Don't like unsolicited calls?

Sam Kuper sam.kuper at
Tue Feb 3 17:51:08 CET 2009

2009/2/3 Helge Hafting <helge.hafting at>
> For something more creative, have the phone pretend to answer. It could
> "listen" to the sales pitch. When silence is detected, pick from a pool
> of short .wav files that say random stuff like "interesting, tell me
> more", "could you please repeat that?", "just a
> moment....<noises>.....where were we?", "could you take it from the
> beginning, my aunt wants to hear about that too!"

Or, for the Python fans, "I'm terribly sorry... I can't hear you, sir,
could you try speaking in a lower register?" [1]

> Obviously, such a program should update the phone log with how much
> telemarketer time it has wasted.  And a high-score list where you can
> see who has talked for the longest time before realizing that something
> was wrong. :-)

Brilliant :)

[1] e.g.

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