Tag: telecomm

Time for a telecomm “trade’

The recently announced NSA/Telco data sharing fiasco is setting off a wave of lawsuits. Make jokes if you must, in light of the situation (which I don’t personally think is a big deal – I don’t get any phone calls anyway). But I do think – how timely!

The telcos are in the middle of a “net neutrality” fight, and I wish someone would properly communicate the bigger picture – the telco’s certainly can’t.

The time is now – trade a quick sweep of this issue under the carpet in return for perpetually free access across the pipes.

Widespread panic about to ensue over email “postage”

postage.jpgAOL (and Yahoo) are about to implement Goodmail sender payment systems into their email, and it has already been noted that individuals have little to fear – the process is for bulk mailers. Invariably, there will be a few delivery problems, but the onus will be on Goodmail and their clients to figure this out. Or, users will simply go to another provider.

Unfortunately, the news will probably cause more problems than the system, as people will misinterpret it as a hit on them. Why do I think this? Because the news is traveling fast – I get this, this, this, this, this, and this in my “inbox” on SuperBowl Sunday.

Your Google search queries may not be yours

googlesearch.jpgI do check site stats – I am usually looking for what other people are looking for – keywords that got them here. I don’t try putting two and two together, to figure out who looked for what, and I don’t adjust postings based on keywords (unless I get a request to remove a name or something like that). It is more about curiousity than anything else. Seems that the federal government is curious about what people are searching for too, as they are after Google’s personalized search results.

I was tired of hacking the Safari search bar to use my preferred engine in place of Apple’s hardcoded Google “suggestion” (something that has to been done everytime the browser gets cued for a regular patch), and was using Google again over the last month. I just cleaned up those personalized results from Google, after getting tired of it making suggestions for me as well.

By the way, Google has NOT turned over any results to the government – how long they can hold off subpoenas is anyone’s guess. The Feds say they need the data for research into how often pornography shows up in online searches, but with all the chatter about spying and so forth, I just have to wonder…

Why isn’t the government just running their own queries?

BellSouth’s unsurprisingly stupid move

BellSouth “finally” announced that they are going to throttling down internet transport for content providers that don’t pay up. Well, actually they said they would be providing better service for those that paid, but what they really mean is the former.

As Bill Smith, CTO at Bell South, pointed out: “Higher usage for broadband services drives more costs that we have to recover.”

If they can’t recover costs of transport, then why in the hell do they continue lowering prices for broadband access?!

The reason is simple: because they’re desperate, because they lack vision, because they just can’t compete.

Looking For Charges, In All The Wrong Places

The saga of struggling (and stupid) telecomm companies doesn’t only continue..its accelerating.

The telcos can’t “create” their way out of wet paper bags, so they want to charge service providers for access to their lines. Of course, this will just stifle innovation and piss everyone off, but the telcos don’t care. And if you think this isn’t going to happen just because the Chairman of the FCC thinks its a bad idea, think again. Some of the players are already prepping for it by again lowering prices for broadband access – you know they are thinking they are about to pick up the lost revenue on the backside. Of course, if they can’t make up for the fact they add little value, they can always hide egregious surcharges in their terms and conditions, strapping customers when they least expect it.

Telcos get more desperate every day

Telcos are using incentives as flat out bribes, offering free iPods to people who complain about their cable company on public forums.

They can’t compete, so they combine. They can’t partner, so they pillage. They’re running out of steam, so they resort to outright deception.

Sounds like the telecom industry is turning into a training ground for wanna-be politicians.

Shuffling for different reasons

Adobe and BellSouth are each laying off a whole bunch of people, but for different reasons. In the first case, it is about managing new technologies (and keeping it in sync with the old); in the latter it is about not managing old technology (and separating it from the new). Both serve their purpose.


If you are a big service provider, and give away lots of cheap (or free) services, you are bound to get taken advantage of. The blogging world has seen its fair share of blame, much at the hands of services like Blogger.

Frankly, search engine spamming via blogs is doing little to harm anyone except advertisers (and maybe a few researchers), so you could consider it more of a nuisance than anything else. But if you are unwittingly hosting thousands and thousands of phishing sites, you have a much bigger problem on your hands. And it seems that might just be happening over at Yahoo!.

Search spam made easy, for now

Lets face it folks..while email spam is still a problem, and a growing one, spammers know that it is all about economics. If they can’t make money off of the exploit, then it is time to move on. Secondarily, if the space gets crowded enough, with spammer and anti-spammer alike, then it is time to try something else. If the attention (and the cash) is focusing on other channels in cyberspace, then maybe some ingenuitive folks can get the jump on the rest, and the payoff, before that scam gets overrun.

Lets sit back and watch, as they take the search engines bait..

Yahoo IM phishing attempts reported

Phishing attempts have be lingering around the instant messaging environment for some time. The latest report is from Yahoo, and the exploit is purported to look as though it is coming from a buddy list contact. Upon clicking, the user is redirected to a fake Yahoo page, where Yahoo user information is requested.