Comment On Complex Drying

"I liked the trial version of Marble Blast Ultra," wrote TJ, "but after some deliberation, I decided $53,687,091.18 worth of MS points was a little steep for the full version." [expand full text]
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Re: Complex Drying

2012-04-13 09:03 • by PedanticCurmudgeon
Frist will be reserved for you at the Cheshunt Store until null.

Re: Complex Drying

2012-04-13 09:24 • by PA (unregistered)
Obviously, the ERROR guy from Zelda 2 made a comeback in a dlink router.

Re: Complex Drying

2012-04-13 09:24 • by Kryptus (unregistered)
Second to say FRIST !

Re: Complex Drying

2012-04-13 09:25 • by KattMan
I'll say frist now so it will be posted back then.

Re: Complex Drying

2012-04-13 09:27 • by ERROR (unregistered)
ERROR: The comment is error.

Re: Complex Drying

2012-04-13 09:28 • by KattMan
That much to get your marbles blasted? I can get that done for free by my angry bird just by going home late.
Guess it's one more bonus for Android, even angry birds is free for that.

Re: "Sleep interrupted"

2012-04-13 09:29 • by DaveK
Someone didn't handle EINTR?

Re: Complex Drying

2012-04-13 09:32 • by token_woman
Well they do say you can run Linux on a toaster so why not a hand dryer? Maybe it folds proteins or something between blasts

Re: Complex Drying

2012-04-13 09:32 • by ¯\(°_o)/¯ I DUNNO LOL (unregistered)
Hand dryers have come a long way from the days of:

1. RUB HANDS UNDER wARM air
2. PUSH BUTTon
3. RECEIVE BACON

Re: Complex Drying

2012-04-13 09:37 • by moz (unregistered)
I hope Bill did submit an error report after reading that detailed (and only partially illegible) description.

Re: Complex Drying

2012-04-13 09:52 • by PiisAWheeL
I like the check box. If you are not between 30 and 40, then you have the option of being 2 ages. If you are between 30 and 40, you have to be 2 ages.

moz:
I hope Bill did submit an error report after reading that detailed (and only partially illegible) description.

Looks like a bsd or nix box. I don't think its applicable because it appears to be having a problem connecting to the server it gets its ads from. Fix the server (or failed hardware), reboot the hand dryer, and you are golden.

Re: Complex Drying

2012-04-13 09:54 • by D-Coder
I actually like the suggested names for Kyle. They break out of the boring "Kyle5838, or Kyle5839, or Kyle5840..." rut and encourage more wide-ranging solutions.

It might be a bug, it might be a small chunk of fun code that also picks some random pieces.

Re: Complex Drying

2012-04-13 09:54 • by David L. (unregistered)
I immediately recognized Jonski's "sleep interrupted" example as ColdFusion.

I suspect it is a custom thrown error using CFTHROW that the developer forgot to handle.

Oops.

Re: Complex Drying

2012-04-13 10:07 • by operagost
First post ships on April 17th

Guaranteed delivery by April 13th

Re: Complex Drying

2012-04-13 10:08 • by Alex Papadumbass (unregistered)
Enter your name: Alex Papadumbass
That name is available!

Re: Complex Drying

2012-04-13 10:20 • by APAQ11 (unregistered)
Anyone else find it weird that the person is scheduling store pick up of the item while they're in the store? I feel like it'd be simpler to walk over and just pick up the item...

Re: Complex Drying

2012-04-13 10:20 • by GoodtimesSnuggler (unregistered)
SO THAT'S THE DICK THAT STOLE MY NAME

Re: Complex Drying

2012-04-13 10:22 • by Lockwood
A large PC chain has cheaper online prices than instore.
It's a common trick to go in the store, get out your phone and reserve the item online to collect from the store later.
Leave store, go grab food, come back, collect item.

My friend and I both got £70 instore goods for £40 like that, which was quite welcoming.

