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The Telecom Digest for Sep 17, 2015
Volume 34 : Issue 172 : "text" Format
Messages in this Issue:
Verizon loophole keeps high-speed Internet from poor N.J. residents, mayors say (HAncock4)
Re: Lockpickers 3-D Print TSA Master Luggage Keys From Leaked Photos (Barry Margolin)
Re: Telephony nostalgia -- dialing POP-CORN for free time of day (TLVP)

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Date: Tue, 15 Sep 2015 10:30:25 -0700 (PDT) From: HAncock4 <withheld@invalid.telecom-digest.org> To: telecomdigestsubmissions.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: Verizon loophole keeps high-speed Internet from poor N.J. residents, mayors say Message-ID: <ec71afd4-c0a5-48a2-ab2e-128fb1666d70@googlegroups.com> The Jersey Journal reported that tens of thousands of N.J. low-income households don't have access to high-speed internet because of a loophole in state law that Verizon is exploiting, the mayors of Jersey City and Newark allege. The dispute stems from a loophole in Verizon's franchise agreement with New Jersey. That deal, made in 2006, gave the company full franchise rights to the state, which meant it wouldn't have to cut deals with individual municipalities. In exchange, Verizon agreed to make FiOS available to the state's 70 densest municipalities. But Verizon is able to avoid hooking up addresses where it says it can't gain access to the property, and, according to an internal document being distributed by Jersey City officials, sought waivers from state officials to avoid installing FiOS at more than 25,000 Jersey City addresses and over 20,000 Newark addresses. for full article, please see: http://www.nj.com/hudson/index.ssf/2015/09/jersey_city_newark_mayors_allege_verizon_discrimin.html#incart_river
Date: Sat, 12 Sep 2015 14:00:09 -0400 From: Barry Margolin <barmar@alum.mit.edu> To: telecomdigestsubmissions.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: Re: Lockpickers 3-D Print TSA Master Luggage Keys From Leaked Photos Message-ID: <barmar-9AA468.14000912092015@88-209-239-213.giganet.hu> In article <C5396D60-85AE-41BD-961D-71BCABD69F23@roscom.com>, Monty Solomon <monty@roscom.com> wrote: > Lockpickers 3-D Print TSA Master Luggage Keys From Leaked Photos So? Luggage locks are not exactly high-security padlocks. Most of them are tiny, and look like they can be cut with a strong wire-clipper. Or you can just break the handle off the zipper (TSA has done this to several of my bags, even though I didn't lock them), or use a razor blade to cut the fabric of the bag itself. I've always treated them as measures to stop extremely casual snooping. Anyone who really wants to get into your bags can easily do so, and people who would go to the trouble of 3-D printing keys are obviously in that category. -- Barry Margolin, barmar@alum.mit.edu Arlington, MA *** PLEASE post questions in newsgroups, not directly to me ***
Date: Tue, 15 Sep 2015 15:46:46 -0700 From: TLVP <misc.tlvp@att.net> To: telecomdigestsubmissions.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: Re: Telephony nostalgia -- dialing POP-CORN for free time of day Message-ID: <1442357206.42264.YahooMailBasic@web185405.mail.gq1.yahoo.com> Ages ago, I had written (and must now bring up-to-date) the following: > On Sat, 17 May 2014 21:19:23 -0700, Thad Floryan wrote: > >> ... get the time of >> day when you call POP-CORN in Northern California. Or 853-XXXX in >> " Southern California. > > Nonetheless, the SNET counterpart number, "SPRINGS" (brought up to date > by prefixing the area code -- 203 777 4647 -- still works, offering temp., > time of day, and a short telephone PSA, all within a 1-minute spiel. Alas, now that it's Frontier running the old SNET telecomms show, that lovely and useful old SPRINGS number has been retired. Dial it, like I did recently, and an interrupt urges you to "Make sure you have the right number and have dialed (are dialing?) it correctly." Sad! (Sigh!) Cheers, -- tlvp

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