[clug] [OT] why "Do Not Call" register?

Robert Edwards bob at cs.anu.edu.au
Thu Aug 23 01:51:28 GMT 2007

If you do have caller-ID and a computer monitoring the phone, you can
have the machine announce who is calling you (using eg. the Festival
voice synthesizer) before you get up to answer it (think iptables).

I did have this (almost) going at home some years ago, but I notice that
MythTV can do it as well, so one day I'll set that up instead.

I think that asterisk has some plugin or other option to do similar.


Bob Edwards.

David Tulloh wrote:
> Robert Edwards wrote:
> ...
>> I could download the database each week/month, or query it in real-time,
>> as calls come in. Then I can choose which unsolicited phonecalls I
>> want to take and which I want to time out, or give an engaged tone.
>> And I don't need to register my number with some government database. 
> ...
>> Anyone got any thoughts on this proposal?
> I think that your system would work wonderfully if you had a computer 
> sitting there screening your calls, or at least doing lookups on the 
> database.  Most people don't have that, I think that most people don't 
> even have caller id.
> I few the hastle of unsolicited phonecalls as the fact that the phone 
> rings.  Because when the phone rings I have to stop eating dinner, get 
> up from the table interrupting any conversation, wander over to the 
> phone and answer it.  I then have to deal with the phone call and amble 
> back to my meal.  The Indian who greats me with "How are you today Sir?  
> May I speak with the Master of the house?" allows me to hang up the 
> phone within seconds if I wish.
> So it's not filtering the phone call that takes up my time, it's the 
> fact that it rings at all.
> David
> PS: I wish to publically state that if a political member calls me up 
> and plays me an automated "Vote for me" message I will put them last on 
> my voting paper, regardless of how much I might agree with their 
> ideals.  I did it in the last local election, I will do it in all future 
> elections.

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