Well, we survived the move to another building (I'm now in EL-243), although for a variety of reasons the servers could not be moved on schedule and getting everything working again was decidedly nontrivial. But the resulting outage of five days meant that some mail to CSL.SRI.COM was rejected. So, if you got BARFmail indicating your mail to CSL was undeliverable, PLEASE TRY AGAIN NOW. Sorry for the inconvenience. Peter
The New York Times reports (13 Dec 90) that, according to a General Accounting Office study, as many as 25% of all adjustable rate mortgage bills may be incorrect as a result of bank errors in calculating their interest rates. These error were found as part of routine audits done as failed savings and loan institutions were taken over by Federal regulators. A former Federal mortgage banking auditor says that that estimate is too low, putting the problem at 30-35% of adjustable rate mortgages. In some cases, this auditor says, the errors resulted from "human mistakes" at small S&Ls, that often calculated adjustable mortgages by hand. In other cases the problems were caused by "computer glitches." One failed S&L, the Victor Federal Savings and Loan of Muskogee, Okla, was audited by the Bennington Group for the Federal Saving and Loan Insurance Corp. The audit, which sampled 96 adjustable mortgages, found that the bank's computer system contained logic error. The bank, among other things, rounded rates upward, instead of downward and "pulled" the index on the wrong date, when it might be higher or lower than on the correct date. Other errors resulted from "poor recordkeeping", where the indices on which the adjustable rates wer based couldn't be found, or did not match the FSLIC computer programs [which begs an obvious question]. Some adjustable mortgages have never been adjusted. In one example given, a woman took out 3 identical adjustable rate mortgages from the same bank at the same time. Now, all three have wandered off in different directions. She has 3 different monthly payments, 3 different balances, and 2 payment schedules. According to the article, it is the opinion of Federal regulators that the Truth In Lending Law "probably does not" require lenders to repay overcharges in any form. Saul Tannenbaum, USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts University, 711 Washington St., Boston, MA 02111 STANNENB@TUFTS.BITNET
Date: Tue, 11 Dec 90 11:03:24 GMT >From: Rob Thirlby &.Thirlby@uk.ac.lut> Subject: Loughborough To: uk-mail-managers @ uk.ac.newcastle We are back in the world, the little, forgotten, black hole in the East Midlands is now up and running after over 60 hours of no electricity, often no water, dodgy phones, and just to finish it off this morning a suspected gas leak and a heating fault (or at least I presume its a fault its not very warm!). Many of the surrounding villages are still without power and in some cases water and phones. And all this in the Soar valley with one of the lowest average snowfalls in England! The University cedar tree which features on much of our publicity has lost its top half and I suspect there has been more arborial damage than in the hurricane year. For the technically minded the main problem was due to the incredibly wet sudden snowfall which stuck to anything it touched even in a gale. The Loughborough 132KV grid feed wires and gear fell onto a host of lower voltage feeders causing massive damage to both. It must have made firework night look tame. All our water is pumped by (non backed-up) electric pumps from Derbyshire and hence the chaos. There's nothing more irritating than being told on the radio to boil all the water when you havent any means of heating it. Mind you we can see the plumes of vapour from some of the countries largest power stations on the Trent and that doesnt improve ones temper when trying to bake potatoes on a log effect, real-flame, gas fire! I hope you all had a nice week-end. Rob Thirlby, Postmaster@lut
The following is excerpted from the "Faculty File" column in the Princeton Alumni Weekly of December 5, 1990: In general, [Joel] Cooper [chairman of the psychology department at Princeton] has found, females are more subject to computer anxiety than males are, and as a result, they perform computer-related tasks worse. But there's an important contextual component to these findings: the performance differential appears only when there's someone else in the room with the female who's using the computer. Just the presence of another person-male or female, no matter what he or she is doing-seems to be enough to generate computer anxiety. By contrast, when they're alone in a room with a computer, females generally show no appreciable difference in performance compared to males. In the course of this study, Cooper examined a group of middle-school children in Princeton...The children were asked to solve arithmetic problems on a computer. In group settings, the girls in the class often did worse than the boys, whose performance actually improved when other people were around. In a test of university students, Cooper had groups of men and women play an adventure game called Zork on a computer; some played with other people present, other were alone. The middle school results were replicated. ``We tried to get a fix on what the other people in the room had to do to provoke the computer anxiety,'' Cooper recalls. ``It turned out to be almost nothing. They could be writing a letter in the corner, totally ignoring the woman at the keyboard, but still her performance would drop. They just had to be there.'' Rob Gross Department of Mathematics BITNET: GROSS@BCVMS Boston College Internet: GROSS%BCVMS.BITNET@MITVMA.MIT.EDU Chestnut Hill, MA 02167
