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Date: Tue, 26 Mar 2013 14:23:58 -0500 From: Doug McIntyre <firstname.lastname@example.org> To: email@example.com. Subject: Re: Service Migration Advice Message-ID: <TvedndYNOPZTaMzMnZ2dnUVZ_rmdnZ2d@giganews.com> Frank Stearns <firstname.lastname@example.org> writes: >Doug McIntyre <email@example.com> writes: .... >>Another choice may be cell-phone related, but several of them provide >>a "home-phone" cell option. Much like a VoIP box, but communicates via >>cell network, plug your standard phones into it. Mine came with a >>battery backup in it, no idea how long it would last. You can pick up the >>box and transport it anywhere and have the same phone #, much like >>cell-phone roaming. If you are staying there, you probably want to get >>your E911 location registered properly. >Which hardware and carrier did you select for the home-phone cell option? I have AT&T wireless service in a family plan, so porting in my landline got added in as a $10/month family plan member. I did a 2-year contract to get the equipment for free + activiation, but they also threw in a new DECT phone x 3 system. I don't remember what the part # is on it, but the description page is here http://www.att.com/shop/wireless/devices/att/wireless-home-phone-silver.html Came with its own SIM (locked to the box), and is otherwise standalone. Plug it in and go. It was very painless.
Date: Tue, 26 Mar 2013 20:34:18 -0400 From: Ron <firstname.lastname@example.org> To: email@example.com. Subject: Re: Verizon, Cablevision emerge as unlikely allies Message-ID: <firstname.lastname@example.org> Neal McLain <email@example.com> wrote: >Gee, I wonder if The New York Times would be willing to sell its >newspaper on an a-la-carte basis so subscribers could subscribe to only >the sections they like? I'm sure is must cost a lot to produce a sports >section, so it seems reasonable that the a-la-carte price without the >sports section would be substantially lower than the price for the whole >package. Good idea! I hadn't realized that NYT had no sports department of its own and simply passed along, untouched, the material that they acquired from other media companies. -- Ron user rrcnom.de.plume in domain antichef.com
Date: 26 Mar 2013 11:21:36 -0400 From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Scott Dorsey) To: email@example.com. Subject: Re: More Extensions and Lightning Protection Message-ID: <firstname.lastname@example.org> GlowingBlueMist <email@example.com> wrote: > >If you go to the index of the catalog and scroll down to item #7 "Long >Loop Adapters" and then scroll down to "Ring Voltage Booster ||" You >will find an adapter that will convert a single line's output to a REN >of 7.5. True it's not cheap at $124.95 bit the Sandman's catalog does >have what you asked for. AND, if you wanted to have say fifty 500-sets all ringing at the same time in your college dorm room, you can parallel something like twenty of those devices on one phone line, with 7 or 8 phones downstream of each one. For what they are, they are worth every penny. --scott -- "C'est un Nagra. C'est suisse, et tres, tres precis."
Date: Wed, 27 Mar 2013 14:01:57 -0400 From: Monty Solomon <firstname.lastname@example.org> To: email@example.com. Subject: Luring Young Web Warriors Is Priority. It's Also a Game. Message-ID: <firstname.lastname@example.org> Luring Young Web Warriors Is Priority. It's Also a Game. By NICOLE PERLROTH March 24, 2013 WASHINGTON - In the eighth grade, Arlan Jaska figured out how to write a simple script that could switch his keyboard's Caps Lock key on and off 6,000 times a minute. When friends weren't looking, he slipped his program onto their computers. It was all fun and games until the program spread to his middle school. "They called my parents and told my dad I was hacking their computers," Mr. Jaska, 17 years old, recalled. He was grounded and got detention. And he is just the type the Department of Homeland Security is looking for. The secretary of that agency, Janet Napolitano, knows she has a problem that will only worsen. Foreign hackers have been attacking her agency's computer systems. They have also been busy trying to siphon the nation's wealth and steal valuable trade secrets. And they have begun probing the nation's infrastructure - the power grid, and water and transportation systems. So she needs her own hackers - 600, the agency estimates. But potential recruits with the right skills have too often been heading for business, and those who do choose government work often go to the National Security Agency, where they work on offensive digital strategies. At Homeland Security, the emphasis is on keeping hackers out, or playing defense. "We have to show them how cool and exciting this is," said Ed Skoudis, one of the nation's top computer security trainers. "And we have to show them that applying these skills to the public sector is important." One answer? Start young, and make it a game, even a contest. ... http://www.nytimes.com/2013/03/25/technology/united-states-wants-to-attract-hackers-to-public-sector.html
