Off topic: Funny - BIG BROTHER in the 21st century
Thread poster: RHELLER

United States
Local time: 10:47
French to English
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Jan 27, 2004

BIG BROTHER in the 21st century(Orwell was REALLY ahead of his time)

I apologize if some of you have already seen this one.

Pizza Hat. May I have your... "
Customer: "Hi, I'd like to order."
Operator: "May I have your NIDN first, sir?"
Customer: "My National ID Number, yeah, hold on, eh, it's 6102049998-45-54610."
Operator: "Thank you, Mr. Sheehan. I see you live at 1742 Meadowland Drive and the phone number's 494-2366. Your office number over at Lincoln Insurance is 745-2302 and your cell number's 266-2566. Which number are you calling from, sir?"
Customer: "Huh? I'm at home. Where d'ya get all this information?"
Operator: "We're wired into the system, sir."
Customer: (Sighs) "Oh, well, I'd like to order a couple of your all-meat Special pizzas..."
Operator: "I don't think that's a good idea, sir."
Customer: "Whaddya mean?"
Operator: "Sir, your medical records indicate that you've got very high blood pressure and extremely high cholesterol. Your National Health Care provider won't allow such an unhealthy choice."

Customer: "What do you recommend, then?"
Operator: "You might try our low-fat Soybean Yogurt Pizza. I'm sure you'll like it.
Customer: "What makes you think I'd like something like that?"
Operator: "Well, you checked out 'Gourmet Soybean Recipes' from your local library last week, sir. That's why I made the suggestion."

Customer: "All right, all right. Give me two family-sized ones, then. What's the damage?"
Operator: "That should be plenty for you, your wife and your four kids, sir. The 'damage,' as you put it, heh, heh, comes to $49.99."

Customer: "Lemme give you my credit card number."
Operator: "I'm sorry sir, but I'm afraid you'll have to pay in cash. Your credit card balance is over its limit."
Customer: "I'll run over to the ATM and get some cash before your driver gets here."
Operator: "That won't work either, sir. Your checking account's overdrawn."
Customer: "Never mind. Just send the pizzas. I'll have the cash ready. How long will it take?"
Operator: "We're running a little behind, sir. It'll be about 45 minutes." Sir, if you're in a hurry you might want to pick 'em up while you're out getting the cash, but carrying pizzas on a motorcycle can be a little awkward."
Customer: "How do you know I'm riding a bike?"
Operator: "It says here you're in arrears on your car payments, so your car got repo'ed. But your Harley's paid up, so I just assumed that you'd be using it."

Customer: "@#%/$@&?#!"
Operator: "I'd advise watching your language, sir. You've already got a July 2006 conviction for cussing out a cop."
Customer: (Speechless)
Operator: "Will there be anything else, sir?"
Customer: "No, nothing. Oh, yeah, don't forget the two free liters of Coke your ad says I get with the pizzas."
Operator: "I'm sorry sir, but our ad's exclusionary clause prevents us from offering free soda to diabetics.


Gloria Pérez
Local time: 18:47
French to Spanish
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Not far Jan 27, 2004

We are not far from that point actually. Try writing your full name on Google's bar and.... SURPRISE!


Harry Bornemann  Identity Verified
English to German
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Perfect Customer Orientation Jan 27, 2004

.. but not really well applied 8)


Uldis Liepkalns  Identity Verified
Local time: 19:47
Member (2003)
English to Latvian
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Yeah :) Jan 27, 2004

Gloire wrote:

We are not far from that point actually. Try writing your full name on Google's bar and.... SURPRISE!


Claudia Iglesias  Identity Verified
Local time: 13:47
Member (2002)
Spanish to French
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It's already like that here Jan 28, 2004

when I call to the "Pizza delivery" I have to give my phone number, whenever I don't have a telephone I can't ask for delivery (even if I have a house).
Then they are able to know my address and to find all my previous purchases, so I don't need to remember the names of the pizzas.
There's a service in Internet in which I give a phone number and I can see the address and a map of the place.
There's a private service for traders allowing them, with the client's ID, to know all his/her economic situation.

Those who are lucky enough not to live in countries where it's already like that must be careful and keep their eyes open.
Privacy is easy to lose. And when it becomes the State policy it's too late. (I wish this is not too political and vague enough).


Narasimhan Raghavan  Identity Verified
Local time: 22:17
English to Tamil
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Situation in India Jan 28, 2004

Claudia Iglesias wrote:
(I wish this is not too political and vague enough).

Claudia, it would be better to be clear. The above sentence might suggest that "it is not vague enough". You meant the contrary, I feel. If you were to write:"(I hope this is not too political and is vague enough), it will be clearer, don't you think so?
In Indian cities too this practice of entering our telephone number into the computer memory has started. At present it is very helpful. I need not spend time giving my address and landmarks for reaching my place everytime I place the order. And for the moment, orders are accepted even without giving telephone number, as the vendor does not want to lose the order. Hope the service remains just what it is and does not turn into a Big Brother! Fond hopes?


Claudia Iglesias  Identity Verified
Local time: 13:47
Member (2002)
Spanish to French
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You're right Raghavan Jan 28, 2004

you read my mind or guessed what I meant.

They can't accept orders without phone number because the computer system refuses them, and everything has to be done with the computer, of course.
I was very surprised to notice that without the ID (only one ID per person for all the existing services), we couldn't have our furniture delivered at home.
When I have trouble with my Internet provider I call, and first I have a machine that asks my ID and then I'll be able to access the support service. And so on...


Narasimhan Raghavan  Identity Verified
Local time: 22:17
English to Tamil
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More about situation in India Jan 28, 2004

We in India are at a stage, when the work is automatic as well as manual. The computer operator can always override the automatic setting of the computer. As of now the arrangement is just a backup for the manual work. That is why one need not have telephone to place the order. The vendor is just interested in selling as many pieces as he can. I hope that our system will continue to retain its human face.


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