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Old Oct 24th 2008, 3:21 pm   #151
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I want to know why my debit card will swipe in some machines and not others. Some of them have to swip it bottom to top, or put a plastic bag on it etc and some places can whip it through like green corn goes through the new maid.
when you swipe the card through the reader, the magnetized particles in its stripe generate a signal with "ticks" in it at intervals that the machine is able to interpret as digital ones or zeros. A scratch or other defect in the magnetic stripe can cause a spike (i.e., brief fluctuation) in the signal that a too-sensitive reader will interpret as a tick, meaning that the encoded data will fail the parity check (the numbers won't add up right) and the card won't work. Wrapping the card in plastic increases the distance between the read head and the magnetic stripe, thus reducing the strength and crispness of the signal and smoothing out anomalous fluctuations.

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It is NJ law. I'm not complaining - I hate it when I travel now and have to do it myself.
Come to Oregon; we're the only other state with no self-service IIRC.
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Old Oct 24th 2008, 4:04 pm   #153
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when you swipe the card through the reader, the magnetized particles in its stripe generate a signal with "ticks" in it at intervals that the machine is able to interpret as digital ones or zeros. A scratch or other defect in the magnetic stripe can cause a spike (i.e., brief fluctuation) in the signal that a too-sensitive reader will interpret as a tick, meaning that the encoded data will fail the parity check (the numbers won't add up right) and the card won't work. Wrapping the card in plastic increases the distance between the read head and the magnetic stripe, thus reducing the strength and crispness of the signal and smoothing out anomalous fluctuations.

The above is pirated information from the "Ask Metafilter" website.

I will store this info, incase I am ever on University Challenge (Like Jeopardy, but for really clever people)
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Old Oct 24th 2008, 8:56 pm   #154
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Just filled up again @ $2.44. Cheapest here since oooh ages ago I'm off up to NC this weekend. I bet it's more there, it usually is.
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Just filled up again @ $2.44. Cheapest here since oooh ages ago I'm off up to NC this weekend. I bet it's more there, it usually is.

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Just filled up again @ $2.44. Cheapest here since oooh ages ago I'm off up to NC this weekend. I bet it's more there, it usually is.
The place I filled up at this morning for $2.53 was $2.45 on my way home. I couldn't have made it to work and back on what I had in the tank this morning though.
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Old Oct 25th 2008, 1:34 pm   #159
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$2.14 last night at the station attached to Wal-Mart.
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Just filled up again @ $2.44. Cheapest here since oooh ages ago I'm off up to NC this weekend. I bet it's more there, it usually is.


yep it is...I filled up yesterday for $2.79...(at costco)
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Old Oct 25th 2008, 9:27 pm   #161
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Just got back from shopping and saw it at $2.13.
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Just got back from shopping and saw it at $2.13.
God, I am surrounded by states that have much cheaper (by 50c or more) gas than it is here. What is with this state?
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Sorry to say this (not really) but it is $2.03 at one station in my area, but most stations are at $2.11 this morning.
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Sorry to say this (not really) but it is $2.03 at one station in my area, but most stations are at $2.11 this morning.
Perhaps I need to drive to Ohio to fill up?
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Perhaps I need to drive to Ohio to fill up?
That doesn't sound that crazy around here. You'd be surpriesed at how many people spend 2 bucks in gas to drive to save 2 bucks in gas!
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