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Date: 6 Apr 2012 06:14:25 -0000 From: "John Levine" <firstname.lastname@example.org> To: email@example.com. Subject: Re: Fax Modem gadgets Message-ID: <firstname.lastname@example.org> >Does anyone make a similar gadget with USB output? The usual thing these days is an all in one printer/scanner/fax with USB, wired Ethernet, or wifi. They can generally be configured to print incoming faxes, or send them to the computer. R's, John
Date: Fri, 06 Apr 2012 11:12:27 -0500 From: email@example.com (Robert Bonomi) To: firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject: Re: Fax Modem gadgets Message-ID: <Y4GdnX9ur592iOLSnZ2dnUVZ_rGdnZ2d@posted.nuvoxcommunications> In article <email@example.com>, David Lesher <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote: >HP made a great gadget called a PrinterPal. It answered your fax >line, and printed the faxes on your existing laser printer. > >Alas, printers now have USB, not parallel ports. > >Does anyone make a similar gadget with USB output? "Sort-of". They're built-in on many/most "multi-function"/"all-in-one" printers. As a 'true stand-alone device', I don't know of any. Unless it sits 'in line' between a computer and printer, with 'pass through' of data from the computer to the printer, it would just be a way to turn an 'expensive' (not a dumb 'winprinter') printer into a dedicated fax machine. Cheaper to buy a 'real' fax machine, or o 'all in one".
Date: 06 Apr 2012 05:39:40 GMT From: Doug McIntyre <email@example.com> To: firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject: Re: Fax Modem gadgets Message-ID: <email@example.com> David Lesher <firstname.lastname@example.org> writes: >HP made a great gadget called a PrinterPal. It answered your fax line, and printed the >faxes on your existing laser printer. >Alas, printers now have USB, not parallel ports. >Does anyone make a similar gadget with USB output? Your best option is that many of the all-in-one printer/scanner officejets are also FAX machines as well. Most are inkjet, there are some lasers. The problem with more modern printers with USB interfaces is that there isn't a standard printer language like HP PCL like most lasers had back in the day with parallel ports. So, even if there was such a box, it would be able to control only a tiny imited set of printers. The took the smarts out of the printer to make them cheaper and more disposable.
Date: Thu, 05 Apr 2012 20:54:08 -0700 From: Thad Floryan <email@example.com> To: firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject: Falcone mulls voluntary bankruptcy for LightSquared Message-ID: <4F7E68E0.email@example.com> Full article here: http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/04/04/us-falcone-lightsquared-idUSBRE83319U20120404 Excerpts follow: Hedge fund manager Philip Falcone said in an interview on Wednesday he is "seriously considering" filing a voluntary bankruptcy for LightSquared, the struggling telecom startup in which his Harbinger Capital Partners is the majority owner. Falcone said a bankruptcy is one of several options he is considering as he tries to find a way to salvage the company, which reported a $427 million net loss during the first nine months of 2011, and keep its creditors at bay. He said a bankruptcy would allow the company time to find a way to deal with communications interference issues that have arisen with the planned buildout of a nationwide wireless broadband network. Falcone said a bankruptcy would not necessarily wipe out the equity holders of LightSquared because the spectrum it owns retains value. [...] It wasn't too long ago that Falcone was the toast of hedge fund row after his fund soared to $26 billion in assets after making a wildly successful bet on the collapse of the housing market. Almost overnight, Falcone went from being a relatively unknown distressed debt trader to a billionaire who was buying one of the most expensive townhouses in Manhattan. [...] Falcone's announcement that he is considering a voluntary bankruptcy is a reversal of a stance he took in February after the Federal Communications Commission withdrew a conditional waiver that allowed LightSquared to begin building out its mobile network. The FCC revoked the waiver after tests revealed that LightSquared's planned network would interfere with crucial satellite systems used for critical services such as aviation safety and the U.S. Department of Defense. The FCC action also came after bitter protests from a trade group representing companies that rely on Global Positioning Systems, which operate in a spectrum close to LightSquared. In the wake of the FCC decision, LightSquared's main business partner, Sprint, canceled a deal to help it build out the network. [...]
Date: Thu, 5 Apr 2012 17:43:27 -0700 (PDT) From: Mark Smith <firstname.lastname@example.org> To: email@example.com. Subject: Re: Ohio bill could doom landlines Message-ID: <1333673007.74308.YahooMailNeo@web162105.mail.bf1.yahoo.com> On Thursday, April 5, 2012 5:37PM, From: Adam H. Kerman <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote: > danny burstein <email@example.com> wrote: >> [Ohio news] >> [An] Ohio bill could doom landlines. With the steady stream of >> innovations to wireless phones, many companies are regarding the >> traditional landline as obsolete. >> The [Ohio] bill addresses Carrier of Last Resort (COLR) obligations >> that previously required franchises to serve everyone who wanted >> service in a franchise territory. > I'm confused. What were all the subsidies for universal service for? > Will they be returning those subsidies if universal service is no > longer provided? They're giving out cell phones instead. Tracphone is a major player in Maryland. They advertise on TV that if you're getting assistance you can have a free phone. Great if you can get cell service. Mark L. Smith firstname.lastname@example.org http://smith.freehosting.net
Date: Thu, 5 Apr 2012 17:57:44 -0700 (PDT) From: HAncock4 <email@example.com> To: firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject: Re: Poisson Table Message-ID: <email@example.com> On Apr 5, 6:57 pm, Fred Atkinson <fatkinson.remove-t...@and-this- too.mishmash.com> wrote: > Can someone here tell me where I can get a Poisson table for trunk > traffic analysis? The textbook, "Engineering and Operations in the Bell System" has a chapter on Erlang B and the Poisson analysis, including formulas and desirable service goals. There are several articles on use of Poisson in the BSTJ. Go to their index and search on Poisson: http://www.alcatel-lucent.com/bstj/ A college statistics textbook might have general Possion tables. There may be other books in a large technical college library.
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