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Date: Wed, 22 Jan 2014 06:57:02 -0800 (PST) From: "John C. Fowler" <firstname.lastname@example.org> To: email@example.com. Subject: Re: Wall plug wires? Message-ID: <1390402622.55824.YahooMailBasic@web164802.mail.gq1.yahoo.com> Keep in mind all wiring [advice] is [saying] "This is how it SHOULD be wired" which isn't always reality. Normally, alarm systems are installed in series with the house wiring at the front of the line. The reason is to prevent a burglar from entering, taking a phone off hook, dialing some busy number, and preventing the alarm system from calling its destination. By being in front in serial, the alarm system can cut off all the other phones. Smart burglars could get around this, of course, but this is only to thwart halfway-smart burglars. Also, some alarm systems need a special adjustment when they are unhooked from a genuine 100% POTS phone line. Check with the alarm company, and be sure to test the system after any changes. --- John C. Fowler, firstname.lastname@example.org ***** Moderator's Note ***** The OP might be talking about a self-installed system his friend bought at Radio Shack: there might not be any alarm company. Wired burglar alarms have always been vulnerable to sabotage at the cable entryway, and that applies to Internet-based services as well. Mr. Fowler brings up a good point: most "home" type systems are just "peace of mind" offerings, effective only against "halfway-smart" attackers. Bill Horne Moderator
Date: Wed, 22 Jan 2014 09:40:36 -0500 From: "ABLE1" <email@example.com> To: firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject: Re: Wall plug wires? Message-ID: <VLQDu.email@example.com> On Wed, 22 Jan 2014 04:08:40 +0000 (UTC), Bit Twister wrote: > Other research has indicated the black/yellow from the telephone pole > is for a second circuit. I assume all current wall socket pins are all > connected in parallel and to use the second circuit at a particular > phone I would have to move/jumper the black/yellow wires to the > Tip/Ring (red/green) pins on that particular socket. [Moderator snip] I am sure I may get some flack for this but: Being an alarm dealer I can safely say that if you go around playing with phone wiring that is connected to a monitored alarm panel there are huge liability issues involved. Since you do not know what you are doing it would be best to have your friend contact his alarm service provider and have them make the proper wiring connections. These proper connection are designed so that the alarm panel will seize the line and make the call in an emergency situation. There is a specific way that the panel needs to be connected. Diverting from that will render the system non functional. The price of a simple service call will pay off in the future. Do it right. signed A lurker that needed to speak up. ***** Moderator's Note ***** I have an alarm that stopped working: how about some free advice? Bill Horne Moderator
Date: Wed, 22 Jan 2014 19:33:47 -0500 From: "ABLE1" <firstname.lastname@example.org> To: email@example.com. Subject: Re: Wall plug wires? Message-ID: <zrZDu.39541$bF1.firstname.lastname@example.org> > ***** Moderator's Note ***** > > I have an alarm that stopped working: how about some free advice? > > Bill Horne > Moderator Bill, I would be happy to help. What is the manufacture and what problems are you having besides "stopped working"?? Les ***** Moderator's Note ***** Thanks for your offer. Please contact me off-list. TIA. bill at horne dot net Bill Horne Moderator
Date: Tue, 21 Jan 2014 22:05:49 -0500 From: Monty Solomon <email@example.com> To: firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject: Aereo's Supreme Court battle may change how you watch TV Message-ID: <email@example.com> Aereo's Supreme Court battle may change how you watch TV The case against the company that streams over-the-air programming could affect whether you watch your favorite sports for free and what you can store in the cloud. http://news.cnet.com/8301-1023_3-57617087-93/aereos-supreme-court-battle-may-change-how-you-watch-tv/ ***** Moderator's Note ***** This is "old news" to some, but cnet's article makes the issue more clear. Bill Horne Moderator
Date: Wed, 22 Jan 2014 13:46:59 -0500 From: Bill Horne <bill@horneQRM.net> To: firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject: Re: Aereo's Supreme Court battle may change how you watch TV Message-ID: <20140122184659.GA23449@telecom.csail.mit.edu> On Tue, Jan 21, 2014 at 10:05:49PM -0500, Monty Solomon wrote: > > Aereo's Supreme Court battle may change how you watch TV The case > against the company that streams over-the-air programming could affect > whether you watch your favorite sports for free and what you can store > in the cloud. I disagree with CNET's summary: television was never "free", and I feel it's important to weigh TV's hidden costs along with its obvious ones. 1. Professional sports have turned many once-proud academic institutions into multi-million dollar training camps for the pro circuit. Some academics have gone so far as to condemn their universities' sports programs for the ways they have cheapened the value of the diplomas atheletes receive, called into question the validity of higher education, and drawn money (a LOT of money) away from research and from academic scholarships. 2. Television, in and of itself, is deceptive: the tall white guy does NOT always make all the decisions in the real world, and all problem are NOT solved in 60 minutes with time out for commericals. 3. Mass media is, and always will be, geared to the lowest common denomitor of public taste and perception. I don't claim to be one of the elites, or even a professional critic of television, but it seems to me that TV has been pandering to its viewers preconceived notions to the exclusion of divergent views, of well-considered debate, and (most importantly) of any objective views or insights into our leaders' real lives and backgrounds. The "revelations" about Chris Christie's bullying tactics should have come as a surprise to nobody, but the TV networks' distaste for any look into realpolitik and real economics has left U.S. viewers ill-prepared for the changing economic landscape of the world and for the changing strategies elected officials adapt to keep their seats. 4. Even if only for this reason, television can never be "free": every unforgiving minute spent in front of the tube is time robbed from from community involvement, from personal reflection and future planning, and from teaching our children. FWIW. YMMV. Bill -- Bill Horne (Remove QRM from my address to write to me directly)
