Comment On It Doubles as an Oven!

"It's a good thing I decided to test this machine out," writes Jim, "We had been looking to replace / repair our oven, and it seems we can just bake on the hard drive." [expand full text]
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Re: It Doubles as an Oven!

2012-08-24 07:12 • by Steve The Cynic
Re: extreme ZIP compression.

At the end of the 1990s there was a brief fashion in the anti-anti-virus crowd for crafting ZIP files for email attachments that would be only a few K long, but expand to many GB of zeros, the idea being to attack the AV scanner that was looking at emails by exhausting its disk space.

More sophisticated scanners simply implemented transparent on-the-fly expansion of the interesting parts, which for 16GB of zeros is effectively almost none of it. (You need to read enough to know that what remains isn't interesting: does it begin MZ? it's an executable - does it begin 0xD0, 0xCF? it's an Office D0Cument File - etc.)

Re: It Doubles as an Oven!

2012-08-24 07:16 • by MP79 (unregistered)
seconded on the zip file.
It's entirely possible to craft zips such that the algorithm will in theory extract things that can't exist.
There's a 16Kb or so one knocking about that contains a txt file with a googolplex written in it.
note that a googolplex has more zeroes in it than there are atoms in the universe.
however I'm sure that apple will claim the next ipad will be able to display it due to it's new patented iFinity display.

Re: It Doubles as an Oven!

2012-08-24 07:16 • by Mole125 (unregistered)
The last one appears to be an epson printer.
It is badly written but it is telling you that you need to replace the Black ink cartridge with either a model 127 or 126. Or in other words replace it with a BK127 or a BK128.
if the Cyan ink cartridge goes it displays [CY]127/126 (with a cyan coloured background for the CY.

Re: It Doubles as an Oven!

2012-08-24 07:27 • by Cbuttius
scanned images are being sent to the special one?

Re: It Doubles as an Oven!

2012-08-24 07:34 • by Stephen Roughley (unregistered)
TRWTF is mixing Java and PHP!

Re: It Doubles as an Oven!

2012-08-24 07:43 • by ubersoldat
Awwww! I've seen those SOAP errors so many times that now that I don't get to see them I remember the old days from a month ago.

Anyway! How does an exception thrown at the lowest level of a system reaches the end user is exceptional. Three WTFs in that single screen:

1- No exception handling in the SOAP controllers or in the SOAP actions or in their DA implementation.
2- No exception handling in the PHP SOAP Client (that just feels soooooo dirty)
3- Bad SQL reaching a live system.

Then they say unchecked exceptions are the greatest invention ever.

Re: It Doubles as an Oven!

2012-08-24 07:47 • by Someone (unregistered)
388129 in reply to 388122
Mole125:
The last one appears to be an epson printer.
It is badly written but it is telling you that you need to replace the Black ink cartridge with either a model 127 or 126. Or in other words replace it with a BK127 or a BK128.
if the Cyan ink cartridge goes it displays [CY]127/126 (with a cyan coloured background for the CY.


Hence, helpful.

Male Only/Female Only

2012-08-24 07:51 • by Gawaine (unregistered)
So Blue Cross will accept Middle English speaking doctors, as long as they aren't Hermaphrodites?

SOAP client

2012-08-24 07:53 • by Raedwald
SOAP client? Must be for watching soap operas.

Re: It Doubles as an Oven!

2012-08-24 08:14 • by pure (unregistered)
"Jon Wilson is a little bit suspicious about the price per liter."

I think you'll find that as that is a british price tag, the price would be per litre.

Re: It Doubles as an Oven!

2012-08-24 08:17 • by Medi-Man (unregistered)
Not suprising... the NPI (National Provider Index) is the federal government list of doctors offices, Emergency Rooms, Pharmacies, etc. Having worked with munging that DB I can attest that there's several portions that are either duplicates or empty space which compresses quite well.

nulla - When an unexpected exception hits italian code that's a nulla.

Re: It Doubles as an Oven!

2012-08-24 08:20 • by Eric (unregistered)
1,500 years? The Elamite language hasn't been spoken (or written) in over 2500 years.

Re: It Doubles as an Oven!

2012-08-24 08:25 • by The Fixer (unregistered)
388135 in reply to 388126
I actually use PHP and Java for SOAP web services in my work space.

We work with a iSeries at work and have both a web page front end and a web service that can bypass the front end. Because of the janky EBCDIC encoding in the database (and core systems) we have to ship our hash calculations over to Java to verify that the hash is correct. This split architecture was not really my idea but because we needed the web services pronto, we got saddled with this abomination.

Re: It Doubles as an Oven!

