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Date: Wed, 10 Oct 2012 14:07:54 -0700 (PDT) From: Joseph Singer <firstname.lastname@example.org> To: email@example.com. Subject: Re: Verizon collecting old cellphones for victims of domestic abuse Message-ID: <1349903274.71557.YahooMailClassic@web121404.mail.ne1.yahoo.com> Tue, 9 Oct 2012 15:41:02 -0400 Bill Horne wrote: > I saw this online today: > Verizon Wireless and The Family Place Partner With the City of > Plano to Raise Awareness of Domestic Violence [snip] > I'm ususally (sic) fairly skeptical about PR like this, but this > instance merits an exception. I'd like to hear from other readers: > [snip] I'm not sure why this blurb from Verizon is in a news item. As far as I know all the wireless operators that I know supposedly are part of this program or a similar one. T-Mobile, AT&T and I'd guess Sprint do the same. I guess maybe Verizon feels that they're not getting enough sympathy in the kudos department or something. ***** Moderator's Note ***** It was in a Press Release. Bill Horne Moderator
Date: Thu, 11 Oct 2012 10:29:31 -0400 From: Bill Horne <bill@horneQRM.net> To: firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject: Verizon vows to get Voice over LTE running next year Message-ID: <email@example.com> Verizon vows to get Voice over LTE running next year By Brad Reed | BGR News Tue, Oct 9, 2012 Carriers can blow smoke over which one has the largest "4G" network, since the term "4G" encompasses multiple types of wireless technology. But when it comes to having the largest LTE network -- and all tests show that LTE services are faster than HSPA+ and WiMAX -- Verizon (VZ) is the undisputed champion. And during the MobileCON wireless trade show on Tuesday, the company announced two major milestones: First, it now covers 400 markets with its LTE services and second, it will have Voice over LTE (VoLTE) services up and running by the end of 2013. As CNET reports, consumer trials will begin in late 2013, with the goal of rolling out the service by the end of the year or the start of 2014. VoLTE is a particularly significant technology because it could spell the end of minute-based voice plans since it would render voice just another application that's sent through a carrier's data network. While carriers will obviously be reluctant to give up all the extra revenues that come with charging for monthly buckets of minutes, it could only take one enterprising carrier such as Sprint (S) to offer an alternative that would put pressure on its competitors to do the same. http://news.yahoo.com/verizon-vows-voice-over-lte-running-next-231107996.html -- Bill Horne (Remove QRM from my address to write to me directly)
Date: Thu, 11 Oct 2012 10:36:30 -0400 From: Bill Horne <bill@horneQRM.net> To: firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject: IBM and AT&T offer cloud mish-mash for fearful firms Message-ID: <email@example.com> IBM and AT&T offer cloud mish-mash for fearful firms By Richi Jennings October 11, 2012 5:57 AM EDT IBM (NYSE:IBM) and AT&T (NYSE:T) will get together to offer a cloud IaaS to big enterprises in 2013. The pair claim that it'll be more secure and manageable than other cloudy infrastructures, and should overcome the worries of companies who fear for lack of control or suspect security. -- Bill Horne (Remove QRM from my address to write to me directly)
Date: Thu, 11 Oct 2012 10:23:36 -0400 From: Bill Horne <bill@horneQRM.net> To: firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject: Verizon Wireless Starts Sending Usage Alerts to Customers Message-ID: <email@example.com> Verizon Wireless Starts Sending Usage Alerts to Customers USA based Verizon Wireless is to start sending alerts to its customers warning them when they are getting close to using up their inclusive allowances on the tariff they are subscribed to. http://www.cellular-news.com/story/56668.php -- Bill Horne (Remove QRM from my address to write to me directly)
Date: Thu, 11 Oct 2012 13:51:13 -0400 From: Monty Solomon <firstname.lastname@example.org> To: email@example.com. Subject: Texas schools punish students who refuse to be tracked with microchips Message-ID: <firstname.lastname@example.org> Texas schools punish students who refuse to be tracked with microchips 9 October 2012 A school district in Texas came under fire earlier this year when it announced that it would require students to wear microchip-embedded ID cards at all times. Now, students who refuse to be monitored say they are feeling the repercussions. Since October 1, students at John Jay High School and Anson Jones Middle School in San Antonio, Texas, have been asked to attend class with photo ID cards equipped with radio-frequency identification (RFID) chips to track every pupil's location. Educators insist that the endeavor is being rolled out in Texas to stem the rampant truancy devastating the school's funding. If the program is judged successful, the RFID chips could soon come to 112 schools in all and affect nearly 100,000 students. Students who refuse to walk the school halls with the card in their pocket or around their neck claim they are being tormented by instructors, and are barred from participating in certain school functions. Some also said they were turned away from common areas like cafeterias and libraries. ... http://rt.com/usa/news/texas-school-id-hernandez-033/ ***** Moderator's Note ***** I recommend this article to the readership, not only because of its obvious implications in privacy debates, but also as a starting point for a debate about the goals of American education and the ways that bureaucracies try to apply technical solutions to human problems. Bill Horne Moderator
Date: Thu, 11 Oct 2012 20:03:35 +0000 (UTC) From: danny burstein <email@example.com> To: firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject: Re: Texas schools punish students who refuse to be tracked with microchips Message-ID: <email@example.com> In <firstname.lastname@example.org> Monty Solomon <email@example.com> writes: > >http://rt.com/usa/news/texas-school-id-hernandez-033/ > fyi, rt.com -> Russia Today. It's scary when the Kommies are the ones warning us about Big Brother Gov't. -- _____________________________________________________ Knowledge may be power, but communications is the key firstname.lastname@example.org [to foil spammers, my address has been double rot-13 encoded]
Date: Thu, 11 Oct 2012 18:41:12 -0700 (PDT) From: HAncock4 <email@example.com> To: firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject: Re: Texas schools punish students who refuse to be tracked with microchips Message-ID: <email@example.com> On Oct 11, 1:51 pm, Monty Solomon <mo...@roscom.com> wrote: > I recommend this article to the readership, not only because of its > obvious implications in privacy debates, but also as a starting point > for a debate about the goals of American education and the ways that > bureaucracies try to apply technical solutions to human problems. Our junior high, with an overcrowded diverse urban enrollment, managed to function pretty well without students having any ID card at all. There's something troubling about kids all wearing a mandated dangling ID card. As to the problem that created the need for fancy ID cards, I would suggest the problem be addressed at its roots, that is, determine why are so many kids are truant and remedy those issues, rather than track kids like criminals.
