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1 Nishant Tharani December 17, 2011 at 6:35 pm

The ‘missed call’ is nothing new – where I grew up in Tanzania, it has been used since at least 2004.

2 Peter Schaeffer December 18, 2011 at 2:43 am


It was somewhat common in the U.S. years ago when long distance rates were (much) higher. People would agree that one ring meant “safe arrival” and four rings meant “pick up the phone”. I can remember people making plans along these lines back in the 60s and 70s.

3 RZ0 December 18, 2011 at 7:19 am

I remember those. Also, the first 15 seconds or so of a collect call was free. When the other party rang on, you’d shout your brief message, then hang up.

4 Finch December 19, 2011 at 11:28 am

There was a television commercial to that effect maybe ten years ago in the US.

The collect call system required you record your name, and the caller said “George Wehaddababyitzaboy” and hung up.

5 Nishant Tharani December 18, 2011 at 10:23 am

Interesting – a system based on the number of rings is beyond the complexity of any that exists/existed here.

6 iamreddave December 17, 2011 at 6:38 pm

4. is also known as the ghetto page

2. When we are competing with algorithms in our jobs will we have to use computer recognition strategies and anti computer strategies? My Journey to 2700+ Blitz goes into how to spot you are playing against a computer and how to alter your play then. I presume financial traders have similar problems. In the future who else will?

7 herbie December 17, 2011 at 7:46 pm

4. I used to order Chinese food by making a collect call. I state my name so that the person on the other end would hear “You have a collect call from pork fried rice for pick up. Do you wish to accept?” The person on the other end would say “10 minutes.” and hang up without accepting the charges. The way collect calls are made has since been changed.

8 RZ0 December 18, 2011 at 7:19 am


9 broseph December 17, 2011 at 10:25 pm

on chess pay, the obvious:

if chess is more popular, then it’ll pay more…like chefs.

10 Seth C December 17, 2011 at 11:54 pm

1. is a serious setback to classical racism, unless Neanderthals are Aryans.

11 Frank Youell December 19, 2011 at 2:17 am


Given that Europeans and Asians have (apparently) Neanderthal genes and Africans don’t, this data is more likely to support than undermine racism. Presumably the Neanderthal genes are adaptive or else they would not have survived.

Given that Neanderthal genes account for 1-4% of the genome, the argument (either way) is dubious unless future science shows that the the Neanderthal genes are somehow important.

12 Ricardo December 18, 2011 at 12:27 am

Missed calls are used in many countries where calls are more expensive than text messages. In the U.S., this is a rather exotic concept because most cell phone subscribers in the U.S. are on a contract where talk time is included. In a place like India, though, most people use prepaid SIM cards and calls are expensive by local standards so a heavy reliance on texting and missed calls makes perfect economic sense.

13 Andrew' December 18, 2011 at 2:19 am

5. Is this because of the artificial advantages given to big businesses? Subsidize me to grow large enough to capture all the innovative individuals and I’ll be relatively innovative too.

14 Ted Craig December 18, 2011 at 7:55 am

5. Haven’t some very big companies always been innovative? The old AT&T, 3M, GE, etc.

15 Joakim December 18, 2011 at 11:04 am

1 mln for top 3. That explains why ex Goldman Sachs intern Luke Mcshane is not in a hurry to become pro.

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