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Comment: Re:Something I've considered... (Score 4, Interesting) 505

by MidnightPsycho (#29067177) Attached to: How To Stop Businesses Storing SSNs Indefinitely?

> so I politely suggest a different number, or insist on only giving 3-4 digits of it.

I tried this once with Verizon. I was signing up for a new account, in person, at the Verizon store. They wanted my SSN, and I told them I wouldn't take the account if I had to give that out.

They said no problem. The salesman called their credit dept, and handed the phone to me. They asked my name & address, and asked for the last 4 digits of my SSN.

They were searching some database - they found me by last name & address, and they only wanted the last 4 digits to verify that they found me. And I am sure they put my SSN into my account while I was on the phone.

I don't think it helps to keep SSN's from these businesses . . . they can grab them without needing to get them from you.

Comment: Re:Who can I switch to? (Score 2, Informative) 394

by MidnightPsycho (#27436353) Attached to: Time Warner Expanding Internet Transfer Caps To New Markets
You can get Earthlink cable internet in Rochester. The pricing isn't as attractive as RoadRunner is now - but maybe it will be after the caps? There is one bit of satisfaction with this though - TimeWarner has to allow the Earthlink traffic over their cables . . .

Comment: Re:Inkjet Ink vs Good Booze (Score 1) 337

by MidnightPsycho (#16008367) Attached to: HP Launches Ink Patent Violation Manhunt
2001 numbers, but still impressive:

20,000,000 = Estimated population of people using a Hewlett-Packard
brand printer.

$599,800,000 = Estimated revenue Hewlett-Packard would earn if each
one of those people would buy a single black ink cartridge.

The reason computer chips are so small is computers don't eat much.