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The Telecom Digest for November 26, 2011
Volume 30 : Issue 300 : "text" Format
Messages in this Issue:
AT&T, T-Mobile temporarily withdraw bid for FCC merger approval (Monty Solomon)
Re: How 1-800-ITS-UNIX changed the world (Andrew Carey)
Re: Hedy Lamarr--actress/radio inventor (Joseph Singer)
Re: 60 hz as a time standard (T)
Re: Sophos Security's take on Google's latest "_nomap" opt-out (tlvp)
Re: Please contribute to keeping Wikipedia free of ads (John David Galt)
Re: Universal Service Reform Order Yields a Surprise or Two (Garrett Wollman)

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Date: Thu, 24 Nov 2011 12:53:24 -0500 From: Monty Solomon <monty@roscom.com> To: telecomdigestmoderator.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: AT&T, T-Mobile temporarily withdraw bid for FCC merger approval Message-ID: <p062408cecaf434902fa9@[]> AT&T, T-Mobile temporarily withdraw bid for FCC merger approval November 24, 2011 Acknowledging the mounting difficulties in obtaining government consent for their merger, AT&T Inc. and the parent company of T-Mobile USA Inc. said Thursday they had temporarily withdrawn their application to the Federal Communications Commission and will focus first on battling the Justice Department for approval of the deal. AT&T also said it expected to take a pretax accounting charge of $4 billion in the fourth quarter of this year "to reflect the potential breakup fees" it must pay to T-Mobile parent Deutsche Telekom AG of Germany if the deal doesn't get regulatory approval. The moves highlight the growing unlikelihood the huge telecommunications deal ever will be consummated. ... http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/technology/2011/11/att-t-mobile-temporarily-withdraw-merger-bid-with-fcc.html
Date: Thu, 24 Nov 2011 09:31:05 -0800 From: Andrew Carey <carey.remove-this@and-this-too.ar-ballbat.org> To: telecomdigestmoderator.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: Re: How 1-800-ITS-UNIX changed the world Message-ID: <1F3394BD-93A3-46AB-8D9B-A0D1CF8E3B86@ar-ballbat.org> On Nov 23, 2011, at 0847, Adam H. Kerman wrote: > Would AT&T have been prohibted from buying BSDI, either by the court > order that broke them up a few years earlier or by the > non-commercial license they'd given to Univ of Cal at Berkeley in > early days? No prohibition. One of the outcomes of Greene's order (Modification of Final Judgement) was to remove that block from the 1956 consent decree (the original Final Judgement). AT&T bought NCR in 1991 after all. Now the RBOCs could have run into some roadblocks in that time period perhaps. > I thought all commercial Berkeley-style Unixes were licensed by the > university. And AT&T. The BSD license didn't entail any fees and little in the way of conditions.
Date: Thu, 24 Nov 2011 11:19:23 -0800 (PST) From: Joseph Singer <joeofseattle@yahoo.com> To: telecomdigestmoderator.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: Re: Hedy Lamarr--actress/radio inventor Message-ID: <1322162363.27995.YahooMailClassic@web161505.mail.bf1.yahoo.com> Wed, 23 Nov 2011 07:21:16 -0800 (PST)From: HAncock4 wrote: > Actress Hedy Lamarr is credited with inventing key concepts used in > radio and telephony to this day. Her biography, by noted author > Richard Rhodes, has been published. Indeed, Hedy Lamarr was responsible for the first use of the technology known as CDMA which is one of two major mobile telephone technologies. http://www.google.com/search?btnG=1&pws=0&q=Hedy+Lamarr+CDMA
Date: Thu, 24 Nov 2011 12:29:33 -0500 From: T <kd1s.nospam@cox.nospam.net> To: telecomdigestmoderator.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: Re: 60 hz as a time standard Message-ID: <MPG.2938490c87fd63b9989d68@news.eternal-september.org> In article <j8mp4g$2jkf$1@grapevine.csail.mit.edu>, wollman@bimajority.org says... > > In article <1320069561.37163.YahooMailClassic@web111705.mail.gq1.yahoo.com>, > Wes Leatherock <wleathus@yahoo.com> wrote: > > > I read in the evening paper (remember those?) a story about the fire in > >Cleveland. The drop in frequency drop was only to 59.9 or something like > >that. > > Tom Van Baak, amateur metrologist, made measurements of his local > utility power and found that (over the course of the two months he > studied) the frequency varied from 59.950 Hz to 60.050 Hz. See > > http://leapsecond.com/pages/mains/ > . > > -GAWollman Now that is dedication. I've just measured that the voltage coming out of my outlets is rock steady at 125VAC. I suppose I could hook up the scope and measure the frequency but why bother.
