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The analog hole and secret technology; DSL, Part IV (tying up loose ends)

Feb 07, 20062 mins
Enterprise Applications

* Backspin: The analog hole and secret technology * Gearhead: DSL, Part IV (tying up loose ends) * The past 7 days on Gibbsblog

Backspin: The analog hole and secret technology

On Dec. 16, 2005, a bill titled “Digital Transition Content Security Act of 2005 (H.R.4569),” otherwise known as the Sensenbrenner/Conyers Analog Hole Bill, was referred to the House Committee on the Judiciary.

To read this week’s Backspin in its entirety, click here.

Gearhead: DSL, Part IV (tying up loose ends)

Over the last few weeks we have been discussing our DSL struggles, which started with a technician doing some simple troubleshooting and quickly escalated into our service being disconnected (also see the “DSL Woes” section of Gibbsblog for your comments on this topic).

To read this week’s Gearhead in its entirety, click here.

The past 7 days on Gibbsblog

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Mark Gibbs is an author, journalist, and man of mystery. His writing for Network World is widely considered to be vastly underpaid. For more than 30 years, Gibbs has consulted, lectured, and authored numerous articles and books about networking, information technology, and the social and political issues surrounding them. His complete bio can be found at

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