Communication

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54% would buy television from telecom if the price was right.

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Alex's Hoskalyuk's IT Facts blog says Lyra Research's survey results (2/28/2005), with 1,000 people, about their interests in switching to television provided by the phone company. The survey examined consumer usage of advanced digital-video services, broadband-Internet access, and cellular and landline telephones; interest in new features enabled by triple-play integration; and attitudes toward existing and potential television-service providers. For 54% the biggest advantage to cut the cable or satellite TV and move to telecom TV would be lower price. For 17% a la carte channel choice would be the primary motivator. 14% are excited about a single bill covering their phone, high speed Internet access and television. 11% don't know why they would choose telecom TV over other offers, and 4% would switch if some exclusive programs were available on telco TV line.

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'Netspeak' doing more good than harm to English language, experts say.

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According to Yahoo! News story, many schoolteachers, editors and parents profess to be horrified by "Netspeak" -- the distinctive language that young people are using more and more to talk with each other on the Internet. Purists should relax, a panel of experts declared at a recent symposium on "Language on the Internet" in Washington. This rapidly spreading digital dialect of English is doing more good than harm, they contended. "The Internet is fostering new kinds of creativity through language," said David Crystal, a historian of language at the University of Wales in the United Kingdom. "It's the beginning of a new stage in the evolution of the written language and a new motivation for child and adult literacy."

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McDonald's may outsource drive-throughs.

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I saw this morning on KTLA 5 Morning News. This was bound to happen since everything seems to be outsourcing. Even McDonald's is considering to outsource the drive-throughs according to this Yahoo! News story.

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Study: Instant Messaging is Surprisingly Formal :-)

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This Live Science article says a recent college students' study of IM-ing found that the communication was more formal –- in use of vocabulary and abbreviations -– than might be expected in a speech-like medium. The research also uncovered significant differences in how men and women use the medium.

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Do You Speak American?

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TheShadow (remove AQFL to e-mail) sent me an interesting PBS' documentary on how Americans, as seen and heard, through the way we speak. It was premiered on January 5th, 2005, but its Web site was still informative like:

  • Words that shouldn't be -- Spambot, cybercat, etc. Are we ruining the language?
  • From sea to shining sea -- Exactly how many varities are there of American English?
  • What speech do we like best? -- Language expreesses who we are, and who we want to be. It can also unite or divide us.
  • What lies ahead? -- Is TV making us sound alike? Will cars sound like men or women? What's ahead for American English?
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Retailers and manufacturers adjust consumer electronic for women...

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BusinessWeek Online's article says retailers and manufacturers are tailoring their products and marketing accordingly because women buy half of all consumer electronics.

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Celebrities and Apple Stores

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This Wired News article was fun to read about how sales associates and Hollywood celebrities interacted in Apple's four retail stores in the Los Angeles area. However, there were down sides because the incidents weren't always pleasant.

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DSL may cause problems with 911.

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KRQE News 13 reports that residents, who use Internet-based phone service, may have trouble connecting with the county's emergency operators. This was from Sheri Rogers, a San Juan County Communications Authority analyst. She says 911 calls made via phone line that also is carrying a digital subscriber line (DSL) may automatically be directed to administrative offices instead of the dispatch center.

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Bear & Cat -- An addicting Flash game like Puzzle Bubble

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Blue's News posted a cool Chinese Flash game titled Bear & Cat. It is like Puzzle Bobble, but in a non-straight line.

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Cellphone Drivers Drive Like Drunks and Old Farts

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I saw this story KTLA 5's Morning News today. /. posted the details about young drivers (18-25), using cellular phones, driving like drunks and old people (70 years old).

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'Evil twin' could pose Wi-Fi threat

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Firing Squad mentioned a CNET's News.com story about researchers at Cranfield University are warning that "evil twin" hot spots, networks set up by hackers to resemble legitimate Wi-Fi hot spots, present the latest security threat to Web users.

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24 (TV Show): Debbie's cellular phone # is real...

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This is mainly for those who watch 24 TV show... On 24 newsgroup, there is a thread/discusssion about the telephone number on Debbie's cellular phone in Day 4, 11:00 A.M.-12:00 P.M. episode. It does go to the 24 set. Here is what it said:

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U.S. slaps on the wardriver-busting paint...

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Alien8's Broadband Reports wireless security forum thread mentions The Register story on U.S. slapping on the wardriver-busting paint. Security-minded U.S. decorators' supply outfit, Force Field Wireless,
claims to have developed a do it yourself (DIY) solution to the international menace of
marauding geek wardrivers--DefendAir paint "laced with copper and aluminum fibers that form an electromagnetic shield, blocking most radio waves and protecting wireless networks".

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Your Telephone Call (and Rants on Hold) Will Be Monitored

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This New York Times article say monitoring telephone conversations is intended to track the performance of call center operators, but the professional snoops are inadvertently monitoring callers. Most callers do not realize that they may be taped even while they are on hold.

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Rats Can Tell Human Languages Apart...

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This Yahoo! News article says rats can use the rhythm of human language to tell the difference between Dutch and Japanese, researchers in Spain reported Sunday.

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Geek Break Up Lines (Funny)

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BBspot lists the top 11 geek break up lines.

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IRS granted cell phones for U.S. soldiers nonprofit status, meaning contributions to the cause are tax-deductible.

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A nice and happy story. According to The Scramento Bee's story, the IRS granted cell phones for U.S. soldiers nonprofit status, meaning contributions to the cause are tax-deductible last week.

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Wi-Fi won't disrupt pacemakers...

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Broadband Reports and Techdirt report that Mayo clinic concluded that Wi-Fi won't disrupt your pacemaker, despite a number of recent concerns. One recent study showed that certain pacemakers get confused by some signals from GSM phones. This study tested a HP Compaq iPAQ Pocket PC fitted with a Cisco Aironet WLAN card around certain pacemakers and found no issues.

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Funny TV Commercial/Advertisement: Nextel's Push

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Viral Videos and Ads posted a funny TV commercial/advertisement (Push) [572 KB; not a direct download] from Nextel.

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Buggy VoIP deployment prompts UK carrier employees to strike...

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This Broadband Reports' story mentions The Register's story about Wanadoo UK's VoIP deployment being so bad that hundreds of its employees went on strike.

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