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  1. I look forward to hearing the recording of Steve's seminar when he shows up in 2020!
  2. 510-940-0102 as of a couple weeks ago, last time I was on.
  3. Pinned! This is definitely of interest to many people and shouldn't be buried over time.
  4. Guys, you need to start posting conf number changes in here since there's no more IRC...
  5. I didn't go (couldn't make it). If the current issue is to be believed, looks like there were some real shenanigans going on and I guess this is the one time in the past 20 years I DO wish I could have been there, to sit back, grab a Clubmate and popcorn and take it all in as the shit hit the fan. That's all I'm going to say because it gets political, though apparently politics was what caused Steve Rombaum to flake. Figures.
  6. It's definitely worth scanning, once I find some time to get going on it. In fact I started doing one 4-5 years ago or so (think it was 696-9xxx) but stopped after a couple dozen lines for some unknown reason. I did post a few from that scan in one of the "some numbers" threads. My main focus back in the day was on BBSes just because that's what I was into at the time, I don't think I was really aware of infrastructure and SCADA on the open PSTN then. Fax machines, don't know about today but as I remember they were all over the place a couple decades ago. Probably aren't nearly as many as there were but there's guaranteed to be a bunch -- VANCWA01DS0 services the downtown area where several law firms, insurance offices and a hospital are based (as well as the Clark County courthouse and all the area's administrative services), and a fax of a document is still legally considered admissible in court. It would really be a trip to find a working telautograph in the wild and on the network, assuming there are still any of those left.
  7. I remember scanning out then 206-694 and -696 on a metal-geared WE 500 rotary fone in the early 90s, looking for carrier tones (this was during the heyday of BBSes and the emerging commercial ISP industry and I was sort of into BBSing back then). I also remember my right index finger getting quite sore after about 75 numbers or so. What I would have given to have had an operator's dialing tool back then. I think I only did about 200 numbers or so on either, but gave up when I found that some phreak in GTE land (probably Camas) had already done the work for me and posted a full scan of VANCWA01CG0 to a local BBS. To this day I have no idea if they did it manually or by computer and I wish I had thought to ask. I think I may still have that half a ream of tractor-fed printout somewhere even though I probably haven't looked at it in 25 years. Hmmm, I still have that fone and 360-694/6 haven't gone anywhere. There are no more dialup BBSes around here that I'm aware of but I know there are a bunch of test lines and recordings on there... Of course back then we didn't have fancy things like electricity or indoor plumbing, the train brought us our mail once every two weeks and we walked 5 miles every day in waist-deep snow to get to school.
  8. I think what they do is submit a "prototype" with full RF filter complement to the F¢¢ for approval then actually manufacture them without, to cut cost. Supposedly that's been done a lot with compact fluorescent lights. I have Cree BA19-08027OMF LEDs in use and the ballasts in those things are effectively little solid-state wideband jammers below about 350 MHz, including airband (AM). An Energizer NiMH charger I have, when it's charging I can hear pulses of static over any transmission on VHF. Really makes it a pain in the ass when I'm monitoring Gifford Pinchot dispatch on 172.225. Those LEDs aren't nearly as noisy as fluoros were (nor do they put out as much UV to discolor plastic telephone housings in the vicinity!) but they're still far from silent. I was on a 58-mile bike ride today that took me into the Van Mall area and I went by the local Comcast headend. The building looks like it hasn't had any real maintenence since TCI was in there 20 years ago. They have an antenna tower out back and there's actually a small satellite dish (looks like a 1-meter unit (a.k.a. a "Muzak dish")) hanging off it by the coax! It's really and truly Comcastic.
  10. Apparently WBAI had that in the early 2000s. Eric demonstrated it in this Off the Hook program about 11 minutes in:
  11. New users SHOULD go to the "Welcome New People" thread in Nubie HQ at some point within your first few posts or so and introduce yourself to the world (handles only; never post your real name). You don't HAVE to if you don't want to, but it builds goodwill and helps others to know you better. Seriously. Linxz0rz:
  12. Apparently you can also do KP-NPA-xxx-yyyy-ST to outdial to the PSTN from Project MF. (God, how many decades since I've last talked about actually boxing a call?) Reading through that list it's amazing how much "improvement" it could use. For example, I should send them some of my intercept recordings I've collected over the years to put on their own codes. There's also a very good DOS program, "Phreakmaster", that doesn't need NET framework at all though these days it would require somethinglike DOS Box; that could go in the description of software blue boxes. // not actually complaining there, but...
