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The Telecom Digest for February 2, 2012
Volume 31 : Issue 33 : "text" Format
Messages in this Issue:
Re: Teen boots banned on account of cell phone smuggling (Pete Cresswell)
The cereal box goes digital (HAncock4)
EFF assisting megaupload.com users in retrieving files (danny burstein)
Re: Cloud-based PBX service (Geoffrey Welsh)
Re: Justices Say GPS Tracker Violated Privacy Rights (Adam H. Kerman)

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Date: Wed, 01 Feb 2012 09:50:21 -0500 From: Pete Cresswell <PeteCress@invalid.telecom-digest.org> To: telecomdigestmoderator.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: Re: Teen boots banned on account of cell phone smuggling Message-ID: <14kii754rba8so39juehq56rmqmcjd78se@4ax.com> Per tlvp: >Heh-heh ... in my day, it wasn't cell phones but shivs or zip guns >that kids would smuggle into school, and not in "Uggs" but in their >galoshes. When I was living in Hawaii back in the sixties, I briefly shared a house with a guy from Texas who never went anywhere without his 1914 Colt .45 - and seemed to wear cowboy boots 24-7. "Dallas, how on earth did you get that thing over here?". "Ahhhh I just stuck it in my boot". -- Pete Cresswell
Date: Wed, 1 Feb 2012 07:07:46 -0800 (PST) From: HAncock4 <withheld@invalid.telecom-digest.org> To: telecomdigestmoderator.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: The cereal box goes digital Message-ID: <d9e7a76b-47cc-4775-bac4-d281bc67296a@y10g2000vbn.googlegroups.com> USA Today reported that General Mills, home of Cheerios, Pillsbury, Green Giant, and Betty Crocker, is looking into digital add-ons to its packaging. QR [Quick Response] codes, apps, augmented reality and all the other things smartphones can do in their digital pantry. One possible approach is to update the marketing concept of offering a surprise inside the cereal box. Instead, kids could point a smartphone at the box and "see visual surprises." for full article please see: http://goo.gl/s7fmi -or- http://www.usatoday.com/tech/columnist/talkingtech/story/2012-01-31/general-mills-tech/52906314/1
Date: Wed, 1 Feb 2012 12:26:04 -0500 From: danny burstein <dannyb@panix.com> To: telecomdigestmoderator.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: EFF assisting megaupload.com users in retrieving files Message-ID: <Pine.NEB.4.64.1202011213480.7040@panix5.panix.com> Putting aside the Big Arguments about the US gov'ts shutdown about the Megaupload.com file sharing service, one undisputed fact is that many completely "innocent" (term used very, very, loosely) subscribers were victims of collateral damage. Far too many of them didn't maintain their own local copies of their material, and now had no way to retrieve it. The kind and wise folk over at the Electronic Frontier Foundation ("EFF") have gotten handshakes from the various service providers who worked with Megaupload to refrain from deleting those files, and to establish a framework to give the original owners access to them. https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2012/01/eff-requests-information-innocent-megaupload-users or: http://goo.gl/7vv54 _____________________________________________________ Knowledge may be power, but communications is the key dannyb@panix.com [to foil spammers, my address has been double rot-13 encoded]
Date: Wed, 1 Feb 2012 19:23:42 -0500 From: "Geoffrey Welsh" <gwelsh@spamcop.net> To: telecomdigestmoderator.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: Re: Cloud-based PBX service Message-ID: <68ca5$4f29d768$d1b716e1$5827@PRIMUS.CA> > ***** Moderator's Note ***** > I'm uncomfortable with the idea that using a laptop for phone > calls makes it into a "soft" phone: I think it makes a very expensive > telephone instrument with a built-in analog-to-digital adapter. Well, I did say "assuming that you already have a computer with speaker and microphone." I wouldn't recommend getting a PC just to turn it into a soft client... after all, I was suggesting the soft client as a way to save money, not to spend more of it. > some VoIP services demand that users endure pop-up ads and DNS > redirections, and they don't allow users to port numbers in or out > of the "service" they have subscribed to. While that may be true it should scare you away from the provider and not all soft clients. I mentioned Bria because it doesn't do anything bad, it's not tied to any provider, it tags along with the laptop that I drag almost everywhere anyway, brings my phone service wherever my laptop has an internet conenction, and is less expensive than a physical Nortel, Cisco or an Aastra IP phone. It does seem to have an issue with connecting to my VoIP provider's proxy when I'm behind a firewall with a SIP application gateway - that seems to be a common issue with soft SIP clients - so it may be wise to try before you buy. > I'd rather price a system with dedicated devices, and then > consider what, if anything, I can save by using a PC in place of one > or more of the dedicated devices. Exactly. In my case the service was ordered with SIP phones, but we could have saved money and had an acceptable result if we ordered the same service with Bria (or any number of similar products) in stead of the phone.
Date: Thu, 2 Feb 2012 01:31:09 +0000 (UTC) From: "Adam H. Kerman" <ahk@chinet.com> To: telecomdigestmoderator.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: Re: Justices Say GPS Tracker Violated Privacy Rights Message-ID: <jgcp0t$2r7$2@news.albasani.net> Garrett Wollman <wollman@bimajority.org> wrote: >Adam H. Kerman <ahk@chinet.com> wrote: >>Huh. That's a poor summary of the case. >SCOTUSblog's Tom Goldstein posted a long piece criticizing the >reporting on the story the other day. >>The Supreme Court let the reversal stand. The government tried to bring up >>an argument, disallowed as it was not raised in the lower courts, that >>there was reasonable suspicion and thus probable cause and therefore the >>search wasn't unconstitutional. >"Reasonable suspicion" and "probable cause" are two different >standards. "Probable cause" is a much stronger standard than >"reasonable suspicion". The Court didn't say which standard it >favored. Oops. That was an error. The prosecution needs probable cause to obtain a search warrant. The government's disallowed argument was that they had reasonable suspicion to conduct the search because the defendant was one of the leaders of a criminal conspiracy to distribute drugs. The defendant was being investigated for evidence of his involvement in the criminal conspiracy, so that's a circular argument. The government was not allowed to raise an issue it had not raised in a lower court. I expect the government to try to raise the issue again in future.
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