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The Telecom Digest for August 29, 2012
Volume 31 : Issue 206 : "text" Format
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Re: Don't download that app: US presidential candidates will STALK you with it (Jon Danniken)
Re: Study says drivers, not cellphones, pose the accident risk (Pete Cresswell)

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Date: Tue, 28 Aug 2012 07:06:20 -0700 From: Jon Danniken <jonSPAMdanniken@yaSMPAhoo.com> To: telecomdigestmoderator.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: Re: Don't download that app: US presidential candidates will STALK you with it Message-ID: <k1ij8p$3qc$1@speranza.aioe.org> On 08/21/2012 06:06 AM, Monty Solomon wrote: > [snip] > Both Android apps slurp the details of users' contacts and log > location data, as a rundown by GFI on both apps and the permissions > they seek explains. The Romney app even requests permission to record > audio for unspecified (and so-far unactivated) purposes. > > ... > > > http://www.theregister.co.uk/2012/08/20/us_pres_campaign_mobile_app_privacy/ > I think the worst part is that most of the mobile users probably won't really care all that much. Jon
Date: Tue, 28 Aug 2012 19:29:59 -0400 From: Pete Cresswell <PeteCress@invalid.telecom-digest.org> To: telecomdigestmoderator.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: Re: Study says drivers, not cellphones, pose the accident risk Message-ID: <6nkq38d2s8c33il39mmbr7ltaijcm75je6@4ax.com> Per Monty Solomon: >there's bad news: People who chat behind the >wheel often drive more aggressively even after they hang up, Rightly or wrongly, I consider myself something of a connoisseur of drivers who yak and drive at the same time. My observation is that these people are anything but aggressive. Quite the opposite... If there's, say, a 17 percent chance that some yo-yo cruising the hammer lane at my speed is going to put pedal to metal when he sees me start to signal for a lane change and accelerate to pass somebody, I'd say the chances fall to almost nothing if he's yakking on a cell phone. My suspicion is that his lower brain stem is in control of the vehicle while his pre-frontal cortex is occupied with the phone call. Rather than aggression, to me the hallmarks of somebody talking while driving are drifting over the line with no signal and then drifting back again; varying speed for no apparent reason (until you see the phone...); changing lanes with no signal AND without checking the lane they're moving into; and drifting on to the shoulder at lane speed. -- Pete Cresswell
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