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(Engadget)   $50,000 prize awarded for non-violent solution to robocallers, although violence is always an option   (engadget.com) divider line 5
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2295 clicks; posted to Business » on 03 Apr 2013 at 11:22 AM (1 year ago)   |  Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»



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2013-04-03 11:31:46 AM
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Eliminate caller ID spoofing. The phone company can do it, because they have control over the layer 2 switches, which is how they're able to trace spoofed ID calls when the cops show up with a subpoena. Otherwise, they couldn't route the audio properly in the first place.
So, just have them do it all the time.

Then, when you can properly identify the robocallers, you can easily file suit against them and seize their equipment under an Anton Pillar order because they're likely to skip town and/or destroy records.

I'll take my $50,000 in one giant novelty check, please.
2013-04-03 02:17:51 PM
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2013-04-03 02:09:12 PM
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Everyone, point and laugh at sheep snorter.
2013-04-03 12:58:56 PM
1 votes:

plc5_250: I probably didn't communicate that point as well as I should have (mostly since I remember the big deal that was made when CallerID was introduced): the only reason that CID data can be blocked in the first place is because some people yelped about "privacy". That is the bovine excrement I speak of.

If I read your comment correctly, you and I actually agree: if I were to call you, I have no expectation of privacy regarding my identity. The current CID rules facililtate me remaining anonymous when calling you - and that is just wrong.


Simple.

If you can block CID then I should be able to refuse calls from numbers where the CID is blocked.  And by I should be able to refuse, I mean I should be able to enter a code on my account and have all such calls automatically go to hell.

Someone somewhere associated my cell phone with someone named Cathy.  I've had the number for more than 10 years so it shouldn't be a holdover from the previous owner of the number.  I am constantly getting real calls for her.  The old give us your bank account information and we'll send you a $7,500 refund from the government.  I've attempted talking nice, I've been not nice, hell the next to last time I talked with them, I told them Cathy was dead.  They still call.

I can maybe understand spamming robocalls because the expense is fixed.  You've got the equipment and the line and it's just throwing calls out there.  But when it's a real person making the calls?  They're wasting their time talking to me over and over again.  I'm never going to give them my bank account, SSN, or Credit Card number.  They're never going to get any money from me.  I know they're just paying Bob $.05 per hour or whatever for the calls.  But seriously.  It shouldn't be cost effective.
2013-04-03 11:27:34 AM
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Why the hell would we want a nonviolent solution to people using robocallers to telemarket?

I'd think that violence- severe, cruel, gory, and sadistic violence- should be the first, best, and only option for such miserable wastes of flesh.
 
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