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General Chat Thread, Please explain why we still use fax machines? in General; probably for the same reason(s) we still use cheques, land lines and why teachers still hold onto VHS tapes and ...
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    probably for the same reason(s) we still use cheques, land lines and why teachers still hold onto VHS tapes and players.

    For some, fax machines are a way of avoiding having to deal with IT geeks.

    For others, when the network is down or running slow (or in the control of evil villains as seen in Hollywood movies), the fax machine/line still works.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jawloms View Post
    Don't you believe it! There's always the "Do I need a 9" question and don't even get me started on which way up the paper goes!
    Those are very valid questions I have to ask the secretary everytime I need to send a fax!

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    I still use a fax machine. Makes a perfect transfer for tattooing every single time

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    Quote Originally Posted by SYNACK View Post

    Thermal faxes were fun though....

    ... Unfourtunatly the satisfaction of making a spammers machine catch on fire is no longer avalible to us with later methods and is possibly the one true loss.
    That just made me laugh - what a cracking idea! Shame we can't do the same for email spammers somehow, at least without befriending someone at Anonymous

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    Because [under Australian law at least] they are legally admissable in court where as emails are not (even digitally signed), which is why the legal and banking industry still use them because they have no currently legal alternative for this type of stuff (apart from sending paper copies with couriers). My dad works in the finance industry which results in documents being sent back and forth between the banks so it has to be done this way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hightower View Post
    I still use a fax machine. Makes a perfect transfer for tattooing every single time
    How do you get your body part in the slot?

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    Quote Originally Posted by laserblazer View Post
    How do you get your body part in the slot?
    That would be funny if I hadn't put 'transfer' in there.

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    The best description I ever heard of fax machines was a telephone-line based network of low quality printers. We got a spam fax the other day, advertising something pointless. I was amazed people still send these. In this day and age of email and texting and such. Can't help but wonder if there's a really old spammer, still working out of an old warehouse, utterly and stubbornly resisting change, insisting that he'll still make his million pound scam by sticking with faxes. Must dig out the spam fax we got. See if it was for a job lot of Betamax videos or something.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hightower View Post
    That would be funny if I hadn't put 'transfer' in there.
    This was actually asked by a young policeman after a guy was had up for sending obscene faxes!

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    I'm not sure about other countries but faxes aren't actually the preferred method for legal documents because you can forge the time stamp by setting the clock on the machine to a different time. The only legally acceptable form is STILL to use a telex machine because the time is set at the telephone exchange on the kit they have there so it's impossible to forge the time stamps

    Source: I used to work for BT

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    Anonymous carried out a Fax DDoS back in December which is a pretty hilarious modern twist for the poor fax machine.

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    Another piece of useless (and possibly wrong) information. I read/heard somewhere that the fax pre-dates the telephone. Some Frenchman set up a long distance image sending system using the telegraph lines before Bell invented his telephone.

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