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 Re: Cold War history
 Re: at&t vs. Verizon TV ad campaign?
 Re:FCC now planning "all-IP" phone transition

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Date: Thu, 28 Jan 2010 18:04:04 -0800 From: Thad Floryan <thad@thadlabs.com> To: telecomdigestmoderator.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: Re: Cold War history Message-ID: <4B624214.8000405@thadlabs.com> On 1/28/2010 8:23 AM, hancock4@bbs.cpcn.com wrote: > On Jan 27, 10:46 pm, Bill Horne <b...@horneQRM.net> wrote: > >> If you're curious about the relics of the cold war, please visit >> http://coldwar-c4i.net/ , which has a number of pictures and lots of >> information about America's attempts to prevent a mine-shaft gap. > > The Bell System was a major participant in defense projects during > that era. An special AT&T unit managed Sandia labs which made > weapons. In the 1960s dissidents bought stock in AT&T and demanded > that Bell cease from such work (the protests didn't work). The US > Dept of Defense was opposed to Divesture because it feared a weakened > Bell System would not be able to meet their needs. > [...] One of the most amazing things developed was the Rolamite bearing which was acclaimed to be the 20th Century's most significant advance in mechanics. The December 1967 Scientific American blurb describing it and its discovery at Sandia Labs, operated by Western Electric, is here: http://thadlabs.com/Rolamite/sciam_article.html It was originally used as a 100% reliable trigger for nukes and presently is found at the heart of air bag deployment systems and many ESA space applications. My mirrored Rolamite application page (including the original articles about it) is here: http://thadlabs.com/Rolamite/index.html I really should update those pages (it's been years) but there is enough material there to keep anyone occupied for hours. :-)
Date: Fri, 29 Jan 2010 06:40:20 -0800 From: Sam Spade <sam@coldmail.com> To: telecomdigestmoderator.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: Re: at&t vs. Verizon TV ad campaign? Message-ID: <orC8n.14083$aU4.9067@newsfe13.iad> T wrote: > In article <2ec79.76f0645d.3891b5a8@aol.com>, Wesrock@aol.com says... > >> >>In a message dated 1/26/2010 11:21:12 AM Central Standard Time, >>jmyers@n6wuz.net writes >> >> >>>What was the source of that bias? >> >>The Bell Companies felt that they had been at W.E.'s mercy for so >>long and that W.E. really didn't look on them as customers. Now >>they were free to use other suppliers; as I recall required by the >>Consent Decree required to take competiticve bids. As a matter of >>fact, W.E. soon became more reesponsive. > > > Not to mention, WE's pricing differed from company to company within > the system. The more profitable children got first pick of the > goods. > > Which kind of explains how little RI ended up with a #1ESS in 1972. The first #1ESS installed in California was in Beverly Hills. It was 1969 if memory serves me correctly.
Date: Fri, 29 Jan 2010 04:42:12 +0000 (UTC) From: David Lesher <wb8foz@panix.com> To: telecomdigestmoderator.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: Re:FCC now planning "all-IP" phone transition Message-ID: <hjtov4$r08$1@reader1.panix.com> "Geoffrey Welsh" <gwelsh@spamcop.net> writes: > One of my favorite stories, though quite possibly fictional, is > about an organization that tested their backup power systems > regularly but failed to notice that the fuel pump was actually > connected to mains power so, while every test was successful, > during >a real power outage the generator spluttered and died... An indoor generator will have a "day tank" -- one with enough fuel for a few hours or more. The rest of the fuel will be outside with a transfer pump. At an installation I inspected, that pump was not an emergency load, and so it would have run for no longer than that. Neither were certain other vital systems; something never uncovered in 3+ years of monthly drills. After staging a full "pull the utility feed and see what happens.." test; these items were soon resolved. -- A host is a host from coast to coast.................wb8foz@nrk.com & no one will talk to a host that's close........[v].(301) 56-LINUX Unless the host (that isn't close).........................pob 1433 is busy, hung or dead....................................20915-1433
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