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digitalmars.D - [OT] Nick's being an ass again (ok, *way* OT)

reply "Nick Sabalausky" <a a.a> writes:
1. Try to go to TortoiseGit message board. It happens to be hosted by 
"Google Groups". Won't let me see a damn thing without loggin in. Whatever, 
just so happens that *this* time I did need to post too, not just browse.

2. Login.

3. My account is disabled due to "Unusual Activity". Uhh, what? Whatever, 
it's just a throwaway account.

4. No, Google, I'm not giving you data miners my phone number. Go fuck 
yourselves.

5. Click "contact support for further assistance".

6. Fill in form and submit.

7. "Sorry, we weren't able to submit your information. Please try again."

8. Of course. Fuck it. Create new account.

9. Fill out form and submit.

10. "Verify your account. Give us your phone number."

11. Suck my nutsack.

Far from the first time this shit's happened with Google. Never have any 
such probelms with anything else. And I'm supposed to believe the people who 
claim Google isn't a bunch of Orwellian fuckups with their heads up their 
asses? Seriously, fuck Google. MS were much better overlords.

(I was nice enough to properly label it [OT] at least! That counts for 
something, right? ;) )
Oct 08 2011
next sibling parent reply "Vladimir Panteleev" <vladimir thecybershadow.net> writes:
On Sun, 09 Oct 2011 02:56:34 +0300, Nick Sabalausky <a a.a> wrote:

 [snip rant]

I believe the reason why Google has started requiring phone numbers was to curb usage of its free services by spammers. Captchas aren't cutting it any more, when you can get people in developing countries to solve thousands of captchas for a few dollars. I've recently started getting spam from random people who have e-mailed me in the past. I guess spammers have intensified efforts to hack into peoples' mail accounts, which Gmail's spam filter trusts, and start sending spam from them. Perhaps that's what happened in your case? If you have a Gmail account you have access to, you can send yourself an invite. I believe that bypasses phone validation, since it establishes a trust relationship between the two accounts. Alternatively you could post a non-Gmail address here, and me or someone else could send you an invite. By the way, if you think it you got it hard - Google requires the same phone number validation for my country, and yet does not support phone validation for my country. No Gmail for Moldova :( -- Best regards, Vladimir mailto:vladimir thecybershadow.net
Oct 08 2011
parent reply "Nick Sabalausky" <a a.a> writes:
"Vladimir Panteleev" <vladimir thecybershadow.net> wrote in message 
news:op.v215o1z3tuzx1w cybershadow.mshome.net...
 On Sun, 09 Oct 2011 02:56:34 +0300, Nick Sabalausky <a a.a> wrote:

 [snip rant]

I believe the reason why Google has started requiring phone numbers was to curb usage of its free services by spammers. Captchas aren't cutting it any more, when you can get people in developing countries to solve thousands of captchas for a few dollars. I've recently started getting spam from random people who have e-mailed me in the past. I guess spammers have intensified efforts to hack into peoples' mail accounts, which Gmail's spam filter trusts, and start sending spam from them. Perhaps that's what happened in your case? If you have a Gmail account you have access to, you can send yourself an invite. I believe that bypasses phone validation, since it establishes a trust relationship between the two accounts.

I do actually (my domain's contact/technical/billing/etc. address, since it obviously wouldn't be very helpful to have that on my domain ;) ). How do I send an invite?
 Alternatively you could post  a non-Gmail address here, and me or someone 
 else could send you an invite.

 By the way, if you think it you got it hard - Google requires the same 
 phone number validation for my country, and yet does not support phone 
 validation for my country. No Gmail for Moldova :(

Ouch!
Oct 08 2011
parent reply "Nick Sabalausky" <a a.a> writes:
"Vladimir Panteleev" <vladimir thecybershadow.net> wrote in message 
news:op.v216hhvctuzx1w cybershadow.mshome.net...
 On Sun, 09 Oct 2011 03:27:46 +0300, Nick Sabalausky <a a.a> wrote:

 How do I send an invite?

