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The Telecom Digest for December 27, 2011
Volume 30 : Issue 331 : "text" Format
Messages in this Issue:
I'd rather be right (Telecom Digest Moderator)
A Dispute Over Who Owns a Twitter Account Goes to Court (Monty Solomon)
Re: Merry Christmas (Robert Bonomi)
Re: Western Electric is selling vacuum tubes (Harold Hallikainen)

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Date: Mon, 26 Dec 2011 20:45:05 -0500 From: Telecom Digest Moderator <redacted@invalid.telecom.csail.mit.edu> To: telecomdigestmoderator.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: I'd rather be right Message-ID: <20111227014505.GA5330@telecom.csail.mit.edu> I came across the following while looking for something else, and I'm taking this opportunity to help its author strike a blow for all the bright young kids who had to deal with brain-dead school bureaucrats or dumb down complicated technical issues to the level of the average Bell System manager. I'd Rather Be Right ... by Lee Goeller Henry Clay is supposed to have said, "I'd rather be right than President." He was never President, and I know how he feels. I have devoted my life to explaining how things work to an uncaring public while others, uninhibited by such niceties, have become rich. It started in high school when I explained to my science teacher that gravity was NOT caused by lodestone (natural magnet) deep in the earth, and that in "pseudopod," the "p" is silent (as in swimming). I was nearly expelled, but our principal and my science teacher continued a profitable relationship where he built and sold houses which she financed. More recently, in a review of "Innovation and Entrepreneurship," I pointed out that many of the examples on which Peter Drucker bases his management theories are just plain wrong. However, the Lysenko of Capitalism dominates the business schools and gets fat consulting and book contracts while I struggle along on Social Security. You'd think I would learn, but no. I am now about to expose the entire financial community. Needless to say, it is not worried. Rest is at http://www.leegoeller.com/CC/CC-3.htm -- Bill Horne Moderator
Date: Mon, 26 Dec 2011 11:16:27 -0500 From: Monty Solomon <monty@roscom.com> To: telecomdigestmoderator.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: A Dispute Over Who Owns a Twitter Account Goes to Court Message-ID: <p06240825cb1e4dfe3ac7@[]> A Dispute Over Who Owns a Twitter Account Goes to Court By JOHN BIGGS December 25, 2011 How much is a tweet worth? And how much does a Twitter follower cost? In base economic terms, the value of individual Twitter updates seems to be negligible; after all, what is a Twitter post but a few bits of data sent caroming through the Internet? But in a world where social media's influence can mean the difference between a lucrative sale and another fruitless cold call, social media accounts at companies have taken on added significance. The question is: Can a company cash in on, and claim ownership of, an employee's social media account, and if so, what does that mean for workers who are increasingly posting to Twitter, Facebook and Google Plus during work hours? A lawsuit filed in July could provide some answers. ... http://www.nytimes.com/2011/12/26/technology/lawsuit-may-determine-who-owns-a-twitter-account.html ***** Moderator's Note ***** Substitute "Telephone number" for "Twitter Account", and this gets very interesting: is there any precedent to cover "home" phone numbers that an employee of a business had to hand over when leaving? Bill Horne Moderator
Date: Sun, 25 Dec 2011 04:33:41 -0600 From: bonomi@host122.r-bonomi.com (Robert Bonomi) To: telecomdigestmoderator.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: Re: Merry Christmas Message-ID: <1xeydnYDh3cqYYWvTnZ2dnUVZ_gWdnZ2d@posted.nuvoxcommunications> In article <20111225020232.GA12322@telecom.csail.mit.edu>, Telecom Digest Moderator <redacted@invalid.telecom.csail.mit.edu> wrote: > >For those who observe the December 25th holiday, I wish you a Merry >Christmas. For those with other beliefs, please accept my assurance >that my spirit of goodwill is towards all men, no matter their >faiths. A traditional greeting: ABCDE FGHIJ KMNOP QRSTU UVWXY Z ***** Moderator's Note ***** I've just found out that I over-edited the original post. Here it is again, and apologies to Robert. Bill Horne Moderator
Date: Mon, 26 Dec 2011 18:29:51 -0800 From: "Harold Hallikainen" <harold@remove.hallikainen.org> To: telecomdigestmoderator.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: Re: Western Electric is selling vacuum tubes Message-ID: <447729d83cc5ef5a83362a893876f8f2.squirrel@louise.hallikainen.org> The previously listed site - (http://www.westernelectric.com) ... looks interesting. It looks like they are indeed manufacturing the vacuum tubes instead of just importing them. It certainly looks like a specialized skill. Older Western Electric tube data is available at http://louise.hallikainen.org/BroadcastHistory/index.php/WesternElectric . I'm working on an iPod dock using the Western Electric 241A. It's also using a couple mercury vapor rectifiers. It'll transmit to my 1940 AM/SW table radio. For more on the art of building vacuum tubes, see http://www.classictek.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=category&id=88:tektronix-videos&Itemid=80&layout=default Video number 1 gives a detailed view of building a precision CRT. Quite a process! Harold
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