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+ - Phone call whitelist?

Submitted by javacowboy
javacowboy (222023) writes "I've been getting lots of strange phone calls lately. Most of the time, my phone would ring less than three times and then stop before I can answer. Then, a couple of nights ago, I got a call at 3am in the morning. It had stopped ringing by the time I woke up. *69 revealed a number with an area code of 632, which does not exist. I called the number, and the call would not complete past the area code.

I'm getting fed up with:
  • Wrong numbers
  • Wrong numbers that hang up on me as soon as I speak into the phone
  • Telemarketers
  • Crank calls
  • Weird calls than hang up before I answer
  • Late night calls
  • People I know that I no longer wish to speak to
  • etc
My telco charges $8 a month for call display, which is exorbitant. Still, call display won't prevent my phone from ringing. A do not call list will not prevent my phone from ringing. Getting my phone number removed from the phone directory will not prevent wrong numbers.

I want a product or service with which I can set up a whitelist of numbers that I allow to make my phone ring. Any number not on the list, or an unlisted phone number, tries to call me, and the phone doesn't ring at all.

I would pay as much for this service as I would pay to have my number removed from the phone directory.

Is there any legal way for me to do this?"
Microsoft

+ - Why Microsoft will lose patent war

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javacowboy
javacowboy writes "According to Roughly Drafted, Microsoft's patent war on open source will end up being counter-productive. Among the factors the author cites are the three different philosophical perspectives on operating systems and software (Windows, Linux, OS X) and the trend toward open standards in the software industry. It's a very meaty article, with lots of historical perspective and technical analysis, but is well worth reading."

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