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Re: Annoying caller blocking....
« Reply #31 on: July 05, 2017, 03:30:18 pm »
We should get to split this right?   8)

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FCC Fines Man $120 Million for His 100 Million Robocalls
Agency alleges telemarketer Adrian Abramovich made almost 100 million falsified robocalls using ‘neighbor spoofing’ tactic
By John D. McKinnon
Updated June 22, 2017 6:18 p.m. ET
WASHINGTON—The Federal Communications Commission Thursday proposed a record $120 million fine against a Miami man who the agency said was responsible for making almost 100 million falsified robocalls in late 2016 in violation of telecommunications laws.

The man, identified by the FCC as Miami business owner Adrian Abramovich, falsified caller ID information to trick consumers into thinking the calls were coming from local numbers—a...

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Re: Annoying caller blocking....
« Reply #32 on: July 05, 2017, 03:32:55 pm »
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FCC Fines Man $120 Million for His 100 Million Robocalls

Yep, that is what I was talking about in reply 19.  Insane how much  hate and wasted time a single company can create.  Unfortunately, for each one taken down, there are thousands still out there and more popping up every day.
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Re: Annoying caller blocking....
« Reply #33 on: July 11, 2017, 03:08:43 am »
Well, I think I have arrived at a workable system.

1) all ringers in the house are off. So all phone calls are silent no matter the caller.
2) If I happen to see a cordless phone (there are three of them around the house' "light up", I usually take a look and of course may answer it if I know the caller.
3) This absolutely and completely stops bottom- feeding callers.
4) If someone actually leaves a messave, and that call is of importance (even a stranger with a KiPass or low fuel warning or Rostra question), I pick up the call
5) at the end of time away from the phone, either upstairs working or out of the house, I check for both messages as well as missed callers via caller ID. Return calls but of course <may> play telephone- tag with some family members. I am finding that OK too because almost always there is nothing really important about the call anyway.
6) my wife keeps in touch with the family and friends via cell phone, texting, FaceTwit and so forth, then relays the info. to me. Now as my hearing deteriorates, and since she will make absolutely no effort to communicate clearly (in fact, she mumbles while facing the wall to make SURE I cannot hear her), I only catch about 10% of what she says anyway. But as the effort on my part is too high to chase more of the content, and the content is usually not very valuable, that is OK too and I am now shooting for 5% with an 1% reduction in every three month period following. So by winter I expect to hear 'wa wa wa, wa wa waaaaaa, small laugh, more wa wa and then blissful silence'.

So, to summarize: Doing well with [it used to annoy me] phone. Doing well with [it still annoys me when she talks so I cannot understand her but less- so all the time] wife. Getting all the information I want about others, actually too much, and am getting less all the time, so WIN- WIN- WIN!

Have applied my new attitude to several different areas with equally good and surprising results: went to start two chainsaws last week, neither would start. One is a Stihl, 2 yrs. old, and I just love the little guy! Small (35 cc, 16" bar), light, no vibration, E-Z- start (which I like) and all 'flippy caps' to not only fill with fuel and bar oil but also adjust the chain! Changed spark plug and still will not start. Will take to OPE store with strict instructions not to spend more than $85 or so on repairs. If repairs exceed that, will remove chain and bar and crush powerhead beyond any recognition and buy new saw.... elsewhere. Problem solved, blood pressure even, attention not diverted to stupid chain saw problems. Other saw is Echo 60cc, wearing 24" bar and an aggressive chain. That one resisted but eventually 'came around' and started. With some carb. tweaks to increase air pollution, it is running like a scalded cat and cutting like a banshee. Still no blood pressure increase, no time wasted, no diversion to chain saws. Started to de-cap and resize some Federal .223 brass tonight, for relaxation. Hmmm. Did not work out as primers are crimped and could not get any consistency on shoulder- bump resizing. Stopped and switched to once- fired PMC brass and the sun came out and the bird sang and all was right in the world. I stumbled over once- fired Federal brass by mistake, maybe 5,000 cases and will pick up more next week but will not allow it to torture me and clean brass DOES have a scrap value.

New attitude working great!!! Thanks are in order to the bottom- feeders and the corporations who sent them to torture me for causing this strategic change in behavior. Illegitimi non carborundum also works on the small scale too, who knew?

