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[#] Thu Oct 22 2009 22:56:59 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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You used to work for a phone company ... surely you're familiar with a practice known as "traffic pumping"?

[#] Fri Oct 23 2009 09:36:38 EDT from Ford II @ Uncensored

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I didn't work for that part of the phone company.
Really our end of the AT&T universe was all the online stuff, I never dealt with the phone people except to laugh at them that they thought their business would last for ever.

[#] Fri Oct 23 2009 12:21:11 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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Ok then ...

The reason you see a lot of business in rural areas that centers around a large volume of incoming calls is because of a practice known as "traffic pumping." It's built around regulations that the Big ILEC's originally bought during the early years of equal access and deregulation, which require the originating LEC to pay a small "settlement" to the terminating LEC in order to cover their costs. In the dense rate centers it's a fraction of a cent per minute, but in rural areas it could be a dime or more.

The original traffic pumpers simply set up shop in these rural areas and allowed calls to terminate there and then they rerouted them to other destinations (often international) via cheap transport, and pocketed the difference.

The newer business models eliminate the expense of sending the call back out over the PSTN. Many of them are "free conference call" services such as in which everyone dials in, the conference call hoster just bridges everyone together via cheap hardware, and they pocket the settlement fees. There are also some carriers such as which offer you a free telephone number with free unlimited incoming calls, and they send the calls out over the Internet to the SIP server of your choice. I've got two of these numbers. I use one of them to call home from my cell phone, so it doesn't tie up our phone line (or ... I can still get through when the line is busy). The number is in Washington state, but who cares about that when there's no extra charge for long distance on a wireless plan? I use the other number to go straight into the Asterisk IVR.

Now those same ILEC's are whining about those very same regulations, the ones they paid for 15-20 years ago. They're required to terminate *all* calls, even if the settlements are expensive. CLEC's aren't.
That's why when Google or Vonage or other non-traditional CLEC's block access to traffic pumpers, AT&T and Verizon start whining like a bunch of hypocrites about how horrible it all is.

[#] Mon Oct 26 2009 11:13:14 EDT from Ford II @ Uncensored

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heh, it's fun to watch the big boys do it to each other.

except of course that it ends up costing us money.

[#] Thu Nov 05 2009 03:07:55 EST from Animal @ Uncensored

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gawd.... i miss the days when the internet was too hard for stupid
people to use.

[#] Thu Nov 05 2009 10:57:19 EST from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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Amen to that. Nowadays the Internet practically insists on stupidity.

[#] Thu Nov 05 2009 13:55:25 EST from Ford II @ Uncensored

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Yeah, there ya go. Forget internet II, how about we make internet non-stupid.
Only non stupid people can use it.
We can even layer it on top of the existing internet until we can actually pay for our own separate network.

[#] Thu Nov 05 2009 17:18:24 EST from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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oooh, a darknet ... I like :)

[#] Fri Nov 06 2009 08:24:10 EST from jjtest @ Uncensored

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no one could figure out Mbone or 6bone so maybe the progression:


Mbone ->6Bone->Stupidbone



[#] Fri Nov 06 2009 10:05:52 EST from Dirk Stanley @ Uncensored

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Miles and I are on a mission to bring back Gopher.

Ig, any interest? Is there going to be a UCG Gopher site? :)

[#] Fri Nov 06 2009 10:07:56 EST from Dirk Stanley @ Uncensored

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BTW : The advantage of Gopher - Imagine the bandwidth savings!! :)

[#] Fri Nov 06 2009 10:17:16 EST from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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I suppose I could write a "GopherCit" client. :)

Now that I think about it, Gopher protocol would have been the perfect way to deploy low-bandwidth, small-screen applications to mobile phones.

[#] Fri Nov 06 2009 11:59:18 EST from Ford II @ Uncensored

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but no.... WAP was such a better idea.

[#] Fri Nov 06 2009 13:19:10 EST from Dirk Stanley @ Uncensored

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This is why I'm pushing for LoGophOOx -

1. Part LOGO
2. Part Gopher
3. Part Unix
... in an object-oriented fashion.

[#] Sat Nov 07 2009 10:58:49 EST from fleeb @ Uncensored

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This is pretty cool:

Someone created a 'secret knock' door mechanism to unlock a door when it hears the secret knock.

[#] Sat Nov 07 2009 22:40:11 EST from skpacman @ Uncensored

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Now that's some geek action there.

Perfect for clubs.. or just someone who forgets their keys a lot.

The only bad thing is if your neighbors hear that without you knowing. But how would they know that you have the knock detector?

Definately someting to look into.

[#] Sun Nov 08 2009 18:15:05 EST from Ford II @ Uncensored

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I know they did that with port knocking, I guess somebody actually built the real thing.
I wonder which came first...

[#] Mon Nov 09 2009 12:46:06 EST from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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And now for the "vintage technology moment of the day."

The classic (1979) Remco "Sound FX Machine."

I had one of these. We must have spent hundreds of hours screwing around with this thing. I added a line-out jack to mine so I wouldn't have to be limited to the two inch speaker.

It was based on the Texas Instruments SN76477 chip. A few years later I bought one of those chips (back when Radio Shack was still useful for that kind of thing) and built a better quality unit. That was fun.

[#] Mon Nov 09 2009 22:05:47 EST from Animal @ Uncensored

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Okay, foiled by Palm again.
Picked up a bluetooth headset. $20 at target.
Pairs up OK, I can use it for phone calls, but that's not why i bought
Can't fucking listen to music through it. That's all I want to do.

Anyone know of any tricks (preferably free) to get this to work? I've
tried a utility called "Freedom" that supposedly lets you do this, but
that only switched between speaker/handset/wired headset.

[#] Tue Nov 10 2009 09:50:56 EST from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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A little Googling turns up a lot of hits for something called "Softick Audio Gateway" which appears to do what you want.

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