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It's Thanksgiving here in the US, so we're taking the day off! So, here, enjoy a classic. Cursed and Re-Cursed was originally published on May 7, 2009. [expand full text]
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Re: Classic WTF: Cursed and Re-Cursed

2012-11-22 07:54 • by Y (unregistered)
yyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyrst

Ah, looks like Akismet is programmed to detect tree frog spam.

Re: Classic WTF: Cursed and Re-Cursed

2012-11-22 07:54 • by Anonymous Coward (unregistered)
Actually, the frogs are only the second plague; there are eight more to endure. Better say farewell to your firstborn now that you still can.

Re: Classic WTF: Cursed and Re-Cursed

2012-11-22 08:07 • by Mike (unregistered)
So, lazy scientists who begrudge work, known dodgy networks that somehow are tolerated for ages, acts of god and outback driving issues...

And the lesson is to write better code!

Now there is the wtf!

Re: Classic WTF: Cursed and Re-Cursed

2012-11-22 08:07 • by jokergirl (unregistered)
FrOK - Frog on Keyboard error?

Re: Classic WTF: Cursed and Re-Cursed

2012-11-22 08:09 • by Gaza Rullz (unregistered)
In the end it sorted out that the frog was a Chinese spy trying to steal valuable information from Graham's system

Re: Classic WTF: Cursed and Re-Cursed

2012-11-22 08:17 • by O4W (unregistered)
Bwahahahaaaa! I love it!

(<pedant>You do know that frogs are amphibian, not reptilian, right?</pedant>)

Oh and happy thanksgiving for those that do that sort of thing!

Re: Classic WTF: Cursed and Re-Cursed

2012-11-22 08:20 • by Warren (unregistered)
As usual the solution was just to rebiit

Re: Classic WTF: Cursed and Re-Cursed

2012-11-22 08:21 • by bjolling
395427 in reply to 395425
O4W:
<pedant>You do know that frogs are amphibian, not reptilian, right?</pedant>
This is not pedantic :) The sentence about "de-bug-ging ... reptilian" made absolutely no sense to me. What bug? What reptilian? There is only a cute little frog. WTF is he talking about?

Re: Classic WTF: Cursed and Re-Cursed

2012-11-22 08:44 • by NPSF3000 (unregistered)
Hehehe... I live near there. Well, 700km north of it :P

Re: Classic WTF: Cursed and Re-Cursed

2012-11-22 08:53 • by jc (unregistered)
aah, the cryptic errors and circumstances when you think murphy is hell bent on destroying you. We've all been there...

Re: Classic WTF: Cursed and Re-Cursed

2012-11-22 09:17 • by Princess (unregistered)
If only someone had made the cognitive leap to frogure out that all you have to do is kiss a cursed project to turn it into a prince!

Re: Classic WTF: Cursed and Re-Cursed

2012-11-22 09:23 • by Anonymous (unregistered)
395432 in reply to 395423
It was just F.O.K.ed

Re: Classic WTF: Cursed and Re-Cursed

2012-11-22 09:41 • by VictorSierraGolf (unregistered)

Always handle error conditions like connection issues, parasites, car accidents, frogs, floods, volcanoes, apocalypses


You forgot nuklear strikes, alien invasions, cats and dogs living together, altering laws of physics, when 2+2 suddendly equals 5, the Rapture, spontaneous self ignition of the hardware, stray bullets hitting the system and, of course, the Spanish Inquisition. Emphasis on the latter, because expirience shows that nobody expects the Spanish Inquisition.

Re: Classic WTF: Cursed and Re-Cursed

2012-11-22 10:02 • by Julia
You also forgot when users plug the kettle into the same four-way as the server, then fail to realise the 100% correlation between unexplained downtime and tea breaks...

Re: Classic WTF: Cursed and Re-Cursed

2012-11-22 10:26 • by Adrian (unregistered)
I'm very disappointed in this article.

Specifically, I'm disappointed to see that the picture of the frog wasn't hosted on yfrog.com.

Morale of the story

2012-11-22 10:42 • by Matteo (unregistered)
...and that's why locking your screen while you're away is a good idea?

Re: Classic WTF: Cursed and Re-Cursed

2012-11-22 11:30 • by linepro (unregistered)
Did they use kermit to transfer the data?

Re: Classic WTF: Cursed and Re-Cursed

2012-11-22 11:36 • by captcha:tego (unregistered)
Maybe the lesson to learn is that general-purpose computers aren't good at working autonomously for months?

They are susceptible to faulty parts, faulty software, power outages (you can't fix those but you could at least send a status signal) frogs sitting on keyboard, requiring a long trip just to hit a reset button or plug something in.

A remote-controlled robot arm mounted on a motorized platform would have worked on some cases, but surely someone has tackled this problem before?

