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betajet
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re: Was I just talking to an artificial intelligence?
betajet   5/15/2013 12:12:03 AM
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You used to have to go over a satellite link to get a pause that long. Now you just need a bad Voice over IP link, where the software has put in a really long latency buffer. He's probably just doing VoIP over a slow part of the Internet on the other side of the planet, without any handling of Quality of Service.

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DrQuine   5/15/2013 1:47:09 AM
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As a charter member of the federal "do not call" list, the number of these "junk" calls that I get is outrageous. More than once, I've wondered where the prerecorded portions end and the human begins. Perhaps your caller was referring to preprinted scripts for all the answers ... or perhaps the technology haa advanced to the point of carrying on a "conversation". The implications of that possibility are terrifying: unlimited junk calls.

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Rcurl   5/15/2013 3:14:36 PM
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I received a solicitation call a while back and the person calling sounded **EXACTLY** like me. Very unnerving...to the extent that it got me wondering about the existence of parallel universes.

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betajet   5/15/2013 5:29:18 PM
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If you're "one in a million", there are eight just like you in New York City. [From the Old Jokes Home, updated for current population of NYC]

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Max The Magnificent   5/15/2013 7:27:58 PM
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Again -- it wasn't just the delay -- was the "way" he (it?) talked...

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Max The Magnificent   5/15/2013 7:28:31 PM
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I really do wonder what the future holds...

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Max The Magnificent   5/15/2013 7:29:52 PM
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I've heard you talking -- bouncing around from topic to topic with the agility of a mountain goat -- two of you in the same room talking at the same time would make my head hurt :-)

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Max The Magnificent   5/15/2013 7:29:59 PM
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Good One!!!

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David Ashton   5/16/2013 3:26:42 AM
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@DrQuine....we also have a Do Not Call register in Australia (politicians are of course exempt :-) but it does not stop the guys phoning from India purporting to be from the "Microsoft Computer Centre" advising you that your computer has a virus and trying to phish your IP details from you so they can "fix it" (yeah right). If they're male I question the size of their anatomy, and if they're female I treat them like a phone sex line. Usually gets rid of them pretty quick and sometimes give you a bit of fun in the process.

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Max The Magnificent   5/16/2013 3:54:30 PM
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This was in response to Rick's comment, not Betajet's

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