How not to validate data

Trying to make an account on a Russian site, to order a book.

Need to enter name, email address, password.

I enter my name – in Latin.

“Enter your real name”.

I translate to Cyrillic, now we’re okay.

I guess they just don’t want all the extra business that comes from overseas. Damn all that extra profit!

I enter my email address – in Latin – this is fine.

I enter a password.

“Your password contains a link or email address.”

Actually, what it contains which they don’t like are spaces.

I remove the spaces, and get a green tick – password okay.

I hit submit.

“Your password is more than 20 characters.”

The only reason I’m even trying with these jokers is that this is an out of print book for a birthday present, which I already obtained once – but which is no longer available from that seller – and which the Royal Mail in the UK lost the instant I posted it with them; it didn’t even make it out of the post office.

Turns out when I first tried to submit, and was told the password was too long, they sent me a registration email – but with a blank password. When I tried again with a password shorter than 20 characters, they again sent me a registration email, *with the pasword in the clear*. At this point, I am bailing – I mean, I would make a burner credit card for them, with a balance in roubles equal to the bill, so I’m safe enough, but this is beyond the pale.

As an aside, yesterday, I was configuring the router in my friends place (where I am now) and I turned off WPS.

This made the 5 GHz network disappear.

Really disappear, not just no SSID.

No software works.

Software is the single most unreliable device that exists in the world, except for the Royal Mail.