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Date: Tue, 6 Dec 2011 10:28:14 -0500 From: Monty Solomon <email@example.com> To: firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject: Sexting by Minors Isn't as Prevalent as Expected, Study Finds Message-ID: <email@example.com> Sending of Sexual Images by Minors Isn't as Prevalent as Expected, Study Finds By ANAHAD O'CONNOR December 5, 2011 One in 10 children ages 10 to 17 has used a cellphone to send or receive sexually suggestive images, but only 1 in 100 has sent images considered graphic enough to violate child pornography laws, a new study found. The results of the study, published on Monday in the journal Pediatrics, are based on detailed telephone interviews with 1,560 children across the country. It is one of the largest surveys yet to look at the prevalence of sexting among minors, a phenomenon that has drawn concern from schools and law enforcement and that has prompted nationwide legislation trying to curb it. An earlier, often-cited study had estimated that as many as one in five teenagers engaged in sexting, but it included 18- and 19-year-olds, most likely increasing the overall prevalence. In recent years, high-profile cases in which teenagers were arrested for forwarding nude pictures of other minors have attracted nationwide attention. Despite sexting's reputation as a teenage pastime, surveys now suggest that it is actually more common among young adults than children. ... http://www.nytimes.com/2011/12/05/science/sending-of-sexual-images-by-minors-not-as-prevalent-as-thought-study-finds.html
Date: Tue, 06 Dec 2011 16:50:13 -0500 From: Bill Horne <bill@horneQRM.net> To: firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject: Broadband choices in Europe Message-ID: <4EDE8E15.2000101@horneQRM.net> I've just seen a video at the link below: I recommend it for a good introduction to what is possible vs. what is happening here in the U.S. http://www.engadget.com/2011/06/28/why-is-european-broadband-faster-and-cheaper-blame-the-governme/ Bill Horne -- Bill Horne (Remove QRM from my address to write to me directly)
Date: Tue, 6 Dec 2011 08:34:12 -0800 (PST) From: Wes Leatherock <email@example.com> To: firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject: Re: I'm looking for #5XB training manuals Message-ID: <1323189252.22629.YahooMailClassic@web111718.mail.gq1.yahoo.com> --- On Mon, 12/5/11, email@example.com <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote: [ ... ] > No. 5 crossbar, combined with AMA, helped bring subscriber dialed > direct long distance. It certainly helped, but it was not essential for DDD. Many cities in Texas and Oklahoma, including Dallas, Oklahoma City, Fort Worth and Tulsa converted majority step-by-step exchanges to DDD with LAMA. My first DDD call, when they turned it up for employees a week or two early in Oklahoma City, was to Bell Canada in Montreal. Wes Leatherock email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org
Date: Wed, 7 Dec 2011 10:07:50 -0800 (PST) From: email@example.com (HAncock4) To: firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject: Smartphone malware threats on the rise Message-ID: <email@example.com> CBS News reported that "a report from the computer security company McAfee finds that threats to your smartphone are on the rise and will reach a record high by the end of this year. According to the report, you are 76 percent more likely to have a malicious software attack, known as malware, on an Android device. " for full article please see: http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-502303_162-57338391/smartphone-malware-threats-on-the-rise-report/?tag=cbsnewsSectionContent.0 ***** Moderator's Note ***** It's a statistical certainty: those who shake hands with other are 1,000% more likely to get a virus than those who live in a hypoalergenic bubble. "There are lies, damned lies, and statistics" - Mark Twain Bill Horne Moderator
Date: Tue, 6 Dec 2011 21:38:19 -0500 From: Monty Solomon <firstname.lastname@example.org> To: email@example.com. Subject: $2.5 Million fine for Oregon Blogger Message-ID: <firstname.lastname@example.org> Crystal Cox, Oregon Blogger, Isn't a Journalist, Concludes U.S. Court - Imposes $2.5 Million Judgement on Her http://blogs.seattleweekly.com/dailyweekly/2011/12/crystal_cox_oregon_blogger_isn.php Unlike Oregon, Bloggers Are Journalists in Washington State, [and] Do Qualify for Legal Protections http://blogs.seattleweekly.com/dailyweekly/2011/12/unlike_oregon_bloggers_are_jou.php
