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It got to the point that I put "SCAM LINE1", "SCAM LINE2", and so on into the phone so I knew who was ringing me. If I had the time, I'd wind 'em up - but if not it was easy to get rid of them: "Do you tell your mother you're a scammer?" when you answer normally gets a burst of swearing and a disconnect.
On of my favorite time-taking ways to wind 'em up is to do exactly what they say. But on an Android tablet, instead of a PC.
Pity - they don't seem to want to talk to me anymore, and I'm sure that my "Windows Router" is raising problems with Microsoft again.
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Got a call yesterday about the soon-to-expire extended warranty on my 2014 Jeep Cherokee. Weird, since I do in fact own a Cherokee but it's way older. I'm guessing that since Cherokees are so popular they're playing the odds. I just hung up. Probably could have had some fun with that one, too.
Sometimes the true reward for completing a task is not the money, but instead the satisfaction of a job well done. But it's usually the money.
If I have time, I keep them on the line as long as possible, acting like I'm interested. I play really dumb and ask them to go over the same things many times. I try to get them to the point where they are asking for payment info and then tell them I don't have a credit card or email.
We're having provincial elections here next week in Ontario, and reps from all parties have been calling rather frequently to make their pitch.
During the last call I received, I immediately interrupted the (I'm sure otherwise very nice) lady to point out that they'd been calling every single day for the past week (which is absolutely true), and that by now they had already got their point across...and requested they permanently take my name/number (which they obviously have, since they asked for me by name) off their phone list - else the party they represent was automatically losing my vote.
The scam here is that even though there's a do-not-call registry here in Canada, political parties are exempt[*] from it. It sure is nice when you get to make the rules.
[*] And newspapers trying to sell subscriptions. Why? Because the papers in Canada are owned by people with affiliations to a certain political party. Which? Here's a hint: The one that was running the country when the law was made.
I once played along with a scammer that said I had won some money in Vegas that I had left unclaimed. The kind of money that you had to pay taxes on first before it would be sent to you. It went on for several phone calls over several days until I finally got him to admit that he was a scammer. We actually had an interesting conversation after that -- like apparently a lot people fall for his scam. He even asked me how I thought he could improve his scam to make it more believable. But then he had the audacity to ask if I could give him a list of names and numbers he could try his scam on. Well, I told him that I could send him a list of 100 people, all he had to do was first send me a valid $100 Walmart gift card.
Never underestimate the creativity of the end-user
For background, I have noticed that in stable systems, most code "fixes" are like 1-2 lines of code. It was an edge condition, or something nuanced somewhere.
For years, while getting new programmers up to speed, I told them that when the majority of their code changes were small changes (naturally), that they could use that as a marker of competency. I would have them track the number of lines of code the changed to fix issues.
I have nothing except 30+ years of experience telling me this is true.
So, I am curious if others experience this same thing? (Early on in a project, fixes require much heavier sets of changes, and as it gets ready to go live, the changes are tiny by comparison)...
No, because by now, I've overflowed the 64-bit integer, and they haven't invented the 128-bit integer yet.
I suppose I could switch to a decimal type to keep count...
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I think you would have to define what you mean by a "fix", because if by "fix" you mean something that takes two lines of code then there is something of a tautology in the definition.
I am currently working on something where the "fix"(and it is a fix as it's a change so that the system models data consistently) is going to probably be a change to the fundamental manner in which a huge piece of software works - so I am hoping that we decide not to fix it.
That said I think I get the gist of what you are saying along the line of - extend don't modify.
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