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Volume 28 : Issue 162 : "text" Format

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  Medicine in the Age of Twitter
  Re: parity of service, was ANI vs. Caller ID   
  Re: parity of service, was ANI vs. Caller ID 
  Re: Cal State Fullerton Area Code Changing to 657 
  Re: Cal State Fullerton Area Code Changing to 657 
  "International Telephone Hacking Conspiracy Busted", terror link ... 

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We must fight spam for the same reason we fight crime: not because we are naive enough to believe that we will ever stamp it out, but because we do not want the kind of world that results when no one stands against crime. Geoffrey Welsh =========================== See the bottom of this issue for subscription and archive details and the name of our lawyer, and other stuff of interest. ---------------------------------------------------------------------- Date: Sun, 14 Jun 2009 10:30:09 -0400 From: Monty Solomon <> To: Subject: Medicine in the Age of Twitter Message-ID: <p06240897c65a4b6ad0b1@[]> Doctor and Patient Medicine in the Age of Twitter By PAULINE W. CHEN, M.D. The New York Times June 11, 2009 I blog, I tweet and I use Facebook. And as I recently told a medical colleague, social media has been an enormously useful tool in my work. "I can barely keep up with e-mail," he snorted back. "I'm not about to open up that black box." About 15 years ago, during my residency and just as the first blogs were starting up, I took care of a patient in his mid-40s whom I'll call Eddie. In a waiting room filled with elderly patients crippled by vascular disease, Eddie looked out of place. Until you looked closer at his fingers and toes. Parts of them had been amputated. Eddie suffered from Buerger's disease, or thromboangiitis obliterans, an illness that causes clotting and inflammation of the blood vessels of the hands and feet. Considered an "orphan" disease because of its relative rarity, Buerger's disease compromises the blood supply to a patient's fingers and toes. Eventually these patients, who are usually men in their 20s to 40s who smoke, develop excruciating pain, severe ulcerations and gangrene. And more often than not, they must undergo progressively higher amputations. There is no cure for Buerger's disease; the only way to slow the process is to quit smoking. Therein lies the tragedy. For unknown reasons, patients who suffer from Buerger's disease are profoundly addicted to tobacco, far more so than most smokers. It is nearly impossible for them to quit. Eddie wanted desperately to quit. Over the two years that I cared for him, he tried at least a dozen times. But his already challenging task was made even more difficult by his isolation. Eddie lived alone, estranged from his family, with friends and co-workers who grew increasingly unsympathetic to his plight. "They don't understand why I keep smoking if I keep losing fingers," he said to me one afternoon. "They just don't understand how hard it is for me." Moreover, because his disease was so rare, he had no community of fellow patients to turn to in his town or at our hospital. But his visits to the clinic always seemed to cheer him up. He responded, it seemed, to my encouragement, and each time he left, he renewed his vow to quit smoking. But weeks would pass and his enthusiasm would wane. If I contacted him by phone, his momentum might continue another few days, but finding a mutually convenient, quiet moment to talk on a regular basis was exceedingly difficult. I tried scheduling frequent follow-up appointments, but Eddie lived over an hour away from our hospital and could not afford to keep missing work. Eventually, Eddie lost another two fingers, the front half of his left foot and his entire right foot. The youngest man in my waiting room soon became confined to a wheelchair. At the end of our last visit, I stood in the clinic hall watching him inch away from me in that chair, pushing off the ground with the remaining stump of his left foot and grasping at the wheels with hands that had become mitts. I thought about Eddie and other patients I have cared for who might have benefited from more frequent contact when I spoke with my colleague about social media and the patient-doctor relationship. I wondered if Eddie would have felt a little less isolated and perhaps been able to quit smoking if I had, for example, texted a word of encouragement to him every few days, interacted through blog comments, or directed him to an online community of people who were dealing with the exact same disease. ... ------------------------------ Date: Sun, 14 Jun 2009 10:48:29 EDT From: To: Subject: Re: parity of service, was ANI vs. Caller ID Message-ID: <> In a message dated 6/13/2009 6:24:52 PM Central Daylight Time, writes: > Some years ago it was proposed to put faxes and wireless devices in > the new area codes where a 10 digit number is not a disadvantage, > but apparently this wasn't done very much. A large number of small businesses, and probably some fairly large ones, too, share their fax on the same line as their phone. A 10-digit number would be a serious disadvantage. Several small businesses use cell phones as their business number for the public and their customers to call, and they, too would be at a serious disadvantage. -- Wes Leatherock ------------------------------ Date: 14 Jun 2009 15:12:08 -0000 From: John Levine <> To: Subject: Re: parity of service, was ANI vs. Caller ID Message-ID: <> >BUT the reason we need those new area codes, IMHO, was _largely_ due >to new entrants, not actual growth. Like I said, there was a burst of poor allocation giving an