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2013-08-21 05:36:33 PM  
Wait, so the schizophrenics were actually right about aluminum foil blocking satellite signals?  Huh.
 
2013-08-21 05:38:04 PM  
I don't get it, use foil to block signal... how card get approved?
 
2013-08-21 05:41:00 PM  
So what, they threw a big ole wad of foil up onto the sat dish on the roof? And it disrupted the connection? And yet they were still able to get approval from the CC company? Or did the clerk just say stupid computer, fark it, sign here?
Need more details!!
 
2013-08-21 05:42:06 PM  

HMS_Blinkin: Wait, so the schizophrenics were actually right about aluminum foil blocking satellite signals?  Huh.


I guess.

It also would explain why some people were saying, "If anything; aluminum foil would magnify the satellite's signal". They were working for The Man, man.
 
2013-08-21 05:49:35 PM  

iheartscotch: HMS_Blinkin: Wait, so the schizophrenics were actually right about aluminum foil blocking satellite signals?  Huh.

I guess.

It also would explain why some people were saying, "If anything; aluminum foil would magnify the satellite's signal". They were working for The Man, man.


So that begs the question, what else are they right about?
 
2013-08-21 05:52:27 PM  

moefuggenbrew: I don't get it, use foil to block signal... how card get approved?


If the amount is low it will be accepted and posted when they get connection back.
 
2013-08-21 05:53:04 PM  

moefuggenbrew: I don't get it, use foil to block signal... how card get approved?


The show must go on... card gets approved when the connection is unavailable... and we all pay later with increased fees etc.
 
2013-08-21 06:02:42 PM  
I remember hearing a security expert that was brought in to speak at my old job telling us about this happening at a TJ Maxx years ago. Thought they would have made changes to prevent this since then.
 
2013-08-21 06:04:27 PM  
Looks like a bunch of wrappers.
 
2013-08-21 06:16:22 PM  

HMS_Blinkin: Wait, so the schizophrenics were actually right about aluminum foil blocking satellite signals?  Huh.


They are right about the protection, wrong about the need.

It's like those anti-Wi-Fi meters lunatics.
 
2013-08-21 06:20:44 PM  

iheartscotch: HMS_Blinkin: Wait, so the schizophrenics were actually right about aluminum foil blocking satellite signals?  Huh.

I guess.

It also would explain why some people were saying, "If anything; aluminum foil would magnify the satellite's signal". They were working for The Man, man.


It's not just "some people", it's actual scientific research from MIT.
 
2013-08-21 06:36:09 PM  
s24.postimg.org

You guys are slipping.
 
2013-08-21 07:14:50 PM  
must be a conspiracy.
 
2013-08-21 07:36:50 PM  

Day_Old_Dutchie: [s24.postimg.org image 600x480]

You guys are slipping.


Sorry, never saw that meme photo before today. Made me laugh.
 
2013-08-21 07:48:41 PM  

Intrepid00: moefuggenbrew: I don't get it, use foil to block signal... how card get approved?

If the amount is low it will be accepted and posted when they get connection back.


Curious about this?  My business has an internet-based merchant account, so its a totally different thing... but if there's no connection, there's no sale.  As well, I buy cigs and the like for less than $10 from my local corner store on my credit/debit card... its often not gone through because the dude has the crappiest phone line connection.  I have to pay cash.
 
2013-08-21 08:00:32 PM  
i15.photobucket.com
 
2013-08-21 08:16:40 PM  

downstairs: As well, I buy cigs and the like for less than $10 from my local corner store on my credit/debit card... its often not gone through because the dude has the crappiest phone line connection.


Er. Maw. Gerd.

Somebody on this planet still has internet by telephone? What third-world technologically backward shiatheap of a medieval banana republic do you live in?
 
2013-08-21 08:23:10 PM  

moefuggenbrew: I don't get it, use foil to block signal... how card get approved?


Many PoS systems are designed to accept (without approval) and store transactions under $X if the approval/charge system is unavailable, on the basis that you'd rather risk some fraud than forgo credit card sales. When communications resume the stored transactions are played back. Usually the transactions go through; when they don't someone has to eat the cost -- I'd assume the retailer, but I haven't actually seen the relevant portion of a merchant agreement.
 
