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Date: Wed, 28 Aug 2013 20:35:21 -0700 (PDT) From: Joseph Singer <email@example.com> To: firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject: How one man turns annoying cold calls into cash Message-ID: <1377747321.53918.YahooMailNeo@web121403.mail.ne1.yahoo.com> A man targeted by marketing companies is making money from cold calls with his own premium-rate phone number. In November 2011 Lee Beaumont paid &pount;10 plus VAT to set up his personal 0871 line - so to call him now costs 10p, from which he receives 7p. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-23869462 ***** Moderator's Note ***** In the U.S., these are "976" numbers. Does anyone still offer them? Bill Horne Moderator
Date: 29 Aug 2013 16:39:43 -0000 From: "John Levine" <email@example.com> To: firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject: Re: How one man turns annoying cold calls into cash Message-ID: <email@example.com> >In the U.S., these are "976" numbers. Does anyone still offer them? I don't think so. And apparently the last carrier that was willing to bill for 900 numbers no longer does, so there aren't any more 900 numbers, either.
Date: Thu, 29 Aug 2013 01:59:23 -0400 From: danny burstein <firstname.lastname@example.org> To: email@example.com. Subject: NYC area emergency "weather station" off the air Message-ID: <Pine.NEB.firstname.lastname@example.org> The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has operated a nationwide network of radio transmitters providing full time weather reports and forecasts for decades now, dating back to their "Weather Bureau" days. As I wrote in a note way back in Oct 2005 [a], where I discussed the lack of backup power to many of their facilities: "These stations are part of the real emergency network and are supposed to stay up after anything short of a direct nuclear hit." Ok, I'm exaggerating a touch. But still... There are numerous radio receivers that can pick up these stations, with many of them in a "silent/squelch mode" until activated. In case of a local hazardous/emergency situation such as a hurricane, tornado, flood, chemical spill, nuclear reactor plant breach, or.. national events up to and including nuclear attack, the transmitters send out an alert tone which "unlocks" the receivers and activates the loudspeakers. Hence just about every "911 PSAP" (public safety answering position), utility headquarters, transit operations center, many tv/radio stations, and... thousands and thousands of people living in tornado/hurricane/flood zones, have these radios. Hence it's critical that the system stay up. Recently friends of mine in NYC noted that the local station, covering perhaps 15 million people, was repeatedly off the air for the past two months. Finally, after many complaints to NOAA, they posted a note on their "outages" web page confirming the problem. And then, a few days later, came up with the startling reason that... (quoting from the page [b]): SPECIAL NOTICE NEW YORK CITY, NY Transmitter (KWO35) Frequency 162.550 Due to interference issues with the U.S. Coast Guard, the New York City transmitter has been temporarily taken out of service while a solution is being formulated. Yes. Really. And no one is willing to simply "roll back" the systems to the way they were three months ago. The Big Problem here (aside from the lack of urgency by all the folk involved) is that many, make that MANY, people and agencies are counting on this working. Folk using the radios in "squelch" (silent) mode are relying on them to "open up" in an emergency, yet have no way to know the system is dead. It's kind of like depending on your overhead sprinklers and not knowing that the main water valve is off. Or not knowing your smoke detector battery is dead. [a] [http://catless.ncl.ac.uk/Risks/24.07.html#subj4 [ [b] [http://www.nws.noaa.gov/nwr/outages.php [ - since the NOAA outage page is dynamic and, hopefully, real soon now, will change when the system is finally fixed, I've mirrored that image up at: http://www.dburstein.com/images/noaa-tx.png +--------------------------------------------------------------+
Date: Tue, 27 Aug 2013 19:27:54 -0700 (PDT) From: Neal McLain <email@example.com> To: firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject: Rim Fire and Landlines Message-ID: <email@example.com> Cross-posted from the Telecom Collectors International listserv. Walt Aydelotte <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote: > I received this message from Susan Mundy regarding the massive > Wild Fire that is ravaging the Sierra Nevada Mountains just > outside of Yosemite National Park, which is close to Twain Harte > where she lives. She is a very avid Telephone Collector who is > very popular with many of the Telephone Collector community. She > has let me know that all of her better phones have been "removed > to a safe protected environment", and that she is feeling better > now that they are safe. At any rate, she uncovered another > salient reason one might think long and hard about giving up > your last Land Line. Here is her message: > > Hi Walt, > > The Rim fire is a few miles from my home and tension is high in > our community. When we are given an "advisory evacuation", it > is done with a reverse 911 call to our land lines. Tonight at > the community meeting with all of the agencies working on this > catastrophic fire, someone asked if cell phones could be added > to the list because some people have given up their land lines. > With the current system we have in place, it will take two or > three weeks for cell phones to be added. Not much help, so our > sheriff's department is sending out officers to each house to > make sure everyone receives the advisory evacuation message. > Once the status changes to mandatory evacuation, we have to > leave immediately, so the advisory evacuation notice is > critical. This is just another reason why I will NEVER give up > my land line.....I know the subject of whether to keep a land > line comes up on the list-serve, and who would have thought that > it would take 2-3 weeks to add a cell phone number to an > emergency system. That is the current state of affairs in > Tuolumne County California, and even the top officials were > shocked it will take that long to add a cell phone number. > > If you feel the 911 reverse news is list-serve worthy, please > share. I would never have known except I am in the middle > of this mess.... > > Sue Posted by Neal McLain
Date: Thu, 29 Aug 2013 13:08:21 -0700 (PDT) From: Neal McLain <email@example.com> To: firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject: Aereokiller in the Ninth Circuit Message-ID: <email@example.com> By Harry Cole, FHH Commonlaw Blog, August 28, 2013 > May it please the court? Maybe, maybe not. YOU be the judge. > > Even those practiced in the art of appellate advocacy have > trouble correctly guessing, on the basis of oral arguments, how > a court will ultimately rule.... > > The post-argument guessing game is particularly hard for the > Great Unwashed because appellate arguments tend to be somewhat > intimate affairs, not widely publicized beforehand, seldom > recorded for extensive public consumption. Any press accounts of > arguments tend to shed only limited light on precisely what was > said, making it hard for the reader to draw any conclusions. > > But things are different in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the > Ninth Circuit which, as it turns out, posts audio recordings of > its arguments on its website within 24 hours of each argument. Continued: http://tinyurl.com/palrqz9 As T-D readers will recall from my previous posts about Aereo, copyright owners, including broadcast station licensees, have sued it claiming copyright infringement. Aereo has successfully defended itself in District Court (Southern District of New York) and the Court of Appeals (Second Circuit). Another company providing a service similar to Aereo's, formerly called Aereokiller but now known as FilmOn X, has been operating in Los Angeles. Copyright owners have sued that company as well, and in this case, the District Court (Central District of California) ruled against it. FilmOn has appealed to the Court of Appeals (Ninth Circuit) which has not yet issued a ruling. If the Ninth Circuit rules against FilmOn, two Appeals Court decisions will be in conflict. It will then be up to the Supreme Court to settle the issue. As the article cited above notes, oral arguments in Ninth Circuit's proceeding have been posted on line. http://cdn.ca9.uscourts.gov/datastore/media/2013/08/27/13-55156.wma Neal McLain
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