Date: Thu, 11 Oct 2012 16:12:18 -0400 From: Bill Horne <bill@horneQRM.net> To: firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject: Texas judge jails honor student for missing school Message-ID: <email@example.com> Texas judge jails honor student for missing school Published: 30 May, 2012, 00:07 Diane Tran, 17, is on the honor roll at her high school, works full time at a dry cleaners and spends most weekends making extra cash by helping out a local wedding planner. But when Tran isn't busy earning straight-As, she goes to jail. She might have a scholarly record that has made her the envy of the rest of Willis High School in Houston, Texas, but her peers aren't exactly praying to be just like Tran after a judge recently sentenced the eleventh grade student to an overnight stint behind bars. Never mind the magnificent grades and go-getter attitude: Judge Lanny Moriarty was not impressed when Tran recently missed another day of school. "If you let one run loose, what are you going to do with the rest of them? Let them go, too?" Moriarty asks local [TV station] KHOU. The judge has found a solution for truancy in Texas, but it might not be the best one -- Tran's community and the rest of America is now up in arms after the 17-year-old star student was imprisoned by Moriarty for missing another day of school. http://rt.com/usa/news/texas-judge-jail-tran-532/ - - - - This is a great illustration of the conflict between what we think we're teaching our children, and what the State wants our kids to learn and how the State wants to teach it to them. -- Bill Horne (Remove QRM from my address to write to me directly) ***** Moderator's Note ***** OBTelecom: If this report is accurate, someone is phoning it in at the Texas Statehouse. Kidding aside, there are so many things wrong with this approach that it needs to be read as widely as possible. Bill Horne Moderator
Date: Thu, 11 Oct 2012 22:56:30 -0400 From: Monty Solomon <firstname.lastname@example.org> To: email@example.com. Subject: Confirmed: Apple-owned fingerprint software exposes Windows passwords Message-ID: <firstname.lastname@example.org> Confirmed: Apple-owned fingerprint software exposes Windows passwords (updated) Exploit software is released one month after the serious weakness came to light. by Dan Goodin Oct 9 2012 Ars Technica Security consultants have independently confirmed a serious security weakness that makes it trivial for hackers with physical control of many computers sold by Dell, Acer, and at least 14 other manufacturers to quickly recover Windows account passwords. The vulnerability is contained in multiple versions of fingerprint-reading software known as UPEK Protector Suite. In July, Apple paid $356 million to buy Authentec, the Melbourne, Florida-based company that acquired the technology from privately held UPEK in 2010. The weakness came to light no later than September, but Apple has yet to acknowledge it or warn end users how to work around it. No one has accused Apple of being responsible for the underlying design of fingerprint-reading software. The UPEK software has long been marketed as a secure means for logging into Windows computers using an owner's unique fingerprint, instead of a user-memorized password. Last month, Elcomsoft, a Russia-based developer of password-cracking software, warned that the software makes users less secure than they otherwise would be because it stores Windows account passwords to the registry and encrypts them with a key that is easy for hackers to retrieve. It takes only seconds for people with the key to extract a password, company officials said. They withheld technical details to prevent the vulnerability from being widely exploited. Now, a pair of security consultants say they have independently verified the vulnerability and released open-source software that makes it easy to exploit it. Easily decrypted passwords are stored in one of several registry keys located in HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Virtual Token\Passport\, depending on the application version. The duo said they released the software and additional information so that penetration testers, who are paid to penetrate the defenses of their customers, can exploit the weakness. ... http://arstechnica.com/security/2012/10/confirmed-fingerprint-reader-owned-by-apple-exposes-windows-passwords/
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