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|Let me assure my countrymen of the Southern States that it is my earnest desire to regard and promote their truest interest - the interests of the white and of the colored people both and equally - and to put forth my best efforts in behalf of a civil policy which will forever wipe out in our political affairs the color line and the distinction between North and South, to the end that we may have not merely a united North or a united South, but a united country.|
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|Date: Tue, 30 Jun 2015 09:25:48 -0400 From: Monty Solomon <email@example.com> To: firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject: E.U. to End Cellphone Roaming Charges in 2017 Message-ID: <7E03A773-61CD-4D63-9CC4-9D01094C18C6@roscom.com> E.U. to End Cellphone Roaming Charges in 2017 The new rules, which will apply to people who travel across the 28-member bloc, are accompanied by regulations on so-called net neutrality. http://www.nytimes.com/2015/07/01/business/international/eu-roaming-charges-net-neutrality.html|
|Date: Tue, 30 Jun 2015 11:32:30 -0400 From: "r.e.d." <email@example.com> To: firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject: Re: Robocalls - the next level Message-ID: <rEykx.email@example.com> "Gary" wrote in message news:firstname.lastname@example.org... On 6/25/2015 5:24 PM, Don Y wrote: > > I've been trying to sort out effective algorithms to implement an > "automated attendant" (imagine a machine that screens calls like a > "secretary" would). So you aren't even bothered by a phone ringing! On a related note, will CallerID ever be made "spoof proof?" That would help, a lot -Gary I've been pushing for "spoof proof" for some time, but there seems to be little interest, at least in this newsgroup. The implementation and total cost is not trivial, but spread over all land lines and cell phones it's virtually negligible per phone. My proposal is at http://telecom.csail.mit.edu/robocalls.pdf My congressman sent the proposal to the FCC about 2 months ago, but I have received no response as yet. See also my posting of 12/30/2014 in this newsgroup. r.e.d. ***** Moderator's Note ***** There are a number of ways to eliminate the problem of robocalls and/or spoofed Caller-ID. However, they all require that the law be changed, and I don't see any champion for it. The interest is in effective and workable solutions. How does yours stack up? Bill Horne Moderator|
|Date: Tue, 30 Jun 2015 20:45:31 +0000 (UTC) From: John Levine <email@example.com> To: firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject: Re: Robocalls - the next level Message-ID: <email@example.com> >If the phone rings, answer it. If you don't like what the caller has >to say, hang up, or mess with he/she if you like. Some people get a lot more junk calls than others. I get maybe one a week, but I gather there are plenty of people who get 10 a day.|
|Date: Tue, 30 Jun 2015 08:17:25 +0200
From: Marc Haber <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: Re: Robocalls - the next level
Michael Dunn <email@example.com> wrote:
>We take common sense issues to extraordinary lengths today. As a
>nation we can't just mind our own business and let whomever wants to
>get married do so; we need to embarrass ourselves by coloring the
>white house with lights. And, apparently, we can't just answer the
>phone and hang up if we don't like the caller.
>I don't get it.
I think the actual problem is that telemarketing and unwanted
robocalls can easily sum up to more than half of the telephone
traffic, resulting in tens of calls per day, which can be a real
nuisance in a setting where answering the phone is always an
interruption of what we might be doing at this point.
It's not the incident that is bother some, it's the number of
Marc, who notices that this problem has sharply declined in central
Europe over the last ten years and has been nearly reduced to a
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|Date: Tue, 30 Jun 2015 07:16:29 -0400 From: "Elmo P. Shagnasty" <firstname.lastname@example.org> To: email@example.com. Subject: Re: Robocalls - the next level Message-ID: <elmop-33CC6B.firstname.lastname@example.org> In article <email@example.com>, Don Y <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote: > > Mourn it, dump it, and move on with alternate means of communication. > > You still have the same authentication problem. How do you know > that email you received is from the purported sender? How do you > know the snail mail's origins? Common sense, plus existing good spam filters (that in my case are somewhat crowd-sourced). Snail mail, btw, isn't an issue. It comes to my house, and I sit down with it at my leisure. It doesn't throw itself in my face and force me to dispose of it and/or make a decision about it on the sender's schedule like a phone call does. Snail mail isn't at all equivalent to a phone call in this regard, and is off the table for dicussion. Notice how people--even smart people--are getting caught up in various scams that come across on the phone nowadays? IRS, jury duty, whatever--these scammers aren't using snail mail or email. They're using the immediacy of the phone call to hit their marks. This is just more evidence that it's time to acknowledge that th usefulness of the telephone as we grew up with has passed, and that we need to move on to alternate means of communication. At the very least, start treating the phone like email. Anymore, it has about the same amount of usefulness. Therefore, turn the ringer off and go back to the days of voicemail. Quit thinking that just because the phone rings, you must drop what you're doing and put all of your attention to it.|
|Date: Tue, 30 Jun 2015 09:30:01 -0400 From: Monty Solomon <email@example.com> To: firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject: How to Pick a Cellphone Plan for Traveling Abroad Message-ID: <2A483AC9-504F-41A6-B74D-435BE2268685@roscom.com> How to Pick a Cellphone Plan for Traveling Abroad Pay attention to the payment plans for SIM cards, take your chances with Wi-Fi or rely on data. These are just a few of the choices you'll need to make. http://www.nytimes.com/2015/06/21/travel/how-to-pick-a-cellphone-plan-for-traveling-abroad.html|
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