Mercury News - 90-Dec-12 Compuserve has introduced the FIRST computerized national phone book, listing the name, address, ZIP, and phone number of 80 million households in the US who have a listed number. As of December 1, the Phonefile service allows the 725,000 Compuserve subscribers to search the phone lists of the USA by: name & address - for updating your christmas card list or for telemarketing reasons. This is just a computerized version of the current phone book - but without needing hundreds of phone books for the whole USA. name & state - to find long-lost relatives or to find someone who has relocated (out of state). Examples include old classmates for class reunions, and birth parents of adoptees. phone number - like a "reverse" directory, where you can get any listed name & address just by looking up the phone number. The cost of retrieving the information is 25 cents per minute in addition to Compuserve's standard on-line charge of $12.80 per hour (21 cents per minute). The cost is considered not much more than a call to directory assistance, and can be even cheaper considering the aquiring and search costs of all the phone books for the USA. The Phonefile database is compiled by a direct marketing company, Metro Mail Corp. of Illinois, from phone directories, computerized real estate transactions, and other sources. It was not speculated on what the "other" sources might be, but I would suspect other telemarketing databases, magazine subscriptions, credit services, Usenet email alias lists :^}) , and other public sources of name/address information. A Bellcore New Jersey privacy issues expert, James E. Katz, indicated that a likely consequence of the directory will be an even greater increase in the number of unlisted phone numbers in the United States. It was noted that Japan and European countries have practically no unlisted numbers, while the United States runs about 25% of its phone number unlisted, with 33% of California numbers unlisted. While Compuserve assures that the directory was designed to discourage the compilation of marketing lists for junk mail and telemarketing, privacy experts assume that such use is inevitable. A magazine for instance, could compile phone numbers for a telemarketing campaign targeted at reader's whose subscriptions have lapsed.
If you don't want to be listed in the "Household Marketplace" database but you don't have enough energy to write a letter, you can also do the following: Dial 1-800-343-5414 press 3, then 2 (I don't know what to do if you don't have a touch-tone phone.) This will get you a human who will want to send you information about "Household Marketplace." However, you can also say that you want to be removed from the database. You will then be given the choice of mailing to Lotus or you can tell them your name and address and they say they will remove you from the database and send you written confirmation. I did this yesterday, so I know they will take your name and address. I can't vouch that they send the confirmation, the U.S. Mail isn't that fast. If you are energetically opposed to this product, here are some names and addresses you might want to have for your own database: Lotus Development Corp. 55 Cambridge Pkwy. Cambridge, MA 02142 (Mary Ann Malloy Coffey, Marketing Programs Manager) (Jim P. Manzi, Chairman, President, and CEO) Equifax, Inc. 1600 Peachtree St. N.W. Atlanta, GA 30309 (Jeff V. White, Chairman of the Board) (C.B. Rogers, Jr., President and CEO) Equifax is the original collector of the data which Lotus is selling. /tdn
Someone told me that they phoned Lotus today about getting off the Marketplace Household database and were told something different than I was told yesterday. Apparently, today's story is that if you want written confirmation that you've been removed from the database, you have to send mail to: Lotus Development Corp. Attn: Marketplace Name Removal 55 Cambridge Pkwy. Cambridge, MA 02142 If you just phone them, they now say they won't send written confirmation. I wonder what they'll say tomorrow. /tdn
I'll suggest a third reason [for the problems Pete Mellor discussed in modern weapons system development], that I like to call Model Railroading. Designing a complex electronic system to solve some warfare problem is interesting, challenging, and fun; and somebody else is paying the bills. As long as we're not in a war, as long as the system doesn't have to solve some real problem, it is a delightful toy; and as with a model railroad we get to keep arranging the scenery so it appears to be doing the Real Thing.
CALL FOR PAPERS 14th NATIONAL COMPUTER SECURITY CONFERENCE Sponsors: National Computer Security Center and National Institute of Standards and Technology Theme: Information Systems Security: Requirements & Practices OCTOBER 1-4, 1991 OMNI SHOREHAM HOTEL WASHINGTON, D.C. The focus of the 14th NCS Conference will be on the "Experiences in our Applications". These applications include, but are not limited to, efforts to meet the policy requirements required by law or corporate policy. We would like you to share your learning curve with the Computer Security Community. 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