MCI Telecommunications Corporation Consumer Relations Consumer Markets 1200 South Hayes Street Arlington, Virginia 22202 (703) 425-6000 November 13, 1991 In response to the piece posted by Brian R. Krause on your [inter]national bulletin board, RISKS Forum, titled "MCI Friends & Family & anyone else with a touch-tone phone" on October 23, 1991, MCI wishes to post the following information. MCI is aware and sensitive to privacy concerns of its Friends & Family customers. Additionally, MCI is aware of the isolated incident where its Friends & Family voice response unit (VRU) Update Line was abused. MCI has made -- effective November 7 -- the access more private by altering the VRU access procedures. In order to acquire information about a Friends & Family Calling Circle, customers have two options depending on the information they want. Option 1: Enter the last three digits of your MCI account number to receive the status of all Calling Circle members. Option 2: Enter an individual Circle member's 10-digit phone number to learn the status of that individual. We hope this explanation addresses any concerns that may have arisen as a result of the "RISKS" posting. Karen Heyison, Manager, Consumer Relations
Yesterday's sudden fall in the stock market brought to light a serious Achilles heel in the way our country's economy is growing. As panic hit more and more traders, the faint clatter of computer keyboards added to the fray -- virtual stocks were being virtually sold at an amazing pace. It was less of a concern in the 1989 crash, but now we should be even more aware of the effect computer-assisted trading can have on the market. Inside of ten minutes, millions of shares can be unloaded very quietly. The securities industry can only grow faster in the coming years; if it doesn't build some cushions to avoid massive "anonymous" selling, it may be in for an even more serious down-turn. Brendan Kehoe, Sun Network Manager, Widener University, Chester, PA
In their stock statistics sections, Prodigy has a 14-character maximum length for the company name. Apparently, they just chop off any remaining characters. This morning, I was surprised to see the following stock among the ten listed under yesterdays "NYSE Biggest Percent Gainers": STOCK LAST CHANGE PCT CHG ELECTRONIC ASS 2 3/8 + 1/4 11.76 (I think this is supposed to be Electronic Associates, ticker EA). Well: well!fgk@ucbvax.Berkeley.EDU CIS: 73327,3073 V-mail: 804-980-3733
I've completely lost track of what's going on with the gray vs. gorman "discussion". I hope you'll put something in the next Risks saying that further communications on the issue will be conducted through the lawyers of the parties involved or something to that effect, something that leaves RISKS out of it! P.S. I'm sure this is an example of the risk of computer communication -- most people would post things they wouldn't say to another person standing next to them.
I greatly appreciated all the supporting mail I received on this topic. I try very hard to keep RISKS consistent with the self-imposed standards of being OBJECTIVE, INTERESTING, PROVOCATIVE, THOUGHTFUL, in GOOD TASTE, and, above all, INFORMATIVE. I certainly learned something from both antagonists, and about them. Whether or not that was RISKS-RELEVANT or not, I believe that once something unfortunate has slipped through, it becomes necessary to set the record straight. But in keeping with the current efforts to raise the standards (again) in the continuing epicyclicity of RISKS, there are likely to be fewer mundanities for a while. Thanks again to all of you for your continuing contributions, including those that do NOT get included. Sorry, I cannot respond to everything. So, if you think I missed a GOOD ONE, PLEASE poke me; I probably did miss it, especially if the Subject: line was nonspecific. PGN]
