CallerComplaints: Fighting Telemarketers Through Crowdsourcing

first_imgDespite the federal legislation of the Do-Not-Call list, many people still receive telemarketer phone calls on a regular basis. Although you can report the violators to various government agencies, few take the time to do so. But now there is a web site that can help: aims to build the largest telemarketer database on the web, built entirely by user submissions.About CallerComplaintsThe idea behind the CallerComplaints web site is simple. If you receive an annoying call from a telemarketer, you can search the database to see if the number has already been entered and, if so, you can add your complaint to the file. If the number does not show up in the search results, you can enter in a new complaint.For a complaint to be entered, you must fill in the phone number, the caller type (telemarketer, political caller, debt collector, prank caller, or unknown), the complaint details, and you must complete the CAPTCHA before clicking “File.” You don’t have to provide your name – that field is optional – and, if you know who is calling you, there is a box for that as well. Filing a ComplaintThere is also a section on the site called “spoofed numbers,” which categorizes the more unethical telemarketers who trick Caller IDs to display an incorrect phone number, something that is done so you can’t report them. On CallerComplaints, however, you can still file complaints against these spoofed numbers.Users on the site can mark each other’s feedback at useful or report feedback as spam, but doing so doesn’t appear to actually have any impact on whether or not the feedback is displayed or how it is ranked. How Filing a Complaint HelpsInstead of relying on the government to resolve the telemarketer problem, CallerComplaints wants to publicly shame companies instead. The web site’s content is designed to be easily indexed by search engines, so the next time someone searches for a number using one of the major search engines, they’ll find the complaints submitted about that number at the top of their search results, hopefully displaying the company’s name, as well.Unfortunately, since many shady telemarketers have their calls masked so as to display as “unknown number” on Caller ID, neither this site nor the government’s Do Not Call’s complaint filing service can help resolve that problem.In theory, the data collected by the site could be used to file joint-action complaints with government agencies, but CallerComplaints does not actually have plans to get involved to this extent to provide a service like this, leaving legal action in the hands of the government.However, as an online database to research those mystery numbers, the site does a good job of making it easy to find numbers, file complaints, and leave feedback, which, at the very least, makes for a very cathartic experience. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market sarah perez A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#Product Reviews#web last_img read more

Digital Transformation: Balancing the Risk of Getting it Wrong Versus the Risk of Not Doing Anything

first_imgFOMO – the Fear of Missing Out.  It’s a hot button that marketers love to push.  Digital Transformation is the current hype and has become a marketing mantra for many tech businesses. The marketers aren’t totally wrong.  It is big.  It is useful.  When done right digital transformation can save a business plenty and also can bring many additional benefits, like better customer support and interaction, better reputation, and better product design and implementation.But do you need it tomorrow or next month or even next year? Sure, it would be great, but rushing to implement an ill-conceived plan may do more damage than good.  Good planning and investigation up front will save you headaches and job loss later.A survey by Advance 2000 (research completed by Vanson Bourne) found that 85 percent of business executives said that they will fall behind their competitors within two years unless they adopt digital transformation.  89 percent said that they industry that they compete in is being disrupted and that they need to respond. More than one quarter said their businesses won’t survive if they can’t make the transition.The Advance 2000 survey found that balancing the urge to to take quick action, executives worry if the implementation doesn’t work out  73 percent of executives worry that they could be fired if the project fails.  And it is no wonder that they worry — the survey also found that 90 percent of digital transformation projects fail to meet expectation.  Don’t forget to plan.last_img read more

World Cup: MS Dhoni lauds Indian bowlers for win over West Indies

first_imgIndia defeated West Indies by four wickets in the World Cup, Pool B clash on FridayAfter beating the West Indies in a World Cup Pool B encounter at the WACA on Friday, an elated Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni credited his bowlers for keeping the opposition batsmen on a tight leash.The Indian bowlers were upto the mark from the very first over of the day, as they rarely hurled a bad delivery to the rival batsmen giving away just eight runs from the first five overs.Mohammad Shami, later adjudged the Man-of-the-Match, was the pick of the bowlers with figures of 3-35 from his eight overs. Pacer Umesh Yadav (2-42) and left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja (2-27) chipped in to take two wickets each, as the West Indies were bowled out for a paltry 182.India chased the total down with four wickets and 65 deliveries to spare. They registered fourth straight victory and qualified to the quarterfinals.”It was a difficult wicket, even initially with the new ball. There was some variable bounce, it was doing a bit. It settled down later, there was some swing for the West Indies bowlers as well, with the new ball,” Dhoni, who scored unbeaten 45 from 56 balls, said at the post-match presentation ceremony.”Our bowlers didn’t try too much. They stuck to their line and length. It (wicket) had a bit more bounce and we gave quite a few wides bowling bouncers. But we also got wickets with the short-pitched delivery, so overall very happy with our performance,” Dhoni added.advertisementDhoni added the target was a tricky one to chase down on such a dicy strip but said it was also a good chance to test out the middle-order.”It is a difficult target, because you don’t know whether to go and play your shots. It was a good chance to test out lower middle-order. Ashwin played well.””Jadeja will have to step up and if he starts scoring runs, it will be a very difficult line-up to contain.”Asked about the challenges they will face against Ireland and Zimbabwe when they travel to New Zealand, he said: “The last time we were in New Zealand, there were true wickets. We’ll have to see what kind of wickets are provided, but generally the ball comes on, there is some bounce.””The grounds are small so that is one area where we will have to adjust,” concluded the skipper.India next play Ireland on March 10 in Hamilton, followed by their trip to Auckland where they play Zimbabwe on March 14.last_img read more

