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The Telecom Digest for October 18, 2010
Volume 29 : Issue 280 : "text" Format

Messages in this Issue:

AT&T to open tech center in Palo Alto(Thad Floryan)
iPhones for Toddlers(Monty Solomon)
Re: Happy anniversary cellphone!(Steven)
Re: Happy anniversary cellphone!(Rob Warnock)
Re: Happy anniversary cellphone!(Richard)
Please identify this hold music(Rudy Valencia)
EPIC Alert 17.18(Monty Solomon)
The Zombie Network: Beware 'Free Public WiFi'(Monty Solomon)
Spammers Use The Human Touch To Avoid CAPTCHA(Monty Solomon)

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Date: Sat, 16 Oct 2010 15:16:13 -0700 From: Thad Floryan <thad@thadlabs.com> To: telecomdigestmoderator.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: AT&T to open tech center in Palo Alto Message-ID: <4CBA242D.5010709@thadlabs.com> This is from the City of Palo Alto: http://www.paloaltoonline.com/news/show_story.php?id=18634 AT&T to open tech center in Palo Alto by Sue Dremann, Palo Alto Online Staff Saturday, October 16, 2010 AT&T is setting up a multimillion-dollar technology-development center in Palo Alto in a race to snag the Bay Area's brainiest mobile-technology developers' ideas. The collaborative work center could launch a wave of financial support for local businesses and inventors, as entrepreneurs, equipment providers, businesses, employees and venture capitalists join to work on new mobile-communications products. AT&T is not alone in its efforts to capture innovative ideas locally. Sprint Nextel has planned a grand opening for its tech-development center in Burlingame on Oct. 25; Verizon expects to open a center in San Francisco in mid-2011, spokespersons for the companies said. AT&T's Palo Alto headquarters will focus on consumer products and mobile applications, such as for Apple's iPhone and Google's Android, according to Peter Hill, vice president of ecosystem and innovation. Using a "speed dating" model, software developers can pitch ideas in 8 to 12 minutes to company executives. Selected ideas will receive backing and assistance to get the products developed and to market quickly, spokesman John Britton said. The company hopes to review as many as 400 proposals per year. Local venture capitalists hailed AT&T's move. Silicon Valley venture-capital firms Kleiner Perkins Caufield and Byers and Sequoia Capital will partner with AT&T to help identify potential developers and might invest in the firms. "This isn't something we've seen from AT&T in the past. ... It reflects a positive shift in thinking that will be a strategic advantage," Matt Murphy, partner at Menlo Park-based Kleiner Perkins Caufield and Byers, said. Jim Goetz, general partner at Sand Hill Road venture firm Sequoia Capital, agreed. "Through the innovation centers, AT&T is embracing the 'valley' culture. They're positioning themselves where ideas are being generated," he said. In Palo Alto, initially more than a dozen full-time employees will work with developers on three to five projects. Fifteen to 20 temporary employees will be required for each project, Hill said. On Wednesday, he said a pared-down version of the innovation center has been operating out of a temporary location since August. AT&T is in the process of signing a lease on a 10,000 square-foot undisclosed location in Palo Alto. The new center is scheduled to open by early 2011. In addition to Palo Alto, AT&T will open "innovation centers" in Plano, Texas, and Tel Aviv, Israel. The three sites together will provide AT&T with a nearly 24-hour workday for development, John Donovan, AT&T's chief technology officer, said. AT&T wants to tap into the strengths of each area: Palo Alto's focus will be on applications and consumer-products development; Plano will focus on industry-application prototypes from automotive to education services and Tel Aviv will work on back- office systems. "The innovation centers will help us enhance collaboration and dramatically accelerate the velocity of innovation, taking ideas from concept to reality in mere months as opposed to years," Donovan said. Silicon Valley companies Cisco Systems of San Jose and Juniper Networks of Sunnyvale plan to provide infrastructure and will collaborate in the centers, according to Britton. Hill's background includes leading the development of three- screen applications (integration of television, personal computer and wireless devices) for AT&T and its U-verse TV. AT&T has also created a virtual innovation center, where developers can test their products on the AT&T network. The website offers open-source product-development technologies and a way to share ideas. Developers can build, test and certify applications without having to travel to an outside facility, Hill said.
