On Thu, 17 May 2018 06:16:55 -0700, islander <***@priracy.com> wrote:
>On 5/16/2018 11:23 AM, El Castor wrote:
>> On Wed, 16 May 2018 06:15:57 -0700, islander <***@priracy.com> wrote:
>>> On 5/15/2018 11:50 PM, El Castor wrote:
>>>> Google is developing an AI (Artificial Intelligence) assistant that
>>>> can carry on a phone conversation -- and sound like a real human
>>>> being. In this real life example it makes a hair appointment for a
>>>> woman and attempts to make a restaurant reservation. It will blow your
>>>> mind -- at least it did mine. Yikes! Give it a listen.
>>> Cool! I wonder if the device can be used to answer your phone calls and
>>> deal with the telemarketing calls that you don't want to deal with. Or
>>> how about calling for customer service and the inevitable delays waiting
>>> for a customer service representative to become available.
>> Probably inumerable uses. If you have a VOIP landline, nomorobo will
>> deal with the robo calls for free. 95% effective for us. It's $2/month
>> for a cell phone.
>I installed VOIP a couple of months ago. VOIPo charges only $6.91 per
>month and provides a very comprehensive set of tools to manage
>everything that one might think of including white list and black list
>filters. You have to sign up for 2 years, but there is a 30 day
>no-fault opt out if you are not satisfied. I'm satisfied.
>Of course, there is also a white list and black list capability on our
>Panasonic phone system. A few robo calls still sneak through, usually
>those who keep changing their CallerID number.
>My wife's cell phone has proved to be so unreliable that robo calls are
>the least of our problems.
NOMOROBO is a consortium of phone service providers that uses a bank
of computers and a huge database to spot robocalls. You provide them
with your password and they intercept incoming calls on the first ring
-- your phone doesn't ring unless NOMOROBO lets it get to #2. Their
computer identifies robo calls, and disconnects the call. You never
hear a ring. It's much more effective than a local blacklist. Being
naturally paranoid, I did find the password requirement a bit
unnerving, but their member companies are legit, and it was created
with the blessings of the FTC and FCC as a last ditch effort.
Unfortunately, the crooks are getting cleverer, and some are so
insidious they leave recorded messages. Aieeeeee!!!! Ironically, I
just got one. With caller ID they are easy to spot and I just
disconnect them... sigh. (-8