Report: Atletico 3 Las Palmas 0

first_imgAtletico Madrid 3 Las Palmas 0: Griezmann & Torres cut Barca lead to eight Nicholas McGee Last updated 1 year ago 01:06 1/29/18 antoinegriezmann - cropped Getty Images After three games without a win, Antoine Griezmann and Fernando Torres helped Atletico Madrid beat Las Palmas 3-0. Antoine Griezmann and Fernando Torres were on the scoresheet as Atletico Madrid got back to winning ways and cut the gap to LaLiga leaders Barcelona to eight points with a 3-0 victory over Las Palmas.Atletico had failed to win any of their last three games, being held by Girona and losing in both legs of their Copa del Rey tie with Sevilla, and they were unconvincing for long periods against their struggling visitors with striker Diego Costa again out of the squad.Parity at half-time was justified for Paco Jemez’s side despite Griezmann hitting the bar for Atletico, but Diego Simeone’s men stepped up a gear in the second half. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Griezmann made it 1-0 in the 61st minute as Las Palmas were caught on the counter, and they were failed to learn their lesson from that goal.A stray pass allowed Atletico to again break quickly, and the move was wonderfully finished off by Torres for only his second league goal of the campaign and the 600th Atleti goal under Simeone in all competitions.Thomas Partey added late gloss to the scoreline but, while triumph narrows what should be a decisive lead for Barca, the leaders will be expected to stretch it back to 11 when they take on Deportivo Alaves later on Sunday.7 – Antoine Griezmann has scored more goals at Wanda Metropolitano than any other player (seven – all competitions). Prince.— OptaJose (@OptaJose) January 28, 2018Koke wasted an early opening for Atletico as he burst into space and towards the area, only to toe-poke the ball well over the crossbar.And the hosts would have fallen behind if not for a surprisingly adept piece of defending from Angel Correa, who tracked back and robbed the ball from Jairo as he shaped to shoot after an excellent cross from the right from Hernan Toledo on the counter.At the other end Leandro Chichizola was alert to deny Gabi after he was played in by Torres, who then sprung the offside trap only to flash an effort wide.Griezmann went closest to breaking the deadlock and would have done so in spectacular fashion had his audacious heeled effort, which saw him wrap his right leg behind his left to meet Juanfran’s right-wing cross, not clattered the crossbar.Jairo offered a reminder of Las Palmas’ threat with a decent long-range strike wide of the left-hand post, but the visitors owed Alejandro Galvez for preventing Torres from opening the scoring after the break with a vital challenge after more good work from Juanfran.But Las Palmas could do nothing to prevent Griezmann from finally opening the scoring as he latched on to a perfectly placed throughball from Juanfran, finishing confidently as he lofted the ball over Chichizola.Antoine Griezmann #AtletiLasPalmas— LaLiga (@LaLiga) January 28, 2018Yannick Carrasco saw a curling shot deflected wide and, though a goal-kick was incorrectly given, Griezmann was afforded a golden opportunity to make it 2-0 as he chipped Chichizola after Las Palmas carelessly conceded possession, only to be denied by the woodwork once more.However, there was no reprieve for further sloppy play in possession from Las Palmas as Torres rolled back the years by brilliantly rifling into the roof of the net, substitute Thomas then rolling into an empty net after the visiting defence parted for a final time. Key Opta Facts:- Fernando Torres’ goal was the 600th for Atletico Madrid under Diego Simeone in all competitions (601 in total).- Antoine Griezmann has scored more goals at Wanda Metropolitano than any other player (seven – all competitions).- Only Barcelona (17) have won more points after scoring in the second half of games than Atletico (16) in LaLiga this season. – Torres scored his 99th goal in La Liga, he would be the 5th player to reach 100 goals for Atletico in LaLiga history.- Jan Oblak has become the first Slovenian player to reach 100 games in La Liga history. Oblak has kept 59 clean sheets in his 100 La Liga games for Atletico. – Thomas Partey has scored five goals for Atletico this season with his only five shots on target (all competitions).  read morelast_img read more