The Telecom Digest for June 20, 2010
Volume 29 : Issue 166 : "text" Format
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UMass Amherst researchers develop Gulf spill iPhone app (Monty Solomon)
Re: FTC: say goodbye to "Stacey at Account Holder Services" (Hudson Leighton)
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Date: Fri, 18 Jun 2010 23:50:43 -0400
From: Monty Solomon <email@example.com>
Subject: UMass Amherst researchers develop Gulf spill iPhone app
UMass Amherst researchers develop Gulf spill iPhone app
by Beth Daley June 16, 2010 06:31 PM
iPhone users who come upon oiled birds and other wildlife from the
Gulf Spill can can send the location and a photo to animal rescue
networks using a free new iPhone app developed by University of
Called MoGO, for Mobile Gulf Observatory, the app is free and was
funded in part from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation.
Researchers hope the MoGO app will draw on the large network of
"citizen scientists" who are actively looking for ways to help save
wildlife along the 14,000 miles of northern Gulf coastline that could
be impacted from the ongoing BP wellhead disaster.
The new app allows anyone who finds an oiled animal to be linked
automatically by the phone to the Wildlife Hotline, and also to
contribute photos of the stranded animal and its GPS location
coordinates to a database here on campus," says UMass Amherst
wildlife biologist Curt Griffin.
The idea for the new app came to Charlie Schweik, associate director
of the National Center for Digital Government, as he listened to yet
another depressing story about the Gulf oil spill. Already working on
invasive species mapping with computer scientist Deepak Ganesan, an
expert in mobile phone and sensor systems, Schweik thought that
experience might prove useful for inventorying damage in the Gulf.
Smartphones such as the iPhone have several sensors including camera,
GPS, audio, video, and acceleration, which all provide valuable data
for such an application.
For more information go to http://www.savegulfwildlife.org/
Date: Sat, 19 Jun 2010 10:25:20 -0500
From: Hudson Leighton <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: Re: FTC: say goodbye to "Stacey at Account Holder Services"
In article <GtKdnZgwqpUb1ofRnZ2dnUVZ_vednZ2d@earthlink.com>,
Jim Haynes <email@example.com> wrote:
> On 2010-06-17, danny burstein <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> > - however, the web page will NOT accept a complaint
> > if you don't have a CNID number to fill in to the
> > FTC box. Which happens, of course, if you either
> > don't pay for CNID, don't have a display, or if
> > they've been blocking it.
> I've filed numerous complaints about these robo-callers, through the
> web page. As I recall they ask if you know the phone number of the
> caller or the name of the caller, and I can supply the (obviously
> phony) name the caller used. Don't know if my complaints had anything
> to do with it, but I'm sure glad to hear action is being taken against
And guess who I got a call from yesterday ;-)
I was ready as the CID was XXX-000-XXXX
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