Re: Complex Drying

2012-04-13 10:26 • by Br0nie H8tr (unregistered)

What exactly are you planning on doing with that, you sicko?

Re: Complex Drying

2012-04-13 10:30 • by Impatient Dude (unregistered)
379111 in reply to 379107
APAQ11:
Anyone else find it weird that the person is scheduling store pick up of the item while they're in the store? I feel like it'd be simpler to walk over and just pick up the item...

What if the item won't be on the shelf until NULL? I don't feel like hanging around the store that NULL.

Guaranteed delivery by Dec 23rd

2012-04-13 10:33 • by Marke (unregistered)
See where it says click for details?

when you do, it pops up a little box that says "next year"

Re: Complex Drying

2012-04-13 10:43 • by Bob (unregistered)
We've seen that sort of pricing on the Xbox network before. In this case, it is meant to make the item unavailable for new downloads by making it prohibitively expensive while still allowing re-downloads from someone who has already purchased the content. If you manage to find Marble Blast Ultra on the website (you need to click through from someone who has played it, it's been removed from search) you will see none of the usual download options.

Other times, the very high price has been used to prevent downloads of pre-release items that are available to reviewers only using a download code.

Re: Complex Drying

2012-04-13 10:44 • by well duh (unregistered)
379114 in reply to 379088
That's not a hand drier, notice the perfectly angled tube at the bottom. Hence the need for it to be more complex.

Re: Complex Drying

2012-04-13 10:45 • by Bob (unregistered)
379115 in reply to 379113
According to Kotaku:

The studio behind the game told XBLA Fans that the title was removed in the confusion over who now owns the rights to it. It sounds like GarageGames was rebranded as Instant Action in 2009 and reformed after Instant Action shut down. Unfortunately, much of GarageGames' intellectual property was sold off in the meantime. That included the rights to Marble Blast Ultra. It's not even known who owns its rights.

Re: Complex Drying

2012-04-13 10:50 • by Dix (unregistered)
Maybe they got as far as 30-40 before noticing that persons with ages evenly divisible by 10 could claim two ranges, then they forgot again. Bad at math, easily distracted, don't we all know many people like that?

Re: Complex Drying

2012-04-13 10:57 • by Rob (unregistered)
The Marble Blast Ultra is just a hack. It's been removed from the marketplace because of licensing issues so MS just set the points value to -1, since you can still try to get there from the trial game that shipped with some 360s

Re: Complex Drying

2012-04-13 11:09 • by KattMan
If they are blasting your marbles, is that the same as getting your balls busted?

Or do we need that *nix drying to blast our marbles?

And how does the plush pony come into play here?

So many things I'm not sure I want the answer for.

Re: Complex Drying

2012-04-13 11:16 • by Peter (unregistered)


I think it's just their slogan: 'LEGO Mindstorms - no matter how old you are, they can make you feel like a 30-40 year old grownup'

Re: Complex Drying

2012-04-13 11:24 • by Jeff (unregistered)
379121 in reply to 379099
PiisAWheeL:
I like the check box. If you are not between 30 and 40, then you have the option of being 2 ages. If you are between 30 and 40, you have to be 2 ages.
They're just facing the reality that people between 30 and 40 are going to lie about their age anyway. So, you can put the age you are, and the age you want to be.

Re: Complex Drying

2012-04-13 11:28 • by Ralph (unregistered)
379122 in reply to 379099
PiisAWheeL:
reboot the hand dryer
OK, that's it, we have officially reached the end of civilization. It can't get any worse.
PiisAWheeL:
it appears to be having a problem connecting to the server it gets its ads from.
Oops! I guess it can get worse!

Re: Complex Drying

2012-04-13 11:32 • by Carl (unregistered)
379124 in reply to 379116
Dix:
Maybe they got as far as 30-40 before noticing that persons with ages evenly divisible by 10 could claim two ranges
Yeah, but you're only 40 for about a nanosecond before you turn 40.000000000000000000000000001 so now you're not in the 30-40 range any more. And it will take you longer than that to hit submit.

