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J. David Blackstone has a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and Engineering and nine years of experience at a wireless telecommunications company, where he learned Perl and never looked back. J. David has an advantage in that he works really hard, he has a passion for writing good software, and he knows many of the world's best Perl programmers.

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Tuesday October 18, 2005
10:45 AM


[ #27228 ]

Why, oh why, oh why does ebay allow sellers to enter contact phone numbers of "(513) 124-4783," since 124 is not a valid phone exchange? To my knowledge, this number is impossible in the United States. Is it too hard to match that against a simple regex before approving the seller's account?

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  • It used to be that having a 0 or 1 as the middle digit of an exchange number was illegal, but wherever 10-digit dialing is in effect it is now allowed (and leading digit 1 or 0 could equally well be allowed there too. Why build in a future failure?
    • Because taking it out some day would be easy and because having it in in the meantime could cut down on a lot of fraud.

      Update is that the guy with this phone number is at least answering my emails, so maybe I haven't been defrauded. Still hasn't shipped the item I ordered last week, though, but he's claiming he'll send it tomorrow.

      J. David works really hard, has a passion for writing good software, and knows many of the world's best Perl programmers