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From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Bill Stewart-Cole)
Subject: Does CoS have a history of phone tapping?
Date: Thu, 05 Oct 1995 23:36:30 -0500
Organization: Stewart-Cole Consulting
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Okay, so call me paranoid. I'll wait.
Got it out of your system? Good.
In recent days my dialup PPP line has started to show huge error rates.
Wierd, considering that I keep it up almost full-time, and it starts
totally clean. Yet for the past week, I have found that on multiple
occasions it has started to go really goofy (at the v.42 level, i.e. line
noise) after a few minutes of perfection: 0 errors for 5 minutes of heavy
flow, then POOF! the modem decides every packet for 2 minutes is scrambled
and the link fails.
It would not have bugged me normally. POTS can get wierd. But during this
time, I had a mail exchange with A. Milne, and so naturally I was
paranoid. I also had a totally wierd experience when this got particularly
bad Sunday, when I ended up disconnecting all my internal wiring and was
still getting crystal-clear crosstalk to my voice line, at the phone
company demarc. The lines are physically seperate on the other side of the
demarc. It was as if somewhere the two lines were totally tied together.
SWB insists the lines are perfect (they checked *here* Monday, and opened
the box to make sure) and since then I have not heard any crosstalk. I
still am getting the pattern of solid connections going totally bad a few
minutes after connection.
I know there are many here with more knowledge than I about the CoS and
probably some with more phone knowledge. Do they have a history of illicit
taps? (4-shot "suicides", overboarding, Snow White, institutionalized
child abuse, sure... but would they really tap a phone illegally?) Would
they try tapping a data line? or both lines and goofing so bad as to bind
them? Do they take minor critics (i.e. me) that seriously?
What is Stewart-Cole Consulting?
Hell if I know. I'll find out when I finish the web page.
Current projected date: 10/1. I'm not saying what year