So what happens when you report them? (I presume if you can be donkeyed
to register with TPS you're also clued up enough to know to get callers'
identities and report them.)
Since I registered I've only had 2 junk calls: on the first, when I
asked their company's name and it became clear I was on TPS the caller
said "Oh sh1t" and apologised for calling; the 2nd was some SMS-to-voice
gateway run by BT which someone used to advertise a yoga group. Since
she didn't give any contact details it was pretty pointless advertising,
and may have been a genuine mistake. I didn't take that one up and it
hasn't happened again but if it did I certainly would.
I frequently get calls from BT even though I'm registered with TPS. BT
ring up in the guise of my telephone service provider - they insist
that they aren't selling anything, but are just a caring company...
Its usually a scamn.
I got one of those and aksed if it was BT why they didn't know what my
details were, since the (very indian) voice was asking for them.
They tried to tell me that it was because ne part of BT didn';t talk to
anoter. I replied that if that was teh case, they should get talking first.
Now whenever I hear someone claiming to be from BT who doesn't know my
name, I put the phone down.
I agree - we have been getting loads just in the last few months - up to 4 a
day, all recorded messages. Apparently they are coming from outside the UK
and change base frequently so are almost impossible to ban. My mother,
inspired by the tea ad (may be a NI one), leaves the phone off the hook for
as long as possible to cause them maximum call charge.
I reported a couple too. I think I got a reply around 9 months
later -- certainly long enough I'd completely forgotten about it.
In both cases, the service provider had turned out to be untraceable
by the telco -- they had supplied false details.
On "You and Yours" (radio 4) yesterday I think, it was stated than
new rules are coming in. Telcos will have to retain the money for
a month before handing it over to the service provider, so that
there is some chance of payout in the event of fraudulent use.
Telcos will also be responsibile for ensuring service providers
are traceable, or will lose their allocations of premium rate
numbers or will require ICSTIS pre-vetting of service providers
(heard both options mentioned but can't recall in which context).
I have had 4, but they have all been from the RNIB.
I don't object to them ringing me up and I have told them so.
The person that taught me about computers was blind and he used to wire up
his own in the days before the 386 microchip. (A long time ago now. DOS 3.1
days, if anyone remembers that)
It's amazing (by modern standards!) what you could achieve on a machine with
640kB (or less) of RAM and a 10MB hard disk!
Now, the *entry level* is 128MB of RAM and 20GB hard disk - mostly running
I've still got a GEC4160 minicomputer with 1Mb RAM which can run off
a 6Mb hard disk (although I've actually got 8 hard disks on it and
some are 20Mb). We used to run perhaps 10 people logged in working
at once on it. This system also used to support 128 Prestel users,
but with bigger disks attached.
A number of years ago, I wrote an instruction set emulator in C to emulate
this machine. I use it as my personal benchmark of new CPU's. On an
Athon64 running Solaris x86-64 bit, it emulates the GEC4160 20 times
faster than the original machine runs natively. When I originally
wrote it, I had a 120MHz Pentium and on that it runs just slightly
slower than the original machine.
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