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Date: Tue, 30 Jul 2013 13:31:39 -0700 (PDT) From: HAncock4 <firstname.lastname@example.org> To: email@example.com. Subject: Re: Vote on Fire Island phone service Thursday Message-ID: <firstname.lastname@example.org> On Thursday, May 16, 2013 3:16:13 PM UTC-4, Bill Horne wrote: > 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. CBS News New York reported on July 9th that Verizon Communications is using the barrier island as a test case in eliminating landline telephones. (It also seeks to do this in storm-ravaged Mantoloking, N.J.; see separate thread.) The underground copper wiring was destroyed by Hurricane Sandy. Instead of costly replacement, Verizon is using Fire Island as test case, offering all 300 permanent residents and dozens of businesses a wireless alternative it calls Voice Link. Residents are not pleased. Businesses say it's hard to verify credit cards and send faxes. But Verizon says not many would use traditional landlines if they were rebuilt. for full article please see: http://newyork.cbslocal.com/2013/07/09/verizon-using-fire-island-to-test-getting-rid-of-landline-phones/
Date: Tue, 30 Jul 2013 23:21:41 -0400 From: Monty Solomon <email@example.com> To: firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject: Warrantless Cellphone Tracking Is Upheld Message-ID: <email@example.com> Warrantless Cellphone Tracking Is Upheld By SOMINI SENGUPTA July 30, 2013 In a significant victory for law enforcement, a federal appeals court on Tuesday said that government authorities could extract historical location data directly from telecommunications carriers without a search warrant. The closely watched case, in the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, is the first ruling that squarely addresses the constitutionality of warrantless searches of historical location data stored by cellphone service providers. Ruling 2 to 1, the court said a warrantless search was "not per se unconstitutional" because location data was "clearly a business record" and therefore not protected by the Fourth Amendment. The ruling is likely to intensify legislative efforts, already bubbling in Congress and in the states, to consider measures to require warrants based on probable cause to obtain cellphone location data. The appeals court ruling sharply contrasts with a New Jersey State Supreme Court opinion in mid-July that said the police required a warrant to track a suspect's whereabouts in real time. That decision relied on the New Jersey Constitution, whereas the ruling Tuesday in the Fifth Circuit was made on the basis of the federal Constitution. ... http://www.nytimes.com/2013/07/31/technology/warrantless-cellphone-tracking-is-upheld.html
Date: Tue, 30 Jul 2013 23:42:50 -0400 From: Monty Solomon <firstname.lastname@example.org> To: email@example.com. Subject: The Joys of 802.11ac WiFi Message-ID: <firstname.lastname@example.org> The Joys of 802.11ac WiFi by Jarred Walton July 8, 2013 AnandTech Recap: 802.11ac Wireless Networking We've had quite a few major wireless networking standards over the years, and while some have certainly been better than others, I have remained a strong adherent of wired networking. I don't expect I'll give up the wires completely for a while yet, but Western Digital and Linksys sent me some 802.11ac routers for testing, and for the first time in a long time I'm really excited about wireless. I'm not a good representative of normal PC users, but it has been a long time, relatively speaking, since we first saw Draft-N wireless options-Gary Key (now with ASUS) wrote about it what seems like an eternity ago, and in Internet time I suppose seven years is pretty darn close. Granted, 802.11ac has really been "done" for about two years now, but the first laptops to arrive with 11ac adapters are less than a month old-up until now, 11ac has been almost exclusively used for routers and bridges. Before I get into a few performance specifics of 802.11ac testing, let me start by saying what is bad with 802.11n. The single biggest issue for me is the lack of quality implementations in so many of our devices. If you look at Apple's MacBook Pro offerings, they've all been 3x3:3 MIMO for several years, offering connection speeds of up to 450Mbps. The problem with that "up to 450Mbps" is that it's influenced by several factors. Of course you need to know what sort of signal quality you have, but by far the bigger issue is this: are you talking about 2.4GHz 802.11n or 5GHz 802.11n? If you're talking about the former, you can pretty much throw any thoughts of 450Mbps out the window. The bigger problem with "up to 450Mbps" is that the vast majority of laptops and routers don't offer such support; Apple's 3x3:3 dual-band implementation is better than 99% of Windows laptops (and yes, I just made up that statistic). ... http://www.anandtech.com/show/7127/the-joys-of-80211ac-wifi
