10-digit dialing is the invention of the Devil himself. And it is not used in California.
I travel a LOT. There is no reason in the world I should have to dial the area code I am in.
But (as the article says and we'll see what happens -- last time they tried this people rose up violently), if you have to dial your own area code then you should be allowed to dial the "1."
There is NOTHING stupider than a voice saying "you do not to have to dial 1..." If the thing knew my intent, it should have just put the call through. If I am dialing the 666 area code and start with 1-666 it should KNOW there isn't a 2-666 and just put me through!
But I have had to work with the idiots who do telecommunications systems programming. These guys are engineers with no programming expertise and that has been the case since switches went digital. It is like having a medical examination by a forensic pathologist. They know where all the parts go but they don't know how they hang together.
I was a Telecommunications Manager and had to work with these algorithmic novices. I know of what I speak. Now I work with and real systems have had to hook real computer systems to these underdesigned pieces of crap. Most of them don't have a development system and NONE have the full array pf testing environments that have been standard in real computing for 40 years!
posted on 07/23/2006 5:51:43 PM PDT
(A Conservative will die for individual freedom. A Liberal will kill you for the good of society.)
I remember reading somewhere that part of the reason if not the reason for the "running out of numbers" problem dealt with the way blocks of phone numbers are allocated, specifically in blocks of 25,000 regardless of the number of phones in a given area. In other words, a lot of this didn't have to happen, it was a buearacratic thing.
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