Feeds

My name's too rude for MS Passport

French vultures also blacklisted

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Providing a secure and efficient Helpdesk

Letter A letter from James Woodcock in the UK:


I thought your organ might be interested in this: I have just found (another) subtle flaw in Microsoft's Passport system.

Some of us are in the unfortunate position of having the surname "Woodcock". This may (and I would expect it to) raise a giggle. In fact, I thought there was no original way left for me to feel really narked off with my forebear that decided "Hey, Woodcock is a really good name". He might have been a purveyor of prosthetic genitals, or he might have been enjoying some particularly impressive recreational pharmaceuticals. Still, I've come to deal with it and most people just find it slightly amusing, I have not yet met somebody who thought I was inherently offensive.

That is, until the fateful day recently when trying to sign up for Passport. When I try I get a little message that says "Your lastname contains a word that has been reserved or is prohibited for .NET Passport registration. Please type in a different lastname". If only the registrar of Births, Deaths and Marriages had said something similar 25 years ago...

Being temporarily unemployed, I spent a rather entertaining afternoon entering slight-moderate rude words into the sign on process. Alas, only my name and similar names were rejected. Harold Wanker, Fred Prostitute and Josiah Feltch (and Felch, I never know how to spell it, neither does /usr/dict/words) all seem to be perfectly acceptable names. So it would appear to be a mistake... (And you should hear what "Gates" means in our house).

One day later, I finally found an email address to write to to point out this oversight. Surely there is a quick fix. But no. I got an email from some polite lady pointing out what a disgusting and offensive little man my forebear was and does this satisfy my query?

I sent an email to the "I'm not totally impressed with that answer" address, but have not heard back. I still can't sign up.

You may well argue "you're lucky. I cansign up", and there would be an element of truth in that. I still can't help feeling slightly annoyed, though.

James Woodcock

It's funny you should mention that James.

Recently, trying to corroborate a Passport story, I signed up for a new account under a name containing the "vautour" - French for "vulture". It wouldn't register me until all trace of vautour was removed from my proposed handle.

So French Vultures too are banned from Passport. Heaven only knows what's in store for the Viagra family... ®

Related Link

The Vautour Centrale Mailbag

Top 5 reasons to deploy VMware with Tegile

More from The Register

next story
Are you a fat boy? Get to university NOW, you PENNILESS SLACKER
Rotund types paid nearly 20% less than people who didn't eat all the pies
Emma Watson should SHUT UP, all this abuse is HER OWN FAULT
... said an anon coward who we really wish hadn't posted on our website
Japan develops robot CHEERLEADERS which RIDE on BALLS
'Will put smiles on faces worldwide', predicts corporate PR chief
Bruges Booze tubes to pump LOVELY BEER underneath city
Belgian booze pumped from underground
Oz carrier Tiger Air takes terror alerts to new heights
Don't doodle, it might cost you your flight
Amazon: Wish in one hand, Twit in the other – see which one fills first
#AmazonWishList A year's supply of Arran scotch, ta
Let it go, Steve: Ballmer bans iPads from his LA Clippers b-ball team
Can you imagine the scene? 'Hey guys, it's your new owner – WTF is that on your desk?'
Oi, London thief. We KNOW what you're doing - our PRECRIME system warned us
Aye, shipmate, it be just like that Minority Report
prev story

Whitepapers

Providing a secure and efficient Helpdesk
A single remote control platform for user support is be key to providing an efficient helpdesk. Retain full control over the way in which screen and keystroke data is transmitted.
Intelligent flash storage arrays
Tegile Intelligent Storage Arrays with IntelliFlash helps IT boost storage utilization and effciency while delivering unmatched storage savings and performance.
Beginner's guide to SSL certificates
De-mystify the technology involved and give you the information you need to make the best decision when considering your online security options.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.
Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops
Balancing user privacy and privileged access, in accordance with compliance frameworks and legislation. Evaluating any potential remote control choice.