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P2P Alarm Clock Service

samzenpus posted about 2 years ago | from the dial-n-for-nerd dept.

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bs0d3 writes "Instead of waking up to a regular alarm clock, TalkO'Clock will let others help you get out of bed. The service allows you to choose whether you want to be called by a male or a female stranger, and it has a robot – CallO'Bot – lined up in case no one is available at the time you have to wake up. All completely anonymous of course." Not sure why this is better than your phone alarm, but if you're starving for human contact this might not be a bad option.

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Geek Win! (5, Funny)

hellkyng (1920978) | about 2 years ago | (#37183290)

I can finally have a woman wake me up in the morning, other than my mom shouting down the basement stairs!

Re:Geek Win! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#37183604)

From TFS:

Not sure why this is better than your phone alarm

What's a "phone alarm"?

Re:Geek Win! (1)

Thud457 (234763) | about 2 years ago | (#37184016)

I'm guessing they mean when you call down to the front desk and schedule a wake-up call. You need to stay at a better class of hotel.

stupid... (3, Insightful)

snugge (229110) | about 2 years ago | (#37183310)

start by registering on facebook... WTF?!?

Re:stupid... (1)

cayenne8 (626475) | about 2 years ago | (#37183912)

Oh..ok.

I was reading on the site...and starting to wonder if you had to have a FB account to use this.

Sad...I was thinking of doing it, but I don't have, nor do I plan on having a facebook account at anytime in the future.

Starving for human contact (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#37183330)

... this can only happen to the nerds of slashdot.

Customize (5, Funny)

jnpcl (1929302) | about 2 years ago | (#37183332)

Do I have the option of a custom phrase to wake me up?

I'm thinking something along the lines of Moan My IP [moanmyip.com].

Re:Customize (1)

cayenne8 (626475) | about 2 years ago | (#37183972)

Hmm...let me know when they are able to market a Blowjob wake up option...

Wake up with a smile on your face every morning.

Re:Customize (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#37184530)

Hmm...let me know when they are able to market a Blowjob wake up option...

They're ready alright... Unfortunately, you're the one giving the blowjob.

Wake up with a smile on your face every morning.

That's not all you'll have on your face...

What's the catch? (5, Interesting)

chebucto (992517) | about 2 years ago | (#37183362)

This isn't so much 'too good to be true' as it is 'too weird to be true'.

Remember the 4853th rule of the internet: find out where they get their money.

At first blush I'm guessing they're scamming for access to people's facebook data. What other angle they have, I don't see.

Your phone number (2)

KingSkippus (799657) | about 2 years ago | (#37183470)

Color me skeptical, but to get a call or make a call, you have to give them your phone number. If I'm reading the site right, you have to confirm a text message sent to you to be the alarm clock. What I'm a bit concerned about is that they will sell this information to third parties, and I'll start getting texts from advertisers on my phone.

Maybe I'm wrong; I hope I am. Maybe these really are just nice folks who want to create an interesting service. They are in Russia (the "heart of Siberia," according to their web site), though, so although I really want to believe this is completely honest and above-board... Enh. I think I'll pass and let other people be the guinea pigs and see how it works out for them.

Re:Your phone number (1)

Wonko the Sane (25252) | about 2 years ago | (#37183520)

I don't care who has my phone number. Between the anti-spam features of Google Voice and android apps that will send all calls from people not on my contact list directly to voicemail I don't get bothered by annoying phone calls anymore.

The privacy policy (3, Informative)

KingSkippus (799657) | about 2 years ago | (#37183580)

...And there it is. Pulled out of the site's Privacy Policy [talkoclock.com] (emphasis mine):

"Personally Identifiable Information" means any information that may be used to identify an individual, such as, without limitation, a first and last name, home or other physical address, an email address, phone number or other contact information, whether at work or at home.

...

We may use your Personally Identifiable Information to complete transactions, respond to your requests, answer your questions, and notify you of promotions, updates, or special offers that we think may interest you.

