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The Telecom Digest for Sun, 21 Jul 2019
Volume 38 : Issue 202 : "text" format

Table of contents
History AE Crossbar switch?HAncock4
Is Huawei a Security Threat? Vietnam Isn't Taking Any Chances Monty Solomon
Re: Rural counties plagued by holes in communications HAncock4
Revealed: This Is Palantir's Top-Secret User Manual for Cops Monty Solomon
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---------------------------------------------------------------------- Message-ID: <f1ac8085-d7d3-4389-8b92-5f21067beae6@googlegroups.com> Date: 20 Jul 2019 12:07:54 -0700 From: HAncock4 <withheld@invalid.telecom-digest.org> Subject: History AE Crossbar switch? In 1972, Automatic Electric offered a crossbar switch for smaller installations (up to 600 lines). AE claimed it was very economical yet full featured. It was actually built by Hitachi. Brochures describing it may be found here: https://www.telephonecollectors.info/index.php/browse/document-repository/catalogs-manuals/automatic-electric-2/ae-circulars/13253-ae-circular-1205-may73-gtx-400-pabx https://www.telephonecollectors.info/index.php/browse/document-repository/catalogs-manuals/automatic-electric-2/ae-circulars/13252-ae-circular-1199-nov72-automatic-telephone-service-gtx-400-hitachi Would anyone have experience working with that switch or being served by it? I wonder if it was truly economical, and also how reliable it was actual service. Thanks to Carterphone, Bell System customers could order switchgear from other suppliers. The Bell Labs history mentions this, although overall very few customers did so. Personally, I don't think AE products were as well made as Western Electric equipment. I have some AE telephone sets and they don't sound as well as equivalent WE sets. But I don't know about switchgear. For a long time, AE was wedded to the Strowger switch. ------------------------------ Message-ID: <9D7BCE2C-999F-4E30-9349-05ACE54AB706@roscom.com> Date: 19 Jul 2019 09:12:39 -0400 From: "Monty Solomon" <monty@roscom.com> Subject: Is Huawei a Security Threat? Vietnam Isn't Taking Any Chances As the world splits along U.S.-China fault lines, telecom companies in Vietnam appear to be quietly avoiding the Chinese tech giant in their 5G plans. By Raymond Zhong HANOI, Vietnam - The battle for technological dominance between the United States and China is splitting the world in two, though not always along the lines you might expect. American allies such as Britain and Germany have signaled that they are unlikely to back Washington's effort to stop countries from working with the Chinese technology giant Huawei, which American officials call a Trojan Horse for Beijing's cyberspies. Australia has barred the firm from building its next-generation 5G cellphone networks, even though its economy depends on China's appetite for natural resources. South Korea and the Philippines have not, despite past frictions with China. https://www.nytimes.com/2019/07/18/technology/huawei-ban-vietnam.html ------------------------------ Message-ID: <f46afea0-74d0-4e88-aebe-a6e392bad89a@googlegroups.com> Date: 18 Jul 2019 14:27:38 -0700 From: HAncock4 <withheld@invalid.telecom-digest.org> Subject: Re: Rural counties plagued by holes in communications On Sunday, July 14, 2019 at 5:27:40 PM UTC-4, Bill Horne wrote: > GRANGEVILLE - There's no question Idaho County needs a reliable > communication infrastructure, commissioners were told Tuesday. > But how that comes about and who pays for it is the big question. > https://lmtribune.com/northwest/rural-counties-plagued-by-holes-in-communications/article_eb80de9d-13ac-5559-80c2-781c8a71e139.html Times have changed. Here is a Western Electric ad from 1948 touting expansion of telephone service to rural areas: https://books.google.com/books?id=a0YEAAAAMBAJ&lpg=PA3&dq=the%20telephone%20is%20coming&pg=PA3#v=onepage&q&f=false Going back to 1915, here is a Bell System ad touting its service to farmers. https://books.google.com/books?id=_KQmh-W9vooC&lpg=PA19&dq=life%20rural%20telephone&pg=PA19#v=onepage&q&f=false ------------------------------ Message-ID: <357FBDA3-9F3C-4569-B66A-B2530B3121BB@roscom.com> Date: 19 Jul 2019 09:20:30 -0400 From: "Monty Solomon" <monty@roscom.com> Subject: Revealed: This Is Palantir's Top-Secret User Manual for Cops Motherboard obtained a Palantir user manual through a public records request, and it gives unprecedented insight into how the company logs and tracks individuals. By Caroline Haskins Palantir is one of the most significant and secretive companies in big data analysis. The company acts as an information management service for Immigrations and Customs Enforcement, corporations like JP Morgan and Airbus, and dozens of other local, state, and federal agencies. It's been described by scholars as a "secondary surveillance network," since it extensively catalogs and maps interpersonal relationships between individuals, even those who aren't suspected of a crime. Palantir software is instrumental to the operations of ICE, which is planning one of the largest-ever targeted immigration enforcement raids this weekend on thousands of undocumented families. Activists argue raids of this scale would be impossible without software like Palantir. But few people outside the company and its customers know how its software works or what its specific capabilities and user interfaces are. https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/9kx4z8/revealed-this-is-palantirs-top-secret-user-manual-for-cops ------------------------------ ********************************************* End of telecom Digest Sun, 21 Jul 2019

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