Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 12th Oct 2012 23:06 UTC
Internet & Networking "With the fate of our beloved internet economy allegedly at stake, perhaps it's a good time to examine what Do Not Track is. How did the standard came to be, what does it do, and how does it stand to change online advertising? Is it as innocuous as privacy advocates make it sound, or does it stand to jeopardize the free, ad-supported internet we've all come to rely on?" Do Not Track is inherently flawed because it gives people a false sense of security. Other than perhaps well-known and accountable sites, nobody's going to abide by it anyway. We don't need nonsense like DNT - we need to educate people about that 'private browsing' button. Everybody's already using it for porn anyway; shouldn't be hard to let people know what other things it can be used for.
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UltraZelda64
Member since:
2006-12-05

The scammers who are already doing illegal things, don't f'n care.

That's true, unfortunately, but it always was and always will be the case. No amount of government "regulation" will ever be capable of stopping all "illegal" activities. As for scammers using bogus CallerID data... it's possible. That information can easily be masked. If that's what's happening, well, you really were found by the wrong people.

In that case, probably nothing short of changing your phone number and making sure right from the start that it's not listed in the phone book is going to help. But if it got that bad, just changing your number would at least save your sanity... but at the cost of a possible fee and having to get everyone to update their records of your phone number.

It might be a massive PITA, but if it really has got that bad then the end result would be worth it.

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Bill Shooter of Bul Member since:
2006-07-14

The call volume is usually once every other week from different phone number each time, having an auto block feature helps greatly.

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Alfman Member since:
2011-01-28

Bill Shooter of Bul,

"The call volume is usually once every other week from different phone number each time, having an auto block feature helps greatly."

Is that a feature of your provider or your phone? If I could block numbers, I'd probably be down to every other week on average as well.

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