Re: Complex Drying

2012-04-13 12:03 • by PiisAWheeL
379125 in reply to 379124
Carl:
Dix:
Maybe they got as far as 30-40 before noticing that persons with ages evenly divisible by 10 could claim two ranges
Yeah, but you're only 40 for about a nanosecond before you turn 40.000000000000000000000000001 so now you're not in the 30-40 range any more. And it will take you longer than that to hit submit.
Yes but who does that. Being 40 for the whole year is the whole point. You don't need to tell anybody you are older than you are. I'm 28. When I'm 28 years and 364 days and someone asks me how old I am, I'm gonna tell them I'm 28. If I have a radio button and I can choose 20-30 or 30-40, and I'm 30, I'm choosing 20-30. Find me someone else who would choose the latter and maybe they can do qa for fake nagesh.

Re: Complex Drying

2012-04-13 12:29 • by GalacticCowboy
They didn't say which December 23.

Re: Complex Drying

2012-04-13 12:37 • by Snaz (unregistered)
They took down Marble Blast Ultra over a year ago because of some licensing issue. Too bad that number wasn't negative.

Re: Complex Drying

2012-04-13 13:06 • by Fred Flintstone (unregistered)
379129 in reply to 379105
I see Alex Papabadass is taken


Re: Complex Drying

2012-04-13 13:34 • by Coyne
Alphonse Hand Dryer:

I have a lot of time on my hands as a hand dryer.

You might wonder why a hand dryer would care. I wouldn't, if it weren't for the fact that I'm located in a relatively disused restroom. Only once or twice a day does anyone use me. The rest of the time is just idle time (and you know the old saying about idle hands).

So I try to keep busy. Of course I download and read all the latest literature on proper hand drying: Learning the proper temperature and volume for the air and how to tell if someone really needs dried or just wants to waste energy. How to tell if they did an adequate job of washing.

The rest of the time? Well, I work my way through Kant Immanuel and Thomas Aquinas; Aristotle and Plato.

But there's no one to talk to about these things; the low-level executives here are mostly Ayn Rand devotees. So I spend my time on the web, leaving comments in blogs.

Like this one, which I find quite interesting, actually. One of the things I've done is spent some time on introspection and there's more than a few WTF's in my own code, let me tell you. I could write better code in my sleep (assuming I ever slept).

Anyway, if any of you are interested in discussing some of the writings of Rene Descartes, do let me know. It's boring here and I would be glad of any company.

Re: Complex Drying

2012-04-13 13:35 • by Rfoxmich (unregistered)
379131 in reply to 379120
Checkbox is the age of the buyer. Radio buttons are the age of the end user -- or the person who shows the buyer how to use the product.

Captcha Bene


Peter:


I think it's just their slogan: 'LEGO Mindstorms - no matter how old you are, they can make you feel like a 30-40 year old grownup'

Re: Complex Drying

2012-04-13 13:52 • by Buffalo
379132 in reply to 379096
token_woman:
Well they do say you can run Linux on a toaster so why not a hand dryer? Maybe it folds proteins or something between blasts
That was my thought. Maybe it has an old P4 and uses the waste heat from the CPU for drying hands.

Re: Complex Drying

2012-04-13 14:00 • by x (unregistered)
WORD UP: the code word is word up.


Captcha: tation, or lac thereof.

Re: Complex Drying

2012-04-13 14:01 • by Matt (unregistered)

If you're 30 or 40, you're supposed to click the checkbox AND the radio button above or below, because both apply. Hence the checkbox.

Re: Complex Drying

2012-04-13 14:04 • by Ken B. (unregistered)
379135 in reply to 379109
Lockwood:
A large PC chain has cheaper online prices than instore.
It's a common trick to go in the store, get out your phone and reserve the item online to collect from the store later.
Leave store, go grab food, come back, collect item.