Date: Wed, 27 Mar 2013 14:01:57 -0400 From: Monty Solomon <email@example.com> To: firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject: Online Dispute Becomes Internet-Snarling Attack Message-ID: <email@example.com> Firm Is Accused of Sending Spam, and Fight Jams Internet By JOHN MARKOFF and NICOLE PERLROTH March 26, 2013 A squabble between a group fighting spam and a Dutch company that hosts Web sites said to be sending spam has escalated into one of the largest computer attacks on the Internet, causing widespread congestion and jamming crucial infrastructure around the world. Millions of ordinary Internet users have experienced delays in services like Netflix or could not reach a particular Web site for a short time. However, for the Internet engineers who run the global network the problem is more worrisome. The attacks are becoming increasingly powerful, and computer security experts worry that if they continue to escalate people may not be able to reach basic Internet services, like e-mail and online banking. The dispute started when the spam-fighting group, called Spamhaus, added the Dutch company Cyberbunker to its blacklist, which is used by e-mail providers to weed out spam. Cyberbunker, named for its headquarters, a five-story former NATO bunker, offers hosting services to any Web site "except child porn and anything related to terrorism," according to its Web site. A spokesman for Spamhaus, which is based in Europe, said the attacks began on March 19, but had not stopped the group from distributing its blacklist. Patrick Gilmore, chief architect at Akamai Networks, a digital content provider, said Spamhaus's role was to generate a list of Internet spammers. Of Cyberbunker, he added: "These guys are just mad. To be frank, they got caught. They think they should be allowed to spam." ... http://www.nytimes.com/2013/03/27/technology/internet/online-dispute-becomes-internet-snarling-attack.html ***** Moderator's Note ***** Drastic attacks deserve drastic responses: if the major gateways simply redline all IP addresses assigned to the Netherlands, then their government will be forced to act. Bill Horne Moderator
Date: Wed, 27 Mar 2013 14:01:57 -0400 From: Monty Solomon <firstname.lastname@example.org> To: email@example.com. Subject: T-Mobile Unveils Aggressive Phone Pricing With No Contracts Message-ID: <firstname.lastname@example.org> T-Mobile Shakes Up Its Service By BRIAN X. CHEN March 26, 2013 T-Mobile USA, long trailing its rivals in the cellphone industry, is trying to catch up by changing the conversation: it is selling the iPhone cheaper than the competition, and most important, customers would not have to sign a contract. But it may not be enough to persuade smartphone users to abandon the competition. Analysts said the new marketing strategy, which spreads the cost of a new phone over two years as a separate line item on the monthly bill, will still feel like a commitment to many customers, even if they can choose to pay it off early and walk away. And T-Mobile, which has a slower network than its competitors, is only just beginning to introduce major upgrades. The company on Tuesday said the Apple iPhone 5 would be available starting April 12 for $100 up front, with customers paying an additional $20 a month for two years. Other new smartphones, like the Samsung Galaxy S 4 and the BlackBerry Z10, will be available with similar payment plans. Although T-Mobile's new phone plans require no long-term contract, customers would have to pay off the balance owed in order to end service prematurely. For several years, T-Mobile, the No. 4 American mobile carrier by market share, has been bleeding subscribers to Verizon Wireless, AT&T and Sprint. In earnings calls, the company has said its main problems were consumers' negative perception of its network and its inability to offer customers the iPhone. Now that T-Mobile has landed a deal with Apple and turned on its new fourth-generation network, LTE, in seven cities, the company is hoping to mount a comeback. If T-Mobile does not find a way to bounce back, it risks losing even more market share to Verizon and AT&T and becoming a small niche player like Leap or U.S. Cellular. ... http://www.nytimes.com/2013/03/27/technology/t-mobile-unveils-aggressive-phone-pricing-with-no-contracts.html
Date: Wed, 27 Mar 2013 14:01:57 -0400 From: Monty Solomon <email@example.com> To: firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject: The Internet 'Narcissism Epidemic's Message-ID: <email@example.com> The Internet 'Narcissism Epidemic' Don't let popularity set your standard. By Bill Davidow The Atlantic MAR 26 2013 We are in the midst of a "narcissism epidemic," concluded psychologists Jean M. Twnege and W. Keith Campbell in their 2009 book. One study they describe showed that among a group of 37,000 college students, narcissistic personality traits rose just as quickly as obesity from the 1980s to the present. Fortunately for narcissists, the continued explosion of social networking has provided them with productivity tools to continually expand their reach -- the likes of Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Foursquare, and occasionally Google Plus. Evidence for the rise in narcissism continues to come up in research and news. A study by psychologist