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The Telecom Digest for August 13, 2010
Volume 29 : Issue 219 : "text" Format

Messages in this Issue:

Re: Do rate centers cross state lines?(Sam Spade)
Re: Do rate centers cross state lines?(Sam Spade)
Update for iPhone and iPod touch(Monty Solomon)
TW Cable CEO: Programmers Oppose Smaller Channel Bundles(Neal McLain)
Smudge Attacks on Smartphone Touch Screens(Monty Solomon)
At the DeCordova, smart phone app is real conversation piece (Monty Solomon)
Re: Model 15 RO Teletype available (OT)(Lisa or Jeff)
Re: Model 15 RO Teletype available (OT)(David Lesher)

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Date: Wed, 11 Aug 2010 18:11:24 -0700 From: Sam Spade <sam@coldmail.com> To: telecomdigestmoderator.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: Re: Do rate centers cross state lines? Message-ID: <usGdnc-piOeg1_7RnZ2dnUVZ_ridnZ2d@giganews.com> Steven wrote: > On 8/9/10 3:30 PM, Sam Spade wrote: > >> > >>> >> On the other side of that coin Zerox had a major facility on the east >> side of Pasadena, California. The main building was in GTE terriotry, >> formerly CWT territory. GTE built a new C.O. close by hopping to get >> Zerox to buy their SxS "centrex" system. This was mid-1970s when Pacific >> Bell, that served most of Pasadena had cut over to 1ESS several office >> codes, which served a smaller part of Zerox's facility on the west side >> of the street across from the main building. Zerox subscribed to Pacific >> Bell Centrex, which terminated in the little building. Zerox then >> shipped it under the street in a cable vault used for lots of company >> stuff. GTE took Zerox before the California PUC and lost. >> > > I remember that, I helped build the Hastings Ranch CO which was built > for Zerox Electrical Optical Systems, it was built to Zerox Specs and > paid for mostly by them. A few years after that Zerox close the rather > large office building and now it is a bunch of offices. That was a > really strange office and had a switch that I had never seen before, > isle after isle of Centrx switches. I spent almost a year on that > project. There were condos on the hill above the CO and one real nasty > old lady keep calling the police because as she put it, there was noise > 24/7. GTE tried to settle with her, but in the end it went to court and > GTE took here down to her panties. > I didn't know they had bought most of that gear. Perhaps they used it until the advent of Pasadena Pacific Bell ESS Centrex. I recall that Pac Bell was fairly conservative in deploying the 1ESS until they had Centrex working quite well. BTW, two friend of mine (brothers) built several of those GTE CO building including Hastings as I recall. I know they built the replacement building after the Sylmar earthquake.
Date: Thu, 12 Aug 2010 02:02:35 -0700 From: Sam Spade <sam@coldmail.com> To: telecomdigestmoderator.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: Re: Do rate centers cross state lines? Message-ID: <naidnRbnL48xJf7RnZ2dnUVZ_gKdnZ2d@giganews.com> jsw wrote: >>located in Van Nuys, Calif. They wanted a special >>system and Pacific Telephone would not install it, > > > (Admittedly wandering a bit off topic, but ...) > > In the early 1960s, when I was first becoming fascinated > with 'fone stuph' <bfg>, my aunt worked for a business in > Pico Rivera, just outside of El-Lay proper. > > IIRC, their office and warehouse was RIGHT on the border. > > At the time they had a mixture of RAymond lines, local to > LA and I assume Pac Bell, and OXford lines, local to Pico > Rivera, and GTE I assume. I was vaguely aware of the > situation in the area, with gerrymandered service areas > of Ma Bell and GTE and the Indies. > > What fascinated me was that they had a key system in the > office with buttons for both the RAymond and OXford lines. > I can't recall, maybe didn't even pay that much attention > at the time, if the key system was WECO or AE, but there > was either some degree of cooperation between the two > telcos, or else some kind of a 'cowboy' arrangement in > order to get both sets of lines on one key system. > Foreign Exchange service was always available. In California a business could pull dial tone from a contiguous or non-contiguous exchange. A residential customer was limited to a contiguous exchange. In the 1970s I lived in GTE's Azusa-Glendora exchange and had residential dial tone from Pacific Bell's El Monte exchange. (It got me on an early 1ESS instead of GTE's problem-laden (at least for toll) SxS with its balky toll mangement device called, I believe, the Call Director.