Is it a clever idea? Yes, it is, and it really sounds like a fun thing to participate in. But if it means that I might start getting advertising texts--or worse, phone calls--then hell no. Count me out. I sympathize with them needing money to keep the service up and running, but that's just way over the line for what I'm willing to give people just for a few minutes here and there of amusement.

Re:The privacy policy (1)

camperdave (969942) | about 2 years ago | (#37184202)

"Why not wake up tomorrow to the intoxicating aroma of Minwell House Coffee - The brew that's too good to be true!"

Re:Your phone number (1)

Nehmo (757404) | about 2 years ago | (#37183592)

Color me skeptical, but to get a call or make a call, you have to give them your phone number. ... I think I'll pass

So? They will have your phone number. Are you afraid of marketing calls? Set up a Google Voice account. Use that number and froward it to your cell. If they flood it with advertisements, un-forward it.

Re:Your phone number (1)

KingSkippus (799657) | about 2 years ago | (#37185112)

So? They will have your phone number. Are you afraid of marketing calls? Set up a Google Voice account. Use that number and froward it to your cell. If they flood it with advertisements, un-forward it.

...Or I could just, you know, not. It's not like this is something extremely useful and/or important that I need. It's something totally useless and purely for mild amusement, certainly not worth the trouble of making special arrangements for.

So yeah, I stand by my original answer. No thank you.

Re:Your phone number (1)

grimmjeeper (2301232) | about 2 years ago | (#37183832)

They are in Russia (the "heart of Siberia," according to their web site),

Ooh. So I could get one of the women to tell me about "moose and squirrel" when they wake me up. Where do I sign up?

Re:What's the catch? (1)

optymizer (1944916) | about 2 years ago | (#37183472)

4853rd

Re:What's the catch? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#37183996)

Yeah. What I would give to be able to edit posts on slashdot, if only for 30 seconds after hitting 'submit'.

Re:What's the catch? (1)

webmistressrachel (903577) | more than 2 years ago | (#37185836)

It's called the Preview button, however I'm not perfect in my usage of said feature myself, so no room to talk.

Re:What's the catch? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37186454)

It's called the Preview button, however I'm not perfect in my usage of said feature myself, so no room to talk.

None of us are, which is why I'd like it to change.

One compromise I like is gmail's undo feature: after clicking send, you get about 10 seconds to undo and refer to draft mode. It's saved me a few times. There's no good reason why our brains will sometimes only sound the alarm after we've committed to an action, but that's the way they seem to work.

Re:What's the catch? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37186464)

There it is again. s/refer/revert

I'll stop now.

Re:What's the catch? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#37183772)

Don't forget that they get your phone number on top of that.

Re:What's the catch? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#37184986)

Real personal phone number with first name (the name you go by, not just an online nick), gender and matching Facebook profile. Don't you think that's valuable? They can even record your voice.

Why? (2)

ThisIsSaei (2397758) | about 2 years ago | (#37183384)

What? Why? What am I missing? I don't even... Who would even want this?

Re:Why? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#37183666)

I'm presuming that you are serious - The "why" can be answered easily for me. I've used any number of alarm clocks and the like, and I'm able to snooze just about "anything" for any length for time.

Currently I've got about 5 separate alarms on 3 devices, each with snooze, and I'm normally able to get up and get to work on time.

The only thing that's more-or-less guaranteed to force me to become completely awake is answering a call and having to respond (somewhat) coherently - After that I'm usually awake enough to not go back to bed/sleep.

So, yes, I can see a use for this service.
Whether or not this is a scam? Don't know and won't know since the service is linked to a facebook login - something I don't have and won't sign up for.

Re:Why? (1)

artor3 (1344997) | about 2 years ago | (#37184074)

What's to stop you from silencing the phone? There are a bunch of apps out there for math alarm clocks, where (for example) you need to multiply a pair of three digit numbers to turn it off. That's what I use now, and it works great.

Re:Why? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37188074)

What's to stop you from silencing the phone?

My job

Re:Why? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#37183700)

Because it's fun, interesting, surprising, whatnot? Just like all those random-people-chats around, I guess.

Re:Why? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#37184832)

Are you kidding me? I would completely use this. Have a random person do some random weird ass thing to get my ass out of bed every morning instead of music playing or "beep beep beep beep" from my alarm clock? This is a clever amusement.