[I will have very limited net access for the next few weeks, and would like to post one more reminder for SIGSOFT '91 before it happens. Registration is coming along very nicely, and hotel space is starting to fill up, so those of you wishing to register might want to do so soon. Please contact Judith Burgess for further details: Registration and Coordination: Judith Burgess, SRI International firstname.lastname@example.org phone: (415) 859-5924, FAX (415) 859-2844 Thanks. PGN] 4-6 December 1991 Fairmont Hotel, New Orleans WEDNESDAY, 4 DECEMBER 1991 Welcome and Introduction: 8:45am - 9:00 Mark Moriconi, SIGSOFT '91 Chair (SRI International) Peter G. Neumann, Program Co-chair (SRI International) Session 1: 9:00 - 10:15, Carl Landwehr, Chair Formal Verification of Algorithms for Critical Systems John Rushby (SRI International), Friedrich von Henke (University of Ulm) State-Based Model Checking of Event-Driven System Requirements Joanne M. Atlee and John Gannon (University of Maryland) Open Discussion Session 2: 10:45 - 12:30, Dines Bj/orner, Chair Rigorous Development Using RAISE Bent Dandanell (CRI, Birker/od, Denmark) Specifying and Verifying Requirements of Real-Time Systems K.M. Hansen, A.P. Ravn, and Hans Rischel (Tech. University of Denmark) A Systematic Kernel Development J.F. S/ogaard-Andersen, C.O. Rump and H.H. Lovengreen (Tech. Univ. Denmark) Open Discussion Session 3: 2:00 - 3:45, John Rushby, Chair The Infeasibility of Experimental Quantification of Life-Critical Software Reliability Ricky Butler and George Finelli (NASA Langley Research Center) PANEL: The Limits of Probabilistic Risk Assessment Bev Littlewood (City University, London) David Parnas (McMaster University) Martyn Thomas (Praxis, Ltd) Ricky Butler (NASA Langley Research Center) John Musa (AT&T Bell Labs, Whippany, NJ) The Butler/Finelli paper argues that ultra-high reliability cannot be validated directly from testing, nor can be it demonstrated by appeals to software fault-tolerance. What progress might we reasonably expect to make toward numerical risk assessment of life-critical software? Session 4: 4:15 - 5:30, Martyn Thomas, Chair PANEL: The Confused World of Standards for Critical Software Martyn Thomas (Praxis, Ltd) Peter Neumann (SRI International) Mike DeWalt (FAA) This session will explain and assess current government regulation such as British MoD DEFence STANdard 00-55/56 and various security criteria (e.g., U.S. TCSEC, European ITSEC, Canadian CTCPEC). What role should such standards play? What should be mandated? THURSDAY, 5 DECEMBER 1991 Session 5: 9:00am - 10:30 Comparing Fault Detecting Ability of Testing Methods P.G. Frankl (Polytechnic University), E.J. Weyuker (NYU Courant Institute) An Exception Handling Model For Parallel Programming and its Verification Valerie Issarny (IRISA/INRIA) Open Discussion Session 6: 11:00 - 12:30 INVITED TALK: Human Error in Design Henry Petroski (Duke University) Author of the widely-acclaimed books ``To Engineer is Human: The Role of Failure in Successful Design'' and ``Pencil'' Session 7: 2:00 - 3:30, Victoria Stavridou, Chair A Real-Time Transition Model for Analyzing Behavioral Compatibility of Telecommunications Services E.J. Cameron and Y-J Lin (Bellcore) Programming and Verifying Critical Systems by Means of the Synchronous Data-Flow Language LUSTRE C. Ratel (Merlin-Gerin), N. Halbwachs and P. Raymond (IMAG/LGI) Open Discussion Session 8: 3:45 - 5:30, Mark Moriconi, Chair Invited Presentations on Practical Experiences: Validation of Critical Flight Controls Jim McWha (Chief Engineer in charge of 777 Flight Controls, Boeing) Reliable Software for the 4 ESS Switch Michael Meyers (AT&T Bell Labs) A Case Study of the THERAC-25 Accidents Nancy Leveson (U.C. Irvine) Session 9: 8:00pm - 9:30pm, Evening Poster Session FRIDAY, 6 DECEMBER 1991 Session 10: 8:30am - 10:30, Hermann Kopetz, Chair Stepwise Design of Real-Time Systems Reino Kurki-Suonio (University of Technology, Tampere) On Satisfying Timing Constraints in Hard-Real-Time Systems Jia Xu (York University) and David Parnas (McMaster University) Automated Analysis of Bounded Response Time for Two NASA Expert Systems C-K Wang, R-H Wang, D-C Tsou, J.C. Browne, and A.K. Mok (University of Texas, Austin) Open Discussion Session 11: 11:00 - 12:30 PANEL: Future Directions, Nancy Leveson, Chair Adjournment at 12:30 = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = AIR TRANSPORTATION. Delta Airlines is offering 40% off RT Coach fares within the U.S., 35% Canada, 5% off already discounted fares. Call 1-800-221-1212, ask for Special Meeting Network, refer to file ref no. V18006. 