[FoRK] I'll take the second option

Gary Stock gstock at nexcerpt.com
Wed Mar 30 11:27:05 PDT 2011

Pure guesswork:

1) When they began to offer the service -- decades ago -- everything was 
manual.  What we perceive today as the trivial act of adding an unlisted 
flag might ~originally~ have meant maintaining an entirely separate set 
of physical records -- either constantly reprinting it, or marking up 
multiple copies manually.  Possibly a bookkeeping nightmare...

2) Similarly, waaay back, when operators were a primary source for 
number lookups, replacing those books even monthly might truly have been 

3) It is, in a sense, a request for special treatment -- thus the 
perfect opening to add a new charge.

4) Once the public becomes accustomed to any charge, they're ~never~ 
gonna drop it ;-)


On 3/30/11 2:16 PM, HK Pang wrote:
> can you explain to me why it cost money to de-list from the phone
> directory? it cost the consumer money to ask the phone company to do
> less work, why?
> On Wed, Mar 30, 2011 at 12:48 PM, Sean Conner<sean at conman.org>  wrote:
>> It was thus said that the Great HK Pang once stated:
>>> is there any software jobs left in the world that's not backed by ads?
>>   Well, my current job is writing software to test ... well ... phone
>> switches (kind of---the "phone switch" in question runs under Solaris (but
>> isn't asterisk---it's basically code to add "features" to cell phones but
>> the actual "features" live in the phone network).
>>   -spc (So, is my job backed by ads?)
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