2737 posts • joined 16 Jul 2007
Just register your phone no's with the Telephone Preference Service (and your postal address with the Mail Preference Service, too, while you're at it)
They've reduced junk via either method by over 99% for free.
And how I deal with cold callers like this...
"Hello I am calling because your phone number has been selected to receive a free mobile phone..."
Don't you just love these people?
Well I do. In fact in a perverse way I almost welcome their calls. The reason is fairly simple but first a little background on telesales and how it works.
Company X wants to sell its latest nanowidget and so it hires some dodgy telemarketing firm to ring hapless people who are foolish enough to have telephones in the hope that they will buy some nanowidgets. The way (as I understand it) the money is made is the person making the call will be on commission so it's in their interest to either get a sale or turn a dead-end call around ASAP so they can get onto the next one which might turn out to be a sale. Usually a computer makes the call rather than the person then when the call is answered the computer routes the call to the next available operator which is why you sometimes get those silent calls when an operator isn't available or the computer misfired. When an item is sold the telemarketing company get s a cut out of which it pays the operator who made the sale, ther phone bill and pockets the rest as profit with the remainder being passed to company X as a sale.
So it's all about a shotgun approach - call as many numbers as you can. Terminate dead-end calls as quickly as possible and plough through as many as you can because the percentages say you'll get a hit in every hundred calls or whatever. If they can't get those calls out of the way fast enough they're directly losing money (they still have to pay an operator something and pay the phone bill for the call and they will have given expected figures to company X for sales which they're under pressure to meet).
Now, this is why I actually like getting telemarketing calls...
Whenever someone calls to try and get me to buy something I say "Oh, hello, how are you" and they say some greeting stuff and begin their opening script. "Hold on a second," I say, "you really need to talk to my (brother/sister/wife/mother/grandfather/cat/milkman) about this as they always deal with this. Just hold on a moment, I'll get them for you".
You're now at the most important point of the call - the point where you put the phone down (DO NOT hang up, just lay the handset down on the table with them waiting. From this point on you are losing the operator commission, losing the telemarketing company potential revenue and running up their phone bill.
"How do I know when to hang up?" you may ask, and a very fair question it is, too. You know when to hang when phone makes this noise:
If everyone treated telemarketing calls like this then pretty soon no-one would ever have to worry about receiving one as there'd be no telemarketing companies left.
Block smut & violence
That's half their on-demand content downloads gone, then ;o)
So long as it's off by default (or simple to opt-out/disable) that's OK.
Liberty Global ?
Never heard of them. Sounds like the kind of co whose 'Defence Arm' has a tagline of 'Freedom From Above'
Re: The USA is sabre rattling again
I think the EU already refuses to deal with terrorist states, doesn't it?
Re: SO what?
IIRC they have a massive trade deficit which means they rely on rest-of-world for their shit more than themselves.
Go for it.
I think the SPQA (Senatus Populusque Americanus) wants it more for transaction tracking than Google wants it for mining, which hints at the fact they already do it either via requests or sneakiness. Can't see a trade war being threatened just cos of Google.
Trade war could be worked. We could buy Russian Wheat, Polish horseburger (it seems we already do), Chinese/Japanese/Korean tech and they'd still want Jags, Mercs, Porsches, Audi, Ferraris, Range Rovers and Lambos and they'll pay a government-inflated price for them so they can still drive around in a flash EuroCar. It'd eventually serve to further isolate them from the rest of the world ultimately as alternate trade sources would likely be kept if they stopped cocking around at some point later. Wouldn't be to much of a stretch to imagine EU cosying up with China, Japan, SKorea, India and everyone just raising prices. Not that I wouldn't put the USA going to (actual) war with the-rest-of-the-world over a trade sulk, though, cos they weren't getting their way. There isn't anyone called Nero in the Whitehouse staff, is there?
Oh, and the whole of EU could tax MS, Starbucks, Amazon, Apple, etc into receivership. Yeah it all sounds simplistic but if you really want a detailed economic breakdown then do it yerself ;o)
Watched 5 episodes over the weekend
And it's really very watchable, too. Kevin Spacey's asides to the camera really make it.
If you have a Playstation or a Samsung (likely other brands, too) smart TV then you don't need Silverlight, you'll already have access to netflix. if you have an XBOX you can of course pay again for the privilege of accessing your netflix account with XBOX Gold membership. Hmm my S3 has netflix too, so Android users as well - dunno if appleists have it, I'd imagine so.