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BCS FACS Fifth Refinement Workshop Theory and Practice of Formal Software Development 8 - 10th January 1992 LONDON, UK Sponsored by Lloyd's Register, Program Validation Ltd and the DTI The workshop theme is Refinement: the systematic decomposition of formal specifications into designs which are functionally correct or implement important properties such as safety or information security. VENUE: Lloyd's Register of Shipping, 71, Fenchurch Street, London EC3 INVITED SPEAKERS: Roger Jones ICL Prof. Robin Milner FRS University of Edinburgh Dr Jose Oliveira University of Minho Dr Jim Woodcock University of Oxford Registration fees include lunchs, intermission refreshments, workshop handouts, full Proceedings published by Springer-Verlag (to be dispatched after the workshop), and a social evening event. Accommodation costs are not included in the registration fee, but rooms can be booked in student accommodation at the City University which is a short Underground ride or a two mile walk from the Workshop venue. The cost of accommodation and breakfast at the City University is 17 pounds inclusive of VAT. A limited number of assisted places are available at 60 pounds for bona fide research students. To apply for this please use the registration form and do not enclose the fee yet. A 10 pound premium is charged for registration not accompanied by a fee, except for those initially applying for an assisted place. A Tools Exhibition will be held. Potential exhibitors please contact the Publicity Officer. ORGANISING and TECHNICAL COMMITTEE: Prof. Bernard Carre (Chairman), Prof. Cliff Jones nslation(Technical Programme), Roger Shaw (Local Arrangements), Paul Smith (Publicity), Dr. John Cooke, Tim Denvir, Jeremy Jacob. CHAIRMAN: Prof Bernard Carre PUBLICITY: Paul Smith Program Validation Limited Secure Information Systems Ltd 26 Queen's Terrace Sentinel House Southampton Harvest Crescent SO1 1BQ Ancells Park Tel: +44 (0)703 330001 Fleet Fax: +44 (0)703 230805 Hampshire GU13 8UZ Tel: +44 (0)252 811818 Fax: +44 (0)252 811435 = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = BCS FACS Fifth Refinement Workshop Theory and Practice of Formal Software Development 8 - 10th January 1992 LONDON, UK Sponsored by Lloyd's Register, Program Validation Ltd and the DTI REGISTRATION FORM: RETURN TO: Roger Shaw Performance Technology Lloyds Register Lloyd's Register House 29 Wellesley Road Croydon CRO 2AJ Tel: +44 (0)81 681 4848 Fax: +44 (0)81 681 Email: email@example.com Name: .............................................................. Address: .............................................................. Registration Fee: Enclosed / Please Invoice / Assisted place requested* Encircle applicable figure: FACS Members Speakers Others Fee Enclosed 125 pounds 125 pounds 140 pounds Please Invoice 135 pounds 135 pounds 150 pounds These prices include VAT. Cheques should be made payable to BCS FACS. Special dietary requirements ........................................... Tick if accommodation at City University is required: .................. If so circle required dates: 7 8 9 January 1992 (unless otherwise specified, one single room will be reserved) Tick if you would like a list of local hotels: ......................... Any other information you think you will need:..........................
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