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The Telecom Digest for January 3, 2012
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Date: Mon, 02 Jan 2012 11:43:29 +1100 From: David Clayton <email@example.com> To: firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject: Re: Caller ID Name error Message-ID: <QDb1C.A.fOC.UcTAPD@telecom> On Sun, 01 Jan 2012 20:32:18 +0000, Adam H. Kerman wrote: > A company selling a service to fix caller ID name errors for businesses, > by contacting the 10 to 20 maintainers of databases that generally aren't > updated from each other, uses this horror story to sell its services: > > A securities trading firm assumed assets of another securities trader who > is now incarcerated. The incarerated trader had nothing to do with the > business, but his named lived on in caller ID displays, depending on the > caller party's telephone company. > > On many systems, caller ID would display Bernard Madoff. > > For some reason, the trading company's sales calls didn't go so well. Maybe not most of 'em, but I'd bet the ones that still were receptive were very profitable for the trading company (how does that saying about "One born every day" go again?). -- Regards, David. David Clayton Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. Knowledge is a measure of how many answers you have, intelligence is a measure of how many questions you have. ***** Moderator's Note ***** I think the phrase was attributed to P.T. Barnum, an American Impresario who was famous for his bottom-line attitude toward the public. Barnum was know to put up signs saying "To The Egress" when his shows got crowded, thus funneling customers out of the venue. Wikipedia claims Barnum didn't say it, but someone must have: "There's a sucker born every minute, and five more born to take him". Bill Horne Moderator
Date: Mon, 2 Jan 2012 06:21:42 +0000 (UTC) From: "Adam H. Kerman" <email@example.com> To: firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject: Re: Merry Christmas Message-ID: <email@example.com> Adam H. Kerman <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote: >Robert Bonomi <email@example.com> wrote: >>Telecom Digest Moderator <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote: >>>For those who observe the December 25th holiday, I wish you a Merry >>>Christmas. For those with other beliefs, please accept my assurance >>>that my spirit of goodwill is towards all men, no matter their >>>faiths. >>A traditional greeting: >> ABCDE >> FGHIJ >> KMNOP >> QRSTU >> UVWXY >> Z >>***** Moderator's Note ***** >>I've just found out that I over-edited the original post. Here it is >>again, and apologies to Robert. >I didn't get the "no Z" greeting. >***** Moderator's Note ***** >I can't tell you how happy that makes me: it means I'm not the only >guy who didn't get it. >There is no "el", but there are two "u"'s. >Its supposed to come out "Noel to you". Heh. I recognized the "code" from ancient times; just wondered about the "no zed" variation. There's no el in Chicago, either (but no one will get that).
Date: Mon, 2 Jan 2012 13:40:06 -0500 From: Monty Solomon <email@example.com> To: firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject: Local theaters ready to bow to tweeters in the audience / But distraction to others a primary concern Message-ID: <email@example.com> Local theaters ready to bow to tweeters in the audience But distraction to others a primary concern By Beth Teitell Globe Staff / December 28, 2011 To tweet or not to tweet? That's the question facing Boston-area theaters as live-performance venues nationwide start offering "tweet seats'' for patrons who feel the need to tweet about what they are seeing during the show, not just after it. Purists are already complaining about the glow from all those tiny screens; think of it as secondhand phone. And Suffolk University English professor Thomas Connolly calls the trend a victory for marketing directors. But tweet seat sections are gaining a fingerhold in Massachusetts. The Lowell Memorial Auditorium has tweet seats planned for the mid-January run of "Sesame Street Live'' and two subsequent shows. Tweet seats may be offered at the Lyric Stage Company of Boston's spring performance of "Avenue Q.'' the irreverent puppet musical for adults. It may also come sometime in 2012 at the Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts in Worcester and at the Central Square Theater in Cambridge, where the marketing director wants to figure out just where in his 225-seat venue tweeters can flex their thumbs without disturbing fellow audience members or the performers. The marketing value of such an addition is clearly attractive. Subscription rates are falling across the country, and a younger audience remains elusive. Live tweeting - silent, of course - is seen as a way to enhance the experience for the tweeter and to encourage followers to see the show. ... http://articles.boston.com/2011-12-28/ae/30565884_1_live-tweeting-final-performance-seats ***** Moderator's Note ***** In the catalog of really bad ideas, this one is right up there with the M-16 rifle, the notion that the U.S. could create a new country in Iraq, buying pet food online, and the PC Junior. Hell, it's in a crass - pun intended - by itself. The social compact of our society is being torn by fast-buck artists who are trying to convince the body politic that annoying jerks are entitled to go to a public venue and conduct a distracting sideshow which degrades both the quality of the play and the rights of those who paid good money to watch the performance without being bothered. THis is a new low, even for the cellular industry, which has been driving public and private etiquette ever-downward since the start of the cellular network. And, before anyone tries to compare this to being in a concert hall where the audience is served by waiters, I'll say that human beings have a great, innate ability to discern the difference between actors on a stage and someone walking by on the floor, and that a waitress bringing a bottle of wine to a table isn't one one-hundredth as distracting as an artificial device glowing like a sick firefly. I'm going to write to the Boston Globe and to the venues mentioned, and tell everyone that I will not attend any show in a place that encourages snot-nosed brats to annoy those around them with their expensive toys. I urge the readers to do likewise. Bill Horne Moderator
Date: Mon, 02 Jan 2012 16:38:17 -0500 From: Pete Cresswell <PeteCress@invalid.telecom-digest.org> To: firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject: Re: Local theaters ready to bow to tweeters in the audience / But distraction to others a primary concern Message-ID: <email@example.com> Per Monty Solomon: >But distraction to others a primary concern I mostly gave up on movie theaters when they started turning the sound up all the way and playing commercials before the movies. Granted a move is best experienced on a big screen, but the downsides just don't justify it for me. - - Pete Cresswell ***** Moderator's Note ***** I agree that commercials in movie theaters are irritating: I make it a rule to show up about ten minutes late, since in this area, that's the "standard" interval for all-the-stuff-I-can-do-without. That, however, is a personal choice, and I can choose to make my dissatisfaction known to the management if the sound is too loud or if they are playing commercials. Having the management encourage the use of cell phones during a performance is something else entirely: it's a vicious circle that drives older, more conservative viewers out of theaters, while encouraging (they hope) the younger, less thrifty crowd to invite their gen xyz friends over to spend lots and lots and lots of money. It will fail, as such short-sighted plans always do, because nobody really wants to be bothered during a performance. The whole idea of going to a movie or a play is that you get to sit quietly and be entertained, with nothing expected of you except the common civility to let others do the same. Teenagers sending text messages to their friends will soon grow into adults who want to be left alone when they're out for the evening, and there aren't enough replacements for them to sustain such a profit model. Bill Horne Moderator
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