2013-08-21 08:27:09 PM  

Suckmaster Burstingfoam: downstairs: As well, I buy cigs and the like for less than $10 from my local corner store on my credit/debit card... its often not gone through because the dude has the crappiest phone line connection.

Er. Maw. Gerd.

Somebody on this planet still has internet by telephone? What third-world technologically backward shiatheap of a medieval banana republic do you live in?


*looks at profile*

/snicker
 
2013-08-21 08:30:29 PM  

Suckmaster Burstingfoam: downstairs: As well, I buy cigs and the like for less than $10 from my local corner store on my credit/debit card... its often not gone through because the dude has the crappiest phone line connection.

Er. Maw. Gerd.

Somebody on this planet still has internet by telephone? What third-world technologically backward shiatheap of a medieval banana republic do you live in?


It's still pretty common in rural areas, but and it's still common for credit card machines.  They don't send a lot of data back and forth, so a phone line works just fine.
 
2013-08-21 09:43:51 PM  

Callous: iheartscotch: HMS_Blinkin: Wait, so the schizophrenics were actually right about aluminum foil blocking satellite signals?  Huh.

I guess.

It also would explain why some people were saying, "If anything; aluminum foil would magnify the satellite's signal". They were working for The Man, man.

So that begs the question, what else are they right about?


Indeed.

Are the lizard people are truly after us; after all?
 
2013-08-21 09:45:36 PM  

Ivo Shandor: iheartscotch: HMS_Blinkin: Wait, so the schizophrenics were actually right about aluminum foil blocking satellite signals?  Huh.

I guess.

It also would explain why some people were saying, "If anything; aluminum foil would magnify the satellite's signal". They were working for The Man, man.

It's not just "some people", it's actual scientific research from MIT.


Sooooo, what you're saying is; MIT is working for THEM?
 
2013-08-21 09:54:32 PM  

moefuggenbrew: I don't get it, use foil to block signal... how card get approved?


i.istockimg.com

am I the only one that remembers these?
 
2013-08-21 09:58:58 PM  

Plant Rights Activist: moefuggenbrew: I don't get it, use foil to block signal... how card get approved?

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am I the only one that remembers these?


I used those a long time ago in retail. I'd be surprised if stores even had those, anymore.
 
2013-08-21 10:06:13 PM  
images.sodahead.com
 
2013-08-21 10:07:31 PM  

Arsten: Plant Rights Activist: moefuggenbrew: I don't get it, use foil to block signal... how card get approved?

[i.istockimg.com image 380x255]

am I the only one that remembers these?

I used those a long time ago in retail. I'd be surprised if stores even had those, anymore.


Most do for power/phone/internet failures.  I just used one last week at the vet because a storm took out their data connection.  The girl didn't know how to use it, an older staff member had to show her.
 
2013-08-21 11:02:57 PM  

Lsherm: Most do for power/phone/internet failures.  I just used one last week at the vet because a storm took out their data connection.  The girl didn't know how to use it, an older staff member had to show her.


I am honestly surprised that they haven't updated this fallback, yet.
 
2013-08-21 11:30:23 PM  

Arsten: Lsherm: Most do for power/phone/internet failures.  I just used one last week at the vet because a storm took out their data connection.  The girl didn't know how to use it, an older staff member had to show her.

I am honestly surprised that they haven't updated this fallback, yet.


Well it's simple, it provides three copies (at least) and it requires a signature that gets stamped on each copy.  It requires no power, and no communication device.

It's not a bad fallback.
 
2013-08-21 11:45:03 PM  
Lsherm:
It's not a bad fallback.

Good points, but all I can think of is that when I used this as a register jocket, it would destroy the carbon paper you would use with it.

/Who needs receipts?
 
2013-08-22 12:35:48 AM  
 
2013-08-22 01:05:41 AM  

Suckmaster Burstingfoam: downstairs: As well, I buy cigs and the like for less than $10 from my local corner store on my credit/debit card... its often not gone through because the dude has the crappiest phone line connection.

Er. Maw. Gerd.

Somebody on this planet still has internet by telephone? What third-world technologically backward shiatheap of a medieval banana republic do you live in?


That would be New Orleans.

But in all seriousness most ma and pa corner stores still use a telephone connection for their credit card machines.  I'm sure even in big, highly technological cities.
 
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