So really, only if you're kind of stuck in the land of watching stuff on a computer monitor only.
History in the making
Steve Jobs says styli are wrong
Samsung brings out gadgets with a stylus
Apple panics when popularity of styli is realised
Apple brings out device(s) with stylus, hails it as a revolution
Apple sues Samsung for copying their stylus idea
and a mouse!
why just carry two things when you can carry three
Probably unfair but...
Did anyone start reading then get to 'University of East Anglia' and immediately think 'Ah, right. never mind'
Having read it, does anyone else think this sounds a lot like Mega Corp tax-avoidance ? I find the phrase 'increase their own emissions' especially disingenuous in a statement on how something's supposed to make somethng 'greener'.
Comes across as total hogwash, all in all.
It'd be Darwinian for FB to seal itself of from
the internet competitors and suffocate to death.
One remains ever hopeful.
I can't imagine any right-minded person buying games online-only with the keys to whether or not they're allow to have continued access to said purchased game in someone else's hands. (Add Ultraviolet to that sentiment, also)
People do still pop round to see friends to play multiplayer on games that only one of them has got, too, right?
"...older versions of IE continue to be a real challenge for developers "
They could have just provided the raw un-spin version of that sentence:
"We're sorry so for ever making that hideous deformed shit, can we pay you for all your time we wasted while we cocked about like numpties with well-known standards?"
Re: Less social than worms
I've come to believe that the current generation (my kids, for example) are probably growing up with social media defining their scope of interaction with other humans which has the unfortunate effect of then bringing itself across to the IRL side of things, causing them, as a matter of course, to form what I call 'disposable relationships', instead of what we'd call proper ones, lacking meaningful discourse, engagement and ultimately loyalty.
Then again, they are also teenagers, i suppose...
We have also a family member who sends all their seasonal cardage via Moonpig. Cheers for that. I'd much rather an email/SMS instead if you're going to do that.
Please be arsed to pick up a biro and write in the damned thing and post it.
Re: Spin This
And leccy will be ten quid per kWh because of them.
Re: I am very dissapointed.....
Umm.. trying hard here... 'Trumped Up' statistics?
Re: Point of fact
Howver, amending your output to broadly align with government policy/agenda/rhetoric is exactly what a government agency does.
All those TLDR ACC types who don't see the irony in well-remnerated folk flying to a hot country to be chauffered to their luxury hotel in an air-con'd V8 SUV/Limo to crack open the bottle of complimentary chilled montrachet awaiting them in their suite.
Global Warming Climate Change (presumably the Anthro-variety as the natural kind is bleeding obvious to all but the most special-needs)
Not that you shouldn't crap on your own doorstep, you'd think that was obvious, too. Pollution reduction is a worthy thing in its own right and patently of benefit to all, politicising it with ACC guff is just disingenuous, verging on fraudulent.
Mind you, anyone know how much 'consultants' get paid to advise on ACC in Whitehall? Might be worth a career change.
Downvote away, always good to get a measure of how many entrenched beliefs you've challenged of a day.
Perhaps this could be applied to NRA members too?
Re: Let's hope they price the "goods" appropriately.
A copy of one Britney Spears tune 'shared' is roughly equal to that.
Let's hope they use Antigua's metrics instead of the MAFIAA's when calculating, which if they're clever will be very small :o)
Re: The real pirates ...
Technically they might be privateers ;o)
Do you think they fly a Team America flag?
Re: Why nuke
Cut the cable, you mean.
Shame I'm not on a percentage for saving money...
WTF would anyone downvote that?
Likelihood of a failed connection manifesting its failed-ness via a software upgrade is slim, and would likely have shown up in other software versions, being a physical defect. Not totally impossible I spose, all the same if the software maybe ran something hotter nearby.
That really is a massive fail
It's not like they don't know the damned hardware or anything.
Antennagate was a moronic design flaw but this is mind-bending in its why-the-fuck-did-they-not-test-it-properly-ness. Or even the why-change-shit-which-aint-busted-ness.
(Any chance of a boggled-mind icon?)
Resisting without violence?
Classic. Passive resistance is an offense in the Good ol' US of A ? (Or just that state?).