Dr. Nathan DeWall and his team found "a statistically significant trend toward narcissism and hostility in popular music" since the 1980s. Shawn Bergman, an assistant professor of organizational psychology at Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina notes that "narcissism levels among millennials are higher than previous generations." Researchers at Western Illinois University measured two socially disruptive aspects of narcissistic personalities -- grandiose exhibitionism and entitlement/exploitativeness. Those who had high scores on grandiose exhibitionism tended to amass more friends on Facebook. Buffardi and Campbell found a high correlation between Narcissistic Personality Inventory (NPI) scores and Facebook activity. Researchers were able to identify those with high NPI scores by studying their Facebook pages. ... http://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2013/03/the-internet-narcissism-epidemic/274336/
Date: Wed, 27 Mar 2013 08:25:42 -0700 (PDT) From: Wes Leatherock <firstname.lastname@example.org> To: email@example.com. Subject: Re: Verizon, Cablevision emerge as unlikely allies Message-ID: <1364397942.81149.YahooMailClassic@web125201.mail.ne1.yahoo.com> --- On Mon, 3/25/13, Neal McLain <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote: > Gee, I wonder if The New York Times would be willing to sell its > newspaper on an a-la-carte basis so subscribers could subscribe to > only the sections they like? I'm sure is must cost a lot to produce > a sports section, so it seems reasonable that the a-la-carte price > without the sports section would be substantially lower than the > price for the whole package. The big cost in producing a printed publication is in producting the first copy. The margional cost of producing additional copies is only a small fraction. So the savings in not sending the sports section (or any other section) to some subscribers (but not all) would be somewhat limited, and would be offset by the additional costs of sorting out the papers going to customers who do not take that section. This sorting process already produces problems to distribution of regional sections and advertising sections going to only a certain area, but these are sortations by individual subscriber. Wes Leatherock email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org
Date: 28 Mar 2013 00:18:49 -0000 From: "John Levine" <email@example.com> To: firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject: Re: Verizon, Cablevision emerge as unlikely allies Message-ID: <email@example.com> >The big cost in producing a printed publication is in producting the >first copy. The margional cost of producing additional copies is only >a small fraction. The big cost in running a cable system is in running a wire to every customer and provisioning the head end, power, and so forth to send signals down that wire. I've seen analyses that say that if cablecos went to a la carte pricing, they'd adjust the per channel prices and people would end up paying about the same overall, because the cablecos need to generate about the same revenue to be viable.
Date: Thu, 28 Mar 2013 04:03:43 +0000 (UTC) From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Garrett Wollman) To: email@example.com. Subject: Re: Verizon, Cablevision emerge as unlikely allies Message-ID: <firstname.lastname@example.org> In article <email@example.com>, John Levine <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote: >I've seen analyses that say that if cablecos went to a la carte >pricing, they'd adjust the per channel prices and people would end up >paying about the same overall, because the cablecos need to generate >about the same revenue to be viable. This raises a question I'm actually curious: what's the margin on higher-tier and premium channel upsells for a cableco -- say, one of the big MSOs? There's obviously some incremental cost in equipment, but it can't be very much given their economies of scale. -GAWollman -- Garrett A. Wollman | What intellectual phenomenon can be older, or more oft email@example.com| 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: Wed, 27 Mar 2013 14:05:53 -0400 From: Monty Solomon <firstname.lastname@example.org> To: email@example.com. Subject: How One Man Turned Himself Into a Publicly Owned Company Message-ID: <firstname.lastname@example.org> How One Man Turned Himself Into a Publicly Owned Company Mike Merrill puts the "I" in IPO. By Rob Walker The Atlantic MAR 20 2013 Mike Merrill was thinking of pumping up his workout regimen with mixed-martial-arts classes and boxing lessons. The scheme would involve seven and a half hours a week at various gyms-a big commitment. So he put the matter before his 160 shareholders. They, after all, had previously determined that he would not get a vasectomy, that he would register as a Republican, and that he and the woman he'd been dating could enter into a three-month "Relationship Agreement." >From microfinance to crowd-funding, tools that rely on the support of large groups have grown familiar, bordering on overexposed. Merrill's approach to harvesting the power of the marketplace, however, is singular: he has essentially sold shares in his own life. Which raises two questions: Why on Earth would somebody offer others the right to vote on his basic life decisions? And, even more inexplicably, why would anybody pay for that right? ... http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2013/04/putting-the-i-in-ipo/309255/
