Keeping secrets from the Overlords

I was going to post a comment over at Jeffro’s — specifically, on this piece about the band Shinedown, a few of whose songs I have put into the regular rotation — and I duly went to the Google sign-in page. For the second time, they asked me for my mobile number; for the second time, I declined to give it up; for the second time, the session ended with an obscure error code and no comment posted.

There are, it seems, three ways to approach this matter:

  1. Give up the number and be done with it, following Scott McNealy’s dictum: “You have zero privacy. Get over it.”
  2. Give them my fax number instead. It’s not like anyone is likely to send me a fax.
  3. Avoid Blogger-based sites in the future.

I am leaning toward #2, but I’m open to suggestions. In the meantime, I need to see if my OpenID still works.


  1. Charles Pergiel »

    21 May 2012 · 9:00 pm

    Give them some random phone number?

  2. Jeffro »

    21 May 2012 · 9:32 pm

    The blog is set to allow anonymous commenting, if that helps any.

  3. CGHill »

    21 May 2012 · 9:37 pm

    I never was much for anonymous commenting. (And by “never,” I mean “well, not in the last couple of decades, anyway.”)

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