What stops Australia Post being used for IT garbage disposal?





  • Sound like something for the Evil Ideas thread :smile:



  • As far as I can tell, every label generated by that page is identical but for the dispatch number, which is user-supplied and is clearly not even checked.

    I honestly do not understand how Australia Post could have agreed to let Apple set up a process like that, unless Apple has absolutely guaranteed that they really will pay AusPost for all the dead lead-acid UPSes that could be shipped to them this way.

    Given that Apple has, as far as I can tell, no way at all to find out where an incoming parcel came from except by matching up its dispatch number, I also have trouble believing that nobody actually does that.



  • Maybe we could use this to help diversify Apple. They are always so focused on this one type of fruit. What if we just sent them different types of fruit to try out?


  • Discourse touched me in a no-no place

    Perhaps the post office dead-letters anything over a certain weight. That's what happens in the US when you wrap a postage-paid envelope around, say, a brick.



  • I'm going to ask my local postmaster about this tomorrow morning. Inquiring minds must know!



  • Expect that brick delivered to you very directly.



  • So, he was about as surprised as me to find that the only way for Apple to find out who sent them a thing is to match the dispatch number on the label against their list of outstanding jobs, and about as amused as me that they don't appear to pre-check those dispatch numbers before rendering shipping labels for printing. And we both thought it was funny that although AusPost does have the facility to specify acceptable package sizes and weights for postage-prepaid customers, no such restrictions appear on the post office computer after scanning one of these Apple labels.

    The only applicable restriction appears to be AusPost's general limit of 22kg for ordinary parcel freight; anything under that, they will ship to Apple, for which Apple is obliged to pay them. FWIW, shipping a 22kg parcel to the address on that label from where I live is worth about $45 retail, though I imagine Apple gets a substantial discount off that.

    All jokes about malicious brickmail aside, the fact that there is no pre-print sanity check on dispatch numbers means that if you're shipping stuff to Apple for repair, you had better double and triple check that the dispatch number printed on your label really does match the Repair ID they quoted you on the phone and/or emailed you.





  • My Esperanto course had this phrase in it today:

    Lia brakhorloĝo havas ekranon kaj pomon.



  • It's not even an image generator.

    It's just text overlaid on this image:



  • @ben_lubar said:

    My Esperanto course

    NOOOOOOO!!!!!! We are going to get things in both lojban and esperanto now. Also, your school offers Esperanto or is this something that you are doing in addition?



  • @locallunatic said:

    Also, your school offers Esperanto or is this something that you are doing in addition?

    Also, coming soon: https://www.duolingo.com/course/tlh/en/Learn-Klingon-Online


  • Discourse touched me in a no-no place

    Ben, you've already almost got the hair for a Klingon, but if you're going to learn the language you need to get the head-ridges surgically created.



  • @FrostCat said:

    you need to get the head-ridges surgically created

    Note for @ben_lubar: that this probably could be done with a relatively simple cosmetic surgery where they insert silicone subdermally.



  • And with a content injection vulnerability as well:

    http://www.apple.com/au/support/ipod/service/label/diy.html?dispatchnumber=<img src=https://what.thedailywtf.com//uploads/default/8214/16c00f5bd6b57125.png>
    

    Chrome's XSS Auditor protects against script injection, but I'm sure someone could manage a bypass (especially one targeted at older browsers) or a CSRF.


  • sockdevs

    @scatters said:

    http://www.apple.com/au/support/ipod/service/label/diy.html?dispatchnumber=&lt;img src=https://what.thedailywtf.com//uploads/default/8214/16c00f5bd6b57125.png&gt;

    fails on chrome, and IE

    this works on IE, still fails on chrome:

    http://www.apple.com/au/support/ipod/service/label/diy.html?dispatchnumber=&lt;img src="https://what.thedailywtf.com//uploads/default/8214/16c00f5bd6b57125.png"&gt;
    

  • area_deu

    Are there any good Esperanto-to-Lojban dictionaries out there?


  • Winner of the 2016 Presidential Election

    @locallunatic said:

    NOOOOOOO!!!!!! We are going to get things in both lojban and esperanto now

    Bonvoro alsendi la pordiston, lausajne estas rano en mia bideo!*


    * - not really



  • @aliceif said:

    Are there any good Esperanto-to-Lojban dictionaries out there?

    I'm thinking that by definition: No.



  • @Onyx said:

    lausajne

    Brain tried to assign the value "lasagna" to that.



  • @aliceif said:

    Are there any good Esperanto-to-Lojban dictionaries out there?

    I like this one


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