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The Telecom Digest for Sep 19, 2015
Volume 34 : Issue 173 : "text" Format
Messages in this Issue:
Comcast eyes large commercial customers (HAncock4)
Re: Lockpickers 3-D Print TSA Master Luggage Keys From Leaked Photos (David Clayton)
Re: Telephony nostalgia -- dialing POP-CORN for free time of day (Retired)
Re: A Miserable Weekend, For Sure (Carl Navarro)

In 1963 the BBC premiered a show about an alien Who traveled through space and time to combat the powers of evil. … The show has been running in Britain almost fifty years, With many different actors in the role of The Doctor. … One thing is consistent though — and this is why the show is so beloved by geeks and nerds — it's all about the triumph of intellect and romance over brute force and cynicism! … And if there is any hope for any of us in this giant explosion in which we inhabit then surely that's it: Intellect and romance triumph over brute force and cynicism!
Craig Ferguson

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Date: Thu, 17 Sep 2015 13:33:18 -0700 (PDT) From: HAncock4 <withheld@invalid.telecom-digest.org> To: telecomdigestsubmissions.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: Comcast eyes large commercial customers Message-ID: <76917d3f-ae62-44bd-ac7e-473a19577775@googlegroups.com> The Philadelphia Inquirer reported that "Comcast Corp. - content to sell cable-TV or high-speed Internet to homeowners and small businesses for years - is now targeting Vanguard, Apple, Amazon, General Motors, Coca-Cola, and other big companies for data- transmission services. Seeking new growth after the Time Warner Cable Inc. smackdown this spring, Comcast will challenge AT&T Inc. and Verizon Communication Inc. in their lucrative businesses serving the telecom needs of Fortune 500 companies with hundreds or thousands of nationwide locations. Comcast believes it can take market share as the historic telco giants focus managerial attention on capital-hungry wireless franchises for consumers." for full article please see: http://www.philly.com/philly/business/comcast/20150916_Comcast_Eyes_Big_Targets.html Also, the Inquirer reported that Comcast expanded its free international calling service areas. http://www.philly.com/philly/business/technology/20150710_Comcast_expands_free_overseas_calling.html
Date: Thu, 17 Sep 2015 09:20:26 +1000 From: David Clayton <dc33box-usenet2@NOSPAM.yahoo.com.au> 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: <pan.2015.> On Sat, 12 Sep 2015 14:00:09 -0400, Barry Margolin wrote: > 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. I think that the issue is that you do not know if you bag has been opened by a key versus cut open, so you would not know if things had been stolen (or added!) until you actually unpacked it which may be way after you have left the airport versus reporting an obvious crime as soon as you see a violated bag. Imagine if someone was able to insert all sorts of illegal things in your supposedly locked bag using these master keys and have you as the sucker to pick the bag up at the other end not knowing it had been tampered with. --- Regards, David. David Clayton Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. Knowledge is a measure of how many answers you have, intelligence is a measure of how many questions you have. ***** Moderator's Note ***** I am closing this thread. Bill Horne Moderator
Date: Wed, 16 Sep 2015 17:23:11 -0400 From: Retired <Retired@home.com> To: telecomdigestsubmissions.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: Re: Telephony nostalgia -- dialing POP-CORN for free time of day Message-ID: <pdidnWxg-uZdQGTInZ2dnUU7-fOdnZ2d@giganews.com> On 9/15/15 6:46 PM, TLVP wrote: > 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 inSouthern 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 > WWV's time signal can be accessed by phone. +1-303-499-7111 (Boulder, CO) or Naval Observatory at +1-202-762-1401 (Washington, DC) You may have to wait up to 60 seconds as time is only announced on the minute, with 1 sec "ticks" in between. Checked it just now, and my Mac updated its clock "exactly" on the minute. It is sourced to time.apple.com https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WWV_%28radio_station%29#Telephone_service
Date: Wed, 16 Sep 2015 18:29:55 -0400 From: Carl Navarro <cnavarro@wcnet.org> To: telecomdigestsubmissions.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: Re: A Miserable Weekend, For Sure Message-ID: <enqjvapqrmn38vhfrkr7ilpacubgeogua2@4ax.com> On Sunday, 20 Jul 2003 23:30:00 CDT, TELECOM Digest Editor <ptownson@telecom-digest.org> wrote: <<snip long post>> >Saturday I found out that some miserable s.o.b. had delivered a virus >to me in email (SOBIG-E) and I was not able to get that out of the >computer network until late Sunday evening when I was able to speak >with someone who serves as my technical consultant/advisor. Overall, >not a good weekend at all, and now Sunday midnight/start of Monday >and temperature still in the middle nineties. I am going to go to bed >and hope that next week will be better. > >The new exhibit in the Telecom Archives dealing with the Western Union >Tech Review is now open if you wish to check it out. Check out > >http://telecom-digest.org/technical/western-union-tech-review >to see >the twenty-two plus years this publication was around (1947-1969). I >hope you enjoy reading it. > >PAT I just installed Agent newsreader on my workstation (as opposed to my laptop) and was surprised to see this at the bottom of my messages. Notice the date was 9/15/2015, but the message, showing PAT as moderator, is dated 7/20/2003! I have no clue why, and I show two such messages. Carl http://www.wired.com/2015/09/new-iphone-means-well-soon-escape-captivity-carriers/

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