Date: Tue, 21 Jan 2014 23:39:32 -0500 From: Monty Solomon <email@example.com> To: firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject: Google Glass-wearing movie patron questioned by Homeland Security agents as potential pirate Message-ID: <email@example.com> Google Glass-wearing movie patron questioned by Homeland Security agents as potential pirate By Adi Robertson January 21, 2014 Wearing Google Glass recently proved perilous for a movie patron in Columbus, Ohio. On Monday, The Gadgeteer posted a frightening story apparently from a member of the Glass Explorer program. An hour into watching Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit wearing his prescription version of Glass, he said, he'd been abruptly pulled from the theater and interrogated at length by "feds," who accused him of attempting to pirate the movie by recording it. What followed was over an hour of the "feds" telling me I am not under arrest, and that this is a "voluntary interview", but if I choose not to cooperate bad things may happen to me (is it legal for authorities to threaten people like that?). [...] They wanted to know who I am, where I live, where I work, how much I'm making, how many computers I have at home, why am I recording the movie, who am I going to give the recording to, why don't I just give up the guy up the chain, 'cause they are not interested in me. Over and over and over again. After going through the photos on his device, the man says, the officers concluded that there'd been a misunderstanding, and theater owner AMC called a man from the "Movie Association," who gave him free passes to see the film again. But the man described himself as shaken by the incident, especially because he'd worn Glass to the theater before and had no trouble. The story initially seemed too dramatic to be true, but both AMC and the Department of Homeland Security's Immigration and Customs Enforcement division have confirmed it. Here's what AMC public relations director Ryan Noonan told The Verge: ... http://www.theverge.com/2014/1/21/5331748/google-glass-wearing-movie-patron-questioned-for-piracy -or- http://goo.gl/8SYfcb ***** Moderator's Note ***** What is ICE doing questioning people who aren't crossing a border? Bill Horne Moderator
Date: Tue, 21 Jan 2014 23:42:45 -0500 From: Monty Solomon <firstname.lastname@example.org> To: email@example.com. Subject: White hat hacker says he found 70,000 records on Healthcare.gov through a Google search Message-ID: <firstname.lastname@example.org> White hat hacker says he found 70,000 records on Healthcare.gov through a Google search By Adrianne Jeffries January 21, 2014 The federal health insurance marketplace at Healthcare.gov still has major security issues according to some experts, including a flaw that allows user records to show up in Google results. At least 70,000 records with personal identifying information including first and last names, addresses, and user names are accessible by using an advanced Google search and then tweaking the resulting URLs, according to David Kennedy, founder of the security firm TrustedSec. Kennedy notes that he never modified any URLs, just that he noticed that it was possible. Kennedy first testified about the issue before a Congressional committee in November, he says, but it still hasn't been resolved. It's just one of several issues he's identified with the site, and it's actually one of the easier ones to fix: Kennedy estimates it would take just a few days to hide the records. ... http://www.theverge.com/2014/1/21/5331756/white-hat-hacker-says-he-found-70000-records-on-healthcare-gov -or- http://goo.gl/7LehRA
Date: Wed, 22 Jan 2014 15:09:17 -0500 From: tlvp <mPiOsUcB.EtLlLvEp@att.net> To: email@example.com. Subject: TDoS -- a new ransom wrinkle Message-ID: <firstname.lastname@example.org> A recent email bulletin from Sophos Security brings this word: > ... scammers are posing as debt collectors seeking repayment on loans > purportedly taken out by individuals or employees at places such as hospitals. > > When they meet resistance, the scammers are again threatening to bring down > phone lines, and then they flood the lines with repeated calls sent automatically > over the internet, knocking ... agencies' phones offline for legitimate callers. More (pardon the long URLs, but I disapprove of bit.ly-ization) at: http://nakedsecurity.sophos.com/2014/01/22/tdos-extortionists-jam-phone-lines-of-public-services-including-hospitals/ -or- http://goo.gl/pla7AN and http://www.nytimes.com/2014/01/20/technology/swindlers-use-telephones-with-internets-tactics.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0 . -or- http://goo.gl/qud3wf Cheers, -- tlvp --- Avant de repondre, jeter la poubelle, SVP. ***** Moderator's Note ***** I don't care for "shortened" URLs when they're used in place of the long ones, but when a URL is "wrapped" to the next line by an email client, the result is often shown with added characters that confuse a browser, so I like to show a shortened URL in /addition/ to the long one. That way, readers get to make a choice. Bill Horne Moderator
Date: Tue, 21 Jan 2014 23:32:06 -0500 From: Monty Solomon <email@example.com> To: firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject: How Netflix won CES Message-ID: <email@example.com> How Netflix won CES It's not the TVs, it's what you watch on them By Bryan Bishop January 10, 2014 http://www.theverge.com/2014/1/10/5291068/how-netflix-won-ces-4k-streaming ***** Moderator's Note ***** OK, what's "4K" and when is it going to replace HDTV? Bill Horne Moderator
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