29 Years of the Digest ... founded August 21, 1981
The Telecom Digest for February 22, 2011
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Date: Sun, 20 Feb 2011 22:05:26 -0800 From: Steven <email@example.com> To: firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject: Re: Verizon screwed me, again Message-ID: <email@example.com> On 2/20/11 8:11 AM, Telecom Digest Moderator wrote: > This is getting obscene. Verizon did it to me again. > > As I wrote before, MegaPath abandoned service to my town while I was > on vacation. I got home to find that my DSL service had been > disconnected. > > There is another part of the story: I have been using Google Voice for > my phone calls for a long time, because my son was running up > hundred-dollar-plus phone bills calling everyone he knows every > day. He assumed that I would pay the bill and do nothing - proof that > youth is wasted on the young - but I placed "no toll" restrictions > on the line and relied on Google to make LD phone calls. > > Of course, no Internet means no Google Voice, and my wife asked me to > resolve the situation so that she could use the phone. I called the > Verizon "Service" representative - I'll call her Anne - and asked to > have the restrictions removed. She told me it would happen within the > hour. > > After that, Anne told me that there was a pending order to remove > Speakeasy DSL, and she sold me the second tier of Verizon's DSL > service, with a scheduled start date of 2/23. > > Two hours later, at 4:30 PM on a Friday before a long weekend, the > toll restrictions were still there. I called Verizon's number > again. The man I spoke to said, again and again and again, that he > wouldn't "yes me to death" at the same time he was trying to "maybe" > me to death. He said the order to remove the toll restictions had been > created after the DSl order, and that meant it had been due-dated > 2/21, but that he would talk to the order bureau to try to get it > changed back to the date I had been guaranteed. The order bureau, he > told me, closes at Six PM: I suspect that was also the time when his > shift ended. The toll restrictions are still in place. > > I know what happened: Anne was eager to lock in her commission for a > DSL sale before she left for whatever cave she calls home, so she > broke her promise, lied to me, and left the first thing I had asked > for as "last" on her to-do list. This is what passes for "service" from > Verizon now, and I urge all my readers to switch to other companies. > > Feel free to mention my name. > Sounds like you are dealing with HellAtlantic. Some years ago I was working a trouble ticket and had to call back east, I called a minute too early for their normal call time and was hung up on. This was a military circuit, so I passed it on to AT&T and that got it resolved, but all those years it has left a sour test in my mouth. Now that it is Verizon and I was GTE, at least most of the time old GTE areas on the west coast you can get help, I'm not saying that there are not problems, but I have never been treated badly. ***** Moderator's Note ***** I don't know where the call-taker was located, but I know she's a liar and a discredit to her peers. I'm a "New England Telephone" customer, since I live just South of Boston, Massachusetts. BTW, does anyone know if the "Customer Service Representatives" are/were unionized? Orders to use such shoddy and arrogant tactics wouldn't be tolerated by any union employee I ever knew, so I suspect the "Let them eat cake" attitude which I experienced is from a non-union organization where the managers don't have any personal pride or conscience, and where they can squeeze their subordinates into deceiving customers, falsifying records, and giving lip-service to the customer care standards that I grew up with. Bill Horne Moderator
Date: Mon, 21 Feb 2011 04:01:07 -0800 From: Sam Spade <firstname.lastname@example.org> To: email@example.com. Subject: Re: New Hacking Tools Pose Bigger Threats to Wi-Fi Users Message-ID: <1eadnRx_Ka6Zyf_QnZ2dnUVZ_jmdnZ2d@giganews.com> > ***** Moderator's Note ***** > > The solution is both easy and obvious: SSL. And as for security, any > Internet cafe worthy of the name has its SSL fingerprint posted on > every wall - and offers wired connections as well. When I find any public spot with wired connections I'll let you know. :-) Also, I doubt anyone involved in these public places these days can even spell SSL. ***** Moderator's Note ***** Anyone who uses a public hotspot without bothering to train themselves about the risks and necessary precautions deserves what they get: someone who puts sensitive information on an open hotspot is just proof that a fool and her money were lucky to get together in the first place. Bill Horne Moderator
Date: Mon, 21 Feb 2011 17:38:30 +1100 From: David Clayton <firstname.lastname@example.org> To: email@example.com. Subject: Re: New Hacking Tools Pose Bigger Threats to Wi-Fi Users Message-ID: <firstname.lastname@example.org> On Sun, 20 Feb 2011 15:52:15 -0700, Fred Atkinson wrote: > On Sat, 19 Feb 2011 01:26:05 -0500, Monty Solomon <email@example.com> > wrote: > >> Until recently, only determined and knowledgeable hackers with >> fancy tools and lots of time on their hands could spy while you >> used your laptop or smartphone at Wi-Fi hot spots. But a free >> program called Firesheep, released in October, has made it simple >> to see what other users of an unsecured Wi-Fi network are doing and >> then log on as them at the sites they visited. > > Only invades unsecured wireless networks? Anyone who is > running an unsecured network without WPA2 is advertising their > vulnerability. > > Has anyone here made themselves familar with a program called > 'Netstumbler'? Have you heard of 'War Driving'? > > If Firesheep can only invade unsecure networks then what good > is it? You can invade an unsecure network without it. Big difference in just connecting to a network and then being able to "see what other users of an unsecured Wi-Fi network are doing and then log on as them at the sites they visited". -- 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.
Date: Mon, 21 Feb 2011 17:36:34 +1100 From: David Clayton <firstname.lastname@example.org> To: email@example.com. Subject: Re: Apple Is Weighing a Cheaper iPhone Message-ID: <firstname.lastname@example.org> > ***** Moderator's Note ***** .......... > ... Or, Apple can continue to produce TinyType[tm] devices that are > designed to be readable only by empty-brained twenty-somethings who think > paying $100 per month for a friggin phone is normal. Nice business if you can get (away with) it! Just accept that these toys are for the not-yet myopic and not us way on the wrong side of 40. We'll just wait for the direct optic-nerve interface model to come to market. -- 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.
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