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Re: Annoying caller blocking....
« Reply #34 on: July 25, 2017, 04:27:07 pm »
"landline"? I know not what that is.

We live out on the boonies, no cell service out here. It is either a landline, semaphore flags or flare guns...

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Re: Annoying caller blocking....
« Reply #35 on: February 26, 2018, 02:57:09 pm »
Update to an old thread: I think I may have found some useful hardware for this problem. Not cheap but it looks like it might work well....

Tel- Lynx guardian personal assistant. Apparently, it has two modes: a known caller and it lets the call through so that phones ring in the house, the answering machine can pick up, or a human can answer. And the 'unknown' but suspicious mode where it interrupts the incoming phone call, asks the caller to state his / her name and telephone number. If this is not done, the call does not go through. If this IS done, the call is put through but the info. flagged for the user to tag it as an 'OK' or 'bad' number for future use.

Seems like that would be a decent way to screen calls, eliminate all robo- calls, and not unduly torture people I would really like to speak with (which is really any human who really is trying to call me but not annoy me).

Anyone have one of these trinkets?

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Re: Annoying caller blocking....
« Reply #36 on: February 26, 2018, 03:48:26 pm »
I never gave out my home number...
yet 20 calls a day come into it...

I refuse to pay for anything out of my pocket, other than a can of Freon to power my airhorn... into someones ear...( try it, you'll like it... very satisfying hearing the screams...)
to intercept...

my satellite company "bundle" will add caller to an ignore list, but it will only jandle like a half dozen numbers, and isn't worth the time involved to keep up with it..

answer machine.
it gets full, because of all the auto/robo/hangups, after a while... then i just erase the calls again, and monitor... as my family actually does have this number, and they actually do speak and leave a messege, but when I hear a human voice instead of "click" I tend to pay attention.

worst part is, our phones "announce" the caller, or any "identifiable" attribute about the incoming call...
like "toll free caller"... "Joe B Low", " Local caller" "Unknown caller"... etc...

how many calls can you get "toll free caller" from a day?

at wits end... but hanging in there.... with my Freon powered airhorn...
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Re: Annoying caller blocking....
« Reply #37 on: February 26, 2018, 04:10:33 pm »
Update to an old thread: I think I may have found some useful hardware for this problem. Not cheap but it looks like it might work well....

Tel- Lynx guardian personal assistant. Apparently, it has two modes: a known caller and it lets the call through so that phones ring in the house, the answering machine can pick up, or a human can answer. And the 'unknown' but suspicious mode where it interrupts the incoming phone call, asks the caller to state his / her name and telephone number. If this is not done, the call does not go through. If this IS done, the call is put through but the info. flagged for the user to tag it as an 'OK' or 'bad' number for future use.

Seems like that would be a decent way to screen calls, eliminate all robo- calls, and not unduly torture people I would really like to speak with (which is really any human who really is trying to call me but not annoy me).

Anyone have one of these trinkets?

I researched the Tel-Lynx several months ago.  I thought I had posted about it here, somewhere, but now can't find anything.  It will work without caller-ID, but not as well, and I wasn't going to spend even more money to get that feature, so I kinda dropped my research.  But yes, it looks very interesting.  I even recommended it to my Mom (who has a LOT more problems with robo-calls than I do).

It is a "white list" with challenge device.  So you can load all known numbers, and unknown ones are challenged and if they pass [your manual screening], they are added to the white list and ring right through from that point and in the future.    I think there were two problems with the design that I didn't like- I think the first had to do with allowing rejected callers to leave a voicemail or something like that.  The other was I wanted an automated challenge so I didn't have to screen anything at all...  Like "Please press [random number] to continue" or "Please enter the sum of 3 and 2".

In any case, yes, it is very interesting and not too expensive.  There is also a (more expensive) bluetooth model that will integrate cell phone usage with it, too.  People say the documentation is so-so, but that support is great.

https://www.amazon.com/Tel-Lynx-Guardian-Personal-Telephone-Assistant/dp/B014WPXJ0G
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Re: Annoying caller blocking....
« Reply #38 on: February 26, 2018, 04:34:49 pm »
I never gave out my home number...
yet 20 calls a day come into it...

