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The Telecom Digest for May 30, 2013
Volume 32 : Issue 117 : "text" Format
Messages in this Issue:
Apple's Testimony Before the Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations (Monty Solomon)
Re: Looking for GSM prepaid provider (Mark Smith)
Online Currency Exchange Accused of Laundering $6 Billion (Monty Solomon)
History--ad for Teletype (HAncock4)

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Date: Wed, 29 May 2013 02:38:17 -0400 From: Monty Solomon <monty@roscom.com> To: telecomdigestmoderator.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: Apple's Testimony Before the Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations Message-ID: <p0624083acdcb522acc4d@[]> 05/21/2013 Tim Cook's Opening Statement Before the Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations http://images.apple.com/pr/pdf/timcookopeningstatement.pdf Peter Oppenheimer's Opening Statement Before the Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations http://images.apple.com/pr/pdf/oppenheimeropeningstatement.pdf 05/20/2013 Apple's Testimony Before the Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations http://images.apple.com/pr/pdf/Apple_Testimony_to_PSI.pdf ***** Moderator's Note ***** If they were really interested in doing anything, it wouldn't need to be a permanent subcommittee. Bill Horne Moderator
Date: Tue, 28 May 2013 21:29:00 -0700 (PDT) From: Mark Smith <marklsmith@yahoo.com> To: telecomdigestmoderator.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: Re: Looking for GSM prepaid provider Message-ID: <1369801740.70483.YahooMailNeo@web122302.mail.ne1.yahoo.com> On Tuesday, May 28, 2013 10:09 John Levine <johnl@iecc.com> wrote: > I have a cheap Tracfone. It works pretty well, but before I reload it > with another $100 (which will last for most of a year), I'm wondering > what my options are. > > I'm willing to buy an unlocked GSM Android phone like a Nexus 4 if I > can find a carrier that will do prepaid or month to month on it. > T-Mobile claims they have coverage here, but they are wrong (I know > where the towers are) so that means the carrier has to be AT&T or an > AT&T MVNO. > > I don't expect to have a whole lot of usage since I'm mostly at home > where the wifi is cheap and plentiful, but it's nice to have something > that will work when I'm out shopping or on trips. > > Any suggestions? I suppose if there is some sort of hybrid phone that > will work on Verizon CDMA and foreign GSM, or there's unlocked Verizon > LTE phones with a SIM, that might be possible, but I haven't seen the > former at a plausible price or the latter at all. I just got an IPhone 3 from Consumer Cellular for $175. It's a refurb, probably from AT&T. The only thing it won't do is act as a hotspot for a computer. I have a Verizon 4 LTE modem for this purpose. Consumer Cellular has monthly billing, but no contract and you can change plans month to month. I do data mostly on WiFi. Mark L. Smith marklsmith@yahoo.com http://smith.freehosting.net Http://marksfolkmusicphotos.shutterfly.com
Date: Wed, 29 May 2013 01:36:30 -0400 From: Monty Solomon <monty@roscom.com> To: telecomdigestmoderator.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: Online Currency Exchange Accused of Laundering $6 Billion Message-ID: <p06240832cdcb443b8839@[]> Online Currency Exchange Accused of Laundering $6 Billion By MARC SANTORA, WILLIAM K. RASHBAUM and NICOLE PERLROTH May 28, 2013 The operators of a global currency exchange ran a $6 billion money-laundering operation online, a central hub for criminals trafficking in everything from stolen identities to child pornography, federal prosecutors in New York said on Tuesday. The currency exchange, Liberty Reserve, operated beyond the traditional confines of United States and international banking regulations in what prosecutors called a shadowy netherworld of cyberfinance. It traded in virtual currency and provided the kind of anonymous and easily accessible banking infrastructure increasingly sought by criminal networks, law enforcement officials said. The charges announced at a news conference by Preet Bharara, the United States attorney in Manhattan, and other law enforcement officials, mark what officials said was believed to be the largest online money-laundering case in history. Over seven years, Liberty Reserve was responsible for laundering billions of dollars, conducting 55 million transactions that involved millions of customers around the world, including about 200,000 in the United States, according to prosecutors. ... http://www.nytimes.com/2013/05/29/nyregion/liberty-reserve-operators-accused-of-money-laundering.html
Date: Wed, 29 May 2013 10:19:54 -0700 (PDT) From: HAncock4 <withheld@invalid.telecom-digest.org> To: telecomdigestmoderator.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: History--ad for Teletype Message-ID: <8c1724cf-b662-4edf-8639-46cec6afcc7a@k3g2000vbn.googlegroups.com> The following is a copy of text from an advertisement for Teletype machines in 1966. It is accompanied by a line drawing of a model 35 being installed. FIRST STEP TOWARD EFFECTIVE ON-LINE, REAL-TIME DATA PROCESSING Speeding up the collection and distribution of information is the first step toward effective on-line data processing. And Teletype machines are still the most versatile, reliable, and least costly terminal equipment available today. Teletype Model 33 and 35 page printers and automatic send-receive sets operate on the same permutation code approved by the American Standards Association for information interchange. This means they "talk" the same language as most business machines and computers. The Voice of Data Processing: In many data processing systems, this Teletype equipment is used as input/ output devices for computers as well as for on-line communications. In addition, they can be used to punch messages and data off-line for later transmission on-line at full speed to distant points or directly to computers. These sets have new 4-row keyboards that are familiar to any typist, and eliminate shifting between letters and numbers to further reduce errors. Also, fixed information can be stored on punched paper tape and combined with variable data to save retyping. Data Processing Uses of Teletype Sets: An eastern food processor uses Teletype page printers to receive transmissions from its midwestern branches reporting their daily sales and inventories. These statistics are processed in a computer which provides management with up-to-date information on inventory and sales conditions. A Texas gas company uses Teletype page printers not only to communicate messages and accounting data, but also to transmit information about field measurement equipment to the home office. Other Teletype page printer applications include: airlines for real-time reservations, railroads to maintain optimum freight car inventory, insurance companies for real-time processing of policy payments and claims, hospitals to forward patient-treatment information to centralized billing and accounting, and in many other communications systems to speed the flow of information. Applications Brochure Available: The many applications of Teletype page printers in real-time data processing are another reason why they are made for the Bell System and others who need reliable communications at the lowest possible cost. To obtain a copy of our "HERE'S HOW" brochure write: Teletype Corporation Computers & Automation, January 1966. http://bitsavers.informatik.uni-stuttgart.de/pdf/computersAndAutomation/196601.pdf
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