> You can hack the internet, you can hack the phone system... evidently
> you can hack the USPS as well.
> Almost everybody in America thinks it costs 32 cents to mail a
> first-class letter.
> It doesn't.
there is a bar code you can laser print on your letters to make it bulk.
the postal services assumes you have a bulk mailing licence and sends it.
> The equipment is designed to recognize a phosphorescent band on stamps.
> However, the amount of the chemical is the same on most stamps, allowing
> letters with insufficient postage to sail through, the experts say,
> exposing a potential hole in the Postal Service's lucrative revenue
the same can be said of dollar bills in vending machines. these things
simply look at the top of the bill and compare it to an image of a $1 bill.
so usually any old xerox of a dollar bill will work. sometimes better than
the real thing.
> As a test of that vulnerability, The Chronicle mailed out 96 letters
> around the nation, some with as little as 5 cents postage, and none with
> a 32 cent stamp.
> Almost all the letters were delivered with no questions asked.
of course I have *never* tested any of these methods, it's just what I
Care about people's approval and you will be their prisoner.
-Toa Te Ching