Date: Sat, 16 Oct 2010 18:19:28 -0400 From: Monty Solomon <monty@roscom.com> To: telecomdigestmoderator.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: iPhones for Toddlers Message-ID: <p06240850c8dfd547a552@[]> Toddlers' Favorite Toy: The iPhone By HILARY STOUT October 15, 2010 THE bedroom door opened and a light went on, signaling an end to nap time. The toddler, tousle-haired and sleepy-eyed, clambered to a wobbly stand in his crib. He smiled, reached out to his father, and uttered what is fast becoming the cry of his generation: "iPhone!" The iPhone has revolutionized telecommunications. It has also become the most effective tool in human history to mollify a fussy toddler, much to the delight of parents reveling in their newfound freedom to have a conversation in a restaurant or roam the supermarket aisles in peace. But just as adults have a hard time putting down their iPhones, so the device is now the Toy of Choice - akin to a treasured stuffed animal - for many 1-, 2- and 3-year-olds. It's a phenomenon that is attracting the attention and concern of some childhood development specialists. Natasha Sykes, a mother of two in Atlanta, remembers the first time her daughter, Kelsey, now 3 1/2 but then barely 2 years old, held her husband's iPhone. "She pressed the button and it lit up. I just remember her eyes. It was like 'Whoa!' " The parents were charmed by their daughter's fascination. But then, said Ms. Sykes (herself a BlackBerry user), "She got serious about the phone." Kelsey would ask for it. Then she'd cry for it. "It was like she'd always want the phone," Ms. Sykes said. After a six-hour search one day, she and her husband found the iPhone tucked away under Kelsey's bed. They laughed. But they also felt vague concern. Kelsey, and her 2-year-old brother, Chase, have blocks, Legos, bouncing balls, toy cars and books galore. ("They love books," Ms. Sykes said.) But nothing compares to the iPhone. ... http://www.nytimes.com/2010/10/17/fashion/17TODDLERS.html
Date: Sat, 16 Oct 2010 16:44:34 -0700 From: Steven <diespammers@killspammers.com> To: telecomdigestmoderator.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: Re: Happy anniversary cellphone! Message-ID: <i9ddd1$1v6$1@news.eternal-september.org> On 10/15/10 4:22 PM, Thad Floryan wrote: > In my case getting a cell phone in 1992 was a necessity after an > automobile "incident" on I-280 along the San Francisco Peninsula. > > L-o-n-g story short, the thermostat spring in my car broke on the > hottest day of the year (during Summer) and the car overheated. I > thought I'd play safe and pull up into one of the rest stops before > San Mateo for water, restroom and telephone facilities because car > traffic along I-280 is akin to German autobahns and waiting along > the narrow shoulder flanking a hill seemed neither safe nor wise. > > Wouldn't you know it? Rest stop was simply a scenic outlook from > the hilltop with NO water, NO toilets, and NO telephone. I was > really getting dehydrated after several hours before a CHP officer > pulled into the rest stop and called AAA on my behalf for a tow. > Luckily for me, the CHP officer had water that I could drink. > > That evening, back at home, I called my best friend who worked at > HP Labs (Palo Alto CA) asking for advice and here's what we did. > The next morning we went to the Cellular One store in Palo Alto > that served HP (I recall it was at California St and El Camino) > and arranged for me to buy the Motorola Micro TAC Lite on HP's > discount plan which still placed it around US$700 IIRC. A pic > of it is herehttp://thadlabs.com/PIX/Thad_cellphones_1.jpg. > > The advantage of having a cellphone immediately because obvious. > I could be reached at one number anywhere in the "civilized" > portion of California (even Grass Valley way in the boonies), and > I had a method of calling for help when needed. > > "A luxury, once sampled, becomes a necessity." -- Anon > In 1984 GTE made Bag phone available for any employee that wanted to purchase them, I believe it was a Panasonic. When I got it the set was configured for Mobil Net, It came with 100 minutes; way before the time when you get minutes, I know what now, it was new and everyone started calling everyone they knew and the time was gone. Even then I really did not like to use telephones because I was on them all day, I just saved mine. The second day after I got the phone we were on a remote job site in the middle on no where and a car came flying past us on a dirt road and the next thing we see is dust as the car went over the roads end. We called 911 and then went to what happened. The CHP as well responded fire. To see the least the CHP was really surprised as never seen a portable phone before. Over the years I used that phone in some of the remotest parts of the state and it worked, as you said even in Grass Valley and Brownsville, today my Digital phone works fine in that area, but is spotty in Brownsville and most of the rest of the Yuba Foothills, I mess the days if the high power phones, thank god for Ham Radio. -- The only good spammer is a dead one!! Have you hunted one down today? (c) 2010 I Kill Spammers, Inc. A Rot in Hell Co. ***** Moderator's Note ***** I think Ham Radio will regain much of the popularity it once held: with the Internet now little more than an advertising channel where even the most trivial of ftp tasks has been dumbed down to the point that even football jocks can have a facetube page, technically-inclined youth will, once again, turn to the airwaves. Bill Horne Moderator
