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The Telecom Digest for October 6, 2011
Volume 30 : Issue 252 : "text" Format
Messages in this Issue:
Re: Cell phone privacy cases slated for U.S. Supreme Court's new term (David Clayton)
Lightsquared being called to account (Bill Horne)
GPS Inventor Joins EFF in Fight Against Warrantless GPS Tracking (Bill Horne)
Steven Paul Jobs, 1955-2011 (Monty Solomon)
Re: Apple Launches iPhone 4S, iOS 5 & iCloud (Bob Goudreau)
Re: CenturyLink-Qwest Merger Moving Forward (Bill Horne)
Re: news report on cell phone spam - 'tough' (Bill Horne)
Re: Apple Special Event October 2011 (tlvp)

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Date: Wed, 05 Oct 2011 18:00:15 +1100 From: David Clayton <dcstarbox-usenet@yahoo.com.au> To: telecomdigestmoderator.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: Re: Cell phone privacy cases slated for U.S. Supreme Court's new term Message-ID: <pan.2011.> On Tue, 04 Oct 2011 17:56:07 -0400, Bill Horne wrote: ......... > Bill, who encrypts all his emails to keep the FBI from finding out how > boring his life is. Well, it'll slow 'em down a bit if they want to process any through the big number-crunching decoding boxes..... -- Regards, David. David Clayton Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. Knowledge is a measure of how many answers you have, intelligence is a measure of how many questions you have.
Date: Tue, 4 Oct 2011 19:25:49 -0400 From: Bill Horne <bill@horneQRM.net> To: telecomdigestmoderator.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: Lightsquared being called to account Message-ID: <CAFY5RQ+enZmZaSrKW=rb5-_gfsGT9CxY6N59dJFk8VJ2C=-kDg@mail.gmail.com> This is from the Washington Post website: By Cecilia Kang Published: September 29 The Federal Communications Commission's initial approval of a troubled satellite venture came under fresh criticism Thursday as a key Republican lawmaker questioned whether the agency's actions could lead to billions of dollars in costs for taxpayers. A U.S. Senator is asking hard questions about the costs of retrofitting GPS receivers to allow LightSquared to establish cellular channel adjacent to those used for the Global Positoining System. Although LightSquared is offering to pay for retrofitting the GPS receivers used by government agencies such as the FAA, there is no mention of how the company plans to compensate end users such as I for having to buy another GPS receiver. AFAICT, LightSquared is hoping to create a house of cards that will stand just long enough to get past the current election cycle, and then commence ruining the most accurate source of location and time information available to consumers. I hope they fail. Link: http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/economy/lightsquared-fcc-face-criticism-from-republican-lawmakers/2011/09/29/gIQAWVxM8K_story.html Bill Horne (Filter QRM for direct replies)
Date: Tue, 4 Oct 2011 20:02:44 -0400 From: Bill Horne <bill@horneQRM.net> To: telecomdigestmoderator.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: GPS Inventor Joins EFF in Fight Against Warrantless GPS Tracking Message-ID: <CAFY5RQK+jOoARo6ZaJ+HroUWsO+XJR814NwePFbuGtY1XkXZ4g@mail.gmail.com> >From the Electronic Frontier Foundation: Coalition Urges Supreme Court to Block Government Abuse of Surveillance Technology Washington, D.C. - The principal inventor of the Global Positioning System (GPS) and other leading technologists have joined the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) in urging the U.S Supreme Court to block the government from using GPS tracking without first getting a warrant, arguing that the massive collection of sensitive location data should require court oversight. Rest at: https://www.eff.org/press/archives/2011/10/03-0
Date: Wed, 5 Oct 2011 21:49:03 -0400 From: Monty Solomon <monty@roscom.com> To: telecomdigestmoderator.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: Steven Paul Jobs, 1955-2011 Message-ID: <p06240837cab2b68d480e@[]> Apple Media Advisory http://www.apple.com/pr/library/2011/10/05Apple-Media-Advisory.html Statement by Apple's Board of Directors http://www.apple.com/pr/library/2011/10/05Statement-by-Apples-Board-of-Directors.html Apple Co-Founder Steve Jobs Is Dead http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702304447804576410753210811910.html Transformed Media, Computers, Gadgets http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702304447804576410753210811910.html The World Reacts http://blogs.wsj.com/digits/tag/steve-jobss-death/ Steve Jobs, Apple's Visionary, Dies at 56 http://www.nytimes.com/2011/10/06/business/steve-jobs-of-apple-dies-at-56.html Apple Co-Founder Had Waged Public Battle With Cancer http://www.nytimes.com/2011/10/06/business/steve-jobs-of-apple-dies-at-56.html Obituary: Death of a tech giant http://www.mercurynews.com/obituaries/ci_19048827 Tech world reacts to death of former Apple CEO Steve Jobs http://www.mercurynews.com/business/ci_19048810 ***** Moderator's Note ***** My thanks to Monty for sending in these links. I changed the Subject to the traditional headline of an obituary. Bill Horne Moderator
