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(Slashdot)   Hackers in San Francisco are using bots, automated scripts to score reservations at popular restaurants   (slashdot.org) divider line 3
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1885 clicks; posted to Geek » on 26 Jul 2013 at 4:57 PM (2 years ago)   |  Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»



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2013-07-26 06:32:36 PM  
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farkeruk: I don't want to eat anywhere that's described as a hot restaurant full of self-described foodies.


That's why you take ALL the reservations (from behind 7 proxies, of course), but only one in your real name. Then you can eat in an empty restaurant, devoid of self-proclaimed foodies.

Wow, the service here is great! They've got 3 waiters just for our table!!
2013-07-26 05:39:14 PM  
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Sigh.

Scraping a page and posting into a form are not "hacking"

Breaking into the restaurant's POS/reservation system and knocking someone from the list and adding your own would be considered hacking.
2013-07-26 05:12:34 PM  
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Like I've said elsewhere about this story, Urbanspoon's reservation API doesn't appear to be designed with sniping prevention in mind. All they would have to do is add an application key or require a login, then add a timer to make sure you're not submitting reservation requests more than every minute or so.
 
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