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Comment Re:Sports? (Score 2) 120

A sports analogy of some sort? No comprende.

In basic simple english: when you're a fan of a sports team, no matter what you say, no matter what you do, the team pays absolutely no attention to you - the consumer - at all. You could have box seats for the entire season, but when it comes to drafting new talent, they'll ignore your advice and get that idiot from Duke anyway.

And, turns out, that's Microsoft's business model. Ignore the consumer, what he says, what he wants. Just do random crap and call it good.

Comment Re:then the FCC chairman yawned (Score 1) 70

Yawned, because this protest is lame.

Now if the internet-powers-that-be started blocking one different site per day - e.g. block completely all access to on Thursday, then to on Friday, and so on - people would (maybe) start to realize what net neutrality really means.

Comment Re:Cable TV biz pain is ENTIRELY self inflicted (Score 1) 185

Cable's crumbling TV business is ENTIRELY self inflicted.

Amen to that. I'm throwing a huge party the day Comcast goes bankrupt.

>> "Our members, however, I think are very aggressive in how they are trying to provide consumers that they serve with more choice..."

Your members are, indeed, very agressive. But not in a good way.

Comment Re: I am Surprised (Score 1) 116

This law would force the telex companies to implement tech to find out where calls were coming from.

They already have this information; that's how their billing works. The destination exchange needs to know who to charge for the call.

number1 = get_number_from_callerid();
number2 = get_number_from_ani(); // ANI is used for billing purposes

if (number1 != number2) { // this call is spoofed
        bill(number2, $100);

Comment Re:Don't allow blocking or spoofing of CallerID (Score 1) 116

I don't see why commercial interests should be able to spoof their CallerID even after verification. What makes them so special?

The idea was that a large company has, say, 1000 phone numbers; they want *incoming* calls to go to their main number, 123-4000. So, if Joe in customer service calls you from 123-4567, they'd like caller ID to show 123-4000 instead; so your return call goes to the switchboard instead of Joe's desk.

However: they effed it up big time by allowing the spoofing to redirect to *any* number at all, instead of restricting it to a different number owned by the same company. So any hacker with minimal equipment and knowledge can make his robocalls appear to come from a legitimate number.

It should be relatively easy to have phone exchanges compare the 'actual' and 'callerid' numbers, and reject a call if they change anything but the last 4 digits; but then the phone company doesn't care, they make significant money off spoofed calls.

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