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Date: Wed, 9 Jul 2014 17:14:09 -0400 From: Julian Thomas <email@example.com> To: firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject: Re: Anonymous call blocking (whether you want it or not) Message-ID: <D2B32663-9CBD-4AE0-A844-3891A2C726B4@jt-mj.net> >> But if you ever need to call the "doctor on call" for an >> off-hours medical emergency, for instance, the doctor on call will >> usually have call blocking (because they're calling you back from home= ). On 9 Jul 2014, at 08:40, tonypo <email@example.com> wrote: > I don't have any VOIP or wireline service anymore. But on my cell phone > there's a feature you can turn on in Android 4.1.2 called Call Block. B= ut > it does something different from all the other call blockers I've seen. > Instead of having you white list callers it instead derives a white lis= t > from you contacts. > > So long as someone is in your contacts they can call you. Otherwise it > just shunts off to your voicemail. That doesn't address the 'doctor on call' issue. -- -- -- jt http://jt-mj.net It is interesting to note that before the advent of Microsoft Windows, 'G= PF' was better known for its usage in plumbing: Gallons Per Flush
Date: Thu, 10 Jul 2014 10:06:49 -0400 From: Bill Horne <bill@horneQRM.net> To: firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject: Re: Anonymous call blocking (whether you want it or not) Message-ID: <email@example.com> On 7/9/2014 5:14 PM, Julian Thomas wrote: >>> But if you ever need to call the "doctor on call" for an >>> off-hours medical emergency, for instance, the doctor on call will >>> usually have call blocking (because they're calling you back from home). > > On 9 Jul 2014, at 08:40, tonypo<firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote: > >> I don't have any VOIP or wireline service anymore. But on my cell phone >> there's a feature you can turn on in Android 4.1.2 called Call Block. But >> it does something different from all the other call blockers I've seen. >> Instead of having you white list callers it instead derives a white list >> from [your] contacts. >> >> So long as someone is in your contacts they can call you. Otherwise it >> just shunts off to your voicemail. > > That doesn't address the 'doctor on call' issue. I think that "Anonymous Call Rejection" was turned on by default in order to lessen the number of complaints from customers who didn't like getting anonymous calls. After all, "personnel" is the largest expense item in any corporate budget, even when those persons are 8,000 miles away. "Doctors on call" is not an exception unless all concerned agree that physicians are entitled to have more privacy than the rest of us. That's not always the case, but even if we agree that a workaround is needed, there are other means by which to achieve the desired result, some of them very old ("WATS Boxes", for example), and some new (burner phones or originate-only lines). [moderator pro tem's note: It had not been on all along; I've received numerous doctor-on-call anonymous calls in the past. It just so happened that I found out about its being turned on without being asked. We have two lines; it was not turned on for the other line. Doctors on call is important; physicians do deserve privacy on their home lines. If you turn on blocking, you should expect trouble. I didn't turn it on, Comcast did.] > It is interesting to note that before the advent of Microsoft Windows, 'GPF' > was better known for its usage in plumbing: Gallons Per Flush Damn. I knew what "GPF" meant until I read that, and now I can't get your definition out of my head! Green Page of Failure? Great Pacifier Formula? Godawful Political Foulup? Google Provides Frustration? Bill --=20 Bill Horne (Remove QRM from my address to write to me directly) Gypsy Davey with a blowtorch he burns out their camps With his faithful slave Pedro behind him he tramps With a fantastic collection of stamps To win friends and influence his uncle - Bob Dylan
Date: Thu, 10 Jul 2014 08:16:05 -0700 (PDT) From: Neal McLain <email@example.com> To: firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject: It's ALIVE!!!! Aereo Lurches Back to Life, Sort of Message-ID: <email@example.com> By Harry Cole, CommLawBlog, July 10, 2014 Trying to make lemonade out of the lemon handed to it by the Supreme Court, Aereo has come up with Plan B. The best stories never really end when you think they're going to, do they? Threes always a nifty twist that keeps the plot chugging along. So we really didn't expect that the Supreme Court's decision was the last word in the Aereo case, did we? And right we were. After pulling the plug on its service within a couple of days after taking a seeming knock-out punch from the Supreme Court, Aereo has come up with a plan. According to a letter filed by Aereo with Judge Alison Nathan of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York (where the Aereo saga first got our attention back in 2012), Aereo is now a cable company that is entitled - by Congress, thank you very much - to retransmit over-the-air broadcast programming. As long, that is, as Aereo files the necessary "statements of account" and "royalty fees "required of cable systems. And in its letter Aereo advises that it "is proceeding" to file just those items . Following the adage about making lemonade when handed lemons, Aereo has taken the Supreme Court's decision and tried to turn it to Aereo's advantage. Since the Supremes said that Aereo is "highly similar" to a conventional cable company, well then (according to Aereo), Aereo is a cable system and, therefore, "is entitled to a license" under Section 111 of the Copyright Act. And even if it's not entitled to such a license, Aereo's got another argument. The Supreme Court concluded that Aereo is like a cable system because Aereo provides "near simultaneous" retransmissions of over-the-air programming. So (Aereo reasons) if Aereo's service were to be limited to delayed (i.e., not "near simultaneous") retransmissions - providing, instead, essentially an elaborate recording-and-playback service - then Aereo would no longer be like a cable system and would no longer be subject to the terms of the Supreme Court's decision. (Blogmeister's Note: Props to the Swami, Kevin Goldberg, for seeing this argument coming.) Continued http://www.commlawblog.com/2014/07/articles/broadcast/its-alive-aereo-lurches-back-to-life-sort-of/index.html -or- http://tinyurl.com/l6ytcdw But cable TV companies have to comply with two federal laws: The Copyright Act of 1976 and the Cable TV Act of 1992. Paying copyright fees might satisfy Aereo's claim to be in compliance with the Copyright Act but it doesn't bring it into compliance with the Cable Act. If the district court buys Aereo's argument this time, the broadcasters would sue them again. Neal McLain [moderator pro tem's note: The Copyright Act requires them to pay money for the statutory license, so it's not as if it Aereo has a complete escape clause, just a costlier Plan B to try. - fg]
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