Phew! (1)

jimmerz28 (1928616) | about 2 years ago | (#37183386)

Oh good you're supposed to agree to be 18 or older when using this service from their ToS.

I didn't want some sassy 14 year old kid waking me up in the morning.

Re:Phew! (1)

hedwards (940851) | about 2 years ago | (#37183516)

Indeed that would be a completely different service that would probably end being woken daily by some guy named Bubba.

Wake-up calls? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#37183388)

This presumes, of course, that you actually wake up and answer the phone when it rings at some ungodly hour. I have been known quite a few times to just let it go to voicemail, and myself back to sleep.

AC

Re:Wake-up calls? (1)

Riceballsan (816702) | about 2 years ago | (#37183582)

actually I'm more currious, what enforces the stranger to call you, I know there is a robot for backup to them if they aren't available, but what happens if they let it ring once and hang up imidiately? I mean wouldn't the service be a bit risky to count on.

Re:Wake-up calls? (1)

uigrad_2000 (398500) | about 2 years ago | (#37184572)

actually I'm more currious, what enforces the stranger to call you, I know there is a robot for backup to them if they aren't available, but what happens if they let it ring once and hang up imidiately? I mean wouldn't the service be a bit risky to count on.

The robot is involved in every call. First it calls the party that will say "Good Morning". Once they are on the line, then it dials the one who needs to be woken.

If the first party just stays silent, at least the person who scheduled the call will be woken by the ring. At least, that's what I understand from the FAQ.

Cool. (1)

webmistressrachel (903577) | about 2 years ago | (#37183398)

I think it's a great idea - I can be a nagging bitch in the morning to an exponentially-growing number of peers!

Sarcasm aside, I think it's a great idea - it allows those who would like to reach out and help others in some small way to do so with (very little) risk to them, and it helps those who may feel "Why should I bother? No-one cares whether I get up anyway!" to feel better about themselves.

1 person Liked this.

Re:Cool. (1)

kakyoin01 (2040114) | about 2 years ago | (#37183460)

Would that one Like happen to be yourself?

In any case, I can see how people would abuse this kind of system (screaming to wake someone up instead of gently calling to the sleeper, playing immature sounds, etc.), but it's definitely a step in the right direction. This will be interesting to watch unfold.

Re:Cool. (1)

webmistressrachel (903577) | about 2 years ago | (#37183506)

I was joking. I really like the idea - it's a genuine social service, in the vein of "helping others". But how would they stop people being abusive, as you say?

They could have the receivers of the calls feedback on the site. But then what's to stop them abusing that?

Being human sucks. Gimme Borg infrastructure anyday...

Re:Cool. (1)

kakyoin01 (2040114) | about 2 years ago | (#37183690)

Yes, I know you were joking. But I agree, it's easy to abuse feedback, especially since this service only deals in tiny, relatively unimportant phone calls. However, feedback abuse is relatively uncommon wherever I go, but again, over a service that's "just a phone call", it's bound to have issues. Places like Amazon and Ebay have much less trouble with this due to well-established high standards (relatively speaking) and more product worth (people are more willing to rave or rant about products that are quite awesome or awful), even moreso since there is lots of review activity there.

Perhaps a way to mitigate this would be to offer sound samples for each potential waker that are verified as recorded on the spot by the person uploading them (if only there was some way to verify them). Potential wakers would record themselves speaking through a microphone and the website would then upload it. Unfortunately, even that has limitations.

Re:Cool. (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#37184014)

I think it's a great idea - I can be a nagging bitch in the morning to an exponentially-growing number of peers!

Where's +1 Arousing when you need it!

Re:Cool. (1)

u38cg (607297) | about 2 years ago | (#37184546)

Man, who *wouldn't* want to be woken up by a Mistress in the morning?

Re:Cool. (1)

webmistressrachel (903577) | more than 2 years ago | (#37185784)

1 Person Liked this comment.

I'm writing a plugin for Firefox that will parse slashdot comments for Likes in the format shown above and...

OK maybe I'm not.