entire NXX to each entrant. That's over. Now the allocations are quite efficient, and when they add overlays, it's due to real growth. >Some years ago it was proposed to put faxes and wireless devices in >the new area codes where a 10 digit number is not a disadvantage, but >apparently this wasn't done very much. That was an experiment in area code 917. The experiment failed, since 917 filled up, too. >Let's be clear that number portability represented a significant cost-- Perhaps. >which is a line item right on my bill. Which is a gift from the regulators, unrelated to the actual cost. > If the newcomers were truly offering a superior service or better > price, they could well afford the cost of number portability. Aw, come on. If the ILEC wasn't required to provide portability, the costs of switching would be impossible, since it would include changing one's phone number. > However, the books I referred to in an earlier discussion said the > newcomers offered nothing better. Putting nonsense in a book doesn't make it true. Early on the CLECs prevented a disaster by providing the inbound modem lines for BBS and dialup ISPs that the Bells were too myopic to do. (Their response was to lobby for the "modem tax" and hope they went away.) These days, compare the ILEC offerings to those from cablecos and wireless, and you can see why the number of ILEC lines is shrinking every year. >As to "one black phone", that sounds like a strawman. The old Bell >System offered a large variety of services and equipment well beyond >"one black phone" for decades. Of course, the difference to today is >that all of us must subsidize those with premium services --such as >the portability fee and mandated 10 digit dialing--whereas in the past >those with premium services paid their own way. Oh, man, I don't know where to start. Back in the old regulated days, everything was priced by its "value" rather than its cost, which is why rural service was priced lower than urban due to fewer people in the local calling area, even though it cost and still costs far more to provide. Residential POTS was priced below cost, long distance was overpriced to subsidize it, and the maze of cross subsidies was impenetrable. Fred Goldstein knows this history way better than I do. R's, John ------------------------------ Date: Sun, 14 Jun 2009 10:02:58 -0700 (PDT) From: "" <> To: Subject: Re: Cal State Fullerton Area Code Changing to 657 Message-ID: <> Drifting off topic a bit, and it appears Cal State Fullerton does not do this, a fair number of campuses have SIP based telephone access. I don't know if all the phones are SIP based with a bridge to POTS or if it's the other way around. But, some campuses doing this are listed at . Harold ------------------------------ Date: Sun, 14 Jun 2009 15:25:03 -0700 From: Sam Spade <> To: Subject: Re: Cal State Fullerton Area Code Changing to 657 Message-ID: <0NeZl.9369$gz5.4236@newsfe07.iad> Neal McLain wrote: > > Some authors (notably former TD contributor Mark Cuccia) have noted that > this change violates an underlying argument in favor of overlays: > "nobody has to change area codes." Well, that's true, but it doesn't > preclude Universities and similar bulk number users from voluntarily > switching to the overlay area code. > > Neal McLain > Seems like a terrible waste of an area code unless it will be used as an overlay for the entire 714 NPA. ------------------------------ Date: Sun, 14 Jun 2009 16:19:52 -0400 From: danny burstein <> To: Subject: "International Telephone Hacking Conspiracy Busted", terror link ... Message-ID: <> [us doj press release] International Telephone Hacking Conspiracy Busted; Indictment in the United States, Arrests and Searches in Italy, and Continued Operations in the Philippines NEWARK, N.J. - An Indictment was unsealed today against three individuals who allegedly hacked into the telephone systems of large corporations and entities in the United States and abroad and sold information about the compromised telephone systems to Pakistani nationals residing in Italy, Acting U.S. Attorney Ralph J. Marra, Jr. announced. In conjunction with the unsealing of the Indictment, Italian law enforcement conducted searches of approximately 10 locations in four regions of Italy and arrested the financiers of the hacking activity. Those financiers allegedly used the information to transmit over 12 million minutes of telephone calls valued at more than $55 million over the hacked networks of victim corporations in the United States alone. ...... ---------------------- - the WSJ story adds in claims about, yep, a link to terror... Alleged Hacking-Terror Effort Thwarted U.S. and Italian authorities said Friday they arrested a group of hackers and conspirators who allegedly stole from phone companies around the world. The illegal profits funded terrorist activities, Italian officials alleged ... Philippines authorities have alleged that Mr. Nusier, a Jordanian citizen, has ties to al Qaeda. ... rest: ------------------------------ TELECOM Digest is an electronic journal devoted mostly to telecom- munications topics. It is circulated anywhere there is email, in addition to Usenet, where it appears as the moderated newsgroup 'comp.dcom.telecom'. TELECOM Digest is a not-for-profit, mostly non-commercial educational service offered to the Internet by Patrick Townson. All the contents of the Digest are compilation-copyrighted. You may reprint articles in some other media on an occasional basis, but please attribute my work and that of the original author. The Telecom Digest is currently being moderated by Bill Horne while Pat Townson recovers from a stroke. 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