[ExI] Communications a Moore's Law Phenomenon?

MB mbb386 at main.nc.us
Mon Apr 1 20:49:38 UTC 2024

Without a landline I have no phone service here. So I have an old
answering machine which screens *all* my calls.  Most are silent hangups,
no message.  My people know to yell into the machine, "Hey MB, are you
there? It's me!" My version of "White List". :)

Of course this year will be horrid, it's an election year.  The calls
before the Primary were back to back.  I ignored them.

The one good thing about an old wired-in landline is that it does not seem
to transmit a virus. :)  Also it works when the power goes out, which it
does here (not as much as it used to).


On Mon, April 1, 2024 16:37, efc--- via extropy-chat wrote:
> On Mon, 1 Apr 2024, Adrian Tymes via extropy-chat wrote:
>> On Mon, Apr 1, 2024, 1:34 AM efc--- via extropy-chat
>> <extropy-chat at lists.extropy.org> wrote:
>>       I
>>       have heard that in the US there's enormous amounts of robo calls
>> and sms
>>       spam which almost makes the phone unusable for some people.
>> One anecdote for that: later this month, we plan to finally permanently
>> disconnect our landline, and discatd the associated phone
>> number, that has served our family since - I think - a little prior to
>> 1990.  One of the reasons is that it has become bombarded by
>> spam, in particular calls where there is no one (or at least, no one
>> speaking up) on the other end.  Only a minority of calls are
>> even arguably legitimate: an actual person who's not a telemarketer, or
>> a robocall from an allowed source (such as an appointment
>> reminder).
>> ...and in the middle of composing this, I got another spam call: someone
>> who asked for another member of my household, and who hung
>> up when I asked them to identify themselves.
> Wow... such a huge difference between the US and Sweden. I imagine that
> people would move to using white lists only with that being so
> common.

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