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Date: Fri, 19 Jul 2013 00:00:30 -0400 From: Monty Solomon <email@example.com> To: firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject: New Jersey Supreme Court Restricts Police Searches of Phone Data Message-ID: <email@example.com> New Jersey Supreme Court Restricts Police Searches of Phone Data By KATE ZERNIKE July 18, 2013 Staking out new ground in the noisy debate about technology and privacy in law enforcement, the New Jersey Supreme Court on Thursday ordered that the police will now have to get a search warrant before obtaining tracking information from cellphone providers. The ruling puts the state at the forefront of efforts to define the boundaries around a law enforcement practice that a national survey last year showed was routine, and typically done without court oversight or public awareness. With lower courts divided on the use of cellphone tracking data, legal experts say, the issue is likely to end up before the United States Supreme Court. The New Jersey decision also underscores the extent of the battles over government intrusion into personal data in a quickly advancing digital age, from small town police departments to the National Security Agency's surveillance of e-mail and cellphone conversations. Several states and Congress are considering legislation to require that warrants based on probable cause be obtained before investigators can get cellphone data. Montana recently became the first state to pass such a measure into law. The California Legislature approved a similar bill in 2012, but Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed it, saying it did not "strike the right balance" between the needs of law enforcement and the rights of citizens. The Florida Supreme Court ruled in May that the police could seize a cellphone without a warrant, but needed a warrant to search it. And a case before the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, in Richmond, Va., is weighing whether investigators acted legally when they got a court order, but not a warrant, to obtain 221 days of cellphone location data for suspects in an armed robbery case in Maryland. ... http://www.nytimes.com/2013/07/19/nyregion/new-jersey-supreme-court-restricts-police-searches-of-phone-data.html
Date: Wed, 17 Jul 2013 01:16:40 -0400 From: Monty Solomon <firstname.lastname@example.org> To: email@example.com. Subject: Hulu Owners Call Off Sale, Instead Pledging to Invest to Take On Rivals Message-ID: <firstname.lastname@example.org> Hulu Owners Call Off Sale, Instead Pledging to Invest to Take On Rivals By BRIAN STELTER July 12, 2013 The owners of Hulu, having plotted a breakup twice now, have decided again to stay together - and as in many relationships of this sort, they are putting on a happy face and promising to work harder this time. The three companies that mutually own Hulu - 21st Century Fox, the Walt Disney Company and NBCUniversal - said Friday that instead of selling the pioneering streaming video Web site, they would make a new investment of $750 million and use Hulu's technology to compete against other online distributors like Netflix. The announcement represented an anticlimactic end to months of sale speculation and disappointed bidders like DirecTV, that were prepared to pay about $1 billion for the site. The Web site's owners concluded, according to a person with close ties to the negotiation process, that the "equity value in the long run outstrips the sale value." ... http://www.nytimes.com/2013/07/13/business/media/owners-of-hulu-call-off-sale-and-plan-to-invest-750-million.html
Date: Fri, 19 Jul 2013 01:31:12 -0400 From: danny burstein <email@example.com> To: firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject: Police need warrants to track cell-phone data, N.J. Supreme Court rules Message-ID: <Pine.NEB.email@example.com> [NJ news] Police need warrants to track cell-phone data, N.J. Supreme Court rules In a trailblazing decision that expands electronic privacy rights in New Jersey, the state Supreme Court ruled today that law enforcement agencies must get warrants if they want to track crime suspects by tracing the signals from their cell phones. "Cell phones are not meant to serve as tracking devices to locate their owners wherever they may be," Chief Justice Stuart Rabner wrote in the 7-0 decision. ========= rest: http://www.nj.com/politics/index.ssf/2013/07/police_need_warrants_to_track_cell-phone_data_nj_supreme_court_rules.html _____________________________________________________ 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: 20 Jul 2013 19:05:29 -0000 From: "John Levine" <email@example.com> To: firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject: Re: Google Said to Weigh Supplying TV Channels Message-ID: <email@example.com> >> If Google has its way, you might someday get cable television the >> same way you get Gmail: through any ordinary Internet connection. > >Er - how many of us get our internet connection from our cable company? IIRC >naked internet isn't a very attractive buy. Remember that Google is building its own fiber to the home network in Kansas City and other cities. That makes it a lot more interesting than it is here in T-W land. At least we can get IPv6.
