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Re: “End of the Line? As Vermonters Cut the Cord, Rural Phone Customers Hear Static

Hi, I have a house that is off the grid and about half a mile from the nearest telephone service pole. Did I hear correctly from your show that the phone company must provide me a phone connection if I want one? It was a great show, thanks.

Posted by Pat Kelly on 08/02/2017 at 12:03 PM

Re: “End of the Line? As Vermonters Cut the Cord, Rural Phone Customers Hear Static

Great piece. Down here in Southern VT, you'd think we would have it made. But living in Marlboro is not without its technical troubles. Landline quality is crackly and cuts out. Internet?! Oh, that's another story entirely. We restart, reboot, re-this and that on a daily basis, sometimes 3-5 times per day. And when technical support is called? They simply say that they see no problems on their end. Apparently, we all must be dreaming out here.

Sure, I AM dreaming. Dreaming of a time when my livelihood, which relies heavily on the internet, will not be threatened simply because Fairpoint or Consolidated do not want to invest money into the "infrastructure" so that we can all have access to communication and information. 2017?! more like 1900.

Posted by Leslie M.G. on 08/01/2017 at 4:21 PM

Re: “End of the Line? As Vermonters Cut the Cord, Rural Phone Customers Hear Static

We get cell coverage at home only because I bought and installed a femtocell - a network extender. So, we buy the gear and install it. Yet, the carrier informs us we get coverage. Perfect!

One funny story: A friend was headed down the hill and noticed a state trooper parked in front of our house. Turns out, he stopped because that was the only spot on the road where we could get cellular coverage. Does fabulous things for one's representation in town!

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Posted by Edmond Cooley on 08/01/2017 at 12:19 PM

Re: “End of the Line? As Vermonters Cut the Cord, Rural Phone Customers Hear Static

Very interesting, informative, and well-written. Thank you for sharing!

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Posted by Sara Vaclavik on 07/20/2017 at 5:21 PM

Re: “New State Agency's Domain: Fixing Vermont's Tech Problems

It is too bad that the reporting is incomplete. While some of the failed systems' developments had large price tags, there is a failure to acknowledge that thousands of those dollars were recovered by some of the organizations, for example the Judiciary and the DMV. Sometimes the right contract can mitigate the losses. Also, it should be noted that the IT folks now reporting to Mr. Quinn are Executive Branch employees. The Judiciary has a very experienced IT professional, Jeff Loewer, heading its RIS division. He came to the Judiciary with a wealth of experience in systems development. He has established a process that has thus far received high marks from the independent review established by the Legislature.

Posted by Kathleen Lott on 06/26/2017 at 7:02 PM

Re: “New State Agency's Domain: Fixing Vermont's Tech Problems

Recently, a group made up of 82% females with technical and legal domain expertise, took, in less than eleven months, a State run (not DII) failed system to successful, productive go-live use in less than 11 months. This system - the Supreme Court Docket System - had complex rules and workflows plus the habits and routines of a 32 - year old existing system to compete with for users' alliances. This group of women brought the system live while both maintaining other work responsibilities and not alienating the existing staff. Everyone knows that John Quinn faces formidable challenges but Vermont Government has a vast pool of talented and dedicated professionals to draw on for skills and ideas. The key to tapping this gold mine may be found in non-traditional sources (women) and in applying a standard process - Six Sigma.

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Posted by James Smith on 06/26/2017 at 10:59 AM

Re: “New State Agency's Domain: Fixing Vermont's Tech Problems

Good luck John Quinn!

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Posted by Bob Frazier on 06/23/2017 at 8:39 PM

Re: “Gibberfish Aims to Protect Activists Online

Thanks for pointing out that error, Joe Di Stefano, and my apologies to you, Brian O'Donnell. I misinterpreted your explanation of Gibberfish's encryption technology. The text has now been revised online and a correction will run in next week's issue. -K

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Posted by Ken Picard on 05/04/2017 at 3:21 PM

Re: “Gibberfish Aims to Protect Activists Online

Hi Joe,

Just for the record, I don't recall claiming that in our interview, and I agree that you are correct about those other services encrypting user data. That is not one of the major features that sets us apart from those services, but rather one we share in common. This was probably a misunderstanding on the part of the reporter. I don't think anyone involved was trying to deliberately misrepresent the facts, but thank you for pointing it out.

Brian O'Donnell
Executive Director @ Gibberfish, Inc

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Posted by Gibberfish, Inc on 05/04/2017 at 2:35 PM

Re: “Gibberfish Aims to Protect Activists Online

The following claim in this article is wildly inaccurate:

"Its software tools, which are still in the beta testing phase, include a "privacy-focused cloud platform" similar to services available through Dropbox, Google Drive and iCloud. Unlike those other services, though, Gibberfish stores its data in an encrypted format, which is inaccessible to those who aren't authorized to see it."

