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(The US Sun)   If you had trouble using a credit card this afternoon, it wasn't just you   ( divider line
    More: Fail, United States, New York City, reported problems, National Basketball Association, National Hockey League, Additional outages, Major League Baseball, Chicago  
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1449 clicks; posted to Business » on 22 May 2022 at 4:25 AM (18 weeks ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook

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2022-05-22 5:11:00 AM  
9 votes:
"Visa and Mastercard outage leaves frustrated customers unable to make payments"

That's why I only use the coveted Discover(TM) card!
2022-05-22 9:47:52 AM  
3 votes:
Back in the 90s I tried to use my ATM card, no joy.  Tried 3-4 machines on the way to work, nada.  Turned out a co-worker had the same issue.

Turned out a blizzard on the east coast had caused a building to collapse.  The building that ran the ATM network.  Why didn't they have a backup?  Turned out that was the backup, the original location was in the World Trade Center, which had been bombed a week or two earlier.

I also remember a spate of stories from the 90s where a backhoe dug up an internet cable.  Why didn't they have a backup cable?  They did, but they ran it in the same pipe as the first cable.
2022-05-22 9:04:16 AM  
2 votes:
Visa and Mastercard outage leaves frustrated customers unable to make payments

Later in the article: Downdetector also saw a surge of reports from Mastercard users about issues using their cards as well - but the company later confirmed their network has been operating normally.
2022-05-22 11:26:18 AM  
1 vote:
There was a computer at one of the mentioned companies that did frequent flyer miles. It was a big machine about the size of several refrigerators and was designed for two very large power plugs.  Whoever installed it was a bit confused and left a nice loop by the one corner of the machine.  The other plug wasn't installed.  Someone cut the corner a bit too close to the machine and pulled out its power plug. Opps.
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