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The Telecom Digest for July 28, 2013
Volume 32 : Issue 161 : "text" Format
Messages in this Issue:
How CyanogenMod's founder is giving Android users their privacy back (Bill Horne)
Re: This is interesting - or is it not? (Barry Margolin)
Question about fax call-blocking (based on Station-ID?) (Telecom Guy)

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Date: Sat, 27 Jul 2013 09:26:40 -0400 From: Bill Horne <bill@horneQRM.net> To: telecomdigestmoderator.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: How CyanogenMod's founder is giving Android users their privacy back Message-ID: <kt0hef$s96$1@dont-email.me> New "Incognito Mode" enables more granular privacy settings than in stock Android. by Florence Ion - June 17 2013, 7:45pm EDT What if you could privately use an application and manage its permissions to keep ill-intending apps from accessing your data? That's exactly what Steve Kondik at CyanogenMod - the aftermarket, community-based firmware for Android devices - hopes to bring to the operating system. It's called Incognito Mode, and it's designed to help keep your personal data under control. http://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2013/06/how-cyanogenmods-founder-is-giving-android-users-their-privacy-back/ -or- http://goo.gl/uczgj -- Bill Horne (Remove QRM from my address to write to me directly)
Date: Sat, 27 Jul 2013 03:52:28 -0400 From: Barry Margolin <barmar@alum.mit.edu> To: telecomdigestmoderator.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: Re: This is interesting - or is it not? Message-ID: <barmar-F79C07.03522827072013@news.eternal-september.org> In article <1218572122.153415.1374696855275.JavaMail.root@md13.insight.synacor.com> , Randall Webmail <rvh40@insightbb.com> wrote: > They are convinced that the commercial provider of relay services has > sold their names to the JW organization, letting them know that a deaf > person lives at that address. Do they subscribe to any publications related to deafness? I think it's far more likely that the addresses came from them. And while utilities are generally subject to privacy laws, magazines probably aren't. The JW would almost certainly claim that what they did benefited him, by visiting him in a productive way. If he were Latino, they'd probably do the same thing by sending callers who speak Spanish. - - Barry Margolin, barmar@alum.mit.edu Arlington, MA *** PLEASE post questions in newsgroups, not directly to me *** ***** Moderator's Note ***** Whether it "benefited him" or not is irrelevant: the question is where they got the information. If someone tries to sell me a Morse Code key based on my ham radio license, I can't complain about the connection: my Amateur license is a matter of public record. If a zealot comes to my door and tries to convert me based on the fact that I use a TDD, I'm entitled to ask how he got that information. Bill Horne Moderator
Date: Sat, 27 Jul 2013 10:42:37 -0400 From: Telecom Guy <Telecom@Guy.com> To: telecomdigestmoderator.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: Question about fax call-blocking (based on Station-ID?) Message-ID: <51F3DC5D.39696BC4@Guy.com> I understand that group-2 fax machines exchange some electronic information when a fax is sent from one machine to another. This information includes the phone number and company-name that is pre-programmed into a fax machine and normally appears in small print at the top of each fax page as printed by the receiving fax. I believe this information might be known as "Station Identification" information or data. I want to know if there are any fax machines or fax-software (running on a PC being used as a fax machine) that can block or drop incoming faxes based on this phone/company (station-ID) data? Note: I am not talking about being able to drop/block a call based on caller ID. I want to be able to block/drop incoming fax calls based on the Station-ID info that can be (and if I'm not mistaken, must be) pre-programmed into fax machines by their owners before use. I understand that in some (or many) cases, a sending machine may not have any of this info programmed into their device, in which case I should still be able to block/drop such calls if they send null information. Is there a name or term for this specific fax-blocking ability? Are there any fax machines (specific brands/models) or PC fax software that can do this?
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