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Re: A thread about nothing at all....
« Reply #3360 on: October 03, 2019, 03:51:51 pm »
So this one is new and sort of interesting: I am one of the last three people on the planet to have an actual wired phone (a landline) and it has been pesky with bottom- feeder calls. With the blocking feature on the phone itself as well as nomorobo, the problem is down to an acceptable if not great level. But I have been getting a new one lately that is pretty attention- getting: quite a few (multiple times per day) phone calls from..... wait for it..... me. Yep, Caller ID identifies the caller as me, by name, along with the phone's 10 digit phone number. As I have VOIP, I looked this up on my account and sure enough, I have been calling myself a lot. This just started a week ago or so.

I know Caller ID can be 'faked' in that an incorrect name and / or phone number will show but I cannot imagine why anyone would want to try spoofing me by pretending to be... me? I mean, I KNOW it is not me calling, right?

This is actually more interesting than annoying and the first really different type of phone scam I have seen in years.

I have also been getting threatening spam e-mails from somewhere accusing me of doing disgusting (matter of opinion, right?) things with underage fe- persons, and having video of same, along with my entire contact list. The threat of course is that unless I send (usually around $5,000) via BitCoin w/in two weeks, they will send said videos to everyone on my contact list. I have even gotten repeat threats from the same entity reiterating that they are not kidding, I will suffer, etc., etc.. Hey, it beats being badly wooed by a Nigerian businessman, right? Although frankly, I personally would alter the threat just because I do not find it all that threatening and not at all imaginative but hey, that is just content, not the actual idea, which I found refreshing.... the first couple times anyway.

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Re: A thread about nothing at all....
« Reply #3361 on: October 04, 2019, 04:38:33 am »
Have you tried answering those calls from yourself?


About one minute in...


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Re: A thread about nothing at all....
« Reply #3362 on: October 04, 2019, 05:41:57 am »
So this one is new and sort of interesting: I am one of the last three people on the planet to have an actual wired phone (a landline) and it has been pesky with bottom- feeder calls. With the blocking feature on the phone itself as well as nomorobo, the problem is down to an acceptable if not great level. But I have been getting a new one lately that is pretty attention- getting: quite a few (multiple times per day) phone calls from..... wait for it..... me. Yep, Caller ID identifies the caller as me, by name, along with the phone's 10 digit phone number. As I have VOIP, I looked this up on my account and sure enough, I have been calling myself a lot. This just started a week ago or so.

I know Caller ID can be 'faked' in that an incorrect name and / or phone number will show but I cannot imagine why anyone would want to try spoofing me by pretending to be... me? I mean, I KNOW it is not me calling, right?

This is actually more interesting than annoying and the first really different type of phone scam I have seen in years.

I have also been getting threatening spam e-mails from somewhere accusing me of doing disgusting (matter of opinion, right?) things with underage fe- persons, and having video of same, along with my entire contact list. The threat of course is that unless I send (usually around $5,000) via BitCoin w/in two weeks, they will send said videos to everyone on my contact list. I have even gotten repeat threats from the same entity reiterating that they are not kidding, I will suffer, etc., etc.. Hey, it beats being badly wooed by a Nigerian businessman, right? Although frankly, I personally would alter the threat just because I do not find it all that threatening and not at all imaginative but hey, that is just content, not the actual idea, which I found refreshing.... the first couple times anyway.

Brian

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Re: A thread about nothing at all....
« Reply #3363 on: October 04, 2019, 07:34:48 am »
Of course, I would love to talk with myself. But alas, when I do answer (before the second ring), I am never there. I guess I really do not want to talk to me or perhaps I get distracted and am doing something else when I answer. ??

Brian

Have you tried answering those calls from yourself?


About one minute in...


http://youtu.be/jMyD3TSXyUc
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Re: A thread about nothing at all....
« Reply #3364 on: October 04, 2019, 07:35:29 am »
 ;D

Don't answer those calls from yourself!!!

The call is coming from INSIDE the house!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rkcGm-pWwsQ
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Re: A thread about nothing at all....
« Reply #3366 on: October 05, 2019, 04:18:15 pm »
"A fifth of British teenagers believe Sir Winston Churchill was a fictional character, while many think Sherlock Holmes, King Arthur and Eleanor Rigby were real, a survey shows."

".... The study also shows a marked change in how people acquire their historical knowledge these days. More than three-quarters of those polled (77 per cent) admitted they did not read history books, and 61 per cent said that they changed channels rather than watch historical programmes on television." 

This according to a Telegraph poll on 4 Feb 2008.

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/1577511/Winston-Churchill-didnt-really-exist-say-teens.html

But I bet these folks are right up to speed on FaceTwit, and these same people get to vote.... over and over again.