At the bottom of the sidebar on the left, there should be an "Invite a friend" section.

Oh, you mean through the web interface? I probably won't bother then. I don't want to tempt fate and end up with my domain's technical contact address getting messed up. If you're willing though, you could send an invite to the mailinator address of, say, fhqffmknopnz (I don't really want to attach a throwaway (or otherwise) gmail address to one of my real addresses.)
Oct 08 2011
parent reply "Nick Sabalausky" <a a.a> writes:
"Vladimir Panteleev" <vladimir thecybershadow.net> wrote in message 
news:op.v22aeznvtuzx1w cybershadow.mshome.net...
 On Sun, 09 Oct 2011 04:22:26 +0300, Nick Sabalausky <a a.a> wrote:

 Oh, you mean through the web interface? I probably won't bother then. I
 don't want to tempt fate and end up with my domain's technical contact
 address getting messed up. If you're willing though, you could send an
 invite to the mailinator address of, say, fhqffmknopnz (I don't really 
 want
 to attach a throwaway (or otherwise) gmail address to one of my real
 addresses.)

Sent :)

Thanks :)
Oct 08 2011
parent "Nick Sabalausky" <a a.a> writes:
"Nick Sabalausky" <a a.a> wrote in message 
news:j6qvej$28d1$1 digitalmars.com...
 "Vladimir Panteleev" <vladimir thecybershadow.net> wrote in message 
 news:op.v22aeznvtuzx1w cybershadow.mshome.net...
 On Sun, 09 Oct 2011 04:22:26 +0300, Nick Sabalausky <a a.a> wrote:

 Oh, you mean through the web interface? I probably won't bother then. I
 don't want to tempt fate and end up with my domain's technical contact
 address getting messed up. If you're willing though, you could send an
 invite to the mailinator address of, say, fhqffmknopnz (I don't really 
 want
 to attach a throwaway (or otherwise) gmail address to one of my real
 addresses.)

Sent :)

Thanks :)

Meh, it's still demanding my phone number. Oh well, screw it. Thanks anyway, though.
Oct 08 2011
prev sibling next sibling parent "Vladimir Panteleev" <vladimir thecybershadow.net> writes:
On Sun, 09 Oct 2011 03:27:46 +0300, Nick Sabalausky <a a.a> wrote:

 How do I send an invite?

At the bottom of the sidebar on the left, there should be an "Invite a friend" section. -- Best regards, Vladimir mailto:vladimir thecybershadow.net
Oct 08 2011
prev sibling next sibling parent "Vladimir Panteleev" <vladimir thecybershadow.net> writes:
On Sun, 09 Oct 2011 04:22:26 +0300, Nick Sabalausky <a a.a> wrote:

 Oh, you mean through the web interface? I probably won't bother then. I
 don't want to tempt fate and end up with my domain's technical contact
 address getting messed up. If you're willing though, you could send an
 invite to the mailinator address of, say, fhqffmknopnz (I don't really  
 want
 to attach a throwaway (or otherwise) gmail address to one of my real
 addresses.)

Sent :) -- Best regards, Vladimir mailto:vladimir thecybershadow.net
Oct 08 2011
prev sibling parent reply Steve Teale <steve.teale britseyeview.com> writes:
Nick,

Just give them the phone number of an ex-girlfriend (or wife)
- a bit like one of those 'revenge videos' ;=)

Steve
Oct 08 2011
parent "Vladimir Panteleev" <vladimir thecybershadow.net> writes:
On Sun, 09 Oct 2011 07:14:14 +0300, Steve Teale  
<steve.teale britseyeview.com> wrote:

 Just give them the phone number of an ex-girlfriend (or wife)
 - a bit like one of those 'revenge videos' ;=)

I think the point is that Google will text you with a validation code, which you'll have to enter on your computer. -- Best regards, Vladimir mailto:vladimir thecybershadow.net
Oct 08 2011