32 Years of the Digest ... founded August 21, 1981
The Telecom Digest for July 12, 2014
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Date: Thu, 10 Jul 2014 21:05:19 -0400 From: tlvp <mPiOsUcB.EtLlLvEp@att.net> To: email@example.com. Subject: Re: Anonymous call blocking (whether you want it or not) Message-ID: <firstname.lastname@example.org> On Thu, 10 Jul 2014 10:06:49 -0400, Bill Horne wrote: > 'GPF' >> was better known for its usage in plumbing: Gallons Per Flush > > Damn. I knew what "GPF" meant until I read that, and now I can't get > your definition out of my head! > > Green Page of Failure? > Great Pacifier Formula? > Godawful Political Foulup? > Google Provides Frustration? That's Redmond's highest-ranking military officer, General Page Fault :-) . Leading the country alongside Generals Electric, Mills, & Motors. Cheers, -- tlvp -- Avant de repondre, jeter la poubelle, SVP.
Date: Thu, 10 Jul 2014 21:39:12 -0500 From: Doug McIntyre <email@example.com> To: firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject: Re: Anonymous call blocking (whether you want it or not) Message-ID: <dfqdnSnzXv_N0yLOnZ2dnUVZ_jCdnZ2d@giganews.com> Fred Goldstein <email@example.com> writes: >Now anonymous call blocking is a nice feature if you want to avoid >telemarketers who block their caller ID, which is approximately none of >them, since they can simply insert fake caller ID instead and get around >such blocking! ... About 15 years ago when I moved into my current house, I subscribed to anonymous call blocking from the ILEC for a few $$ per month, and at the time, I think it blocked quite a few unwanted junk calls. But as time went on, almost every junk call had some caller-ID of some form, forged or not, so it became much less useful. I only had one "false-positive" with an insurance adjuster that refused to follow the simple type in a phone # to go through that was part of that feature. (any # typed would have the call go through and have a distinctive ring). But overall, they tend to leave me alone. I get bugged more at work with legit vendors checking in with me than I ever get unwanted calls at home thankfully. -- Doug McIntyre firstname.lastname@example.org
Date: Thu, 10 Jul 2014 22:30:27 -0400 From: Monty Solomon <email@example.com> To: firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject: Amazon Sued Over Billing for App Store Purchases Message-ID: <email@example.com> Amazon Sued Over Billing for App Store Purchases By STEVE LOHR JULY 10, 2014 Settling isn't the Amazon way, whether the dispute is with book publishers or the federal government. The Federal Trade Commission on Thursday filed a suit in a Federal District Court in Seattle, contending that Amazon improperly billed customers for "many millions of dollars" of charges that children made without their parents' consent. The suit focuses on charges related to games downloaded through Amazon's app store. Amazon's mobile store, the suit states, introduced the ability to bill customers within an application - so-called in-app charges - in November 2011, and did so without parental notifications or password requirements in children's games. Often, the charges were for digital goods like coins, clothing, clues or tools that help a player progress through a game. ... http://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/11/technology/amazon-sued-over-billing-for-app-store-purchases.html
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