Re:Cool. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37189794)

It's a MAN baby!

Re:Cool. (0)

webmistressrachel (903577) | more than 2 years ago | (#37190500)

You're fucking scum. You've been stalking me ever since I trolled APK about his useless HOSTS files. Just die. And I mean it. Die. There's no place for you in the human race. Natural selection WILL deal with you.

And yes, I do have a child. Which I gave birth to. So natural selection has already confirmed it. Face it, out of all the things you could be doing with yourself, you're trawling through my posting history and posting malicious lies about my gender whenever slashdot allows it. Who's sadder?

The only thing I'd use this for. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#37183426)

It would make a great prank to pull on one of my homophobic friends, being awoken to a man saying something along the lines of "hey there sexy"

Re:The only thing I'd use this for. (2)

Abstrackt (609015) | about 2 years ago | (#37183906)

It would make a great prank to pull on one of my homophobic friends, being awoken to a man saying something along the lines of "hey there sexy"

If that's all you want to do... just post his number here, we'll be happy to help!

Oh the opertunities.... (3, Insightful)

Amtrak (2430376) | about 2 years ago | (#37183440)

Hmm, you mean there is a service that will let you troll random strangers in the morning via telephone! I'm sure that will work out wonderfully!

Re:Oh the opertunities.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#37184818)

Troll them?

I'd just let them sleep in.

Maybe that's the same thing. I dunno, I'm just an AC.

Re:Oh the opertunities.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37187370)

Ever heard of couchsurfing, you dogmatic, cynical, stupid, non-believer?

Re:Oh the opertunities.... (1)

tequila13 (968020) | more than 2 years ago | (#37189238)

And the site will send you ads to your phone. Not really worth it, you should be able to troll for free.

Love my Sunrise clock (1)

sandytaru (1158959) | about 2 years ago | (#37183478)

I have a sunrise clock that gets brighter at 30 minutes and starts playing birdsongs at 15 minutes before the alarm goes off. Usually by the time the beeping starts, I'm pretty wide awake. It also has a white noise function for overnight sounds to drown out the snorer down the hall, and a wind-down function that doubles as a night life. It was pricey, but worth every penny.

Re:Love my Sunrise clock (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#37183514)

and a wind-down function that doubles as a night life.

Ah, good old Sigmund.

Re:Love my Sunrise clock (1)

camperdave (969942) | about 2 years ago | (#37184270)

Sounds interesting. Does it come with a 24 hour display and autosetting to NIST time broadcasts? What about separate Saturday, Sunday, weekday alarm times?

Re:Love my Sunrise clock (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#37185354)

I tried a white noise app on my phone but it just repeated a short sample and, even though it was white noise, the repetition was noticeable enough that it was distracting rather than soothing.

Re:Love my Sunrise clock (1)

Ster (556540) | more than 2 years ago | (#37186060)

Link?

Re:Love my Sunrise clock (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37186494)

LINK!

Re:Love my Sunrise clock (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37188446)

Link,
He come to town,
Come to save,
The princess Zelda,
Ganon took her away,
Now the children don't play,
But they will,
When Link saves the day
HALLELUJAH!

Re:Love my Sunrise clock (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37186346)

I have one too. I call it a 'window' and it looks onto the 'outdoors' where there are 'plants' and 'birds'. There's also an evil daystar, which doesn't help, but hey.

AC

Re:Love my Sunrise clock (1)

SleazyRidr (1563649) | more than 2 years ago | (#37191186)

I'm guessing the sunrise clock is aimed at people who don't wake up and go to sleep at regular hours. Shift workers in IT for example...

Re:Love my Sunrise clock (1)

Neil Boekend (1854906) | more than 2 years ago | (#37189790)

Got a sleepphase alarm clock. This thing wakes me up at a moment that I'm next to awake, for a good start each morning.
It works with an armband (much like a sweatband). The band checks your movement and when you move a little (as you do in the "good to wake up phase") and if that happens withing 30 mins before the set time it wakes you up.
It's very pricy (at EUR180), but worth it.

Re:Love my Sunrise clock (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37192134)

For some reason I thought you said sunrise COCK.