Files stored on all of those services are encrypted. You can read more about each of those services security and encryption policies at the following links:

- Dropbox: https://www.dropbox.com/business/trust/sec…
- Google Drive: https://support.google.com/googlecloud/ans…
- iCloud: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT202303

Posted by Joe Di Stefano on 05/04/2017 at 2:27 PM

Re: “Gibberfish Aims to Protect Activists Online

Gibberfish here. We'd like to thank Seven Days for the great write up. This article covers a lot of complex and thorny issues which we take seriously. We've posted a response to the article on our blog. If anyone would like to start a conversation, you can reply to us here, or on our site. Thanks.

https://gibberfish.org/2017/04/26/gibberfish-not-just-activists-not-honeypot/

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Posted by Gibberfish, Inc on 04/26/2017 at 5:18 PM

Re: “The Rise and Fall of Springfield, Vermont's First 'Tech Hub'

My father and brother both worked at Felows, I worked at Parks and Woolson. I think part of the success in Springfield was the Apprentice program at the Springfield High School, my father went through it in about 1930, I was in it from 1966 to 1971 and my brother from 1968 to 1973. My father retired as a foreman in the production department and worked on many of the developments after the war including plastic injection molding, and cold forming for things like rifle barrels. My brother worked his way into the cutter engineering and sales department in the 1980's and is still working for the company that bought out the company that bought out Fellows. I went to. College and left Springfield to work in engineering and design of power plants. I agree that the downfall was when outsiders took over, but the failure was not from lack of innovation but from draining of the profits away from the companies and R&D to the new owners pockets. What a shame.

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Posted by keithsp on 12/22/2016 at 3:18 PM

Re: “The Rise and Fall of Springfield, Vermont's First 'Tech Hub'

I worked 35 years in the machine tool company Jones & Lamson. We build by far the best machine tools in the world. In the 70 we were ordered to open our doors to other countries which many foreigners came marching through our doors with cameras and recording devices. Three years later at the IMTS show in Chicago there were machines looking identical to ours for have the price. We lost our foot hold over the next few years, so sad to say. I would love to see a manufacture of machine tools come back to Springfield and start manufacturing again. I would be the first one at their door. I will never forget the great days, nights, weekends and travel I had working for Jones & Lamson.

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Posted by Lee Oakes on 12/22/2016 at 12:13 PM

Re: “Mapping Vermont's Maker and Coworking Spaces

You're missing e2 in Essex

Posted by Becky Colley on 10/22/2016 at 9:14 PM

Re: “A Civilian Pilot Test-Drives the F-35

One final link, for those interest, showcasing the F-35's continued woes from September 9th of 2016....

F-35 May Never Be Ready for Combat
Testing Report Contradicts Air Force Leaderships Rosy Pronouncements

http://www.pogo.org/straus/issues/weapons/2016/f-35-may-never-be-ready-for-combat.html

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Posted by Arc_Light on 10/22/2016 at 3:55 AM

Re: “A Civilian Pilot Test-Drives the F-35

@spudmanWp wrote: This may come as a shock, but the F-35A is cheaper than the Eurofighter, Rafale & even the F-15E while being less than $10 more expensive than the GripenE which is still a paper airplane. The fact is that there is no comparable fighter in existence or planned that is cheaper than the F-35.

btw, Your linked article is old news, especially the seat & computer stability issues. That is the problem with reading old articles as the items are usually being fixed before the article even comes out. Remember that the F-35 is still in development.

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OMG, your assertions re cost are laughable. Where do you get that the F-35 is cheaper than any of the jets you list? Any 10 year old child could prove you wrong with information freely available. See below:

https://www.defense-aerospace.com/dae/articles/communiques/FighterCostFinalJuly06.pdf

Have you even read the Wikipedia entry for the F-35? Look at the unit cost and program cost.

https://www.defense-aerospace.com/dae/articles/communiques/FighterCostFinalJuly06.pdf

Finally, FYI : A Gripen E demonstrator aircraft fitted with new sensor IRST (Infra Red Search and Track) completed its maiden flight in April 2014. The first test aircraft was rolled out in May 2016. So, sorry, sir, but you have proven yourself not worth debating. Anything from you will be ignored by me from here on in.

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Posted by Arc_Light on 10/22/2016 at 3:48 AM

Re: “A Civilian Pilot Test-Drives the F-35

@Arc_Light This may come as a shock, but the F-35A is cheaper than the Eurofighter, Rafale & even the F-15E while being less than $10 more expensive than the GripenE which is still a paper airplane. The fact is that there is no comparable fighter in existence or planned that is cheaper than the F-35.

btw, Your linked article is old news, especially the seat & computer stability issues. That is the problem with reading old articles as the items are usually being fixed before the article even comes out. Remember that the F-35 is still in development.

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Posted by SpudmanWP on 10/22/2016 at 2:04 AM

Re: “A Civilian Pilot Test-Drives the F-35

The F-35 is a horrendously overpriced and problematic flying piece of junk. The most expensive weapons system in U.S. history and this is what we get. People might want to read the link below, or any dozens of others telling the truth about this egregious jet.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3430571/From-ejector-seats-kill-computer-pilots-t-log-Pentagon-F-35-fighter-jet-report-reveals-massive-problems-facing-expensive-weapon-history.html

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Posted by Arc_Light on 10/22/2016 at 12:14 AM

Re: “A Civilian Pilot Test-Drives the F-35

Here we @#$% go with drones again! Lets see the F-35 has 8 million lines of code which took ten years to write. To write the code which will mimick a human pilot is what 500 million lines of code minimum. That being the case if we start now we will be seeing those magic drones about the same time the sun goes super nova!

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Posted by Kevin Kitura on 10/20/2016 at 7:53 PM

Re: “A Civilian Pilot Test-Drives the F-35

Did I say "@Bill... the Rand corp... "

Sorry, I meant @SchMan.

Having a Reply button would be nice :)

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Posted by SpudmanWP on 10/20/2016 at 3:56 PM

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