Date: Tue, 6 Dec 2011 19:21:07 +0000 (UTC) From: email@example.com (Thor Lancelot Simon) To: firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject: Re: MSNBC/NYT: Caller ID Forging Message-ID: <email@example.com> In article <fibav.A.Z0B.rbZ3OB@telecom>, Fred Goldstein <fgoldstein.SeeSigSpambait@wn2.wn.net> wrote: >Actually, there is. Look at ITU-T Recommendation Q.763, the Calling >Party Number information element. It includes two bits: >Screening indicator >0 0 reserved (Note 2) >0 1 user provided, verified and passed >1 0 reserved (Note 2) >1 1 network provided >NOTE 2 - Code 00 and 10 are reserved for "user provided, not >verified" and "user provided, verified and failed" >respectively. Codes 00 and 10 are for national use. >These are also included in ISDN signaling to the subscriber. Now >whether telcos ever bother to screen is a different question. (I I don't have copies any more, but I am very sure the Telcordia (Bellcore, back then when I worked with them) interworking standards for Q.931 to SS7-ISUP, as well as the various Generic Requirements for switches, required those bits to be set to "0 1" if the calling party number was provided by customer equipment. I participated in at least one test where a network element failed because it did not correctly implement this, in fact, and then could not be connected to an ILEC network. -- Thor Lancelot Simon firstname.lastname@example.org "All of my opinions are consistent, but I cannot present them all at once." -Jean-Jacques Rousseau, On The Social Contract
Date: Tue, 6 Dec 2011 23:52:28 -0500 From: danny burstein <email@example.com> To: firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject: Canada has its own FISA. But this is a good one... Message-ID: <Pine.NEB.email@example.com> It's an anti-spam measure. And it's got the mainsleaze spammers worried... (the hardcore crooks will ignore it, of course, but this should free up resources to go after them, too) ------- [retailing news report] The country's "Fighting Internet and Wireless Spam Act" - FISA for short - is designed to protect consumers from spam. Unlike a similar law that went into effect in the United States in 2003 - the CAN-SPAM act - FISA requires senders of commercial e-mail messages to obtain consent from recipients prior to sending any message. In the United States, retailers and marketers can send unsolicited messages if they enable consumers to opt-out of receiving future messages from the sender, such as through links at the bottom of the e-mail. ------ rest: http://www.internetretailer.com/2011/07/08/new-hurdle-e-mail
Date: Tue, 6 Dec 2011 08:40:21 -0800 (PST) From: Wes Leatherock <firstname.lastname@example.org> To: email@example.com. Subject: Re: OSHA: Two Federal DOT Agencies Ban Hand-Held Phone Use Message-ID: <1323189621.94563.YahooMailClassic@web111714.mail.gq1.yahoo.com> --- On Mon, 12/5/11, John Stahl <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote: > US Occupational Health & Safety has reported on their web site > (www.ohsonline.com) that "Two DOT agencies, the Federal Motor > Carrier Safety Administration and the Pipeline and Hazardous > Materials Safety Administration, published a final rule Dec. 2 that > will prohibit use of hand-held mobile phones by commercial drivers > while on the road...." > It seems that the DOT has put a higher penalty on hand-held cell > phone usage while driving than probably most states have imposed on > over-the-road drivers and have even added a fine on their employers, > too. According to the article, "Drivers who violate the restriction > can be charged a civil penalty of as much as $2,750; a civil penalty > of as much as $11,000 can be imposed on employers who fail to > require their drivers to comply." These new rules take effect > January 3, 2012. Do these rules also apply to CB use, which is mostly truckers now? Wes Leatherock email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org
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