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The Telecom Digest for July 20, 2011
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Date: Mon, 18 Jul 2011 16:02:02 -0700 (PDT) From: Lisa or Jeff <email@example.com> To: firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject: Re: area code named beer Message-ID: <email@example.com> On Jul 18, 3:53 am, "Bob Goudreau" <BobGoudr...@nc.rr.com> wrote: > > Actually, this isn't as strange as it seems. Years ago, in the days > > of exchange names, some local businesses named themselves after the > > local exchange name. For instance, we had a small chain of pharmacies > > named Hyatt, Windsor, and Cypress, all exchanges of the towns they > > were in. > > This begs the chicken/egg question. Were those exchanges themselves named > after existing neighborhoods (in which case the pharmacies were presumably > named after the geographic areas as well)? Or were the exchange names > invented out of whole cloth (in which case the pharmacy names were > exclusively telephonic in origin)? In the case I know, the exchange names were independent of any community names, and the pharmacies deliberately copied them (according to the pharmacist/owner at one of them). Two are now closed, but one remains in operation as an independent drugstore.
Date: Tue, 19 Jul 2011 11:46:07 -0700 (PDT) From: Mark Smith <firstname.lastname@example.org> To: email@example.com. Subject: Re: area code named beer Message-ID: <1311101167.35952.YahooMailNeo@web65708.mail.ac4.yahoo.com> On Monday, July 18, 2011 7:02 PM, Lisa or Jeff <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote: > On Jul 18, 3:53 am, "Bob Goudreau" <BobGoudr...@nc.rr.com> wrote: >> Actually, this isn't as strange as it seems. Years ago, in the >> days of exchange names, some local businesses named themselves >> after the local exchange name. For instance, we had a small chain >> of pharmacies named Hyatt, Windsor, and Cypress, all exchanges of >> the towns they were in. > This begs the chicken/egg question. Were those exchanges themselves > named after existing neighborhoods (in which case the pharmacies > were presumably named after the geographic areas as well)? Or were > the exchange names invented out of whole cloth (in which case the > pharmacy names were exclusively telephonic in origin)? }In the case I know, the exchange names were independent of any }community names, and the pharmacies deliberately copied them }(according to the pharmacist/owner at one of them). Two are now }closed, but one remains in operation as an independent drugstore. Some exchanges were named for cities and neighborhoods: PAwtucket2-XXXX was our number from 1951-1987. Pawtucket is a major city in Rhode Island. Mark L. Smith email@example.com http://smith.freehosting.net
Date: Tue, 19 Jul 2011 14:06:19 -0400 From: Monty Solomon <firstname.lastname@example.org> To: email@example.com. Subject: Phone apps can let users outsmart the law Message-ID: <firstname.lastname@example.org> Phone apps can let users outsmart the law There are phone and tablet apps that help you hack text messages, let you stalk co-workers and let you evade police after a night of drinking. Legal experts say the software is free speech protected by the 1st Amendment. By Shan Li, Los Angeles Times July 12, 2011 Want to fool merchants with a fake ID? Hack someone's text messages? Or how about tracking where your co-workers are, without their knowing it? There's an app for that. The explosion in smartphone and tablet applications that allow people to check the weather, follow their stocks and play Words With Friends has a dark side - apps that facilitate questionable if not outright illegal behavior. ... http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-outlaw-apps-20110712,0,1220955.story
Date: Tue, 19 Jul 2011 14:06:19 -0400 From: Monty Solomon <email@example.com> To: firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject: Automatic License Plate Readers track your every move Message-ID: <email@example.com> Travelers checks: Automatic License Plate Readers track your every move Posted by Carol Rose, On Liberty July 14, 2011 ACLU of Massachusetts privacy rights coordinator Kade Crockford wrote the following guest blog. Remember the furor this spring, when we learned that iPhones and other mobile devices were logging every move their users made? Automatic License Plate Readers (ALPRs) would do something similar to your car. Late last year, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts advertised a $300,000 grant from the federal Department of Transportation for the purchase of ALPRs. Over 90 agencies in the state applied; 27 were given the grant money. Many of these towns (see a full list here) have already implemented the technology. At least one, Brookline, is currently struggling with whether or not to accept the funds and implement an ALPR. ALPRs are not ordinary cameras. Attached to police cruisers, or fixed on telephone poles or other stationary places, the cameras snap an image of nearly every license plate they encounter. The device produces a file for each image captured, which includes searchable text displaying the time, date and GPS location of the car when and where the plate was 'read'. This information is fed into a database, where it can be shared with other agencies and databases, and "mined" or analyzed. One of the major problems with ALPR technology is that it sucks up all license plates, not simply those associated with people suspected of wrongdoing. Therefore as the technology expands, it is possible that law enforcement will be able to track your movements with incredible precision as you go about your daily life in your car. Without proper privacy protections backed by the force of law, ALPRs become yet another tracking technology. Unfortunately, the vast majority of agencies using these machines have little to no regulation controlling their use. The state legislature in Massachusetts has yet to act to protect us from this kind of tracking. And the technology is spreading fast. ALPRs are the new rage in law enforcement. A New York Times article from a few months ago described how the NYPD is rapidly expanding its ALPR program. The city currently has hundreds of the cameras, operating out of its counter terrorism office. Combined with its thousands of surveillance cameras and its advanced database mining programs, the NYPD aims to create a "ring of steel" in downtown Manhattan, allowing for near total surveillance over the people in that area. Here in Massachusetts, police are just beginning to use ALPR technology. ... http://boston.com/community/blogs/on_liberty/2011/07/travelers_checks_automatic_lic.html
Date: Tue, 19 Jul 2011 09:43:35 -0400 From: Pete Cresswell <x@y.Invalid.telecom-digest.org> To: firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject: Re: Tracing Calls w/Spoofed Numbers? Message-ID: <email@example.com> Per John Mayson: >> In Great Britain, dialling 14258** after an unwanted call bars it; this >> seems to work even after a mobile call; do you have such a thing in the >> States? > >We do have call blocking, *60. My experience with it was never very >good. It often didn't work and when it did the caller got an >announcement saying their number was blocked. My experience so far has been: - What seems tb the same caller (Robocaller, actually) uses different callerIDs for different calls - Once they've called my cell phone, I have already incurred the expense of the air time - and more, if they left voicemail and I retrieved it. -- PeteCresswell
Date: Tue, 19 Jul 2011 10:42:37 -0400 (EDT) From: Anonymous <firstname.lastname@example.org> To: email@example.com. Subject: Re: Small Claims Sam Spade <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote: >Male bovine excrement applies. It's within the size limits [for] >"small-claims" in virtually every jurisdiction. Very few if any small claims statutes provide for long-arm jurisdiction over defendants not in the forum jurisdiction. Frex: Wal*Mart is based in Bentonville, but has tentacles almost everywhere. If you choose to sue the Beast of Bentonville, you can do so in any state where they have a physical presence (which is almost all of them). If on the other hand you want to sue J.Random.Scammer.com, once you trace him to Tacoma, you need a long-arm statute to get jurisdiction over him (unless you sue him in his home state). Small Claims is probably not gonna reach him. ObDisclaimer: The above is not intended as legal advice and no attorney-client relationship should be inferred or presumed. If you need legal advice, seek counsel from an attorney duly licensed in your jurisdiction.
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