10 forgotten wonders of 1980s homes
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Fri Jan 1 17:28:15 CST 2016
On 01/01/2016 01:56 PM, Jon Elson wrote:
> On 01/01/2016 01:52 PM, Chuck Guzis wrote:
>> I'm amazed that "caller ID" costs CL anything, but it's one of the
>> highest-priced add-ons.
> It clearly costs them NOTHING! It is software on the switch, and the
> hardware needed to support it is present on every subscriber line.
> They charge for it because people are willing to pay for it.
...and thanks to VoIP, junk calls cost the callers nothing--and the FCC
claims that they're powerless to halt it. Call blocking from the telco,
which probably also costs them nothing, has a low limit on the number of
blocked numbers. So it's left to the subscriber to handle the crap like
"This is Windows Security--we've noticed suspicious activity from your
Windows computer...." or "This is Rachel from cardholder services". And
of course, Caller ID is necessary for that.
I'm looking forward to VoIP. Right now, I run an old modem and an
Windows 98 thin client to handle blocking. It works pretty well--at
least it's something that can be done with those high-priced USR Courier
modems lingering around from the BBS days.
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