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The Telecom Digest for June 15, 2011
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Date: Mon, 13 Jun 2011 10:25:46 -0500 From: Dave Garland <firstname.lastname@example.org> To: email@example.com. Subject: Re: New telephone area-code 431 in Winnipeg area? Message-ID: <firstname.lastname@example.org> On 6/10/2011 12:42 PM, Some Guy wrote: > The caller ID info is injected during the space between the first and > second rings - right? Do telco's allow customers to inject their own > info somehow to over-ride the real data? My VoIP vendor gives me a field to fill in on the config screen for CID number. I can type any number I want into that field. Dave
Date: Mon, 13 Jun 2011 14:25:19 -0700 (PDT) From: Lisa or Jeff <email@example.com> To: firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject: Battery power support today Message-ID: <email@example.com> semi-offtopic Battery technology was previously discussed in this newsgroup. The NYT reported that the Phila transit system will use battery packs to pick up power generated by braking subway trains and return it when trains acceleration. (Electric motors can be easily switched to become generators). Also, some power could be fed back into the general power grid and help control frequency deviations from the desired 60.000 Hz. see: http://green.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/06/13/batteries-will-save-juice-o... Historically, telephone switching offices as well as PBXs had large battery supplies which were kept charged on a 'float current' from power supplied by rectifying commercial power. If commercial power failed, the batteries would be charged by large diesel engines and generators. All of this power plant was a major installation as part of the central office. It has been suggested that some central offices, remote switching nodes, and cell phone antenna sites, no longer have generators to supply power in a commercial outage after the batteries run down. This is troubling. Plenty of relatively normal nasty snowfalls can bring down commercial lines requiring more an eight hours to restore. A tough weather event would generate greatly increased telephone and datacomm usage, further taxing the power supply. Hopefully the new battery technology referred to in the article could perhaps allow telephone plant to _economically_ have greater standby capacity, especially when there isn't a diesel engine available. (Anyone know how many kilowatts of power are consumed by a telephone central office at the busy hour?)
Date: Tue, 14 Jun 2011 02:29:59 -0400 From: Monty Solomon <firstname.lastname@example.org> To: email@example.com. Subject: F.B.I. Agents Get Leeway to Push Privacy Bounds Message-ID: <firstname.lastname@example.org> F.B.I. Agents Get Leeway to Push Privacy Bounds By CHARLIE SAVAGE June 12, 2011 WASHINGTON - The Federal Bureau of Investigation is giving significant new powers to its roughly 14,000 agents, allowing them more leeway to search databases, go through household trash or use surveillance teams to scrutinize the lives of people who have attracted their attention. The F.B.I. soon plans to issue a new edition of its manual, called the Domestic Investigations and Operations Guide, according to an official who has worked on the draft document and several others who have been briefed on its contents. The new rules add to several measures taken over the past decade to give agents more latitude as they search for signs of criminal or terrorist activity. The F.B.I. recently briefed several privacy advocates about the coming changes. Among them, Michael German, a former F.B.I. agent who is now a lawyer for the American Civil Liberties Union, argued that it was unwise to further ease restrictions on agents' power to use potentially intrusive techniques, especially if they lacked a firm reason to suspect someone of wrongdoing. ... http://www.nytimes.com/2011/06/13/us/13fbi.html
Date: 13 Jun 2011 15:01:51 GMT From: Doug McIntyre <email@example.com> To: firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject: Re: New telephone area-code 431 in Winnipeg area? Message-ID: <email@example.com> John David Galt <firstname.lastname@example.org> writes: >Some Guy wrote: >> The caller ID info is injected during the space between the first and >> second rings - right? Do telco's allow customers to inject their own >> info somehow to over-ride the real data? >Any business that operates its own PBX is allowed to generate its own >Caller ID strings. I don't know of any telco that vets them. Most of the CLECs do now for new orders. They aren't going to go back and retroactively filter existing lines in my experience. For instance, I can't send callerID strings out of my PBX that aren't within my DID range out my PRI trunks like I used to be able to in the past (since I had changed up my trunks a while back). If I try to do so, it reverts back to the ANI. When shopping around for VoIP PRIs for my customers, I've found many do filter and wouldn't remove the filters without very good justification, and just because they were a VoIP provider wasn't enough.. That was probably a flag to not allow them to do so. :) But there are tons of trunks out there that don't filter, and probably plenty of LECs as well.
Date: Mon, 13 Jun 2011 20:57:57 -0400 From: tlvp <PtUlRvGEpTrHeEsSsE@hotmail.com> To: email@example.com. Subject: Motorola Phone Tools Message-ID: <firstname.lastname@example.org> I bought a RAZR V3 USB data cable with Motorola Phone Tools at an at&t phone store. It's worked well for tethering with a Motorola SLVR (aka L2) produced for Cingular/at&t, but I wonder: will it work just as well for tethering a RAZR V3 produced for T-Voicestream/T-Mobile? Or will the RAZR's use of 1700 MHz where the L2 uses 1900 MHz put a crimp in things? TIA for any comments of any help. And cheers, -- tlvp
Date: Mon, 13 Jun 2011 11:07:27 -0400 From: Regina_R_Monaco <email@example.com> To: firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject: Re: Cable rates are rising, but don't blame your provider - entirely Message-ID: <EF54A257-F176-4842-B1AA-90908AC1947B@sonic.net> On Sat, 11 Jun 2011 01:59:20 -0700, Sam Spade <email@example.com> wrote: Telecom Digest Moderator wrote: .. > > Just tell Mayor Menino that he's a pretentious blow-hard, and > organize a > boycott of Comcast: they'll get the message. Better yet, turn it off, > get a library card, and read a book. That isn't going to happen. Perhaps going to Dish or Direct is the answer. ***** Moderator's Note ***** If it doesn't happen for others, they get to bear the consequences. You have your own choice. Bill Horne Moderator I don't think cable TV is entirely a luxury, nor can the problem of the rising price of this service to consumers due to monopolistic practices by cable providers be solved as easily as consumers canceling their service and "getting a book" (not that that's a bad idea!). Personally I have done exactly that - I've not had cable, due to the ridiculously high prices and the monopolistic practices of Time Warner Cable, for over 8 years. When really bored, there is of course, Hulu. What I have come to appreciate over this time is that I am missing some amount of important social continuity with most other people. Even things that seem utterly bereft of value, such as commercials, can facilitate social bonding when one talks with others. I also miss information that one picks up casually when the TV is on, such as local news items (even though news is available online of course), and things you see simply by flipping the dial - sports scores that I would never look for, new (bad) shows, new formats. Example: I missed the Royal Wedding and while I am no Royal follower, it certainly was world news and an event that people talked about ,and it would have been amusing to have had it on at 4am along with much of the world as the silliness of it played out. What I am trying to say is that while cable offers a stream of mostly inane information, that stream can have a function beyond entertainment and offers content that people often use to bond socially. Being out of that loop can be surprisingly somewhat isolating. So keeping the price reasonable for consumers instead of gouging them is, I think, important. Most consumers do not want to be left out in this way, and this social function of cable TV cannot be replaced by a book, alas. IMHO, OC! --Regina
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