[FoRK] I'll take the second option

Gary Stock gstock at nexcerpt.com
Wed Mar 30 11:34:17 PDT 2011

Further, consider how many requests automated equipment must handle:

For a number listed in every phone book and likely online, too: few.

For a number listed in no phone book, online or anywhere else: more.

More unlisted number requests would escalate to human operators too.


On 3/30/11 2:27 PM, Gary Stock 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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