Phone spam is going to become as bad as email spam as VoIP reduces the cost of mass calling etc.
Hey, RevK, don't mince your words!
I guess the only way to deal with them is to do as you did and get the humanoid on the phone and make their working life a little unhappier. I know some people think it's not fair to take it out on them but they're pissing me off and to defend them is like justifying murder on the grounds that the professional assassin is only doing his job.Arsehole's a bit tame isn't it?
I've never had time to do this, but it would be quite fun... First of all, you record lots of prompts, like, 'Go on,' 'Uh-huh,' 'That's really interesting!' When you get one of these calls, you put them through to a VoIP service that plays these prompts whenever the line goes quiet. How much time will the marketers waste, before they realise they are talking to a robot?It would be possible to make this more sophisticated, too. 'That's really interesting but the sandwich trolley is here, I'll just put you on hold while I get a sandwich... *annoying hold music* Sorry about that, carry on.'