Date: Thu, 12 Aug 2010 08:13:13 -0400 From: Monty Solomon <monty@roscom.com> To: telecomdigestmoderator.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: Update for iPhone and iPod touch Message-ID: <p06240804c889952cf2f3@[]> -----BEGIN PGP SIGNED MESSAGE----- Hash: SHA1 APPLE-SA-2010-08-11-1 iOS 4.0.2 Update for iPhone and iPod touch iOS 4.0.2 Update for iPhone and iPod touch is now available and addresses the following: FreeType CVE-ID: CVE-2010-1797 Available for: iOS 2.0 through 4.0.1 for iPhone 3G and later, iOS 2.1 through 4.0 for iPod touch (2nd generation) and later Impact: Viewing a PDF document with maliciously crafted embedded fonts may allow arbitrary code execution Description: A stack buffer overflow exists in FreeType's handling of CFF opcodes. Viewing a PDF document with maliciously crafted embedded fonts may allow arbitrary code execution. This issue is addressed through improved bounds checking. IOSurface CVE-ID: CVE-2010-2973 Available for: iOS 2.0 through 4.0.1 for iPhone 3G and later, iOS 2.1 through 4.0 for iPod touch (2nd generation) and later Impact: Malicious code running as the user may gain system privileges Description: An integer overflow exists in the handling of IOSurface properties, which may allow malicious code running as the user to gain system privileges. This issue is addressed through improved bounds checking. Installation note: These updates are only available through iTunes, and will not appear in your computer's Software Update application, or in the Apple Downloads site. Make sure you have an Internet connection and have installed the latest version of iTunes from www.apple.com/itunes/ iTunes will automatically check Apple's update server on its weekly schedule. When an update is detected, it will download it. When the iPhone or iPod touch is docked, iTunes will present the user with the option to install the update. We recommend applying the update immediately if possible. Selecting Don't Install will present the option the next time you connect your iPhone or iPod touch. The automatic update process may take up to a week depending on the day that iTunes checks for updates. You may manually obtain the update via the Check for Updates button within iTunes. After doing this, the update can be applied when your iPhone or iPod touch is docked to your computer. To check that the iPhone or iPod touch has been updated: * Navigate to Settings * Select General * Select About. The version after applying this update will be "4.0 (8A400)" or later. Information will also be posted to the Apple Security Updates web site: http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1222 This message is signed with Apple's Product Security PGP key, and details are available at: https://www.apple.com/support/security/pgp/ -----BEGIN PGP SIGNATURE----- Version: GnuPG v2.0.9 (Darwin) iQEcBAEBAgAGBQJMYJD8AAoJEGnF2JsdZQee9ScIAMTgWTd5HyK46nD/AwW2w45z gk4nZulofQcC6JJvTCpgkn9RpMi9lEMywJPhn1MCnr3YUlu2L5ENptivhk5welhU eSR5a/sRLmpgKdIaaEBd4r0jYuOnUn5xx3EL6I86XOvHyDiFmwz8MnRifbKTg0/P lmCO7Z4z6ON0aw1ylOYDNMCp5N+mk5wgAnAUYICqwFfV3g/+BlthEt/4i30XruCS +s32bewuf8j8FGttnTb01TfhL+HFSyfxwfLkMYL31mJP5ABSSctciVTo70PFIW0N fX7dSO1LRI3IVlb/KTM2t7BHaS2pWd5CmU5zBQKvidQljQiIDGYfBbZg+ELj4Ik= =5MAo -----END PGP SIGNATURE-----
Date: Thu, 12 Aug 2010 14:25:59 -0500 From: Neal McLain <nmclain@annsgarden.com> To: telecomdigestmoderator.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: TW Cable CEO: Programmers Oppose Smaller Channel Bundles Message-ID: <4C644AC7.9060707@annsgarden.com> | By Nat Worden Of DOW JONES NEWSWIRES | | NEW YORK (Dow Jones)--Time Warner Cable Inc. (TWC) Chief Executive | Glenn Britt is advocating for the cable industry to offer smaller | channel bundles at lower prices to customers as the cost of | programming rises and the U.S. economy struggles, but he says | television networks oppose the idea. | | "We raise the issue in our all our negotiations with programmers, | but across the board, they're opposed to the idea," Britt said in | an interview with Dow Jones Newswires. | | Britt said he isn't calling for a la carte pricing, which would | allow customers to tailor their own channel lineup and pay for | just the networks they want. He said such a scheme wouldn't work | in favor of consumers, but he acknowledged that less affluent | consumers want lower-priced, smaller channel offerings. Continued at http://tinyurl.com/2cr7qqm Obtelecom: None. However, this subject has been discussed here many times before, so I trust that Bill will accept it as the latest round in an old thread. Comment: As many of you know, I'm a retired cable guy so I'm familiar with this issue. But I'm certainly not here to defend the programmers -- I was always on the other side of the table. Virtually every license agreement I ever saw either required carriage on the basic tier, or specified a substantially higher fee for carriage on any other tier. See my blog at http://theoldcatvequipmentmuseum.org/320/321/index.html Neal McLain