Date: Wed, 5 Oct 2011 22:57:04 -0400 From: "Bob Goudreau" <BobGoudreau@nc.rr.com> To: telecomdigestmoderator.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: Re: Apple Launches iPhone 4S, iOS 5 & iCloud Message-ID: <E015D277A8F9410FBFB1EC2D47365DF5@meng.lab.emc.com> Moderator Bill Horne wrote: > I've never used an iPhone, or felt the need to have a "1080P" screen > in the palm of my hand. I think you've misread this feature, and thereby missed its point. The screen on an iPhone is not 1080p (think of it as "640p", since the display resolution is 640 by 960). Rather, the new model's camera is able to capture video at 1080p resolution. You can then play such video back on a 1080p device (such as an HDTV or a computer monitor) at that device's highest resolution. We've come a long way since Super 8. Bob Goudreau Cary, NC
Date: Wed, 5 Oct 2011 20:55:06 -0700 (PDT) From: Bill Horne <bill@horneQRM.net> To: telecomdigestmoderator.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: Re: CenturyLink-Qwest Merger Moving Forward Message-ID: <aef3ac13-99f5-40cc-8508-9d29bc5f3ce0@z19g2000vby.googlegroups.com> On Oct 3, 8:09 pm, Bill Horne <b...@horneQRM.net> wrote: > CenturyLink-Qwest Merger Moving Forward > > This is from the "Telecom News" section of a website called "lowt1rates" > > The pending $22.4 billion CenturyLink Inc.- Qwest Communications > International Inc. merger is on its way to being a foregone > conclusion. 9 States Down, 12 to Go. This week, the two companies > said they've received approvals from nine states and the District > of Columbia, as well as antitrust clearance from the Justice > Department and Federal Trade Commission. So far, regulators in > California, Georgia, Hawaii, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, > New York, Ohio and West Virginia all have given CenturyLink and > Qwest their blessing, with no conditions. > > "Obtaining these state approvals not only signifies that we have > met the requirements in these states, it also demonstrates that > the commissions recognize this transaction is very much in the > public interest," Glen F. Post III, CenturyLink's president and > CEO, said in a prepared statement. > > Ref: http://www.lowt1rates.com/telecomnews/article.php/CenturyLink-Qwest-M... Several readers have pointed out that the above quote was from September of 2010, not 2011. My apologies: that's what I get for surfing the net while tired. Bill Horne (Filter QRM for direct replies)
Date: Wed, 5 Oct 2011 20:38:57 -0700 (PDT) From: Bill Horne <bill@horneQRM.net> To: telecomdigestmoderator.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: Re: news report on cell phone spam - 'tough' Message-ID: <686864ed-4b9f-475c-b696-fb1998d8f869@18g2000yqz.googlegroups.com> On Oct 4, 6:18 pm, HAncock4 <withh...@invalid.telecom-digest.org> wrote: > The news report said "it's hard for [users] to stop this on cell > phones". (I don't know if that's true) They quoted the carriers as > saying they will credit customers for such calls upon request. For my part, I just keep a zero balance on a Virgin Mobile phone, and when my "minute pack" runs out, I add just enough money to buy another one. No money, no text messages. Bill Horne (Filter QRM for direct replies)
Date: Wed, 5 Oct 2011 23:12:54 -0400 From: tlvp <mPiOsUcB.EtLlLvEp@att.net> To: telecomdigestmoderator.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: Re: Apple Special Event October 2011 Message-ID: <r2lg7nccdjy7.1hpqupyr08r05.dlg@40tude.net> On Tue, 4 Oct 2011 22:00:28 -0400, Monty Solomon wrote: > Apple Special Event > October 4, 2011 > > Watch streaming video from today's special event. ... > > > http://apple.com/apple-events/october-2011/ > Alas, the very next day saw the demise of Apple's Steve Jobs (may he rest in peace): http://www.pcworld.com/article/241233/apple_chairman_steve_jobs_dies_at_age_56.html?tk=nl_newsalert R.i.P. Cheers, -- tlvp -- Avant de repondre, jeter la poubelle, SVP.
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