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Comment Re: oh no (Score 1) 423

A few years ago I came across my old BBS number during a Google search and decided to call it and see who answered.

It rings once and then...a modem sound.

Freaked me out until I discovered it was just a fax machine that actually blasted that noise on answering.

Comment Re:And any other CLI masking, please! (Score 4, Interesting) 178

There is a reason for businesses to spoof a number.

Let's say I own Bob's National Grocery chain. My internal number is 888-555-1555. When I dial out, for privacy reasons, my number shows as the internal switchboard number - 888-555-2627 ("bobs" lol). This should not be a problem, as (1) my company owns this number and (2) it is answered. The issues here are two fold:

1. How do you determine the number I am advertising is mine? The answer here is simple - for numbers I advertise out from my phone switch, I must own these from the phone company I am peering with (first hop) or have some way to prove that I own those DIDs if I have multiple peering companies. Not a difficult hurdle to overcome.
2. How do you determine the number I am advertising (assuming step #1 is valid) is a valid company or answered number? In the case of robocalls or spam, my company could prove I own a block - satisfying #1 above, but turn out to be a voicemail box that's full or a non-company-answered blank DID.

About 15 years ago, I played around with a company owned phone switch setup and found that ANY number I put to advertise outbound was picked up and relayed to the target's caller id. I made a few test calls to my cell phone to validate that this was possible and then promptly reverted back to the company's owned block.

Comment I don't want free shipping (Score 2, Insightful) 183

Its not really free, you're still paying for it - The cost is just built into the product prices.

I want to PAY the market cost, for MY CHOICE of shipping method and carrier.

And I want to be able to specify that choice, and verify the pricing, BEFORE I enter a credit card number or any other financial info, and even without having to "log in" first. And I definitely don't want my card number stored from one purchase to the next, partly because I use disposable numbers, but also because for EACH PURCHASE I want positive control over the transaction. Its the same reason I keep my wallet in my pocket until the cashier has rung up my total at a brick&mortar.

When Amazon offers that, then it will be news worth reading.

Comment The simplest solution would be (Score 1) 295

to get a PO box, and have all packages shipped to you there. Its 100% secure, nobody but you can get your package. And USPS shipping is usually less expensive than other options.

The only problems are:

- many companies have exclusive contracts with shipping carriers that cannot deliver to PO boxes, and
- many companies refuse to ship to PO boxes even if they do offer USPS shipping, possibly out of obsolete paranoia.

Comment Re:I quit using DVR (Score 1) 137

One of the groups that does a good job on this is - you can purchase a season subscription, about $100 USD and you get access to all races and footage past and present - and NO commercials.

I was originally watching it on FS1 and then this past season BEIN took over. I thought - well, if I'm going to pay $10 a month for BEIN on my cable plan, I may as well stream - and I'm glad I do, because with a sport like motorcycle racing, the commercial timeouts were not true race timeouts - and the local company would effectively cause me to miss parts of the race that may or may not have good footage.

US sports wouldn't benefit much from streaming (still have TV timeouts etc) so the advertising could still be there, if they would just make the streaming free or reasonable for those who don't want to subscribe to the massive amounts of cable channels packaged today.

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