Date: Sat, 16 Oct 2010 21:51:11 -0500 From: rpw3@rpw3.org (Rob Warnock) To: telecomdigestmoderator.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: Re: Happy anniversary cellphone! Message-ID: <zYqdnUENgZkC-SfRnZ2dnUVZ_v2dnZ2d@speakeasy.net> Robert Bonomi <bonomi@host122.r-bonomi.com> wrote: +--------------- | >***** Moderator's Note ***** | >Since AMPS ran at about 800 MHz, a quarter wave antenna would have | >been about 3.7 inches high. Of course, the first cellular antennas | >were much longer than that, with the now-famous "coil" in the middle | >that told everyone the car contained a cellular phone. | > | >Electrically, useless. For marketing, a stroke of genius. | | I believe that , electrically, they were a "5/8 wave" antenna ... | if so, that would have given 3db of gain. +--------------- The "5/8" was for pattern shapping, but for impedance-matching reasons it was usually implemented almost as a 1/4-wave end-feeding a 1/2-wave with a phase-reversing coil, also called a "phased colinear vertical dipole", which made them closer to 6/8 == 3/4 in actual length: http://www.radio-electronics.com/info/antennas/extended_vertical/five_eighths_vertical.php ... The maximum level of radiation at right angles to the antenna is achieved when the dipole is about 1.2 times the wavelength. ... When used as a vertical radiator against a ground plane this translates to a length of 5/8 wavelength. It is found that a five eighths vertical has a gain of close to 4 dB. ... For most applications, it is necessary to ensure that the antenna provides a good match to 50 ohm coaxial cable. It is found that a 3/4 wavelength vertical element provides a good match, and therefore the solution to the 5/8 wavelength antenna is to make it appear as a 5/8 radiator but have the electrical length of a 3/4 element. This is achieved by placing a small loading coil at the base of the antenna to increase its electrical length. Later designs moved the base-loading coil to the intersection of the base-fed 1/4-wave and the end-fed 1/2-wave above it, which allowed a small amount of further radiation pattern tuning [and also helped with rigidity of the antenna, to avoid the "sway" common to antennas with base-loading coils]. +--------------- | Which equates to about a 40% larger service radius at any given signal | strength. +--------------- If you say so. It was certainly a significant increase, whatever the value. +--------------- | IIRC, but I haven't worked with such antennas for long time, the | coil had an effect on the radiation pattern, concentration more of it | closer to parallel to the 'ground plane', thus providing some additional | 'effective' gain in the horizontal direction. +--------------- Actually, it was more the 5/8 length that tweaked the radiation pattern desirably low; the coil was more for impedance-matching and/or phasing of the two colinear sections. -Rob
Rob Warnock <rpw3@rpw3.org> 627 26th Avenue <URL:http://rpw3.org/> San Mateo, CA 94403 (650)572-2607 ***** Moderator's Note ***** It's funny how, now that the "loading" coil in the middle of the first cell antennas has served it's function of "loading" a cellphone into everyone's pocket, that "more efficient" design of yesteryear has been replaced with nearly-invisible low-profile radiators on cars with built-in cellphones. I mean, for sure, who wants to get caught with a coil in their antenna? That's so - Twentieth Century! Better watch out, gentlemen: that "low angle" radiation might get through the car's thin skin and make you forget your dad's advice to take long-winded explanations with a grain of salt. Bill Horne Moderator
Date: Sat, 16 Oct 2010 21:00:04 -0700 From: Richard <rng@richbonnie.com> To: telecomdigestmoderator.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: Re: Happy anniversary cellphone! Message-ID: <fnskb654cvma4642gejn9tkfghohajs519@4ax.com> On Sat, 16 Oct 2010 21:24:52 +0000 (UTC), danny burstein <dannyb@panix.com> wrote: >When did "they" make the decision to get rid >of the pseudo dial tone? One cellphone still gives a pseudo dial tone: Jitterbug, marketed to people who are cellphone-phobic. www.jitterbug.com In their user manual http://www.jitterbug.com/Phones/pdfs/HowToGuide.pdf they state: >Placing A Call >Dialing manually: >1. Open your Jitterbug. You will hear a dial tone to indicate >that there is service available. If service is not available, >there will be no dial tone and you will see “No Service” on >the Outside Display. You can even call the operator to manage your phone's phonebook. Presumably, she can update your phonebook remotely.
Date: Sun, 17 Oct 2010 21:16:06 -0700 (PDT) From: Rudy Valencia <rudyvalencia@gmail.com> To: telecomdigestmoderator.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: Please identify this hold music Message-ID: <2638c9da-2457-41ce-8520-dba323c2028d@j25g2000yqa.googlegroups.com> Hello. I'm trying to identify the hold music I recorded at http://rudyvalencia.com/instrumental.mp3 and I'm hoping the people that read this could help. I've heard a longer version than the 30-second snippet here, and I'm trying to find it. I would appreciate it if I could at least know the name of it, or even better, if I could know how to obtain the longer version somehow. Thanks in advance.