2012-08-24 08:32 • by Bruce W (unregistered)
Glad they have Esperanto covered!

Re: It Doubles as an Oven!

2012-08-24 08:36 • by Some Jerk (unregistered)
What's with all of this bitching about SOAP when there is a screenshot from a JAVA APPLET!

Re: It Doubles as an Oven!

2012-08-24 08:41 • by ekolis
According to Google Maps, Morena is a neighborhood in San Diego...

Re: It Doubles as an Oven!

2012-08-24 08:53 • by Anon (unregistered)
388144 in reply to 388141
Morena is - in Spanish - brunette, dark skinned woman or any of the Muraenidae family species - Moray eels.

So you may be sending it to either a Lady or a fish.

Re: It Doubles as an Oven!

2012-08-24 09:13 • by dgvid
[Doctor]: What seems to the trouble Mr. Chaucer?

[Patient]: Bifil that in that seson on a day, in southwerk at the tabard as I lay...

Re: It Doubles as an Oven!

2012-08-24 09:18 • by Andrew (unregistered)
388146 in reply to 388134
Eric:
1,500 years? The Elamite language hasn't been spoken (or written) in over 2500 years.
Not sure if Egyptian (Ancient) would have that beat or not. Then again, their medical practices involved scooping dead people's brains out through their nose. Extremely well embalmed, though.

Re: It Doubles as an Oven!

2012-08-24 09:23 • by Anonymous (unregistered)
388147 in reply to 388132
pure:
"Jon Wilson is a little bit suspicious about the price per liter."

I think you'll find that as that is a british price tag, the price would be per litre.


Or, in this case, per litter.

Re: It Doubles as an Oven!

2012-08-24 09:26 • by ContraCorners
I was nice of Erik to help his brother catch the soaps, no?

Re: It Doubles as an Oven!

2012-08-24 09:32 • by Hantas
TRWTF is still using checks. I haven't seen one in at least 10 years.

Re: It Doubles as an Oven!

2012-08-24 09:40 • by Rodnas (unregistered)
Hmmmm, I don't speak Middle Dutch and Flemish. Just regular Dutch. So basically, i am screwed.

Re: It Doubles as an Oven!

2012-08-24 09:43 • by evilspoons (unregistered)
Here, since the guy who submitted the picture of the Epson printer can't figure out how to read it saying it's needing a type 127 or type 126 black cartridge, here is a link to purchase one:

http://www.futureshop.ca/en-CA/product/epson-epson-t127-black-extra-high-capacity-ink-cartridge-t127120-s-t127120-s/10153610.aspx

Re: It Doubles as an Oven!

2012-08-24 09:45 • by RichP
388152 in reply to 388120
Steve The Cynic:
Re: extreme ZIP compression.

At the end of the 1990s there was a brief fashion in the anti-anti-virus crowd for crafting ZIP files for email attachments that would be only a few K long, but expand to many GB of zeros, the idea being to attack the AV scanner that was looking at emails by exhausting its disk space.

More sophisticated scanners simply implemented transparent on-the-fly expansion of the interesting parts, which for 16GB of zeros is effectively almost none of it. (You need to read enough to know that what remains isn't interesting: does it begin MZ? it's an executable - does it begin 0xD0, 0xCF? it's an Office D0Cument File - etc.)


Also used to be in fashion to put a file like that in a "hidden" area of your web or FTP site. Call it something like mailing_list.zip if you want to play with spammers, hot_pix.zip for everyone else.

Don't know if it ever really fooled anyone.

Re: It Doubles as an Oven!

2012-08-24 09:46 • by @Deprecated
Anyone know where I can purchase some Ziggo Soap? Sounds like exceptionally good stuff*










*: Apologies for lame joke

Re: It Doubles as an Oven!

2012-08-24 09:52 • by Some Jerk
1. Wonder if the hard drive is so hot BECAUSE it has soap on it?
2. What loozer doesn't have enough drive space for a 6PB file anyway? err... ummm... other than me anyway.
3. I wonder if the compression is designed to torn each byte into a soap structure?


way too much blood in my alcohol system... so you all won't see much of me today.

Explosive ZIP files

2012-08-24 09:54 • by Glenn Lasher (unregistered)
388155 in reply to 388120
There was a talk at the HOPE conference a couple of months ago about crafting "exploding" archives, which get the unzipper caught in a loop of some sort. I didn't listen to the whole talk, but it could presumably result in a really big disc space calculation.

Re: It Doubles as an Oven!

2012-08-24 09:59 • by Hewlett Packard (unregistered)
at $10027.78 per kg, that chocolate topping is almost expensive as injet ink. Almost.

