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This isn't related to the thread, but come to think about it, how in fuck's name did card payments work before the internet? Seems like there's a hell of a lot of administrative work behind it all, involving keeping receipts of every transaction and somehow reporting them to the card operator etc.
I'm guessing that's why once upon a time, shit like American Express or Diners Club etc actually mattered, at least, would I be right?
In fact christ, how did banks even work before money was just pretend computer numbers? I'm guessing you were restricted to your local bank branch, because they're the ones who would have your actual account records in a filing cabinet, rather than there being a giant master list on a server somewhere.
It sounds daft but I really do marvel at the way pre-digital society actually functioned. I'm starting to think computers are where it all went wrong, actually.