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The Telecom Digest for July 13, 2012
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Date: 12 Jul 2012 02:17:52 -0000 From: "John Levine" <email@example.com> To: firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject: Re: Looking for a new RespOrg for my personal 888 number Message-ID: <email@example.com> I've been happy with Pioneer Tel: http://pioneertelephone.com/ 800 numbers are 99c/mo and about 3c/min. If you get your bill by email there's no monthly minimum. Their rates for dial-1 service are pretty good, too. R's, John
Date: Wed, 11 Jul 2012 23:26:33 -0400 From: Monty Solomon <firstname.lastname@example.org> To: email@example.com. Subject: The Phone That Wasn't There: 11 Things You Need to Know About Phantom Vibrations Message-ID: <firstname.lastname@example.org> The Phone That Wasn't There: 11 Things You Need to Know About Phantom Vibrations Robinson Meyer The Atlantic JULY 10 2012 No, "Phantom Vibrations" are not a terrible "Beach Boys Meet the Munsters Cover Tribute Band." You're sitting at work. Your phone vibrates in your pocket. As you reach for it, you look up... and see your phone, sitting on the table. You just experienced a phantom vibration. A new study was released this week on the phenomenon. Led by IU-PU Fort Wayne's Michelle Drouin, it was published in the journal of Computers in Human Behavior. It's only the third study on this new phenomenon of the mobile age, so we can fairly say that these are the eleven things we know about phantom vibrations: ... http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2012/07/the-phone-that-wasnt-there-11-things-you-need-to-know-about-phantom-vibrations/259638/
Date: Thu, 12 Jul 2012 00:51:45 -0400 From: Monty Solomon <email@example.com> To: firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject: What You Need To Know About The Latest Twitter Privacy Ruling Message-ID: <email@example.com> What You Need To Know About The Latest Twitter Privacy Ruling By Adam Cohen July 9, 2012 Twitter, Facebook and other social media outlets have a great deal of information about all of us - and the government wants to be able to see it. Last week, the government scored a major win - and Internet privacy lost big - when a judge ruled against Twitter in a fight over a trove of information about a political activist. New York prosecutors asked Twitter to hand over tweets that Malcolm Harris, an Occupy Wall Street protester, sent over a three-and-a-half month period. It might not seem like a privacy invasion to read people's tweets, but the government's request included other kinds of information that Twitter has about Harris, which could include private communications and records of his physical whereabouts. This is just the sort of stuff we should be worried about the government getting easy access to, and just the sort of precedent that should worry anyone who uses social media. ... http://ideas.time.com/2012/07/09/what-you-need-to-know-about-the-latest-twitter-privacy-ruling/ http://www.law.yale.edu/news/15785.htm
Date: Fri, 13 Jul 2012 02:28:06 +0000 (UTC) From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Garrett Wollman) To: email@example.com. Subject: Anyone else get locked out of Twitter? Message-ID: <firstname.lastname@example.org> I've been using Twitter for a few months now, mainly as a way to keep up with friends and a few bloggers who post pointers to their new posts. I think I'm a pretty normal user in all respects but one: While I primarily use the company's officially-supported client for Android, I rarely use the browser-based user interface at all, and I use Cameron Kaiser's excellent "ttytter" Perl script from the command line (both to send and also as a background job with updates scrolling by in a separate window). I'm certainly not a spammer or a pornographer, and my password is a long string of pseudorandom characters and thus extremely unlikely to be guessed by an attacker. On Sunday evening, both of these clients mysteriously started reporting "authentication failure", with no explanation. After restarting, reentering my password a few times, and similar measures, I opened up the browser interface, logged in there, and it told me that my account was "suspended". No reason was given, and following their official support links ultimately sends an email which says, in effect, "if you don't reply to this message, we will close your support request without looking at it". So I replied, and have done so faithfully for the past four days, without receiving any sort of feedback at all from the company in general or the helpdesk in particular. Has anyone else had a similar experience? What did the problem turn out to be? I have a theory that the account blocking is done automatically, without human intervention, by some sort of machine-learning system, so it may be that there simply is no meaningful "reason" to offer other than "the classifier said so". (This is often the case with machine-learning systems; the "reason" is a complex and non-human-interpretable function of the system's internal state structure.) -GAWollman -- Garrett A. Wollman | What intellectual phenomenon can be older, or more oft email@example.com| 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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