Just venting out some anger and apparently this is old news:
So it's been a while since I created a Gmail account. Lo and behold as soon as I hit the account creation menu it was asking for mobile phone number verification. Oh ****
There's probably a loophole out there if I just Google a bit but I ****ing hate it when companies do this. I hated when IMDB did this even though I wasn't even a poster at all because it didn't ****ing increase the intelligence of the posters there anyway and it just trains non-techies to hand out their personal information willy nilly.
The worse thing about this all is that unlike DRM it ****ing screws the guys who don't know or have the interest in abusing the system. Gmail could have ****ing gone freemium for this but no... apparently everyone must suffer in this ever changing world where cellphones are not phones but jiggle widget automatons of spam and pay. No wonder the IPhone was a success: It was the first ****ing affordable OSX!!!
P.S. Please delete this if this crosses the line. Lately I'm feeling strange. Maybe it's this energy drink I drank. I know I'm not drunk but **** it. Poor model for reducing spam or mail abuse. Worse gmail idea since Buzz's genius idea to make your gmail details public. Where's a ****ing genius when you need it: http://www.geekcultu...oyarchives/1504.html
Google, next time, just ****ing sell a pager (or put a ****ing Gmail serial in one of your new netbooks) before doing similar **** like this. You don't want Facebook to steal your e-mail market too.