My friend and I both got £70 instore goods for £40 like that, which was quite welcoming.
There was a retail chain (Best Buy, I believe) which, up until a couple of years ago (when this "trick" was made public), would have its website display the in-store price if you were using the in-store kiosks, which prevented you from doing just what you describe.

Re: Complex Drying

2012-04-13 14:08 • by shadowman
379136 in reply to 379099
PiisAWheeL:
I like the check box. If you are not between 30 and 40, then you have the option of being 2 ages. If you are between 30 and 40, you have to be 2 ages.



Well no, because if you are not between 30 and 40 then you would not check the box, which means you would only be one age.

Re: Complex Drying

2012-04-13 14:17 • by PiisAWheeL
379137 in reply to 379136
shadowman:
PiisAWheeL:
I like the check box. If you are not between 30 and 40, then you have the option of being 2 ages. If you are between 30 and 40, you have to be 2 ages.



Well no, because if you are not between 30 and 40 then you would not check the box, which means you would only be one age.
Hence the word "Option". My point was that radio buttons are mandatory. So if you are between 30 and 40, you would check the box, but there's no way to uncheck all the radios. Also, when I say you have the option of being 2 ages, I mean you will be lying about 1 of them.

My point was form validation. Your point was "Real Life". Real life and I don't get along really well, So I'm gonna stick with Form validation.

Re: Complex Drying

2012-04-13 14:49 • by Mike (unregistered)
Your item will be ready for pickup on December 22, 2012

Re: Complex Drying

2012-04-13 15:07 • by Dix (unregistered)
379141 in reply to 379124
I haven't quoted fractional ages since I was about 10.

In any case, I don't know my age to quite so many decimal points; I can tell you the time of my birth to within about 3 hours, say 1/3000 of a year.

Captcha: facilisis as facilis does.

Re: Complex Drying

2012-04-13 15:09 • by CodeMonkey (unregistered)
379142 in reply to 379135
Ken B.:
Lockwood:
A large PC chain has cheaper online prices than instore.
It's a common trick to go in the store, get out your phone and reserve the item online to collect from the store later.
Leave store, go grab food, come back, collect item.

My friend and I both got £70 instore goods for £40 like that, which was quite welcoming.
There was a retail chain (Best Buy, I believe) which, up until a couple of years ago (when this "trick" was made public), would have its website display the in-store price if you were using the in-store kiosks, which prevented you from doing just what you describe.


The in-store kiosks changed the price when you used your phone?

Re: Complex Drying

2012-04-13 15:59 • by mpien (unregistered)
TRWTF is that you cannot use LEGO products if you are more than 99 years old.

Re: Complex Drying

2012-04-13 17:03 • by Strolskon
379144 in reply to 379117
Rob:
The Marble Blast Ultra is just a hack. It's been removed from the marketplace because of licensing issues so MS just set the points value to -1, since you can still try to get there from the trial game that shipped with some 360s


What will happen when someone with $53 million tries to buy it? Clearly this workaround is only delaying the problem.


Now more seriously, I find it hard to believe that they can't just fix this server-side.

Re: Complex Drying

2012-04-13 17:03 • by Ben Jammin (unregistered)
379145 in reply to 379143
mpien:
TRWTF is that you cannot use LEGO products if you are more than 99 years old.


They are afraid you'll choke on the small pieces.

Re: Complex Drying

2012-04-13 17:34 • by bgodot
379146 in reply to 379135
Ken B.:
Lockwood:
A large PC chain has cheaper online prices than instore.
It's a common trick to go in the store, get out your phone and reserve the item online to collect from the store later.
Leave store, go grab food, come back, collect item.

My friend and I both got £70 instore goods for £40 like that, which was quite welcoming.
There was a retail chain (Best Buy, I believe) which, up until a couple of years ago (when this "trick" was made public), would have its website display the in-store price if you were using the in-store kiosks, which prevented you from doing just what you describe.

It was more than that; they would redirect anyone using their in-store Wi-Fi to a different site with the store prices; instead of the online prices you might see at home.
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