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Date: Fri, 18 Nov 2011 07:33:32 -0800 (PST) From: HAncock4 <email@example.com> To: firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject: Re: Cell Phone/Cancer Message-ID: <email@example.com> On Oct 23, 10:52 am, Randall Webmail <rvh40.remove-t...@and-this- too.insightbb.com> wrote: > Dr. Bob Park, of the University of Maryland, has been telling anyone > who would listen that the radiation from cell phones is not energetic > enough to knock electrons out of their shells. Plus there is the > statistical fact that as cell phone use has skyrocketed over the last > twenty years, the incidence of brain cancer has gone DOWN. As to damaging effects of radio waves, has their been any research into people who used higher-powered radio sets such as cops? Hand held "walkie-talkies" have been around much longer. Also, what about technicians who work near power amplifiers in broadcasting stations, or Long Lines employees who worked near microwave transmitters? One article about this said the far bigger risk to cell phone users is getting into an accident because they were distracted while talking. I see motorists and pedestrians all the time do foolish and dangerous things because they were engrossed in a telephone conversation. Some states mandate 'hands free' conversations, but IMHO it's not the holding of a handset that is the problem, rather, it's the distraction of the conversation. But appears the general public is rather resistant to any cell phone-while-driving laws. In my state it's illegal to use while driving, but almost everybody still does it (at a red light one can see all the other motorists on their phones). Also, they say kids text while driving (I don't know the incidence of that, but kids certainly are texting while walking.)
Date: Sat, 19 Nov 2011 08:25:44 +1100 From: David Clayton <firstname.lastname@example.org> To: email@example.com. Subject: SIM card cutters Message-ID: <firstname.lastname@example.org> I had a client ask about having to get a new mini-SIM to use in an iPhone and transferring all the existing contacts from a standard sized SIM to it. I did a bit of research and found that people are cutting down the standard SIM to the new size and are still able to use it, and there are actually tools for this on sale (in places like eBay). Has anyone here had any experience using these tools and could recommend one that does the job properly? -- 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: Sat, 19 Nov 2011 09:27:49 +1100 From: David Clayton <email@example.com> To: firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject: Pakistan's tough text message, no ifs, no butts Message-ID: <email@example.com> Pakistan's tough text message, no ifs, no butts By Saeed Shah - Karachi November 19, 2011 Guardians of linguistic purity have long warned of the pernicious impact that texting may have on the young, but Pakistani officials have taken such concerns to a new extreme by demanding that mobile phone operators block all text messages using offensive words. With a dedication unusual for local officialdom, the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority has listed more than 1000 words and phrases to be banned, including more than 50 phrases using the F-word and 17 involving ''butt''. The list also includes apparently innocuous words and phrases, including ''flatulence'', ''deposit'' and ''fondle''. Others are likely to make sense only to frustrated teenagers. Among the more printable terms are ''strap-on'', ''beat your meat'', ''crotch rot'', ''love pistol'', ''pocket pool'' and ''quickie''. The officials' flair for the task was apparent, with prohibition embracing more figurative language, such as ''flogging the dolphin'', and 51 terms with the suffix ''ass''. There were 17 variants on ''tit'' and 33 on ''cock'', with officials producing eight obscenities involving the word ''foot''. Mobile phone firms were ordered to stop messages using the offending words this week, although tests by the Guardian suggested the blocking technology was not 100 per cent effective. While agreeing that Pakistan's constitution guaranteed free speech, the regulator told mobile phone companies that such freedom was ''not unrestricted'' under court rulings. Further, it said, they had obligations under their licences to prevent ''obnoxious communication''. In the letter to phone firms, the watchdog's director, Muhammad Talib Doger, said they should implement the system within seven days and submit monthly reports on the number of SMSs blocked. The list was attached to the letter, with 1109 words and phrases in English to be banned, along with 586 in the national language, Urdu, a tongue that also offers many rich possibilities for abuse. The watchdog has yet to tackle obscenity in Pakistan's four main regional languages, including the raucous Punjabi. Mobile phones are used widely across Pakistani society, even in remote villages. Mohammad Younis, a spokesman for the authority, said the ban was the result of numerous meetings and consultations after consumers complained of receiving offensive text messages. ''Nobody would like this happening to their young boy or girl,'' he said. He said the list was not finished and the authority would continue to add to it. Mobile operators expect the authority to fine them for banned words that get through, which means they will have to cut the connection of people who persistently try to send such messages. GUARDIAN Read more: http://www.theage.com.au/world/pakistans-tough-text-message-no-ifs-no-butts-20111118-1nn9j.html#ixzz1e6AsM400 ***** Moderator's Note ***** As anyone who has gone to the spam wars knows, there are a Billion ways to defeat word filters, and Pakistani children are, I suspect, just as adept as those in other countries when it comes to thumbing their nose at old censors and old notions of right and wrong. Bill Horne Moderator
