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Kistaro Windrider, Reptillian Situation Assessor

Unfortunately, I Really Am That Nerdy

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Seen earlier today at Circuit City
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Quick snapshot taken while buying a video game at Circuit City. A store I have a low opinion of, especially the local one, but they also undercut GameStop $5.
Seen earlier today at Circuit City



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Wow, that poor thing looks purely abused.

They could've just used one of those clear plastic stick-on screen protectors and peeled it off once in a while. They could have found better solutions than further defacing it with "please do not write on." Unless if that message was written by yet another pesky customer, I guess, in which case it could hardly be helped.

Yeah, that's what gets me about this one- both the futility of the message (too little, too late), and how self-defeating the process of adding it is.

Thinking about it more, I can't help but wonder why they actually care. It's not like stray pen marks affect the functionality of the device; the scribbling is ugly, but probably less so than having "please do not write on!" written across the machine.

Is that one of those machines which you sign in order to buy things? We don't get them here.. even when we did sign, you just wrote it on the receipt, but for a while now we've been using Chip and PIN so there's no signing at all.

It indeed is, and this is one where you do write on the receipt; the stylus is an actual pen, and the receipt is inserted into a slot on the top of the pad, with a large "signing box" that lines up with the pad.

Some people don't wait for the receipt, it seems.

What you're describing sounds like how debit cards are processed here. I'd say a signature is theoretically harder to forge than a four-digit PIN is to observe, except nobody ever checks the signatures.

Ah, right! I thought it was an electronic system. If you use a PIN to pay by debit card, what is a signature used for?

On balance, a PIN is probably more secure - as you say, if you know it then you can 'forge' it easily, but that does require you to have observed someone paying, then stolen or cloned the card. With signature verification, a card has the signature on the back - you have all you need to start using the card, provided that you can forge the signature adequately or that no-one checks. (I read an article a little while ago in which someone tried writing various nonsense on receipts and was never denied a purchase - at least until they wrote 'I do NOT authorize this purchase' when trying to buy several TVs.)

Since neither system is used for online purchases, though (they generally just ask for a 3-digit code on the back, as proof you have the card) then you could get round either that way. Perhaps it's less desirable because you have to give an address which the police might be able to use to trace you?

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