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Tuesday, September 06, 2005
Check your facts.
 
What's so hard about fact checking? I'm sick and tired of being sent useless (and often groundless) internet memes from people who should know to check the facts with a VALID source.

The most recent example, that damned "Put your cell phone on the do not call registry!" chain letter (I hate chain letters in their own right, I don't need to see the message half a dozen times and the 30,000 people who have recieved it at least once)

It wasn't true in 2003
It wasn't true in 2004
It isn't true in 2005
It won't be true in 2006

Don't tell me to do something I very clearly do not need to do.

Snopes is a great reference, along the lines of wikipedia great but far more focused on myths and urban legends. Or, you could go directly to the source, in this case the FTC and the Do-Not-Call-Registry (yes it works with Macs - see following rant) Its right there on the FAQ (emphasis mine)

10. Can I register my cell phone on the National Do Not Call Registry?

Yes, you may place your personal cell phone number on the National Do Not Call Registry. The registry has accepted cell phone numbers since it opened for registrations in June 2003. There is no deadline to register a home or cell phone number on the Registry.

You may have received an email telling you that your cell phone is about to be assaulted by telemarketing calls as a result of a new cell phone number database; however, that is not the case. FCC regulations prohibit telemarketers from using automated dialers to call cell phone numbers. Automated dialers are standard in the industry, so most telemarketers don’t call consumers on their cell phones without their consent.


The snopes article with the offending message. And please, check your fracking facts.



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