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Re: A thread about nothing at all....
« Reply #3367 on: October 05, 2019, 05:10:42 pm »
A propagandists dream.
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Re: A thread about nothing at all....
« Reply #3368 on: October 06, 2019, 06:41:38 am »
Yeah, well it's probably the same over here with kids too.
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Re: A thread about nothing at all....
« Reply #3369 on: October 06, 2019, 07:02:41 am »
"A fifth of British teenagers believe Sir Winston Churchill was a fictional character, while many think Sherlock Holmes, King Arthur and Eleanor Rigby were real, a survey shows."

".... The study also shows a marked change in how people acquire their historical knowledge these days. More than three-quarters of those polled (77 per cent) admitted they did not read history books, and 61 per cent said that they changed channels rather than watch historical programmes on television." 

This according to a Telegraph poll on 4 Feb 2008.

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/1577511/Winston-Churchill-didnt-really-exist-say-teens.html

But I bet these folks are right up to speed on FaceTwit, and these same people get to vote.... over and over again.

Brian

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Re: A thread about nothing at all....
« Reply #3370 on: October 06, 2019, 11:35:04 am »
Yeah, well it's probably the same over here with kids too.

I found that somewhat reassuring at first, that it wasn't just us (USA). However, I realized that it was just my nationalistic side being reassured. My logical side (not as large as I wished it would be) knew that wide spread stupidity isn't better than local stupidity.

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Re: A thread about nothing at all....
« Reply #3371 on: October 06, 2019, 12:54:04 pm »
Yeah, the first, somewhat comforting thought is that this is outside the US.... then the realization that a larger group of 'us' are losing ground, and badly, is even more depressing. If you have a stupid dog and find you neighbor's dog is even stupider, the overall situation is not getting better.

I think a huge part of the root problem is the spread of the Internet, both is size and scope, as well as availability; I think a very large part of the population took a really big hit when the 'Net moved to mobile devices, wireless linked, so the sheeple could be more fully absorbed into the glowing orb continuously rather than in spurts, limited to when at home. I honestly believe that today, cell phones cause more "misadventure" on the nation's roads than drunk drivers do (seriously).

All old people start off too many sentences with the words 'Kids today......' but I honestly think the young folks (say, under 30, 35) are hugely handicapped by having the real world being displaced by the digital one. Then again, I am old and I could have started that sentence with 'Kids today' so maybe it is just me. But I do not think so, just like all the other old people never did either.  ;) ;D

I found that somewhat reassuring at first, that it wasn't just us (USA). However, I realized that it was just my nationalistic side being reassured. My logical side (not as large as I wished it would be) knew that wide spread stupidity isn't better than local stupidity.
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Re: A thread about nothing at all....
« Reply #3372 on: October 07, 2019, 02:22:24 am »
Stupids, like assholes, are a standard percentage of the population, wherever you go.
We have just as many as a percentage of the population as you do, but because of Farcebook, Twatter, and other Social Moron-media the Stupids now have a global audience with which to share their Stupidity.
Do I worry that these people get to vote,.... yes.
Do I want to do anything about it,.... yes, I want to teach them to think for themselves, to research the facts and make up their own minds, but far too many of them just can't be bothered to do any of that and seem quite happy letting power hungry demagogues and vapid self-serving "Influencers" make their decisions for them.
Then later on, when the sh!t has hit the fan because of their lack of involvement, they will claim that they were duped and conned and that we can't blame them for it. A large part of the population of Germany did EXACTLY that in the 1930s, and they are still trying to crawl out from under that burden of guilt 90 years on.
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Re: A thread about nothing at all....
« Reply #3373 on: October 07, 2019, 04:54:41 am »
The Internet has assisted me in expanding my knowledge of everything but then I've always been the inquisitive sort.  I don't use social media that much.  Before there was the Internet I used Britannica and the library.  The Internet as a tool was the next step.
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Re: A thread about nothing at all....
« Reply #3374 on: October 07, 2019, 05:34:16 am »
Stupids, like assholes, are a standard percentage of the population, wherever you go.
We have just as many as a percentage of the population as you do, but because of Farcebook, Twatter, and other Social Moron-media the Stupids now have a global audience with which to share their Stupidity.
Do I worry that these people get to vote,.... yes.
Do I want to do anything about it,.... yes, I want to teach them to think for themselves, to research the facts and make up their own minds, but far too many of them just can't be bothered to do any of that and seem quite happy letting power hungry demagogues and vapid self-serving "Influencers" make their decisions for them.
Then later on, when the sh!t has hit the fan because of their lack of involvement, they will claim that they were duped and conned and that we can't blame them for it. A large part of the population of Germany did EXACTLY that in the 1930s, and they are still trying to crawl out from under that burden of guilt 90 years on.

Spot on (unfortunately) and well said.
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