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RE: [SLUG] OT NT on train timetable screens vs indicator boards
- To: John Wiltshire <jw@xxxxxxxxxxx>
- Subject: RE: [SLUG] OT NT on train timetable screens vs indicator boards
- From: DaZZa <dazza@xxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Fri Sep 1 09:47:37 2000
- Cc: "'slug@xxxxxxxxxxx'" <slug@xxxxxxxxxxx>
On Fri, 1 Sep 2000, John Wiltshire wrote:
> >I'd be changing banks if I found out the ATM's at mine were running
> I'm pretty sure they have a sensor which can tell if you've actually taken
> the money or not. You'll find most banks are hideously paranoid when it
> comes to dispensing money and the logs in the ATM will record (in a
> non-writeback-cached manner) that the user didn't take the money before the
> system failed.
That was just a quicked-up example - the actual mechanisms are probably
And yes, you'd eventually be able to get it right - but not without _huge_
hassle - I've been in that situation. Sorting out a $150 transaction which
went wrong took 4 MONTHS of abusing the bank.
> I seem to recall some statistic that most ATMs actually run OS/2.
No. Believe it or not. Unix. NCR Unix, to be specific - especially on
those ATM's with an NCR logo on them - which is a goodly percentage.
It's pretty cut down and customised, but it's basically a Unix kernel.