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The Telecom Digest for Fri, 11 Oct 2019
Volume 38 : Issue 284 : "text" format

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AK: 911 outage reported, againBill Horne
Re: Mobile Phone Providers Prepare for Power Outages HAncock4
The Untold Story of the Sony HackMonty Solomon
Digital Knowledge QuizMonty Solomon
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---------------------------------------------------------------------- Message-ID: <20191010193905.GA15586@telecom.csail.mit.edu> Date: Thu, 10 Oct 2019 19:39:05 +0000 From: Bill Horne <bill@horneQRM.net> Subject: AK: 911 outage reported, again JONESBORO, Ark. (KAIT) - For the second time in less than a month, people living in Bay, Trumann and Lake City may not be able to call 911. CenturyLink is currently investigating the outage, according to Jeff Presley, E-911 director. Until the problem is fixed, Jonesboro 911 will answer the calls. https://www.kait8.com/2019/10/10/outage-reported-again/ -- Bill Horne (Remove QRM from my email address to write to me directly) ------------------------------ Message-ID: <ee693d08-c33f-41a6-b94d-ec131dff4287@googlegroups.com> Date: 10 Oct 2019 11:45:06 -0700 From: HAncock4 <withheld@invalid.telecom-digest.org> Subject: Re: Mobile Phone Providers Prepare for Power Outages On Wednesday, October 9, 2019 at 6:14:45 PM UTC-4, Bill Horne wrote: > Some wireless phones should still function, but service may be spotty > > By Chris Chmura and James Jackson > > Mobile phone providers are gearing up to keep wireless service up and > running this week, as much of the San Francisco Bay Area will be > without power during planned PG&E outages. > > NBC Bay Area asked the four largest phone carriers what they're doing > to prepare, and whether customers can count on using their phones. > > https://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/local/Mobile-Phone-Providers-Prepare-for-Power-Outages-562555751.html Historical Notes: The classic No. 6 dry cell was once widely used in telephone and industrial service. (As a kid I used them for hobbyist experiments - they lasted forever). Here's an ad from 1946: https://books.google.com/books?id=L4_mAAAAMAAJ&dq=railway%20%22induction%20communication%22&pg=PA791#v=onepage&q&f=false (Note the Bell Labs micro-chemistry ad on the preceding page). Here's an ad from 1945: https://books.google.com/books?id=6o3mAAAAMAAJ&dq=%22induction%20telephone%22&pg=PA147#v=onepage&q&f=true (Note the Clare relay ad on the preceding page). Here's an ad from 1938: https://books.google.com/books?id=jYPmAAAAMAAJ&dq=%22railway%20signaling%22%20%22north%20shore%20line%22&pg=PA739#v=onepage&q&f=false (scattered on the following pages are ads for other types of Eveready batteries. Scattered on the preceding pages are ads from Automatic Electric for telephone supplies and Western Electric for carrier current equipment.) Then going back to 1921 we have an ad for telephone batteries from Telephony magazine. https://books.google.com/books?id=taU5AQAAIAAJ&dq=columbia%20dry%20cell&pg=PA49#v=onepage&q&f=false You can scroll through each of the above magazines. Interesting historical technology, including radio and induction communications and switching relay logic. ------------------------------ Message-ID: <A752F96D-A6FD-42A3-8824-0A0ADCEACCAE@roscom.com> Date: 10 Oct 2019 05:49:17 -0400 From: "Monty Solomon" <monty@roscom.com> Subject: The Untold Story of the Sony Hack The Untold Story of the Sony Hack: How North Korea's Battle With Seth Rogen and George Clooney Foreshadowed Russian Election Meddling in 2016 The message from North Korean hackers read like the opening of a bad script for a cyber-thriller. In fact, it was the direct predicate for Russia's cyberterrorists hacking of the DNC and the Clinton campaign. If only America had been paying closer attention. Richard Stengel's new book, Information Wars: How We Lost the Global Battle Against Disinformation and What We Can Do About It, will publish on October 8, available wherever books are sold. https://www.vanityfair.com/news/2019/10/the-untold-story-of-the-sony-hack ------------------------------ Message-ID: <6637DA13-89A2-4659-BD51-D36B1A2FD192@roscom.com> Date: 9 Oct 2019 23:06:55 -0400 From: "Monty Solomon" <monty@roscom.com> Subject: Digital Knowledge Quiz Take the Digital Knowledge Quiz at: https://www.pewresearch.org/quiz/digital-knowledge-quiz/ Americans and Digital Knowledge A majority of U.S. adults can answer fewer than half the questions correctly on a digital knowledge quiz, and many struggle with certain cybersecurity and privacy questions. Survey results are at: https://www.pewinternet.org/2019/10/09/americans-and-digital-knowledge/ ***** Moderator's Note ***** *I* got a 90% score! Ahem! Bill Horne Moderator ------------------------------ ********************************************* End of telecom Digest Fri, 11 Oct 2019
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