  13. Zup.
  14. Just goes straight to reorder for me.
  15. I would like to reiterate the point, since so many people seem to be missing it. If you try to register your first name only (John, Fred, Becky, etc.), a full legal name (e.g. John Smith, Fred Meyer, Becky Thompson) or anything sounding remotely like one, your company name (especially when a corresponding URL is given), a URL/E-mail address or an alphanumeric string, you will in all likelihood be flagged as a spammer and removed due to the high volume of spammers attempting to register using such handles. Okay?
  16. This is a recording from Binrev administration: INSTRUCTIONS FOR NEW APPLICANTS - ANTISPAM GUIDELINES (TOS Addendum #69105.25F) This forum uses some pretty aggressive /dev/null style filtering. Every new user profile is scrutinized by a member of the Binrev Antispam Team. If you try to register your first name only (John, Fred, Becky, etc.), a full legal name (e.g. John Smith, Fred Meyer, Becky Thompson) or anything sounding remotely like one, your company name (especially when a corresponding URL is given), a URL/E-mail address or an alphanumeric string, you will in all likelihood be flagged as a spammer and removed due to the high volume of spammers attempting to register using such handles. (GMRS and HAM call signs fall into the category of full legal names. If you have one, don't register it.) I regret having to do this but unfortunately it's necessary. If this happens, and you are coming here legitimately (not with ill intent), please reregister using a proper handle not in violation of this paragraph. Profiles listing a postal address will be immediately considered suspect. The same goes if you enter bogus (or flat out irrelevant) things in your interests field (e.g. "Sport, friends, cooking, knitting"). If you enter the string "143040" anywhere in your profile as a new user you can expect to be permabanned. After registering your username and email address, Binrev will send you an automated E-mail post. You must use the link provided in the E-mail before you will be able to post. Please check your mail file and follow the instructions within 24 hours or your registration will be cancelled and you will need to reregister. Disposable email addresses are not permitted. If you register from Trashmail, Mailinator and others of that ilk please don't expect your account to last very long. Thank you for your full compliance. Scratchytcarrier Department Head, The Binrev Antispam Corps
  17. (this one's kind of old) God was fed up. In a crash of thunder he yanked up to Heaven three influential humans: Barack Obama, Vladimir Putin and Steve Jobs. "The human race is a complete disappointment," God boomed. "You each have one week to prepare your followers for the end of the world." With another crash of thunder they found themselves back on Earth. Obama immediately called his cabinet. "I have good news and bad news," he announced grimly. "The good news is that there is a god. The bad news is, God's really mad and plans to end the world in a week." In Russia, Putin announced to parliament, "Comrades, I have bad news and worse news. The bad news is that we were wrong: there is a god after all. The worse news is God's mad and is going to end the world in a week." Meanwhile, Steve Jobs called a meeting of his top engineers. "I have good news and better news. The good news is that God considers me the highest of the three most influential men on Earth," he beamed. "The better news is we don't have to fix the bugs in OSX."
  18. PG Steve Jobs Goes to Hell So eventually Steve croaks and goes to St Peter... St. Peter is embarassed. "I don't know what to do with you Steve ... you put a radio station in every pocket ... on the other hand you made OS/X. So I tell you what ... just chose between heaven and hell" Steve goes "Really, I can chose?" "Yes pick one" Peter says. Steve is very professionnal: "Ok, can I visit both before deciding?" "Ok, just go on. What do you want to start with?" Steve: "... why not start with hell?" And it came to pass that they both went to hell. Magnificient. Great beaches, plenty of sun and nude women every where, smiling at Steve. "That looks wonderful" Steve says. Now how about heaven? They then went to heaven. Magnificient. Great beaches, plenty sun, just no naked women. "Ok" Steve says, "I pick hell then." After a week St. Peter decided to visit Steve who was sent to Hell. The poor guy was on the floor, screaming, scratching the ground with his nails. He shouted at St. Peter: "No no no! I Can't stand it no more!" "What's wrong" St. Peter asked Steve goes "I don't understand, there is nothing to do with what I saw the first time. Where is the beach? The naked women?" And St. Peter: "That was just a free demo."