Not submitting obediently and cooperatively.
Re: Not the revolution you were looking for
At least 'for', 'loop', 'while', etc don't force most people to learn a new alphabet as well as remember the syntax...
Someone has too much time on their hands, or needs a girlfriend.
They had to put something in to mollify the IPCC arch-diocese or be labelled crackpots/heretics.
Bring forth the ducking stool
Warmologists with torches & pitchforks, non-IPCC-approved science turned me into a newt, etc, etc
This _is_ a Transparency Report Shop, isn't it?
Oh YES, Sir, absolutely, Sir
Good, I'll have a transparency report for Skype, please
It might be a bit runny, Sir...
The runnier the better!
Ohhhhh. The cat's eaten it.
Oracle seem so preoccupied with shooting themselves in the foot lately, they obviously still have a toe left with MySQL written on it. The Java one's hanging on by a thread, too.
This from Ubuntu
p maria - reachability analyzer for Algebraic System Nets
p maria-doc - documentation of Maria
nothing to see here, either.
Re: "so the models are evidently wrong"
Which would be fine if the anti-common-sense Inquisition didn't spout these models as gospel and denounce all else as heresy.
But they do. Which is not science, it's politics.
Super! Maintenant je ne dois pas penser pour une autre microsecond si on dit 'du' ou 'de'!
Merci, mon professeur!
"After expressions of quantity, the partitive is usually reduced to DE which is invariable:"
Can I at once urge all our French cousins to upload *shitloads* of pics to facebook. Thousands, please.
In other news, short Failbook stock now
Biere pour tout, parce-que je n'ai plus du vin :o(
Perhaps if MS had offered to underwrite purchase of all unsold units...
So the manufs could build the stuff in confidence of no stock liability.
Oh but even MS knew that would be a stupid plan.
So why'd these employees wanna leave
If apple are so godlike to work for.
Oh, apple weren't even in the top 100 best co's to work for, you say?
(P.S. need a worm-on-a-hook icon for 'bait')
Doesn't have the same number of devs as MS?
Bloody hell, they do a damned good job, then, or their devs are way better, or something.
Says more about MS, possibly that with x times the devs of Google they still can't get their shit right after 30 years.
Just volcanoes and people?
I'm sure volcanism (vulcanism, surely?) covers a bit more than volcanoes, maybe not, but it sounds like the sea is being completely ignored?
There is quite a bit of the stuff, after all.
If you're trying to show that ACC is real vs normal natural CC which the human race hasn't been round long enough to actually measure firsthand then just using volcanoes and people stuff (which presumably is the anthro data) sounds like fitting the data to the desired outcome to the lay-person.
If I wanted to show Jimmy Savile as a nice chap I'd produce a graph of time vs charitable funds raised. If not then a chart of time vs alleged victims and so forth. Whichever chart I produced would be dependent upon the revenue I thought it would produce.
So. Just apple then because they thought they had a better idea than fitting NFC. Which was to not fit NFC.
Meanwhile Rest of World moves on. Without them.
I had to go to hospital and have intensive psychological therapy due to my reliance on the media to tell me how to think and react to the world around me as I am utterly incapable of forming an independent thought for myself.
The very kind private doctor took one look at me and warned me I would need a prolonged course of very expensive treatment though he did refer me to his brother who happens to run a no-win-no-fee company who will be able to sue the BBC on my behalf for the cost of it.
Re: Why would anyone trust this idiot?
Doesn't affect them in any meaningful way.
Re: Sod that, wake me up when........
Already done quite a few years ago actually, IIRC, Virtual Retinal Display
Re: Journal of Mass Media Ethics
Well, more of a pamphlet .. ;o)
Do you have any light reading..?
Mother fined £12k for not locking bathroom door causing little Jimmy to cop an eyeful when he accidentally walked in for a pee.
Playboy + Hardcore ?
Re: What irks me about their argument
I suspect it's less about the swivel-eyed foamings of the NRA or public outrage every time these horrendous scenarios get repeated and more about how much money flows from arms companies to government.
That (imho) is what fuels the inaction of government to legislate.
Re: What irks me about their argument
Only cos they're not allowed to drive tanks into Gaza at that age...
What a bunch of fatuous assclowns
Anyway, I've been playing too much Mario. Off to jump on some heads now while I look for gold coins on the High Street.