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The Telecom Digest for February 14, 2013
Volume 32 : Issue 39 : "text" Format
Messages in this Issue:
Re: The Pentagon And Cyber Defense, Cyber Warnings (Scott Dorsey)
Re: The Pentagon And Cyber Defense, Cyber Warnings (Garrett Wollman)
Susan Crawford -- why USA 'Net access is slow, costly, unfair (Thad Floryan)
Emergency Alert System hacked (Ken Hoehn)

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Date: 12 Feb 2013 16:39:39 -0500 From: kludge@panix.com (Scott Dorsey) To: telecomdigestmoderator.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: Re: The Pentagon And Cyber Defense, Cyber Warnings Message-ID: <kfecqr$7ok$1@panix2.panix.com> In article <kf91v0$203v$1@grapevine.csail.mit.edu>, Garrett Wollman <wollman@bimajority.org> wrote: >In article <5117D8A6.7040005@thorne.net>, >Fred Goldstein <fgoldstein@remove-this.ionary.com> wrote: > >>There is a new internetworking protocol under development, far from the >>IETF and its TCP/IP fanbois, which addresses these and other problems. >>It's called RINA, Recursive InterNetworking Architecture. > >And it will never be adopted by any substantial user base, despite >Mr. Goldstein's evangelizing in this newsgroup. Telecom Digest Moderator wrote: >Why not? Because, like or not, we have a huge installed IP base that isn't going to go away and isn't going to change. IP connectivity is everywhere, and it's just so incredibly cheap that it's hard to compete with. Personally I would like to have seen ATM be adopted, if only because it allows circuit switched and packet switched connections to share the same channels on a reliable basis with predictable behaviour. But it didn't really take off because IP was there first. God, I hate VoIP and all the other attempts to run realtime data over packet switched systems. But... it's so cheap... --scott -- "C'est un Nagra. C'est suisse, et tres, tres precis."
Date: Wed, 13 Feb 2013 17:51:57 +0000 (UTC) From: wollman@bimajority.org (Garrett Wollman) To: telecomdigestmoderator.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: Re: The Pentagon And Cyber Defense, Cyber Warnings Message-ID: <kfgjrt$1867$1@grapevine.csail.mit.edu> In article <kfecqr$7ok$1@panix2.panix.com>, Scott Dorsey <kludge@panix.com> wrote: >God, I hate VoIP and all the other attempts to run realtime data over packet >switched systems. But... it's so cheap... There's nothing inherent in packet switching that makes it "non-realtime"; the problem is that all of the technologies that have been proposed (and I worked on one of them) were too complicated and didn't squarely address the economic fundamentals of the Internet providers' businesses. Access providers in particular have no incentive, abesent a regulator's order, to provide service that would give their competitors better access to (mostly captive) customers' homes and small businesses. -GAWollman -- Garrett A. Wollman | What intellectual phenomenon can be older, or more oft wollman@bimajority.org| repeated, than the story of a large research program Opinions not shared by| that impaled itself upon a false central assumption my employers. | accepted by all practitioners? - S.J. Gould, 1993
Date: Tue, 12 Feb 2013 23:40:21 -0800 From: Thad Floryan <thad@thadlabs.com> To: telecomdigestmoderator.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: Susan Crawford -- why USA 'Net access is slow, costly, unfair Message-ID: <511B4365.3070209@thadlabs.com> Three URLs here regarding the 8-FEB-2013 interview: the first has background information about Susan Crawford, the second has the overall summary of the interview along with the listener/reader comments, and the third has the full transcript of the interview. Who is Susan Crawford: http://billmoyers.com/guest/susan-crawford/ " " Susan Crawford is a leading telecommunications policy expert and " professor of communications and Internet law at the Benjamin " N. Cardozo School of Law. She has held prominent government positions " as Special Assistant to President Obama for science, technology and " innovation (2009), and served as co-leader of the FCC transition team " between the Bush and Obama administrations. Currently, she is a member " of Mayor Michael Bloomberg's Advisory Council on Technology and " Innovation. " [...] more info at above URL http://billmoyers.com/segment/susan-crawford-on-why-u-s-internet-access-is-slow-costly-and-unfair/ " " Susan Crawford, former special assistant to President Obama for " science, technology and innovation, and author of Captive " Audience: The Telecom Industry and Monopoly Power in the New " Gilded Age, joins Bill to discuss how our government has allowed " a few powerful media conglomerates to put profit ahead of the " public interest -- rigging the rules, raising prices, and stifling " competition. As a result, Crawford says, all of us are at the " mercy of the biggest business monopoly since Standard Oil in the " first Gilded Age a hundred years ago. " " "The rich are getting gouged, the poor are very often left out, " and this means that we're creating, yet again, two Americas, and " deepening inequality through this communications inequality," " Crawford tells Bill. http://billmoyers.com/wp-content/themes/billmoyers/transcript-print.php?post=24164 The above URL has the full transcript of the interview.
Date: Wed, 13 Feb 2013 09:03:59 -0500 From: Ken Hoehn <public-replies-only-please@invalid.telecom-digest.org> To: telecomdigestmoderator.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: Emergency Alert System hacked Message-ID: <511C0EAE.4090502@horne.net> Hmmm..... The government planned & designed a modification to the EAS (Emergency Alert System) that connects the EAS encoders at [all] the TV [stations], all cable channels, all satellite channels, and all broadcast radio stations to the /_Internet_/. When I first heard that plan a few years ago, I said "No, they can't be serious". This happened yesterday, and I'm amazed it took so long: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Z_Eg17rLlQ http://www.woodtv.com/dpp/news/local/upper_peninsula/hacker-warns-of-zombies-on-mi-stations Ken Hoehn
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