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Date: Thu, 16 May 2013 08:30:44 -0700 (PDT) From: Wes Leatherock <email@example.com> To: firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject: Chips in credit cards Message-ID: <1368718244.35293.YahooMailClassic@web125206.mail.ne1.yahoo.com> I received a routine renewal of a credit card carlier this week that included a funny symbol on the front and an enclosure with it that said it included a chip so it could be used in other places that reuire it such as Canada, Mexico and the U.K. Wes Leatherock email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org
Date: Thu, 16 May 2013 15:08:51 -0400 From: Bill Horne <bill@horneQRM.net> To: email@example.com. Subject: The wireless industry's biggest gamble is failing Message-ID: <20130516190851.GA31583@telecom.csail.mit.edu> (I just came across this. It's from April, but still current.) LightSquared: The wireless industry's biggest gamble is failing By David Goldman @CNNMoneyTech April 5, 2012: 1:34 PM ET NEW YORK (CNNMoney) -- The end appears near for LightSquared, one of the wireless industry's grandest and riskiest gambles. It's odd to think of a company backed by $5 billion as a startup, but that's what LightSquared is. It wanted to become the country's fifth nationwide wireless carrier by going toe-to-toe with giants like Verizon and AT&T - an ambitious vision it had a real shot at pulling off. Now, after a series of potentially fatal regulatory setbacks, it's mulling bankruptcy. Philip Falcone, head of LightSquared's majority owner Harbinger Capital Partners, told Reuters the company is "seriously considering" the option. http://money.cnn.com/2012/04/05/technology/lightsquared/index.htm -- Bill Horne (Remove QRM from my address to write to me directly)
Date: Thu, 16 May 2013 15:36:43 -0400 From: Bill Horne <bill@horneQRM.net> To: firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject: Tell Verizon to bring back FTP Message-ID: <20130516193643.GA3097@telecom.csail.mit.edu> (Fascination of the abomination department: I know that ftp isn't secure, but anyone who has struggled through getting Dreamweaver to create a web page, and then found themselves unable to upload it, will understand why I think this is worth publishing. Sorry, I couldn't resist - Bill) - - - - - - - - - - - - - Tell Verizon to bring back FTP for web designers on Verizon.Net Posted in the Verizon Forum Jan 18, 2013 Please do me a favor and sign my petition asking Verizon to allow it's Verizon.Net web designers to use FTP when creating and modifying their personal web pages. FTP is the industry standard for uploading files to web sites. We had it as a free service and they removed it stating security issues. Without FTP users have to use Verizon's Site Builder and it ain't pretty. Please click - http://www.change.org/petitions/verizon-return-ftp-to-users-who-maintain-web-sites-at-verizon-net?utm_source=guides&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=petition_created -or- http://goo.gl/jdtxL and sign. Petition by Venison Turner West Bridgewater, MA -- Bill Horne (Remove QRM from my email address to write to me directly)
Date: Thu, 16 May 2013 18:52:00 -0400 From: Matt Simpson <email@example.com> To: firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject: Re: Tell Verizon to bring back FTP Message-ID: <net-news69-291B95.email@example.com> In article <20130516193643.GA3097@telecom.csail.mit.edu>, Bill Horne <bill@horneQRM.net> wrote: > I know that ftp isn't secure, but anyone who has struggled through > getting Dreamweaver to create a web page, and then found themselves > unable to upload it, will understand why I think this is worth > publishing. Instead of bringing back FTP, maybe they should offer SFTP. That should eliminate their security woes, and any web page builder should be able to find an SFTP client that's easy to use.
Date: Thu, 16 May 2013 21:36:23 -0400 From: Bill Horne <bill@horneQRM.net> To: firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject: Re: Tell Verizon to bring back FTP Message-ID: <20130517013623.GA20364@telecom.csail.mit.edu> On Thu, May 16, 2013 at 06:52:00PM -0400, Matt Simpson wrote: > In article <20130516193643.GA3097@telecom.csail.mit.edu>, > Bill Horne <bill@horneQRM.net> wrote: > > > I know that ftp isn't secure, but anyone who has struggled through > > getting Dreamweaver to create a web page, and then found themselves > > unable to upload it, will understand why I think this is worth > > publishing. > > Instead of bringing back FTP, maybe they should offer SFTP. That should > eliminate their security woes, and any web page builder should be able > to find an SFTP client that's easy to use. The problem is that most web-design programs made before 2000 are only coded for ftp, and turning off ftp is an effective way to force users to use the brain-dead preformated sites and tools. Why an ISP would want to do that is anyone's guess. Bill -- Bill Horne (Remove QRM from my email address to write to me directly)
Date: Thu, 16 May 2013 15:16:13 -0400 From: Bill Horne <bill@horneQRM.net> To: email@example.com. Subject: Vote on Fire Island phone service Thursday Message-ID: <20130516191613.GA1765@telecom.csail.mit.edu> Vote on Fire Island phone service Thursday Updated: May 15, 2013 10:25 PM By CANDICE RUUD firstname.lastname@example.org A plan to eliminate landline phone service in western Fire Island is scheduled to be voted on by the state Public Service Commission Thursday amid concern it could leave people on the barrier island unable to make calls if a storm knocks out electrical power. In its application, Verizon is proposing to amend its tariff, so the company could abandon copper wire in favor of a wireless alternative, if it demonstrates that "a substantial portion of its facilities in the area is destroyed, rendered unusable or beyond reasonable repair." http://www.newsday.com/long-island/towns/vote-on-fire-island-phone-service-thursday-1.5272080 -- Bill Horne Moderator