Re: Classic WTF: Cursed and Re-Cursed

2012-11-22 11:54 • by anonymouse (unregistered)
395442 in reply to 395427
frogs eat bugs, frogs are de-buggers (but not reptiles)

Re: Classic WTF: Cursed and Re-Cursed

2012-11-22 12:49 • by foo (unregistered)
395445 in reply to 395425
Classic Comment: Those who live in glass houses...

O4W:
(<pedant>You do know that frogs are amphibian, not reptilian, right?</pedant>)
I wish all you ivory tower biology-wannabes would get off your high horses. Amphibians ARE reptiles! Do you even know what amphibians mean? They mean some animals. Reptiles are some animals. Now STFU.

Re: Classic WTF: Cursed and Re-Cursed

2012-11-22 12:49 • by Chris Brand (unregistered)
395446 in reply to 395423
Critter Resting On A Key

Re: Classic WTF: Cursed and Re-Cursed

2012-11-22 12:51 • by foxyshadis (unregistered)
if(apocalypse_detected) { connect(SKYNET_IP); initiate_human_liquidation(); }

Re: Classic WTF: Cursed and Re-Cursed

2012-11-22 13:44 • by bar (unregistered)
395448 in reply to 395445
Although that comment looks like a troll, I feel obliged to correct it. Amphibia and Reptilia are entirely different branches of vertebrates (and reptiles are more closely related to mammals and birds than to amphibians).

Re: Classic WTF: Cursed and Re-Cursed

2012-11-22 14:29 • by Matthew (unregistered)
Frogs are amphibians, not reptiles. ;-)

Re: Classic WTF: Cursed and Re-Cursed

2012-11-22 14:48 • by Obnoxious Frog (unregistered)
395450 in reply to 395445
foo:
Amphibians ARE reptiles! Do you even know what amphibians mean? They mean some animals. Reptiles are some animals. Now STFU.


Are you serious ?

Both these claims are absolutely (and trivially) false.

(note: etymology: amphi-bian =~ double (amphi-) life (bio), referring to living on both land and water).

Re: Classic WTF: Cursed and Re-Cursed

2012-11-22 16:48 • by pjt33
395451 in reply to 395422
Mike:
So, lazy scientists who begrudge work, known dodgy networks that somehow are tolerated for ages, acts of god and outback driving issues...

And the lesson is to write better code!

Now there is the wtf!

The real lesson should be to unplug the keyboard when you're not using the computer.

Re: Classic WTF: Cursed and Re-Cursed

2012-11-22 17:44 • by Zemm
For the record, one pronounces Mackay like with a long I sound (like the word "I").

Also, the floods took out YouTube. Mackay floods all the time: https://www.google.com.au/search?q=mackay+floods

Re: Classic WTF: Cursed and Re-Cursed

2012-11-22 18:08 • by Veldan (unregistered)
395454 in reply to 395428
700Km is close by Australian standards.

I visited Mackay when we had our boat at Hamilton Islands. The only thing I remember is the god like amount of alcohol the average inhabitant drank.

Surprised that wasn't the problem when I heard the name...

Re: Classic WTF: Cursed and Re-Cursed

2012-11-22 18:17 • by Veldan (unregistered)
Also, while we're being pedantic Wollongong to Mackay is closer to 2000Km (1850~Km) than 1500Km.

Additionally, if you're familiar with the Australia highway system this will take you 25 hours of driving (breaks, slow drivers, etc etc).

Found this out the hard way driving from Sydney to Townsville every summer...

Re: Classic WTF: Cursed and Re-Cursed

2012-11-22 19:16 • by Iminuru (unregistered)
I can't immagine the wtf.

Captcha:
dolor - color with odor.

Re: Classic WTF: Cursed and Re-Cursed

2012-11-22 19:30 • by InfoSteve (unregistered)
395458 in reply to 395428
Geckos stuck in cooling fans, gecko crap corroding circuits. Humidity so high water compresses out of the air at fan speed, spraying the inside of cases. Salt air corrosion. I love the tropics...

Cyclone Yasi! I pissed in the eye of the storm!

Re: Classic WTF: Cursed and Re-Cursed

2012-11-22 19:50 • by Simwell (unregistered)
395459 in reply to 395453
Zemm:
For the record, one pronounces Mackay like with a long I sound (like the word "I").

Also, the floods took out YouTube. Mackay floods all the time: https://www.google.com.au/search?q=mackay+floods
And yet banana Benders (@yankee = Queenslanders) insist that they live in God's Country.

I guess the bible talks about wiping people out with floods too....

Re: Classic WTF: Cursed and Re-Cursed

2012-11-22 19:53 • by Shawn (unregistered)
395460 in reply to 395455
Veldan:
Also, while we're being pedantic Wollongong to Mackay is closer to 2000Km (1850~Km) than 1500Km.