Date: Thu, 24 Nov 2011 17:10:25 -0500 From: tlvp <mPiOsUcB.EtLlLvEp@att.net> To: telecomdigestmoderator.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: Re: Sophos Security's take on Google's latest "_nomap" opt-out Message-ID: <jghgbcsyx7hl$.atfxtucyu4ky.dlg@40tude.net> On Wed, 23 Nov 2011 17:24:23 -0500, Geoffrey Welsh wrote: > ... Attention ... anyone else who thinks it's just a minor > inconvenience for us to do 'just one little thing' to accommodate > you ... If you want to do something you should figure out how to > do it ... with your resources, not ours, thank you very much! Right on, Geoffrey. And it applies as well to all those monthly bill- and statement-providers who would prefer to shift the cost (in time and money) of printing those bills and statements out from them to us. Their "going green" pretext doesn't cut it! Cheers, -- tlvp -- Avant de repondre, jeter la poubelle, SVP.
Date: Thu, 24 Nov 2011 12:03:39 -0800 From: John David Galt <jdg@diogenes.sacramento.ca.us> To: telecomdigestmoderator.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: Re: Please contribute to keeping Wikipedia free of ads Message-ID: <jam7v2$unl$2@blue-new.rahul.net> On 2011-11-19 09:25, Bill Horne wrote: > I made a contribution to Wikipedia this morning, and I recommend > that other readers do so too. They do good work. > > > https://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/Support_Wikipedia/en > I beg to differ. This about says it all: http://xkcd.com/978/ ***** Moderator's Note ***** OK, I opened the door, so I'm going to allow the followup. I didn't say Wikipedia was perfect. I said "They do good work". This is important: Wikipedia gives people who were actually there the chance to publish first-hand information about subjects that they actually were involved in creating or changing. Having access to the people who made the history is a privilege that only the Internet could provide, and Wikipedia is a major vehicle for carrying this important work forward. It is, of course, only part of the picture. Any historian or biographer will tell you that people's memories are imperfect and that we'll all prone to spin our recollection of events. Wikipedia gives a wide audience the ability to correct others' accounts of events in a way that improves the accuracy of the record. It's not perfect: nothing is. If you had the choice of asking Jimmy Carter why he didn't mention "Bedtime for Bonzo" in the debates with Reagan, or reading notes from someone who was in a meeting at the time, years after his/her death, which would you choose? Bill Horne Moderator
Date: Fri, 25 Nov 2011 01:30:23 +0000 (UTC) From: wollman@bimajority.org (Garrett Wollman) To: telecomdigestmoderator.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: Re: Universal Service Reform Order Yields a Surprise or Two Message-ID: <jamr3f$1eol$1@grapevine.csail.mit.edu> In article <jak5ug$39d$1@news.albasani.net>, Adam H. Kerman <ahk@chinet.com> wrote: >What federal law defines broadband as universal service? I believe it's left up to the Commission. -GAWollman -- Garrett A. Wollman | What intellectual phenomenon can be older, or more oft wollman@bimajority.org| repeated, than the story of a large research program Opinions not shared by| that impaled itself upon a false central assumption my employers. | accepted by all practitioners? - S.J. Gould, 1993
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