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while is suspect the telco powered products site is a humourous hoax, i wondered if there was some grain of truth behind it. an authoritative-sounding post on the boing boing hints that there might be. then again, maybe it's just a more plausible sounding ruse:

"Every designer of subscriber line equipment has faced this issue. The ones who survived figured out why you can't do this."

"If you try to get DC power off the line, and the impedance of your line is marginal, the telco will think your phone is off-hook (looking for dial tone). The telco will, after a few minutes, unhook your line from the switch. This is self-healing because the telco goes back to scan those "dead lines" every few minutes. If you disconnect the offending device, the telco will reconnect your phone to the switch after a few minutes."
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12/04/2002 09:41:00 PM 0 comments


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