[rescue] Corrupted list messages

Jonathan Patschke jp at celestrion.net
Thu Sep 30 10:39:49 CDT 2021

On Thu, 30 Sep 2021, Phil Stracchino wrote:

>> spamfighting the VoIP spoofers in real time.
> And that has so far been a losing battle because the telcos have no
> actual interest in fixing the problem, because they make more money by
> *NOT* fixing it.

They'll fix it shortly after we replace the telephone with something
else.  The current crop of folks in the college-to-young-professional
age range are nearly there.

It'll be a half-hearted death-rattle effort like when the USPS finally
got shipment tracking on packages a decade after all the other companies
did.  "Hey, look where your package was three days ago!"

> Almost certainly it's a VOIP robocall with spoofed caller ID.

And it's not like there's any lack of prior art on how to solve this.
"Martian" filtering is effectively 100-level course material anymore.

> Network access *is* a public good.  We just haven't learned, or have
> not BOTHERED, to police the bad actors yet ... or, to be more cynical,
> we have consciously chosen NOT to police the bad actors, because
> advertising is the tail that wags the dog we call the US economy.

It's the same argument pertaining to government generally.  If you can
prevent money from influencing power, you'll have good government.  Now,
if anyone could ever manage to accomplish that, it'd be the crowning
achievement of our species.

Jonathan Patschke
Austin, TX

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