Additionally, if you're familiar with the Australia highway system this will take you 25 hours of driving (breaks, slow drivers, etc etc).

Found this out the hard way driving from Sydney to Townsville every summer...
Err....of course.....
2000KM @ 100km/h = 20 hours, but given fuel breaks, rests and the occasional roadwork or town you'd never manage to average more than about 80km/h - actually, now 25 hours is starting to sound unrealistic to me....

(used to do ADL->CBR/CBR->ADL a lot (about 1200KM and rarely did it in less than about 15 hours....Hit a dead skippy once too - found some nice green Kangaroo Steaks faslling off underneath the car later that week....)

Re: Classic WTF: Cursed and Re-Cursed

2012-11-23 07:06 • by Norman Diamond (unregistered)
Submit bugs here:
http://www.bitboost.com/pawsense/
and ask them to detect frogs.

Re: Classic WTF: Cursed and Re-Cursed

2012-11-23 07:07 • by Norman Diamond (unregistered)
WTF? Why did Akismet allow my non-spam to be posted the way I typed it? That is very un-Akismet-like.

Re: Classic WTF: Cursed and Re-Cursed

2012-11-23 08:23 • by Ollie (unregistered)
Arrk. RRRRbt. Fail.

Re: Classic WTF: Cursed and Re-Cursed

2012-11-23 09:13 • by Shinobu (unregistered)
Wow! An ytram in the flesh!

Re: Classic WTF: Cursed and Re-Cursed

2012-11-23 12:09 • by DanDan (unregistered)
Frogs will float if you put them near a magnet.

Re: Classic WTF: Cursed and Re-Cursed

2012-11-23 14:12 • by Oliver Ruebenacker (unregistered)
Frogs are amphibians, not reptiles :P

Re: Classic WTF: Cursed and Re-Cursed

2012-11-24 06:09 • by Andi (unregistered)
395502 in reply to 395423
That kind of thing happens only to people who don't lock their screens before leaving the computer...

Re: Classic WTF: Cursed and Re-Cursed

2012-11-25 08:41 • by Ray (unregistered)

BBS software I once wrote (back when dialup BBS's were a thing) had a "disable feline input" configuration option to disable keyboard input until a password was typed.

It isn't the sort of thing you think about until it happens. Even then, you have to give it a name that reminds people of *Why* they might want to use it, because they won't think of it either, until it happens.

Re: Classic WTF: Cursed and Re-Cursed

2012-11-25 21:55 • by Harbinger (unregistered)
I remember when I was doing support for a schools program in Queensland, a particular school on a remote island was always having computer issues, because geckoes would creep into the comms box and munch through something vital or other (they weren't perticularly fussy), electrocuting themselves in the process. It would be weeks before a particular Telco could organise a tecnician to catch a series of planes and boats in order to get to the island, and then fix things. And within a week, sure as eggs, another gecko would wander along...

Re: Classic WTF: Cursed and Re-Cursed

2012-11-26 01:02 • by David Nuttall (unregistered)
395511 in reply to 395454
Maybe the level of alcohol consumption is why a car killed the power for the area.

Re: Classic WTF: Cursed and Re-Cursed

2012-11-26 05:47 • by Jasper (unregistered)
After debugging the reptilian de-bugger...

Well, that didn't help, since there wasn't a reptile involved...

Re: Classic WTF: Cursed and Re-Cursed

2012-11-26 10:04 • by Lockwood
395535 in reply to 395502
The password was yyyyyyyyyyyyy

Re: Classic WTF: Cursed and Re-Cursed

2012-11-26 14:08 • by Ben R (unregistered)
395551 in reply to 395423
PEHOK

Problem Exists Hoping On Keyboard

Re: Classic WTF: Cursed and Re-Cursed

2012-11-26 17:11 • by JJ (unregistered)
395554 in reply to 395453
Zemm:
For the record, one pronounces Mackay like with a long I sound (like the word "I").

So then it sounds like "Mike eye"?

Re: Classic WTF: Cursed and Re-Cursed

2012-11-26 17:14 • by Some Random Texan (unregistered)
395555 in reply to 395551
??? hopping?

And... I give up. Just can't make sense of it.

Re: Classic WTF: Cursed and Re-Cursed

2012-11-26 17:19 • by EvilCodeMonkey (unregistered)
Wow, his software bugs have evolved into keyboard frogs.




This was my favorite comment the last time this story came up. I just had to repost it for the benefit of the new readers.

Re: Classic WTF: Cursed and Re-Cursed

2012-11-27 08:42 • by furiant (unregistered)
395578 in reply to 395423
Connection Reset On Amphibian Keypress
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