Rudy Valencia.
Date: Sun, 17 Oct 2010 00:26:19 -0400 From: Monty Solomon <monty@roscom.com> To: telecomdigestmoderator.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: EPIC Alert 17.18 Message-ID: <p06240855c8e02afcdd9b@[]>
E P I C A l e r t
Volume 17.18 September 14, 2010
Published by the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) Washington, D.C. ======================================================================= Table of Contents ======================================================================= [1] EPIC Challenge to Body Scanner Program Progresses in Federal Court [2] Ralph Nader and EPIC Urge Senate Hearings on Airport Body Scanners [3] EPIC Files Suit for Documents Regarding Google/NSA Partnership [4] Google Settles Buzz Lawsuit, Announces New Privacy Policy [5] Questions Remain about Future of Iraq Biometric Databases [6] EPIC's Marc Rotenberg Named to ICANN Advisory Committee [7] News in Brief [8] Upcoming Conferences and Events ...
Date: Sun, 17 Oct 2010 11:31:34 -0400 From: Monty Solomon <monty@roscom.com> To: telecomdigestmoderator.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: The Zombie Network: Beware 'Free Public WiFi' Message-ID: <p06240861c8e0c4f04bf5@[]> The Zombie Network: Beware 'Free Public WiFi' by TRAVIS LARCHUK October 9, 2010 It's in your airports, your coffee shops and your libraries: "Free Public WiFi." Despite its enticing name, the network, available in thousands of locations across the United States, does not actually provide access to the Internet. But like a virus, it has spread - and may even be lurking on your computer right now. Wireless security expert Joshua Wright first noticed it about four years ago at an airport. "I went to connect to an available wireless network and I saw this option, Free Public WiFi," he remembers. "As I looked more and more, I saw this in more and more locations. And I was aware from my job and analysis in the field that this wasn't a sanctioned, provisioned wireless network, but it was actually something rogue." Free Public WiFi isn't set up like most wireless networks people use to get to the Internet. Instead, it's an "ad hoc" network - meaning when a user selects it, he or she isn't connecting to a router or hot spot, but rather directly to someone else's computer in the area. Though it doesn't actually provide Internet access, the network has spread across the country thanks to an old Windows XP bug. ... http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=130451369 http://www.npr.org/player/v2/mediaPlayer.html?action=1&t=1&islist=false&id=130451369&m=130458685 http://www.npr.org/templates/transcript/transcript.php?storyId=130451369 ***** Moderator's Note ***** I STILL can't decide if it's a joke. Bill Horne Moderator
Date: Sun, 17 Oct 2010 11:31:34 -0400 From: Monty Solomon <monty@roscom.com> To: telecomdigestmoderator.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: Spammers Use The Human Touch To Avoid CAPTCHA Message-ID: <p06240862c8e0c6d8be6d@[]> Spammers Use The Human Touch To Avoid CAPTCHA by NPR STAFF October 17, 2010 Try to buy some concert tickets or create a new e-mail account, and you're usually confronted with a puzzle of sorts. A box appears with a distorted word - that sometimes isn't even a word - and you have to re-type it. If you tilt your head or squint your eyes, you can usually just make it out. That's the point, of course. The puzzles are called CAPTCHAs, and a human can decipher them but a computer can't. It's a way to thwart bad guys from, say, creating hundreds of fake e-mail addresses to spam you from. Or buying up all the tickets to that concert you want to see. But the spammers have found a low-cost, low-tech way around the device - human beings. Spammers and mass-ticket purchasers have outsourced CAPTCHA solving to teams of low-wage workers in places like Russia and Southeast Asia. Many of them don't even speak English. They don't have to, according to Stefan Savage. ... http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=130594039 http://www.npr.org/player/v2/mediaPlayer.html?action=1&t=1&islist=false&id=130594039&m=130625578 ***** Moderator's Note ***** Not to put too fine a point in it, but - I TOLD YOU SO! THIS is what "One laptop per child" leads to: the electronic version of wetback labor. Cheap, disposable, inexhaustible supplies of froggy litttle native children waiting to do the bidding of the Great White Hunter who gives away free candy, free firearms, and free computers. There is, of course, a catch: the dentist isn't free, the ammunition isn't free, and the network isn't free. Nothing, in the final analysis, is free when the Great White Hunter tosses it off the back of the coffee truck. Someone once said that any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic. The Internet is, to the poor people of the third world, a Sorcerer's Apprentice which will turn into yet another vehicle destined to run over their hopes for a better future. Bill Horne Moderator
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