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Date: Tue, 14 Jan 2014 10:54:26 -0500 From: bernieS <email@example.com> To: firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject: How to torment telemarketers (LA Times) Message-ID: <r5Bn5.A.AfE.-9V1SB@telecom> The air-horn-blasting technique recommended by the retired police detective obviously wouldn't work nearly as well as suggested, because the PSTN's dynamic range of is intentionally capped at a small fraction of that of human hearing. But some of the other techniques in this article are pretty clever. -bernieS - - - - - - - - How to torment telemarketers Blasting an air horn, putting the telemarketers on a lengthy hold, boring them with sob stories readers respond in force to a request for ideas on combating 'Rachel from cardholder services.' David Lazarus 4:52 PM PST, January 13, 2014 I almost feel sorry for telemarketers. Almost. Last week, I solicited advice from readers about the best ways to get telemarketers to stop bugging you, especially robocallers like "Rachel from cardholder services," which the former head of the Federal Trade Commission branded "public enemy No. 1." Judging from the avalanche of responses I received, I can say with confidence that many of you are not only fed up with these pests, you're more than happy to exact a little revenge in the form of pranks and time-wasting tactics. http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-lazarus-20140114,0,1753169.column ***** Moderator's Note ***** Bernis S is right: an air horn isn't effective. However, the tones from an ordinary touch-tone phone are actually much louder on the other end of a call than they sound when you push the button. You can say "I'll get my wife on the intercom, and force the marketeer to listen to two or three attempts to "transfer" his call before he gives up. It's all about money: the most expensive factor to "Rachel" and her friends is the "hit ratio" of successes versus failures. When you answer the phone, please take one for the team and do what you can to waste the human's time. If even a small fraction of victims fought back this way, "Rachel" would be out of business in a month. Bill Horne Moderator
Date: Mon, 13 Jan 2014 21:32:39 -0500 From: T <email@example.com> To: firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject: Re: Why T-Mobile wants Verizon's discarded 4G airwaves Message-ID: <MPG.email@example.com> In article <firstname.lastname@example.org>, bill@horneQRM.net says... > > by Kevin Fitchard JAN. 6, 2014 > > Verizon has owned these 700 MHz licenses for six years but never found a > use for them. One's man trash is another's treasure. By buying these > licenses T-Mobile can build an LTE network more like Verizon's. > > > http://gigaom.com/2014/01/06/why-t-mobile-wants-verizons-discarded-4g-airwaves/ > T-Mobile already has an LTE network - they bought MetroPCS. I'm a Metro customer - 4G phone and all. So I doubt they'll be able to use the spectrum either. ***** Moderator's Note ***** So, why did they buy it? Bill Horne Moderator
Date: Tue, 14 Jan 2014 15:01:33 -0800 (PST) From: Neal McLain <email@example.com> To: firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject: Appeals court shoots down FCC net neutrality rules Message-ID: <email@example.com> By Steve Donohue, FierceCable, January 14, 2014 | In a big victory for broadband providers such as Verizon and | Comcast, the U.S. Court of Appeals ordered the FCC Tuesday to | rewrite network neutrality rules that have prevented ISPs from | discriminating against traffic from Netflix and other online | video providers. | | Verizon filed a lawsuit against the FCC in 2011 after the | commission adopted net neutrality rules, arguing that it | doesn't have the authority to regulate how it handles | broadband traffic. But the commission insisted that net | neutrality rules were required to protect competing providers, | and it noted in court filings that broadband providers | Comcast, Cox Communications and RCN had previously blocked | access to file-sharing services such as BitTorrent. Continued: http://www.fiercecable.com/story/appeals-court-shoots-down-fcc-net-neutrality-rules/2014-01-14 Neal McLain
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