Date: Sat, 20 Jul 2013 17:37:13 -0500 From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Gordon Burditt) To: email@example.com. Subject: Re: The Apple 'Kill List': What Your iPhone Doesn't Want You to Type Message-ID: <ErGdnecMd7uEjHbMnZ2dnUVZ_rudnZ2d@posted.internetamerica> > Spell 'electrodialysis' wrong in a text, and Apple will correct you. > Miss 'abortion' by one letter? You're on your own. A Daily Beast > investigation into your iPhone's hidden taboos. > > http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2013/07/16/the-apple-kill-list-what-your-iphone-doesn-t-want-you-to-type.html > This sort of thing has been going on for some time. UNIX troff is a rather old text formatting language that originally targetted a typesetting machine. It was supposedly used in publishing later issues of the Bell Systems Technical Journal, and it had an add-on with ways of formatting mathematical equations somewhat like OpenOffice has today, but the input is strictly text and non-interactive. One of the characters in the typesetting character set was the Bell System logo. My (then) employer bought an Apple LaserWriter and some software that converted troff to Postscript for, among other things, formatting and printing some Xenix documentation in troff from Microsoft and/or SCO (with the documentation for the programming tools pretty much identical to that from UNIX V7). This was about 1985. It turns out that when you printed the troff character for the Bell System logo, it came out as the Apple logo. I suppose that might have been because Apple didn't have permission to use the Bell System logo in the fonts for the LaserWriter. Also, expanding the character set would break compatability. Since this documentation was going to be distributed to customers who bought Xenix, it was a big deal to the marketing department. As I recall, there was some kind of global fix that didn't involve finding every reference to that character and fixing it. The autocorrect trickiness could be a lot worse: 'abortion' could be autocorrected to 'adoption', 'war' could be autocorrected to 'peace', 'freedom' could be autocorrected to 'slavery', and 'ignorance' could be autocorrected to 'strength'. 'Google' could be autocorrected to 'Apple' unless the word following was 's**ks', in which case 'Apple' could be autocorrected to 'Google'. I suppose there are some issues about suggesting sensitive words. If I were writing a paper for NASA about conditions under which it was necessary to abort a launch, I wouldn't want 'abortion' flashing at me all the time, and a pregnant woman working on the same topic might turn that into a "creating a hostile workplace" lawsuit. If I write a paper comparing compiled code speed to hand-tweaked 'assembly language', I don't want to type 3 letters and see a suggested completion of 'hole', largely because it would be embarrassing if that suggestion got into the paper. Some autocorrectors are much more aggressive than Apple's, and they just make the change.
Date: Sat, 20 Jul 2013 17:19:58 -0400 From: T <firstname.lastname@example.org> To: email@example.com. Subject: Re: Big disconnect: Telcos to abandon copper phone lines Message-ID: <MPG.firstname.lastname@example.org> In article <email@example.com>, arnie.goetchius.remove- firstname.lastname@example.org says... [Moderator snip] > I have FiOS and like everything about it except the need for a UPS for > power in order to use the internet. I have a 650VA UPS with which I > power the router and the ONT. This gives me about 90 minutes of internet > connection. After 90 minutes I lose the router and the ONT switches to > its internal battery backup which gives me telephone only for about 6 > hours. For short outages, this works fine but for Sandy, it sucked. I > was without power in NJ for 11 days and moved to a motel in PA on day 3. > Fortunately, FiOS knew when my telephone service went out and > automatically transferred all incoming landline calls to my prepaid cell > phone which is good for telephone calls and messages but not wifi or data. Interesting. I have Cox phone service and the router has a battery good for 8 hours built in, not the net, just the phone service.
Date: Sun, 21 Jul 2013 11:48:03 -0400 From: unknown <email@example.com> To: firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject: Re: Telemarketers call in reinforcements as they ignore do-not-call list Message-ID: <email@example.com> Monty Solomon wrote: ===snipped== > Regardless of having registered a phone line with the Federal Trade > Commission as a telemarketer-free zone, a growing number of consumers > are saying that some businesses are ignoring their stated preference > and calling anyway. > I use a program (Phone Tray) and a Fax Modem which recognizes CallerID to block telemarketer and other calls for which I have no use. I can block individual telephone numbers or all calls from an area code. Area code blocking was very handy during the last election when I blocked everything from area code 202.
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