July 7th, 2010

Match Game SF


For the first time in several years, I've accepted a program participant invitation to OryCon, November 12-14 in Portland. I've also sent their Programming suggestions address an offer to host Match Game SF if they can find a space/time that works for them and they think it's a fit for them. There's no guarantee yet that we'll do it, but it may happen.

As usual, I'm always on the lookout for new questions for the show. As I say during most of our shows, if you think you can do better, please send me your questions. We credit the writers during the closing of each show, and lately I've started putting the names of the people who wrote the questions on the questions cards themselves to make it easier for me to give credit as we go along.
Pensive Kevin

I Thought So

I got an unsolicited call about "lowering my credit card rate" from an unidentified company. Just for laughs, I actually pressed 1 to talk to the boiler room rep. When I asked, "My telephone number is on the National Do Not Call Registry. What existing business relationship do I have with your company that entitles you to call me under the Do Not Call Act?"

He gave me the runaround, mentioning lots of different credit card company names; I have cards with some of them, and not with others. It was pretty difficult to understand exactly what he was saying, given his heavy accent, but there was no specific indication of where he was.

I asked him for the name of his company and the telephone number from which they were calling. He tried to get me back onto his sales pitch. I interrupted him and said, "You're never going to actually sell me. I believe that you are violating Federal law and want the information I requested of you, which you are required by law to give me, in order to file a complaint with the FTC."

He said he was sorry and that they wouldn't call me again, but wouldn't give the name and number. Of course I didn't expect him to do so, and said, "Oh, so you are breaking the law! Goodbye!" and hung up.

Not that I actually expected him to follow the law, of course. These operators are blatant scam artists, and I let myself get trapped by one once; never again. I don't mind using up their time and telephone money, though. If they had business-reply envelopes, I'd mail them bricks.
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