I was wondering why Japan was still in love with the fax machine. Then I came across this story from a few years ago


“There is still something in Japanese culture that demands the warm, personal feelings that you get with a handwritten fax,” said Mr. Sugahara, 43.

“Japan has this Galápagos effect of holding on to some things they’re comfortable with,” said Jonathan Coopersmith, a technology historian who is writing a book on the machine’s rise and fall.

I think the difference may also be in the way the technology is used. Here, faxes become relegated to rubbish or spam, but Japan actually seems to use their technology

Abuse is seen as rude, and since almost everyone has a fax machine, no one really squanders its use

The comment about paper trails and the intangibility of emails is true. Holding a hard copy is vastly different from an email, which can be considered less serious in other places

@cypnk for some months I've had a fax machine connected to my UK analogue line (which I no longer use as the most recent Asterisk system I built uses an old laptop with a busted keyboard, into which you cannot put a linecard!), I'm yet to receive a single junk fax (compared to the pre-broadband days)

The reason I have it is to test others at work as faxes are still required for drug prescriptions when they contain controlled drugs (diamorphine etc) which are not uncommon with senior patients..

@cypnk @vfrmedia In Germany, a fax is a legal binding document. Thus, its a faster way to get things done, which require official documentation. Eg. cancelling some service contract, sending copies of required documents quickly (because letters may take some time), etc.

@ginsterbusch @vfrmedia @cypnk I cancelled my rental contract over fax in 2008 for this reason, but these days I would be able to just mail it instead, as there is no technical difference in how easily it could be faked.

@notclacke @ginsterbusch @cypnk its not as trivial to fake things like skewed paper, line noise, part defective CCD that puts a line on the fax (yet allowing it to remain readble),these are the things investigators look for in the case of healthcare where the main concern is over diversion of hard drugs (the main prescription is also sent by hand anyway, the fax is used to avoid delay in the patient getting their meds when they've been transferred from home or hospital to a care facility)


@notclacke @cypnk @vfrmedia in germany, its based on the fact that you always get a sending recipe, which tells you whether the fax was received successfully, failed or partially failed to be received. The receiving station gets this as well. The other side might throw it away, telling you it never received your fax, but now you compare it with your phone company's outgoing calls list ... tadaa! /1

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