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The Telecom Digest for November 21, 2012
Volume 31 : Issue 273 : "text" Format
Messages in this Issue:
Re: alternatives to "membership cards", was: Papa John's faces class-action (unknown)
New York City high tech phone booths (HAncock4)
Email Does Petraeus In (Monty Solomon)
Jury convicts man who was accused of hacking into AT&T (Bill Horne)
Verizon Wireless Sells Block of Radio Spectrum to Rural Network (Bill Horne)

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Date: Tue, 20 Nov 2012 21:54:48 -0500 From: Ron <ron@see.below> To: telecomdigestmoderator.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: Re: alternatives to "membership cards", was: Papa John's faces class-action Message-ID: <sdgoa81s923q1nago26osdd3ul2nrq95eu@4ax.com> danny burstein <dannyb@panix.com> wrote: >Fortunately, many of these stores are set up to let you >use an "alternate ID" via the keypad, typically by punching >in your phone number. > >And there's no need, of course, that it be "your" phone number. > >A little bit of research will uncover plenty of usable >accounts/phone numbers for many of these places. Or you >might have a friend or relative willing to let you, >so to speak, "share" theirs. The number most likely to be in any given system is Jenny's number: 867-5309. -- Ron (user telnom.for.plume in domain antichef.com)
Date: Tue, 20 Nov 2012 13:20:34 -0800 (PST) From: HAncock4 <withheld@invalid.telecom-digest.org> To: telecomdigestmoderator.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: New York City high tech phone booths Message-ID: <d8dd5bad-2bf0-4249-8772-18ee021490ad@g14g2000yqp.googlegroups.com> ABC News reported that: "new phone booths, or "SmartScreen" stations, which are made in partnership with Cicso and LG, feature 32-inch multi- touch displays with apps that let you search for local restaurants or information. Just walk up to the screen and tap it. The booths will also broadcast a Wi-Fi signal." for full article please see: http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/technology/2012/11/new-york-city-launches-more-smart-phone-booths/ ***** Moderator's Note ***** Ah, but do they take dimes? Bill Horne Moderator
Date: Tue, 20 Nov 2012 22:21:08 -0500 From: Monty Solomon <monty@roscom.com> To: telecomdigestmoderator.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: Email Does Petraeus In Message-ID: <p06240850ccd1f8b2c4ff@[]> http://www.boston.com/business/blogs/e_word/2012/11/email_does_petraeus_in.html Email Does Petraeus In Posted by Peter Post November 20, 2012 The mighty has fallen, yet again. This time it's General David Petraeus. And email, again, is the tool that did him in. I've written before about the bulletin board rule: Don't put anything into an email that you wouldn't put on a bulletin board for anyone to read. Inevitably and at the worst possible time, the most private of messages are the ones that become public. Petraeus' case illuminates two corollary rules to the bulletin board rule. Corollary #1: Trying to hide your emails doesn't work. Petraeus and his lover, Paula Broadwell, understood that their emails were potentially damaging so instead they tried to make it impossible for anyone to find them by not actually sending them. In its November 19 online edition The Telegraph explained what Petraeus and Broadwell did. In short they set up a Gmail account which they both could access. They wrote their salacious emails as drafts, and saved them to the draft folder. Then the partner could open the same email account, read the draft, and believe it was safe from discovery because the email had never been sent. They knew what they were writing was something they never wanted to be read by anyone else. Corollary #2: You can't control what other people might do. In a pique of jealousy, Broadwell took it upon herself to send some anonymous "cat-fight stuff" emails to Jill Kelley, a Florida socialite who was an unpaid social liaison at MacDill Air Force Base and a perceived rival for Petraeus. Kelley didn't like those emails, so she contacted an FBI friend and asked him to look into who was sending them. It didn't take the FBI long to identify Broadwell and find the Petraeus emails as well. End result: Everybody gets outed, Petraeus resigns, and the USA loses a person who is eminently qualified for his position. Email: It's great for communicating the who, what, when, and where-just the public facts. But for anything truly private, find another way to send your message-using your secret decoder ring. Even the head of the CIA couldn't keep his private emails private. This blog is not written or edited by Boston.com or the Boston Globe. The author is solely responsible for the content. ***** Moderator's Note ***** Debating the mistakes that lovers make in trying to keep secrets is like debating human nature: as with the various initiative petitions to legalize marijuana, there will come a time when the votes are tired of being led around by the nose and start making decisions for themselves. I think the general is taking one for the team: he's making the great American public ask itself questions about just what is so salacious about a powerful man having an affair. Consider: the former president of France was buried with both his wife and his mistress in attendance, and each woman brought her children. Someday, we in the U.S. will realize that powerful men have always had mistresses, and always will. When it's not a secret, it's not a problem. Bill Horne Moderator
Date: Tue, 20 Nov 2012 23:43:26 -0500 From: Bill Horne <bill@horneQRM.net> To: telecomdigestmoderator.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: Jury convicts man who was accused of hacking into AT&T Message-ID: <20121121044326.GA28367@telecom.csail.mit.edu> (Reuters) - A federal jury convicted a New York man on Tuesday of hacking into AT&T Inc servers and stealing the email addresses and other personal data of about 120,000 Apple Inc iPad users, a U.S. attorney in New Jersey said. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/11/21/us-att-hacker-idUSBRE8AK04A20121121-- Bill Horne (Remove QRM from my address to write to me directly.)
Date: Tue, 20 Nov 2012 23:31:14 -0500 From: Bill Horne <bill@horneQRM.net> To: telecomdigestmoderator.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: Verizon Wireless Sells Block of Radio Spectrum to Rural Network Message-ID: <20121121043114.GA27658@telecom.csail.mit.edu> Verizon Wireless Sells Block of Radio Spectrum to Rural Network USA based Panhandle Telecommunication Systems has signed a purchase agreement with Verizon Wireless to acquire the Texas RSA 2-Hansford 700 MHz lower B-block license, which covers 12 counties in the northwest part of Texas, subject to Federal Communications Commission (FCC) approval. http://www.cellular-news.com/story/57423.php -- Bill Horne (Remove QRM from my address to write to me directly)
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