  19. G Is Mac OS/X a Virus? No, Mac OS/X is not a virus. Here's what viruses (viri?) do: 1.They replicate quickly -- okay, there's an OS for that. 2.Viruses use up valuable system resources, slowing down the system as they do so -- okay, there's an OS for that. 3.Viruses will, from time to time, trash your hard disk -- okay, there's an OS for that, too. 4.Viruses are usually carried, unknown to the user, along with valuable programs and systems. Sigh... OS/X does that, too. 5.Viruses will occasionally make the user suspect their system is too slow (see 2) and the user will buy new hardware. Yup, that's with OS/X, too. Until now it seems OS/X is a virus but there are fundamental differences: Viruses are well supported by their authors, are running on most systems, their program code is fast, compact and efficient and they tend to become more sophisticated as they mature. So, OS/X is not a virus.
  20. Richard bitches about how there just isn't time or money to convert to a more modern codec, o woe is he. It's laughably simple and free to download FFMPEG and LAME, write simple batch scripts to dump the cook audio to PCM then encode to (hopefully reasonable bitrate) MP3 then slap them up onto the web site. Shit, there are GRAPHIC mousebound tools that exist to automate the process, no batch coding required. Just load it all up, hit "start" and walk away. I mean, really. The guy's a computer programmer himself, supposedly, so you'd think he'd at least have some rudimentary concept of this. Maybe with some luck he'll find somebody who can halfway competently run the site, modernize it (meaning MP3, AC3 or MP4) and open it up for gratis. It would really be a shame to lose all the content there. And that's why he hasn't gotten a penny out of me over the past 15 years. "HD" radio (a.k.a. DTS radio) isn't a total flop. It does have its uses FWIW. In its present form it's really more like "digital SCA" and you know what a niche market SCA is. As a supplement to existing broadcasts it kind of works. As a full hardon replacement for conventional FM broadcasts (which they were originally marketing it as) it's a solution looking for a problem. Had the tech appeared about 10 years earlier than it did it might have stood a better chance in the market. Since broadcast radio in the 21st century (meaning: post-1996) is practically dead as a medium, digital broadcasting here is a case of too little, too late.
  21. (Intentionally posted to "General Hacking" so the searchbots will find it.) Uh...yeah. It can't POSSIBLY be because he's stubbornly clinging to an obsolete, proprietary and frankly, unbelievably shitty codec that practically nobody supports any more. Oh no. It's gotta be all these "pirates". Gee and he wonders why he's losing money and subscribers. :rolleyes: You have to wonder about some people sometimes. It takes a real man to admit they've fucked up.
  22. "You sound very strange without carrier all over your head." -Al Bernay I just got really crappy-sounding (heavily bit-starved) instrumental music after a lengthy silence of about 15 seconds followed by some bit-robbing. From the sound quality it sounds like they're using CELP or very low-bitrate GSM encoding and sending it over scratchy Bell System T-carrier. I must have hit a bad route. Betcha I hit that one crappy Portland-Seattle trunk group that does that. I am guessing my long distance carrier (Commielink/Level -3) mutes MF signalling hence the long silence. It's where the signals would be in your recording. But did you hear how the T-carrier noise in your recording kind of "sings" along with the MFs? That's how Kaiser's prescription computer sounded a couple years ago. There's probably some analog gear with companding in that part of the connection somewhere.
  23. Shop around, try hamfests or swap meets or flea markets and you can probably find a spectrum analyzer there for well under $1K. That's how my best friend found his ~25 year old Tektronix machine and he didn't pay more than $200 for it. So what if it's decades old if it works and is adjustable, the principles and physics of RF energy don't change much over time. "Bioscope"; well, coming from a cinema background I can tell you what the French know a spectrum analyzer as is a movie projector in the UK!
  24. Lately there had been an increase of people, particularly new users, using their account profiles to Spam for companies providing commercial products and services for sale. THIS BEHAVIOR IS UNACCEPTABLE AND WILL NEVER BE TOLERATED. The profile is SOLELY to be used for personal noncommercial uses in accordance with the terms of service, never for advertising. If I or any of the other administrators find you have been misusing your profile in this manner your account will be immediately terminated without discussion and don't think it won't. Got it?
  25. Eons ago they and MCI used Dan Ray exchanges with Cognitronics film-loop announcers (THEE - NUMBER - YOUHAVE - DIALED - ISNOT - ONTHEE - NETWORK - TWO - ONE - M - - - boop boop boop boop boop boop boop boop bo-boop boop boop...) That was when Sprint was still SPC, before the era of innovative fiber-optic digital networks providing connections so quiet you could hear a pin drop. Evan covered that some in the Early 80s tapes about CCIS networks. I have no idea what they're using today but I wouldn't rule out them being a DMS house since they're so common.