Date: Fri, 18 Nov 2011 12:36:56 -0800 (PST) From: HAncock4 <firstname.lastname@example.org> To: email@example.com. Subject: OT: Electronics store with classic parts Message-ID: <firstname.lastname@example.org> [Posted due to the interest in radio of many on this newsgroup.] from the NYT: A Williamsburg, Brooklyn electronics shop, one of the oldest in the country, carries hundreds of thousands of analog electronic parts, all manufactured before 1968. http://www.nytimes.com/slideshow/2011/11/20/nyregion/20111120_Joint_Leeds.html?ref=nyregion http://www.nytimes.com/2011/11/20/nyregion/leeds-radio-is-a-haven-for-lovers-of-all-things-analog.html ***** Moderator's Note ***** Actually, there are still vacuum tubes in some telephone equipment today. Now, let's have some fun: name the "All American Five", and explain why they got that name. Bill Horne Moderator
Date: Fri, 18 Nov 2011 19:18:35 -0500 From: Monty Solomon <email@example.com> To: firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject: How to Run Your iPhone 4S on T-Mobile (Update 2) Message-ID: <email@example.com> How to Run Your iPhone 4S on T-Mobile (Update 2) Michael Capozzi claims he has found a way to unlock the iPhone 4S without using any hardware or software. This video shows a demonstration of his method. ... http://gizmodo.com/5860647/unconfirmed-unlock-iphone-4s-method-found-no-software-or-hardware-required
Date: Fri, 18 Nov 2011 20:50:22 -0500 From: Barry Margolin <firstname.lastname@example.org> To: email@example.com. Subject: Re: Paying by smartphone Message-ID: <barmar-03D4D2.firstname.lastname@example.org> In article <HsuWk.A.eoC.-XrwOB@telecom>, bernieS <email@example.com> wrote: > >Is your wallet the next relic of the digital age? Why pay with cash > >or plastic when you can use a smartphone? > > > >That is what Ainsley Onstott did on a recent afternoon in Cambridge's > >Kendall Square. She simply showed her iPhone to pay for a sandwich at > >Sebastians Cafe. "They scan it, and I get my receipt e-mailed to > >me,'' said Onstott, 26, a special events manager at the American > >Heart Association. > > For the dubious convenience of paying by smartphone (in lieu of cash) > for a sandwich, all you have to do is turn over your mobile phone > number, email address, and credit card or bank account info. I can't > understand people rushing to give up so much private information for > so little benefit. In addition to the convenience, they're currently offering credits to customers to get them to use it. -- Barry Margolin, firstname.lastname@example.org Arlington, MA *** PLEASE post questions in newsgroups, not directly to me ***
Date: Fri, 18 Nov 2011 23:27:05 -0500 From: bill@horneQRM.net (Bill Horne) To: email@example.com. Subject: Re: Paying by smartphone Message-ID: <20111119042705.GA14863@telecom.csail.mit.edu> On Fri, Nov 18, 2011 at 08:50:22PM -0500, Barry Margolin wrote: > In article <HsuWk.A.eoC.-XrwOB@telecom>, bernieS <firstname.lastname@example.org> > wrote: > > > >Is your wallet the next relic of the digital age? Why pay with cash > > >or plastic when you can use a smartphone? > > > > > >That is what Ainsley Onstott did on a recent afternoon in Cambridge's > > >Kendall Square. She simply showed her iPhone to pay for a sandwich at > > >Sebastians Cafe. "They scan it, and I get my receipt e-mailed to > > >me,'' said Onstott, 26, a special events manager at the American > > >Heart Association. > > > > For the dubious convenience of paying by smartphone (in lieu of cash) > > for a sandwich, all you have to do is turn over your mobile phone > > number, email address, and credit card or bank account info. I can't > > understand people rushing to give up so much private information for > > so little benefit. > > In addition to the convenience, they're currently offering credits to > customers to get them to use it. What the cellphone companies are trying to do is bypass the existing credit industry and switch consumers to electronic payments drawn directly from their bank accounts. Mastercard, Visa, American Express, and all the other credit issuers are currently collecting as much as 2.5% of each transaction, and that adds up to billions of dollars per year that Paypal and other EFT facilitators are eager to split with cellular providers. In addition to the money, there are savings in other areas: EFT has very few of the safeguards and dispute resolution procedures mandated by law for credit-card transactions - AFAIK, you get whatever your bank chooses to give you, and that's all. The third leg of this Golden Triangle is probably the most troubling: if your cellular provider is now performing clearing-house services on your behalf, whether for EFT or for credit-card payments, that means that they also have an accurate record of your buying habits, which the cellular provider can tie to your identity. With a credit card, the card's issueing bank was the only place that could tie your id to a purchase: after all, the whole process happens "off line" as far as the cellular network is concerned. If cellular-based EFT becomes common, your cellular provider will be able to sell your purchase data to all comers within a few seconds of it being gathered. Information about every hotel where you rent a room, every time you spend a night away from your spouse, every book you buy, and every charity you give to will now be available to anyone with the cash to pay for it. This is, in other words, the pot 'o gold at the end of the marketeer's rainbow: the ability to market directly to you based on every person you talk to, every purchase you make, and every place you visit. Not only is Big Brother watching you, but he's selling your life story to every moralist, shame-monger, criminal, cretin, and politician who will ante up, and you may expect that they will all be eager to use that information to force you to act the way they want and to do what they want. Don't say I didn't warn you! :-( Bill -- Bill Horne (Remove QRM from my email address to write to me directly) "And I'm sure it wouldn't interest anybody Outside of a small circle of friends" - Phil Ochs
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