Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 17th Apr 2013 23:30 UTC
Hardware, Embedded Systems "While much of the tech world views a two-year-old smartphone as hopelessly obsolete, large swaths of our transportation and military infrastructure, some modern businesses, and even a few computer programmers rely daily on technology that hasn't been updated for decades." Back when I still worked at a hardware and plumbing store - up until about 4-5 years ago - we used MS-DOS cash registers. They are still in use today. If it works, it works.
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RE[3]: Frys
by jweinraub on Fri 19th Apr 2013 13:38 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Frys"
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It took me a few seconds since it was a while since I been to CompUSELESS, but I remember towards the very end of their lifespan, they still did this with only Amex cards, iirc.

Though they still swiped the cards magnetic strip, I signed the digital POS pad, they still always made an impression of my Amex card, and Amex card only. I asked them about this and they claimed it was Amex's policy, which I called bollocks since nobody has ever done that since I was a child.

I remember Macy's used to toss out the carbon liner itself and toss it right in the bin adjacent to the register! With all the impressions I wonder how many card numbers got stolen in those days? Though I guess it isn't like today where making a clone is easy, especially with online shopping but even back then fraud must of been high due to the lack of security.

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