I refuse to pay for anything out of my pocket, other than a can of Freon to power my airhorn... into someones ear...( try it, you'll like it... very satisfying hearing the screams...)
to intercept...

my satellite company "bundle" will add caller to an ignore list, but it will only jandle like a half dozen numbers, and isn't worth the time involved to keep up with it..

answer machine.
it gets full, because of all the auto/robo/hangups, after a while... then i just erase the calls again, and monitor... as my family actually does have this number, and they actually do speak and leave a messege, but when I hear a human voice instead of "click" I tend to pay attention.

worst part is, our phones "announce" the caller, or any "identifiable" attribute about the incoming call...
like "toll free caller"... "Joe B Low", " Local caller" "Unknown caller"... etc...

how many calls can you get "toll free caller" from a day?

at wits end... but hanging in there.... with my Freon powered airhorn...
 :rotflmao: :thumbs: :thumbs: :thumbs: :stirpot:


That's fine if there is someone on the phone but most of mine are just ahole robots who don't care one way or the other about air horns.  Now, if I could send some sort of electrical spike back at them....?
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Re: Annoying caller blocking....
« Reply #39 on: February 26, 2018, 04:43:08 pm »

That's fine if there is someone on the phone but most of mine are just ahole robots who don't care one way or the other about air horns.  Now, if I could send some sort of electrical spike back at them....?

yeah, I'm working on that one still...

but, many calls of Robo origen, switch to "live" human when answering and responding with a "hello", that said, when they begin the goober slobber b/s, airhorn time...

 years ago, when i was a baaaaad kid in my teen years, a 9v battery, and a safety pin, and some speaker wire... would work great when the 9V probe was jammed into a payphone speaker...

but...
ain't no way to do that today...

I'm thinking any "subversive activities" like back volting some phone calls, would be construed as an act of terrorism... but as I always say.... "hey, THEY called my number, I didn't call them...!!!!!"

my wife, with her JurisDoctorate, always tells me I cannot respond to bogus callers incoming on MY phone, with the statement "If you call my number again, I will hunt you down, and kill you, and your dog ToTo too.."

I don't understand why...  :feedback: :deadhorse: :popcorn: :rotflmao: :rotflmao: :rotflmao: :rotflmao: :stirpot:

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Re: Annoying caller blocking....
« Reply #40 on: February 26, 2018, 04:46:16 pm »
A short video on the Tel-Lynx



Color me intrigued..   Press 1 for the nice person, Press 2 for the mean one.  I don't think I'd give out names, though.  The people that know us would have no issue in choosing wisely.


Here are others


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Re: Annoying caller blocking....
« Reply #41 on: February 26, 2018, 04:51:36 pm »
A short video on the Tel-Lynx

http://youtu.be/aX8ciJM1p4s

Color me intrigued..   Press 1 for the nice person, Press 2 for the mean one.  I don't think I'd give out names, though.  The people that know us would have no issue in choosing wisely.


linky not visible... fix please...

ok, linky shows when quoting..

ain't spending $1 for a solution let alone a hundred +..

sorry, I'll answer my phone with F-U for free... and enjoy it more.

ICBM's would be nice...

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Re: Annoying caller blocking....
« Reply #42 on: February 26, 2018, 04:54:07 pm »
Doesn't work on Chrome.   Works on FF though.  FF performance sucks for me so I use Chrome for the most part.
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Re: Annoying caller blocking....
« Reply #43 on: February 26, 2018, 04:57:25 pm »
yeah, I'm using ancient chrome, on an XP laptop...

nothing works.. and when it all falls to crap, I'll toss it all. and never buy another electronic device...
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« Reply #44 on: February 26, 2018, 06:17:34 pm »
Color me intrigued..   Press 1 for the nice person, Press 2 for the mean one.  I don't think I'd give out names, though.  The people that know us would have no issue in choosing wisely.


I believe that multi-person stuff is completely optional- you can choose to have only one "user" so it doesn't require the caller to choose a person each time (which is somewhat annoying).  Of course, you lose some functionality in the process (if you have more than one person living in the house).

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Here are others


None of those others can do what the Tel-Lynx can.  They are all simple blacklist/whitelist without the system automatically allowing unknown callers a challenge.

http://www.tel-lynx.com
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