Tuesday, September 25, 2007
Eavesdropping VOIP
"A startup has come up with a new way to make money from phone calls connected via the Internet: having software listen to the calls, then displaying ads on the callers' computer screens based on what's being talked about. For instance, a caller talking about going for dinner might see ads to local restaurants and restaurant review sites, while someone pondering whether to buy a new computer might see ads for computer stores."

Or maybe talk about the evening news report on Bin Laden and have a swat team burst through your picture window.

How lovely.

So let's see, what would a typical conversation with Mom look like?


Me: "Hi Mom. How are you? And the family?"

Mom: "We're all doing well. Dad's looking forward to Hunting Season next week."

Popup Ad:
Mom: "How are you? Gon and that darling little granddaughter of mine?"

Me: "Great. Both are in school. Squirt in Pre-K and Gon in his final year of college."

Popup Ad:
Mom: "My, oh my. Staying busy, huh? Guess another grandchild is out of the question this year?"

Me: "Oh Mom. Come on now, I told you. This factory is closed."

Popup Ad:
Mom: "I see Squirt's birthday is coming. Also Christmas. Any idea on what she wants?"

Me: "She wants everything but needs clothes. Hello Kitty stuff is a plus. A new Sit & Spin may work also, she has worn out the ball bearings on her old one."

Popup Ad:
Mom: "Why look. There's an ad for ball bearings. Can't you just replace them?"

Me: "No Mom. Stuff doesn't work like that anymore. I don't think."

Mom: "You should be able to get the old balls out and put new balls in quite easily."

Popup Ad:
Me: "Oh geez, Mom. Now look what you made Pop up."


Looks like I'm going to stick with my Landline and Cell phone services for now.
Stumble It! .......posted by Margaret @ 9:11 AM  
  • At 11:29 AM, Blogger Flyinfox_SATX said…

    Thank God they weren't speaking about anything Penial or Gynecological huh?


  • At 9:56 PM, Blogger - PRACTiCAL CHiCK said…

    Absolutely...because if you just stick to your land line and cell, you have less of a risk of the government kicking in your door!

  • At 5:28 AM, Blogger Carlos said…

    I was chatting online with a friend overseas and had a thought that we might be monitored by the gov't. Kind of a weird feeling, even if we weren't talking about anything subversive.

  • At 12:04 PM, Blogger Jill said…

    Big Brother never sleeps.

  • At 8:33 AM, Blogger Orhan Kahn said…

    What a strange and bizzare concept.

  • At 7:09 AM, Blogger doctor chip said…


    this is very nearly a Big Blog!

    nice post!



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