Date: Thu, 16 May 2013 13:21:33 -0700 From: Thad Floryan <email@example.com> To: firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject: Where, how and why smartphones are stolen in San Francisco CA Message-ID: <51953FCD.email@example.com> Interactive map from InfoWorld here: http://blog.sfgate.com/crime/2013/05/16/cell-phone-theft-map/ Where are cell phones stolen in SF? Ellen Huet May 16, 2013 at 6:30 am PDT It's no secret that cell phone thefts -- especially robberies -- are on the rise in San Francisco. The trend even has subtrends: it's likely your smart phone will get stolen while you're riding Muni, and phone thieves are starting to develop a taste for Android over Apple. Now there's another factor to think about when weighing whether to check that text in public: Where are you standing? The folks at InfoWorld pulled together an interactive map of cell phone and tablet thefts from November 2012 through April 2013, using data from daily police reports of serious incidents. Each incident can be clicked on for more information. Red icons indicate a robbery with firearm or knife, blue icons are robbery with force and purple incidents are phone thefts that don't fit either category. Somewhat predictably, the thefts appear bunched around busy downtown areas, including Market Street and the Financial District, plus a small pocket in the central Mission. An accompanying article also shows 7-10 p.m. as the time of day when thefts are most likely to occur. Another thing to note: Not all of the incidents on the map are robberies -- some of the "other" categories include hot-prowl burglaries where phones were taken. No matter the location, the best way to avoid cell phone theft is to stay vigilant about your surroundings, especially when sitting near an exit on a bus or train, and to avoid taking your phone out in public, police said.
Date: Thu, 16 May 2013 16:35:56 -0400 From: Bill Horne <bill@horneQRM.net> To: firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject: Verizon: Not-so-unlimited data Message-ID: <20130516203556.GA10215@telecom.csail.mit.edu> By STEPHANIE ZIMMERMANN May 7, 2013 Dear ABC News Fixer: We signed a two-year contract with Verizon Wireless in July 2011 when we got two iPhones. We got an unlimited data plan. Last year, while updating her phone, my wife lost her contacts. Verizon advised us to bring the iPhone and her old phone (which still had the contacts) to any Verizon store and they'd be able to help. She took both phones to the store on March 30, 2012. The employee worked on them, then said the problem was fixed. http://abcnews.go.com/Blotter/abc-news-fixer-unlimited-data-verizon/story?id=19126131#.UZU9CrXCk7o -or- http://goo.gl/YQX1G -- Bill Horne (Remove QRM from my address to write to me directly)
Date: Thu, 16 May 2013 17:45:38 -0400 From: Bill Horne <bill@horneQRM.net> To: email@example.com. Subject: Verizon customers in Idaho are victims of new scam Message-ID: <20130516214537.GA21811@telecom.csail.mit.edu> Better Business Bureau officials are warning Verizon Wireless customers who live in the Snake River Region that they're the target of a new scam that's going around. Thieves on the other end of the telephone line are telling Verizon customers they have been selected to receive a bonus certificate, with a promise of 115 free minutes, for being an excellent customer. http://www.idahostatejournal.com/news/local/article_cb05a0fe-bdc0-11e2-aecb-0019bb2963f4.html -- Bill Horne (Remove QRM from my address to write to me directly)
Date: Thu, 16 May 2013 18:02:58 -0700 (PDT) From: HAncock4 <firstname.lastname@example.org> To: email@example.com. Subject: Re: Verizon FiOS battery failures surprising Pennsylvania Customers Message-ID: <firstname.lastname@example.org> On May 12, 10:39 pm, Bill Horne <b...@horneQRM.net> wrote: > > Verizon customer Bob Gaertner of Ross Township told KDKA he noticed > the replace battery light on his FIOS control box [flashing], which meant > his backup battery was dead. For what it's woth, in my own experience electronic device battery status indicators can be rather inaccurate both ways. One of my devices says the batteries are low when they still have plenty of power; another device fails to warn in time of low battery. I wonder if some of the "dead batteries" mentioned in the article were in fact actually dead. > Lee Gierczynski of Verizon says the backup battery is crucial because > it provides up to 8-hours of backup power to voice service in case > there is a commercial power outage, KDKA reports. I've heard from some FIOS users that actual backup time is more like 3-4 hours. Anyone else have experience with backup time? > But when Gaertner called Verizon to get a replacement battery, KDKA > says he was told his warranty was just for one year and that he was > solely responsible for the battery. The article suggested the batteries were failing about after a year. For a battery like this, I'm surprised it doesn't last longer (I am not an engineer).. Automobile batteries, which have more of a charge/ discharge cycle, can last five years or more. A FIOS battery probably stays on 'trickle' charge almost the entire time and isn't bounced around like a car battery. (Of course, Verizon may be equipping its boxes with very cheap batteries that don't last very long.)
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