RE: stupid idea of the day

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From: Jim Whitehead (
Date: Thu Sep 21 2000 - 10:15:04 PDT

> Somebody should produce a little box that plugs into your phone line.
> The box would have caller ID circuitry in it... Each incoming phone
> call would have its number checked against an internal database of known
> telemarketers. If the call is from such a source, it's blocked -- your
> phone doesn't even ring (or, better yet, it answers the phone and says
> "hello" a couple of times to get their auto-dialer to hand off to a
> real person, and then plays a recording of your choice that tells the
> telemarketer to go away, leave you alone and never call back).

I signed up for caller ID a few months ago hoping to be able to screen out
telemarketing calls. But, to my dismay, I found that they never reported
their phone number... So, I no longer get caller id.

- Jim

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