Date: Thu, 12 Aug 2010 21:52:00 -0400 From: Monty Solomon <monty@roscom.com> To: telecomdigestmoderator.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: Smudge Attacks on Smartphone Touch Screens Message-ID: <p06240808c88a5313548b@[]> Smudge Attacks on Smartphone Touch Screens Adam J. Aviv, Katherine Gibson, Evan Mossop, Matt Blaze, and Jonathan M. Smith Department of Computer and Information Science University of Pennsylvania Abstract Touch screens are an increasingly common feature on personal computing devices, especially smartphones, where size and user interface advantages accrue from consolidating multiple hardware components (keyboard, number pad, etc.) into a single software definable user interface. Oily residues, or smudges, on the touch screen surface, are one side effect of touches from which frequently used patterns such as a graphical password might be inferred. In this paper we examine the feasibility of such smudge attacks on touch screens for smartphones, and focus our analysis on the Android password pattern. We first investigate the conditions (e.g., lighting and camera orientation) under which smudges are easily extracted. In the vast majority of settings, partial or complete patterns are easily retrieved. We also emulate usage situations that interfere with pattern identification, and show that pattern smudges continue to be recognizable. Finally, we provide a preliminary analysis of applying the information learned in a smudge attack to guessing an Android password pattern. ... http://www.usenix.org/events/woot10/tech/full_papers/Aviv.pdf
Date: Thu, 12 Aug 2010 21:53:54 -0400 From: Monty Solomon <monty@roscom.com> To: telecomdigestmoderator.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: At the DeCordova, smart phone app is real conversation piece Message-ID: <p0624080bc88a560304bf@[]> AUDIO: At the DeCordova, smart phone app is real conversation piece By Chris Bergeron/DAILY NEWS STAFF GateHouse News Service Posted Aug 08, 2010 @ 08:54 PM Last update Aug 10, 2010 @ 10:59 AM LINCOLN - Getting an earful can sometimes make you see things more clearly. That's what makes audio artist Halsey Burgund's new sound installation at the DeCordova Sculpture Park and Museum such eye-opening fun. For people who grew up being shushed in museums, Burgund's ``Scapes'' lets visitors eavesdrop via a smart phone on other visitors' conversations and hear their reactions to many of the park's outdoor artworks. Burgund has custom-built an iPhone application just for the DeCordova that lets visitors listen to an auditory tapestry of comments, natural sounds and music recorded by himself and others on their tours of the 35-acre park. Museum staffer Susie Stockwell explained that Burgund's free application can be downloaded from the Apple App store onto any smart phone. ``You can be part of the installation,'' she said. Burgund's ``Scapes'' is the third project in DeCordova's PLATFORM series, which will comprise nine solo exhibits by early and mid-career artists from New England and across the country. Stockwell said those artists are encouraged to create work that enhances visitors' experiences of the park's physical, social and creative landscape. Burgund's ``Scapes'' will be available through Nov. 14. ... http://www.dailynewstribune.com/entertainments/arts/x1179099991/VIDEO-At-the-DeCordova-smart-phone-app-is-real-conversation-piece
Date: Wed, 11 Aug 2010 18:46:38 -0700 (PDT) From: Lisa or Jeff <hancock4@bbs.cpcn.com> To: telecomdigestmoderator.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: Re: Model 15 RO Teletype available (OT) Message-ID: <798bde1a-5155-47e0-ab72-120d8fab72c8@k10g2000yqa.googlegroups.com> On Aug 11, 9:58 am, Wes Leatherock <Wesr...@aol.com> wrote: > most 5-bell ("Bulletin") material was sent by breaking the tape  and starting . . . > ("Flash"), 10 bells or more.  This was an extremely rare occurrence. A question about the bells, if I may. On the Teletype 33, the bell sounded at the end of a line (just like a typewriter) or in response to CNTL-G (ASCII)*. However, the bell wasn't very loud and barely audible over the chugging of the machine. In school, sometimes for a joke we'd write a program to sound the bell a few times as if to sound an alarm. But the machine 'chugged' for every character, printing or not, and so the bell wasn't loud. I wonder in a room full of Teletypes clacking away (newsrooms usually had multiple machines) if their bell was equally barely audible. As mentioned, the bell would send at the end of every line anyway so it wasn't a unique sound. * I believe to this day if you write a little BASIC program to PRINT cntl-G the computer will beep.
Date: Thu, 12 Aug 2010 03:54:09 +0000 (UTC) From: David Lesher <wb8foz@panix.com> To: telecomdigestmoderator.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: Re: Model 15 RO Teletype available (OT) Message-ID: <i3vr91$r24$1@reader1.panix.com> Wes Leatherock <Wesrock@aol.com> writes: >Only the most extremely urgent mateiral was sent by direct >keyboarding ("Flash"), 10 bells or more. This was an extremely >rare occurrence. "Japan surrenders.," Perhaps not the best example. While I can't recall if it was VE or VJ day, a witness in a newspaper office told me that: a) All the wires; AP & UPI's, Sports, Finance, state, local.. all went silent and stayed that way for several minutes.... b) They all restarted together [They had been patched together...], and simoutanously printed out the same message.... -- 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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