected to the UPS
for control purposes and all the other servers got their shutdown
instructions via LAN software from this control server.
Various tests of unplugging the UPS power brought all the servers down as
anticipated, and all involved patted each other on the back because of the
completion of (yet) another successful project......... until....
The main power did one day go off and only the directly connected server
shut down properly - because the LAN equipment that all the other servers
relied on wasn't powered by a UPS!
This story has been modified to protect the incomp... I mean innocent.
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.
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Date: Fri, 15 Jan 2010 15:31:44 -0500
From: T <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: Re:FCC now planning "all-IP" phone transition
In article <email@example.com>,
> On Thu, 14 Jan 2010 19:31:48 -0500, Geoffrey Welsh wrote:
> > One of my favorite stories, though quite possibly fictional, is about an
> > organization that tested their backup power systems regularly but failed
> > to notice that the fuel pump was actually connected to mains power so,
> > while every test was successful, during a real power outage the generator
> > spluttered and died...
> Or this place where there was one large UPS powering a number of
> important servers, but only one server was directly connected to the UPS
> for control purposes and all the other servers got their shutdown
> instructions via LAN software from this control server.
> Various tests of unplugging the UPS power brought all the servers down as
> anticipated, and all involved patted each other on the back because of the
> completion of (yet) another successful project......... until....
> The main power did one day go off and only the directly connected server
> shut down properly - because the LAN equipment that all the other servers
> relied on wasn't powered by a UPS!
> This story has been modified to protect the incomp... I mean innocent.
LOL! When we did ours we attached the power whips coming out of the
Symmetra to the server racks and shelves, even extended a whip out to
the telecome gear.
Date: Fri, 15 Jan 2010 13:33:29 -0500
From: Bill Horne <bill@horneQRM.net>
Subject:Series on Telecom security
Bruce Schneier, who coined the term "Security Theater" and is the
author of "Applied Cryptography", publishes a newletter called
CRYPTO-GRAM, which I recommend to those who are interested in both
cryptography and security issues.
The January 15, 2010, issue includes these links:
'A very good four-part series:
"Risk and Security in the Telecommunications Industry." '
The series discusses the issues of survivability and resilience that
arise out of the increasing concentration of both routes and
For info about CRYPTO-GRAM, visit
P.S. The same issue includes Schneier's invitation to join the "TSA
Over at "Ask the Pilot," Patrick Smith has a great idea: "Calling
all artists: One thing TSA needs, I think, is a better logo and a
snappy motto. Perhaps there's a graphic designer out there who
can help with a new rendition of the agency's circular
eagle-and-flag motif. I'm imagining a revised eagle, its talons
clutching a box cutter and a toothpaste tube. It says
'Transportation Security Administration' around the top. Below
are the three simple words of the TSA mission statement: 'Tedium,
Schneier responded "Let's do it", and the contest ends on February 6th.
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Date: Fri, 15 Jan 2010 11:55:25 -0800 (PST)
Subject: Court mulls 'sexting'
MSNBC reported that a federal court will review the issues of whether
'sexting' by youths is protected speech or illegal pornography. The
ACLU has filed objections against prosecutors.
for full article please see:
I am surprised this issue is still active and that prosecutors still
want to bring serious criminal charges against youths.
Date: Fri, 15 Jan 2010 14:10:15 -0800
From: Steven <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: Re: Court mulls 'sexting'
> MSNBC reported that a federal court will review the issues of whether
> 'sexting' by youths is protected speech or illegal pornography. The
> ACLU has filed objections against prosecutors.
> for full article please see:
> I am surprised this issue is still active and that prosecutors still
> want to bring serious criminal charges against youths.
What is happening is the prosecutors are just looking to get a
conviction or a plea on these cases. They really don't care about the
facts. Look at how many cases of different types are overturned in
courts on appeal.
Many years ago I had a local DA come after me over 2 years after they
claimed I committed a crime, when in fact there was no crime and they
knew that I was in fact not the person even involved, just a witness
to what they claimed was a crime. I filed claims against the County,
DA and others. Did you know thqat the DA can't be brought to court
under a civil action. The County paid the claim, but never admitted
they were wrong, nor would they request that the FBI destroy
records. I was able to get them sealed, but every time my security
clearance is renewed it comes up.
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Date: Fri, 15 Jan 2010 18:37:37 -0500
From: "Geoffrey Welsh" <email@example.com>
Subject: Re: Coming Soon to a Windows 7 Machine Near You: Cable
Neal McLain wrote:
> He said this (paraphrased): By March, consumers will be able to
> purchase, at retail, a gizmo that turns a Windows 7-based PC into a
> mambo-box, capable of displaying or recording four scrambled HD
> channels on as many HDTV screens. In other words, it shares a
> CableCard across four channels. This applies to new PCs with
> Windows7, as well as existing PCs, upgrading to Win7.
ATI (now AMD) has been providing similar, though more modest, capabilities
through their All In Wonder cards for over a decade, Windows 7 not required.
I'm guessing that the four channel tuner and descrambler will make it
considerably more expensive. It will be interesting to see if these
capabilities - or perhaps Microsoft's apparent endorsement - will make this
product succesful; although I have known a couple of AIW owners, most people
either don't want to watch TV on their computer or don't have their computer
connected to a sufficiently large display to make the feature appealing.
Date: Fri, 15 Jan 2010 23:03:21 -0500
From: danny burstein <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: FCC to many "wireless microphone" users: turn them off!
FCC ADOPTS ORDER TO CLEAR THE 700 MHZ FREQUENCY BAND FOR PUBLIC SAFETY
AND NEXT GENERATION CONSUMER USERS
Washington, D.C. - Today the Federal Communications Commission adopted
an Order and Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking prohibiting the
further distribution and sale of devices that operate in the 700 MHz
frequency band. This action helps complete an important component of
the DTV Transition by clearing the 700 MHz band to enable the rollout
of communications services for public safety and the deployment of
next generation 4G wireless devices for consumers.
The order will primarily impact the use of wireless microphone systems
that currently operate in the 700MHz band. These unlicensed devices
cannot continue to operate in this band because they may cause harmful
interference to public safety entities and next generation consumers
devices that will be utilizing it. Thus, the Commission is making
clear that no devices utilizing these frequencies may be sold or
distributed. In order to ensure that individuals and groups currently
using unauthorized devices in this band have ample time to transition
to appropriate frequencies, the FCC is providing a sunset period until
June 12, 2010, one year from the DTV Transition.
http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-295737A1.pdf (Adobe Acrobat file)
http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-295737A1.doc (Microsoft Word file)
http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-295737A1.txt (Plain Text file)
[a] FCC documents are typically available in "pdf", "word doc",
and in quasi-text. The urls are the same except for the
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