[FoRK] I'll take the second option

HK Pang hkpang at gmail.com
Wed Mar 30 11:32:03 PDT 2011


my only guess is that the phone company can sell the listing to third
parties. don't forget de-listing is not a one time deal, it's a
monthly recurring fee.

On Wed, Mar 30, 2011 at 2:27 PM, Gary Stock <gstock at nexcerpt.com> wrote:
> 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 expensive.
>
> 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 ;-)
>
> GS
>
>
> 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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