Date: Mon, 29 Jul 2013 17:27:34 -0500 From: Doug McIntyre <email@example.com> To: firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject: Re: Verizon telemarketers violating laws? Message-ID: <XqOdnbHvFfrLcWvMnZ2dnUVZ_jqdnZ2d@giganews.com> Fred Atkinson <email@example.com> writes: >On Jul 29, 2013, at 2:34 AM, "John Levine" <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote: >>> I get very few if any telemarketer calls on my cell phone. Probably >>> because I call block the really egregious stuff and block a lot of >>> 800/888/877 numbers. >> >> You're just lucky. I get tons of junk calls on my cell phone, clearly >> because it is on sucker lists that junk callers trade. >> >> I've never given them anything more than instructing them to take me >> off their list and then die, so I can only imagine what the previous >> holder of the number did. >I very seldom get telemarketing calls. In fact, I cannot remember >getting one in the last few years. I have had my numbers on the >national DNC list for a very long time. >I rarely get survey calls either. When I have, I simply tell them >that I do not do surveys and please do not waste their time or mine by >calling me again. >For me, it works. When I hear all of this crying about it not >working, I wonder what people are doing to compromise their privacy. I think it has to do more with luck of the draw than anything. Ie. I too get very few telemarketing calls, the only ones I get are ones that would be permitted via the do-not-call rules. BUT, my home phone # is in an NPA-NXX that is not very populated, ie. very few #s have ever been allocated in it since the area code split 13-14 years ago, and most #s are intercepts. And my cell NPA-NXX's are from very old-school cell phone allocation to the original smaller wireless carriers that were long bought out and are part of the conglomerates now (ie. Aerial Communications). So, I don't think my #s are "attractive" to the war-dialers and such that the bad-players use, since there are so little hits. I'd imagine that densly populated NPA-NXX's, especially in the main area, instead of a semi-recent split is much more attractive to the war-dialers.
Date: Mon, 29 Jul 2013 21:08:24 -0500 From: Jim Haynes <email@example.com> To: firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject: How does third-party DSL work? Message-ID: <slrnkve80o.241.jhaynes@Frances.localdomain> I have telephone service from AT&T, and DSL from Earthlink. A while back my DSL went totally dead. The modem indicated that there was no connection to the DSL modem at the other end. Eventually Earthlink had an AT&T man come by, who spent a lot of time checking the wiring in my house and eventually found that the trouble was somewhere out there in the telephone plant, believe he said pair gain equipment. He said there are cards in there that go bad sometimes, and he switched my line to a different pair and that fixed it all up. Now I'm having a different problem - the DSL modem indicates that it has a solid connection to the DSL modem at the other end, but the Internet connection keeps going away and coming back. There's supposed to be an AT&T man coming to look at it again. It would help if I understood how all this works. DSL modem on copper pair at my house goes somewhere out in the city to some apparatus but not direct to the telephone office. I don't know where the DSL modem at the far end is, nor whether it is owned by AT&T or by Earthlink, nor how the DSL modem out there connects to the Internet. -- jhhaynes at earthlink dot net
Date: Mon, 29 Jul 2013 22:55:37 -0700 (PDT) From: Neal McLain <email@example.com> To: firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject: Ninth Circuit Tosses Fox into the Hopper...For Now Message-ID: <email@example.com> Posted on Fletcher, Heald & Hildreth blog on July 29, 2013 by Kevin Goldberg At first blush, the Ninth Circuit decision allowing Dish to continue to offer its "Hopper" service may not look great for broadcasters, but don't hop to any conclusions just yet. The TV industry has suffered some setbacks on the copyright front in the Aereo litigation in the Second Circuit and, as we have reported, the industry is keeping its fingers crossed, hoping for support from the Ninth Circuit on the Left Coast (in the pending Aereokiller appeal). Bad news. In an unrelated case the Ninth Circuit has issued a decision that doesn't help broadcasters although, much like the Aereo decisions so far, the damage here is by no means catastrophic. The decision involves the "Hopper" from Dish. Continued: http://tinyurl.com/pg6ausl Neal McLain
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