You are getting sleepy... (2)

Simozene (899342) | about 2 years ago | (#37183590)

"You do not want your head to leave the pillow... Your eyelids are growing heavier.... ZZZZZZZZZZzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz" I can't imagine how many people will be late to work because of this.

Re:You are getting sleepy... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#37183764)

Of the 7.5 people that will seriously use this, I'd guess maybe 2 of them.

Starving for human contact... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#37183728)

... this can happen only to the nerds of slashdot. // Hmm, somehow the comment I posted before this one got eaten by the system. :/

Wake up voice (1)

Scutter (18425) | about 2 years ago | (#37184100)

The service allows you to choose whether you want to be called by a male or a female stranger, and it has a robot – CallO'Bot – lined up in case no one is available at the time you have to wake up.

So, in other words, your choice is a male or a bot?

Re:Wake up voice (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#37185012)

Just like IRC.

Re:Wake up voice (1)

webmistressrachel (903577) | more than 2 years ago | (#37185866)

Since somebody earlier mentioned only 7.5 users will try this service, and one of those will be me, your choice is a male, a bot, or me. ;-P

Asterisk works for me. (1)

e9th (652576) | about 2 years ago | (#37184462)

I dial 252 (ALArm) from the device I want to be called at, and enter a time at the prompt. At the appointed time, the lovely voice of Allison Smith [digium.com] tells me it's my wake up call and presents me with a random 3-digit number to enter. If I don't answer, hang up, or get the number wrong, I'm called back every two minutes until I get it right. The random number business is necessary because sometimes, if I don't have to do a slightly complex task, I'll just hang up and go back to sleep.

P2P? (1)

ksd1337 (1029386) | about 2 years ago | (#37184700)

Okay, seriously, what does this have to do with P2P?

Re:P2P? (1)

shish (588640) | about 2 years ago | (#37185446)

I presume that you don't know what P2P actually means, and you just think that it's a synonym for file sharing? It isn't - it means "peer to peer", ie, two approximate equals communicating in some way. P2P file sharing is when multiple computers communicate to share a file, and this alarm service is people communicating to get each other out of bed. As examples of non-P2P alarms, consider the standard alarm device, a watch, or as somebody pointed out, a PBX. These do approximately the same thing, but are one-way (they wake you up), and there's no way to return the favour.

"P2P Alarm Clock" (1)

MimeticLie (1866406) | more than 2 years ago | (#37186118)

From the headline I figured it was a service to wake me up when my torrents finish in the middle of the night.

Haha this is very fun (1)

Cito (1725214) | more than 2 years ago | (#37186390)

I've been waking people up with pranks I've done 3 wake up calls first when they answered I said I was Officer Johnson, there was a wreck at the corner of 5th and main earlier and I was told to notify next of kin.

next person I got my 4 year old son to say "I'm going to kill you" in his 4 year old yet creepy as fuck voice :P

and last I rickrolled them, person on phone said "Ah Shit, and hung up"

this is just too funny

especially the first one I got real good they thought it was real, they forgot about the wakeup call it seemed.

Search their US office on google (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37187744)

It is shared with 6 porn sites.. sketchy

yes, but... (1)

Tom (822) | more than 2 years ago | (#37188514)

Strange, interesting idea to get in touch with total strangers. Except that waking up is the exact time I don't want to talk to strange people.

invites (1)

madmaniq (2445012) | more than 2 years ago | (#37188690)

if u need some invites. ask me) 10 invites for buddies))) 1wo6syq4f0ne xot2scbe8znw 1dv9shauetqc 74jblz9rvqn2 evud6fgcxjw1 fec04jdsbi35 5u9yrqvo68x1 z0t3f6yuworx j3ch4p7sld96 bp369qcltmek

Better than a phone? (1)

AmiMoJo (196126) | more than 2 years ago | (#37189090)

Not sure why this is better than your phone alarm

Depends, are we talking about an iPhone?

Rick Rolling In the morning... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37194372)

I'm just gonna play Rick Astley into the phone each time. Trollin' the world, one sleepy morning at a time.

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