What is an iPope. Obviously not an app for arresting the Pope since that would have a somewhat larger target audience.
Mobile applications might have gone professional, but London's Over The Air event this weekend proved that nothing is more innovative than an over-caffeinated developer working for glory not money. Over the Air is an annual gathering where developers are invited to spend 36 hours creating the best mobile application they can, …
Isn't there a slight flaw in there?
There may be no difference in the beep noise, but the difference between an Oyster card and an iPhone with a shonky pic on the screen might be a shade obvious. I have a sneaking suspicion that there aren't enough blind bus drivers around to make this a viable scam.
I was doing this as long ago as 1994; using a dot matrix printer I found in a skip (needed a ribbon refill -- the type you wound into the old cartridge by hand -- to get the right shade of purple) and an old XT-compatible running DOS, and a BASIC program I wrote. I then printed "return" tickets onto blank stock, which I salvaged from the litter bin when the driver changed the roll (or on one occasion, shamelessly blagged by borrowing a child).
Of course I took the whole thing up a gear when the local bus company introduced a 12-journey ticket, whereby the numbers 1 to 12 were punched out as the ticket was used. Mine were only good for eleven journeys, since number 1 would have been punched out immediately after issue, but that hardly mattered when I wasn't paying .....
And the buzz whenever a satisfied ticket inspector handed back my forged tickets was something else!
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