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Date: Mon, 7 Apr 2014 23:50:13 -0400 From: Monty Solomon <email@example.com> To: firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject: Professors: Aereo Is Healthy Response to Dysfunctional System Message-ID: <email@example.com> Professors: Aereo Is Healthy Response to Dysfunctional System Argue broadcasters have obligation to prioritize wide dissemination above copyright fees 4/03/2014 By: John Eggerton Broadcasting & Cable Aereo definitely has friends in a trio of law professors who weighed in on its side with the Supreme Court this week. In their amicus brief, the professors called Aereo a "healthy free-market response to a dysfunctional and anticompetitive television distribution system that raises prices, reduces output, and denies consumers meaningful choice." They say broadcasters have a responsibility to support the wide dissemination by Aereo of their free TV signals, a responsibility given their spectrum grants that trumps the pursuit of copyright payments. ... http://broadcastingcable.com/news/washington/professors-aereo-healthy-response-dysfunctional-system/130244
Date: Mon, 07 Apr 2014 23:27:39 -0500 From: Dave Garland <firstname.lastname@example.org> To: email@example.com. Subject: Re: Fred Goldstein is the new moderator Message-ID: <firstname.lastname@example.org> On 4/7/2014 4:51 PM, Telecom Digest Moderator wrote: > If you were one of those who volunteered, please accept my heartfelt > thanks, both for your willingness to help, and for stepping up on > short notice to take on this difficult work. > > After careful consideration, I've made the choice: Fred Goldstein has > accepted my request to take over as the moderator while I'm on > hiatus. Thanks, Bill, for all the great work you've done. And thanks, Fred, for being willing and able to serve while Bill is gone. And thanks to everyone else who volunteered. Dave
Date: Mon, 7 Apr 2014 20:40:10 -0400 From: tlvp <mPiOsUcB.EtLlLvEp@att.net> To: email@example.com. Subject: Re: Fred Goldstein is the new moderator Message-ID: <firstname.lastname@example.org> On Mon, 7 Apr 2014 17:51:02 -0400, Telecom Digest Moderator wrote: > ... Fred Goldstein has accepted my request to take over as the moderator ... > ... for an indefinite time ... Will the email address telecomdigestsubmissions at telecom-digest.org still work for [Telecom Digest] submissions in your absence? - - Thanks! - tlvp ***** Moderator's Note ***** Yes, it will. That address is for submissions made by email, and is mostly used by those who receive the "Digest" version of our publication via email or who read it on our web site. (Readers who subscribe to the Digest's email edition might see a different address in the "Reply-To" headers they receive: if it works, don't change it.) Those whom submit to comp.dcom.telecom (via Usenet news readers or Gugle/Yehoo Groups), which is the Digest's "Usenet" location, need not concern themselves with this, since the nntp servers handle it automagically. In case anyone was wondering, all posts go to both places: you can read the Digest on Usenet, or by subscribing to the email version. It's the same content either way, although email subscribers do find themselves looking better and exhibiting more confidence. Bill Horne Moderator
Date: Mon, 7 Apr 2014 23:18:51 -0400 From: Monty Solomon <email@example.com> To: firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject: Heartbleed: Serious OpenSSL zero day vulnerability revealed Message-ID: <email@example.com> Heartbleed: Serious OpenSSL zero day vulnerability revealed Summary: A new OpenSSL vulnerability has shown up and some companies are annoyed that the bug was revealed before patches could be delivered for it. By Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols April 7, 2014 New security holes are always showing up. The latest one, the so-called Heartbleed Bug in the OpenSSL cryptographic library, is an especially bad one. While Heartbleed only effects OpenSSL's 1.0.1 and the 1.0.2-beta release, 1.01 is already broadly deployed. Since Secure-Socket Layer (SSL) and Transport Layer Security (TLS) are at the heart of Internet security, this security hole is serious. The flaw can potentially be used to reveal not just the contents of a secured-message, such as a credit-card transaction over HTTPS, but the primary and secondary SSL keys themselves. This data could then, in theory, be used as a skeleton keys to bypass secure servers without leaving a trace that a site had been hacked. This bug [is] not a problem with OpenSSL's inherent design. It's an implementation problem. That is to say, it [is] the result of a programming mistake. There is already a fix available for the problem for the 1.01 program in OpenSSL 1.0.1g. Work is proceeding rapidly for a [re]pair of the 1.02-beta line. ... http://www.zdnet.com/heartbleed-serious-openssl-zero-day-vulnerability-revealed-7000028166/
Date: Tue, 8 Apr 2014 00:06:16 -0400 From: Monty Solomon <firstname.lastname@example.org> To: email@example.com. Subject: Critical crypto bug in OpenSSL opens two-thirds of the Web to eavesdropping Message-ID: <firstname.lastname@example.org> Critical crypto bug in OpenSSL opens two-thirds of the Web to eavesdropping Exploits allow attackers to obtain private keys used to decrypt sensitive data. by Dan Goodin Apr 7 2014 Researchers have discovered an extremely critical defect in the cryptographic software library an estimated two-thirds of Web servers use to identify themselves to end users and prevent the eavesdropping of passwords, banking credentials, and other sensitive data. The warning about the bug in OpenSSL coincided with the release of version 1.0.1g of the open-source program, which is the default cryptographic library used in the Apache and nginx Web server applications, as well as a wide variety of operating systems and e-mail and instant-messaging clients. The bug, which has resided in production versions of OpenSSL for more than two years, could make it possible for people to recover the private encryption key at the heart of the digital certificates used to authenticate Internet servers and to encrypt data traveling between them and end users. Attacks leave no traces in server logs, so there's no way of knowing if the bug has been actively exploited. Still, the risk is extraordinary, given the ability to disclose keys, passwords, and other credentials that could be used in future compromises. ... http://arstechnica.com/security/2014/04/critical-crypto-bug-in-openssl-opens-two-thirds-of-the-web-to-eavesdropping/
Date: Tue, 8 Apr 2014 10:03:14 -0700 (PDT) From: HAncock4 <email@example.com> To: firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject: Editorial calls for ban on all phoning when driving in NJ Message-ID: <email@example.com> The editorial board of the Newark Star Ledger (NJ) is calling for "stronger legislation that bans all cell phone use while driving -- even hands-free -- and backs it up with penalties as strict as those for DWI." full article at: http://www.nj.com/opinion/index.ssf/2014/04/nj_needs_a_total_ban_on_phoning_while_driving_editorial.html#incart_river_default [Moderator pro tem's note: That's why they call them "mobile phones" and "commercial mobile radio service", right? - fg]
Date: Mon, 7 Apr 2014 23:59:31 -0400 From: Monty Solomon <firstname.lastname@example.org> To: email@example.com. Subject: 5-year-old Ocean Beach boy exposes Microsoft Xbox vulnerability Message-ID: <firstname.lastname@example.org> 5-year-old Ocean Beach boy exposes Microsoft Xbox vulnerability Michael Chen Apr 7, 2014 OCEAN BEACH - A young Ocean Beach boy is in the spotlight after he discovered a back door in to one of the most popular gaming systems in the world. When 5-year-old Kristoffer Von Hassel is playing his Xbox, his feet don't touch the ground. But something he did has made the smartest guys at Microsoft pay attention. "I was like yea!" said Kristoffer. Just after Christmas, Kristoffer's parents noticed he was logging into his father's Xbox Live account and playing games he wasn't supposed to be. ... http://www.10news.com/news/5-year-old-ocean-beach-exposes-microsoft-xbox-vulnerability
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