Date: Wed, 27 Mar 2013 14:20:11 -0400 From: Monty Solomon <email@example.com> To: firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject: The Touch-Screen Generation Message-ID: <email@example.com> The Touch-Screen Generation Young children-even toddlers-are spending more and more time with digital technology. What will it mean for their development? By Hanna Rosin The Atlantic MAR 20 2013 On a chilly day last spring, a few dozen developers of children's apps for phones and tablets gathered at an old beach resort in Monterey, California, to show off their games. One developer, a self-described "visionary for puzzles" who looked like a skateboarder-recently-turned-dad, displayed a jacked-up, interactive game called Puzzingo, intended for toddlers and inspired by his own son's desire to build and smash. Two 30-something women were eagerly seeking feedback for an app called Knock Knock Family, aimed at 1-to-4-year-olds. "We want to make sure it's easy enough for babies to understand," one explained. The gathering was organized by Warren Buckleitner, a longtime reviewer of interactive children's media who likes to bring together developers, researchers, and interest groups - and often plenty of kids, some still in diapers. It went by the Harry Potter-ish name Dust or Magic, and was held in a drafty old stone-and-wood hall barely a mile from the sea, the kind of place where Bathilda Bagshot might retire after packing up her wand. Buckleitner spent the breaks testing whether his own remote-control helicopter could reach the hall's second story, while various children who had come with their parents looked up in awe and delight. But mostly they looked down, at the iPads and other tablets displayed around the hall like so many open boxes of candy. I walked around and talked with developers, and several paraphrased a famous saying of Maria Montessori's, a quote imported to ennoble a touch-screen age when very young kids, who once could be counted on only to chew on a square of aluminum, are now engaging with it in increasingly sophisticated ways: "The hands are the instruments of man's intelligence." ... http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2013/04/the-touch-screen-generation/309250/
Date: Wed, 27 Mar 2013 20:30:14 -0400 From: T <firstname.lastname@example.org> To: email@example.com. Subject: Re: Service Migration Advice Message-ID: <MPG.firstname.lastname@example.org> In article <1364222574.92078.YahooMailNeo@web122305.mail.ne1.yahoo.com>, email@example.com says... > > I successfully transferred my land line to a cell phone. I cut the > cord and like having my home phone in my pocket. The transferring > company usually will handle the switch so you won't have to deal with > the liers. > > Mark L. Smith > firstname.lastname@example.org > > http://smith.freehosting.net > > > Http://marksfolkmusicphotos.shutterfly.com > > > > > ***** Moderator's Note ***** > > They are not liars, they are just probity-challenged. > > Bill Horne > Moderator After eight years I finally shut my Vonage service off. The Cable company around here, Cox, is finally feeling the pressure of having a competitor in Verizon's FIOS product. To the point where my bill went down by $20 a month, I now get the phone service from the cable company, and my net speed increases. Interestingly the phone and net come from one device now. It's a Cisco device - even has a 2500mAh battery in it to keep the phone service up for eight hours.
Date: Thu, 28 Mar 2013 01:54:01 +0000 (UTC) From: danny burstein <email@example.com> To: firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject: Re: Service Migration Advice Message-ID: <email@example.com> In <MPG.firstname.lastname@example.org> T <email@example.com> writes: >After eight years I finally shut my Vonage service off. The Cable >company around here, Cox, is finally feeling the pressure of having a >competitor in Verizon's FIOS product. >To the point where my bill went down by $20 a month, I now get the phone >service from the cable company, and my net speed increases. >Interestingly the phone and net come from one device now. It's a Cisco >device - even has a 2500mAh battery in it to keep the phone service up >for eight hours. You might want to double check as to whether that Cisco unit's battery power mode gives you both phone and internet or just the phone mode. The standard FIOS units only provide phone. Oh, and as we all know quite too well, there's plenty of electrical magic boxes between the cableco's (equivalent of the) central office and most subscribers. When utility power goes out in an area wide hiccup, having a battery at your box might not do much for you. -- _____________________________________________________ Knowledge may be power, but communications is the key firstname.lastname@example.org [to foil spammers, my address has been double rot-13 encoded]
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