Wooloomooloo wrote:do these same people invent "12345678..." on the spot as their social security number too? Just because it sounds nice?
Not quite, but similar: They copy social security numbers from examples. There were wallets sold with some sample paper credit cards and a sample paper social security card (which was not the right size or color for social security cards) ... the wallet maker had used the social security number of his secretary (genius). They eventually had to get the truthful owner of the SSN a new number because people were giving it so much as their own ... many apparently believing that it really was! Also people copy the number of the sample SSN printed on the front of a leaflet about how social security works as supposedly being their own (and also some of them actually believing it is), but the makers of the leaflet were smarter than those of the wallet, they used a SSN that is not valid and can never become valid.
Also: I don't want to be accused of gerbil swallowing, but did anyone think this one was a bit ageist? I can see how it happened, but Randall wouldn't dream of making a similar generalisation about women, say; and has made wonderful comics
such generalisations. And I feel like the joke would have worked just as well without it.
Yeah, it seemed a bit ageist.
I wonder what you wrote that the forum filters turned into gerbil swallowing. It's not political_correctness, that turns into Basic Human Decency.
djscoumoune wrote:The awkward thing is I looked for his (=my) name in his town in the yellow pages and it showed me the adress of a company with the name of my father and my mother. Pretty wierd.
Maybe there is something your parents aren't telling you
. (Your whole family are clones.)
cellocgw wrote:There's a related problem: making sure one's online 'handle' doesn't get snitched. I've made sure to register accounts at gmail, yahoo mail, wordpress, twitter (which I would otherwise never go within 35 router hops of), slashdot, etc etc just to avoid the possibility that someone else might become "me" at a so-called social media site.
There is a website that lets you check like 40 or so mail, blog, social media and what have you pages at once whether your nick is still free. I don't remember the URL though.
JamesLucas wrote:The more common nuisance, however, is when James Lucas Jr. uses my email to make hotel reservations, because the presence of the email in my Gmail account will become Google Now's sole obsession. My Android phone will spend whole weekends frantically generating transit directions from Manhattan to wherever my quasi-namesake is staying.
That's it, we're in the post-singularity future.
One thing that may lead to confusion is that it seems that gmail treats emails the same with or without a dot. For instance, First.Last@gmail.com
goes to the same inbox as FirstLast@gmail.com
. But, I think that First_Last@gmail.com
is treated as a different address. So, an underscore might look like a dot and be typed in incorrectly, leading to confusion.
True for the dot, but not for the underscore. Gmail doesn't support it. Neither can you sign up for addresses containing an underscore, nor will it automatically be stripped, mails to Firstname_Lastname@gmail.com
return as undeliverable (mail box doesn't exist).
LordHorst wrote:Also, once I recieved parts of a conversation between a mom and her daughter. Looks like the mom send eMails to her daughter using MY eMail adress as the sender. How is that even possible??
Misconfigured e-mail program (at the sender, not yours). Tell your e-mail program to show you the full header, somewhere it will show the true sender.
compscillb wrote:This discussion was definitely made more difficult by the forum rules - I think there's a block on including the term about reversing the process of subscription (which those of us who get signed up to innumerable mailing lists might have much to say about).
Huh, unsubscribe, unsubscribing, unsubscription, cancel, cancelling, opt out, remove ... nothing gets filtered. What word are you thinking of?