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- 06 / 07 / 06 -
A luxury tax for telephones from the Spanish-American War is finally rescinded, theorizing on how this tax can be reclaimed by customers, Congress backs down from interrogating phone company executives regarding the NSA scandal, how to redact properly and how AT&T didn't, the crazy reaction to Homeland Security's planned cuts to New York City, suspected terrorists are captured in Canada, belief that the next attack will come from within, what the NSA's goal is, talk of old phones, more info on Mike's Cuban email address, an upcoming protest against DRM outside Apple stores, a reminder about CarolinaCon, a second strange phone number appears, the strange music from the phone number is identified by WBAI listeners, an excerpt of the song, suspicion that Emmanuel may be the voice behind the six, Bernie's determination on the matter, a listener suspects that 2600 is behind the mystery, questioning whether or not this is actually possible, why a one time pad is extremely secure, a caller offers to send listeners to Cuba, an extremely bad cell phone connection, advice on what to do with a seemingly free calling card, complaints about a Cablevision phone line, what to look forward to at HOPE.
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- 06 / 14 / 06 -
It's Flag Day, net neutrality fails in Congress, what this could potentially mean, advantages and disadvantages of prioritizing traffic, the difficulty of explaining this issue to people without intimate knowledge of it, West Point Grads Against the War runs into trouble with the institution, debating various ways of battling this, Emmanuel's postcards from Cuba have started to arrive, more suggestions on how to fix an old phone, using Tor, a third mystery number shows up, some more theories on what it could all mean, night vision enabled cameras are being installed on the Texas border for anyone to use to watch for illegal aliens, Emmanuel's idea for messing up the border, the myth of microwaving money, the Chaperone service from Verizon, ideas on what to do with this, a listener comment on how the mentality of the nation has changed over the years, an appeal for funds for the improved HOPE network, Arseny asks for input on videos for the conference.
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- 06 / 21 / 06 -
The sound of Bernie not being here, cell phones are at the heart of a controversy involving students in New York City, Redbird talks about a high pitched ring tone that only young people can hear, a "Skype Me" button may be added to eBay, Verizon issues a directive to change passwords, what Verizon isn't saying, Mark Heirtzler of Rainbow Broadband is the guest, Mark describes the technology that allows his company to provide high speed Internet over wireless connections, Pirho explains how a huge amount of bandwidth will be brought into the conference using this technology, how the CCC Congress helped to inspire this, the HOPE schedule is coming together, Michael Hart of Project Gutenberg will be giving the Saturday keynote, what it takes to get the kind of service Rainbow offers, Steve Rambam is also a guest tonight, Steve has been at all of the HOPE conferences and details the special events he has planned for this one, the need for another "victim" for this year's HOPE, what happened at the last conference, the great abundance of information that's available about individuals on the Internet, problems with telemarketers at a secret government hotline, a new mystery phone number is revealed to have been manufactured by Mike as a promotion for HOPE, a call from someone who has worked with Diebold electronic voting machines, more technical info on Rainbow, vendor space at HOPE is now available.
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- 06 / 28 / 06 -
Preregistration for HOPE is closing soon, euros and credit cards will be accepted, Mike announces a winner for the fake mystery number contest, an explanation on how to decrypt the message, another of Emmanuel's Cuban postcards arrives, trying to figure out how mail gets delivered from Cuba, a hacker is alleged to have broken into an Agriculture Department computer and gotten information on 26,000 people, calling 1-800-FED-INFO, the credit monitoring scam that ties into this, another secret Bush administration program involves access to financial records, the reaction against the media that has been provoked by this, a call for treason charges, the importance of defending The New York Times on this issue, the chilling effect, a significant change in policy from AT&T, an MTA rip-off concerning Metrocards and credit cards, experiments with phones on planes, more theories on Cuban mail, how to avoid getting an ID card in the U.K., Arseny explains his name, Walter describes his upcoming talk at HOPE, some of the radio-related talks to look forward to, a weird Caller ID question, a telephone billing snafu.
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