Re: Activating Interactive TV

2012-08-24 10:05 • by Coyne
I was totally disappointed with the interactive TV thing. I see SOAP, XML, and PHP; and even a hint of a possible SQL injection opportunity.

But where's the AJAX, .NET, ASP and all those other goodies?

Re: It Doubles as an Oven!

2012-08-24 10:06 • by cscastle (unregistered)
Has anyone else noticed that we've had a new article every weekday, posted early in the day, for the past three weeks? Sure has been nice. Thanks, Alex!

Re: It Doubles as an Oven!

2012-08-24 10:18 • by LurkNoMore
388160 in reply to 388158
+1

Re: It Doubles as an Oven!

2012-08-24 10:21 • by Alex (unregistered)
Morena 6 is Image Acquisition Framework for Java™ Platform - a bridge between the image acquisition hardware (scanners, cameras) and Java™ world. To communicate with the hardware, it uses standard interfaces - Twain for MS Windows and Mac OS X and Sane for number of Unix platforms (AIX, BeOS, Darwin, FreeBSD, HP-UX, Linux, NetBSD, OpenBSD, OS2, Solaris, Unixware). It offers to developer an intuitive, unique and efficient API .

http://www.gnome.sk/Twain/jtp.html

Re: It Doubles as an Oven!

2012-08-24 10:21 • by Maurits
So this is why you never drop the soap... to avoid an Uncaught Soap Exception.

Re: It Doubles as an Oven!

2012-08-24 10:22 • by studog (unregistered)
388163 in reply to 388120
Steve The Cynic:
Re: extreme ZIP compression.

At the end of the 1990s there was a brief fashion in the anti-anti-virus crowd for crafting ZIP files for email attachments that would be only a few K long, but expand to many GB of zeros, the idea being to attack the AV scanner that was looking at emails by exhausting its disk space.

And at the beginning of the 1990s there was the fractal compression hoax. The program would "compress" your file to well less than 1% of it's original size. All it actually did was store the path to your original file; no compression of any kind occurred.

When you "uncompress" it merely copies the file. So if you had a file bigger than your remaining free space, it would fail to uncompress. So you'd delete the original...

Re: It Doubles as an Oven!

2012-08-24 10:39 • by Zunerino (unregistered)
388165 in reply to 388162
Maurits:
So this is why you never drop the soap... to avoid an Uncaught Soap Exception.
That's not all you'll catch! Hiyo!

Re: It Doubles as an Oven!

2012-08-24 10:41 • by Crashed Internet (unregistered)
388166 in reply to 388120
Steve The Cynic:
At the end of the 1990s there was a brief fashion in the anti-anti-virus crowd for crafting ZIP files for email attachments that would be only a few K long, but expand to many GB of zeros, the idea being to attack the AV scanner that was looking at emails by exhausting its disk space.

More sophisticated scanners simply implemented transparent on-the-fly expansion of the interesting parts, which for 16GB of zeros is effectively almost none of it. (You need to read enough to know that what remains isn't interesting: does it begin MZ? it's an executable - does it begin 0xD0, 0xCF? it's an Office D0Cument File - etc.)


Ah, I was bitten by something like that. In dial-up era, there was a certain zip file, and it was normal. The virus scanner looked it at, and stalled the computer for 10 seconds each time the download manager tried writing ~5KB. Sinc the computer used a software win-modem, it disconnected during that time.

Re: It Doubles as an Oven!

2012-08-24 11:08 • by the beholder (unregistered)
388169 in reply to 388153
@Deprecated:
Anyone know where I can purchase some Ziggo Soap? Sounds like exceptionally good stuff*

*: Apologies for lame joke
I don't know where you can buy it. I just grab some from the SOAP server dispenser.

Re: It Doubles as an Oven!

2012-08-24 11:10 • by Unicorn #8157 (unregistered)
388170 in reply to 388158
cscastle:
Has anyone else noticed that we've had a new article every weekday, posted early in the day, for the past three weeks? Sure has been nice. Thanks, Alex!
We regret to inform you that Alex hasn't been feeling well for the last week so the legion of unicorns has been filling in. Early this morning he passed away in his sleep though we have just now been informed of this. We will be convening over the weekend to decide whether to continue with TDWTF or to just wrap it up.

Please pray for Alex and his family in these trying times.

Re: It Doubles as an Oven!

2012-08-24 11:18 • by pitchingchris
388171 in reply to 388170
It would take too long for your hard disk to cook my beef roast. An oven may be more economically efficient.

Re: It Doubles as an Oven!

2012-08-24 11:36 • by Ozz (unregistered)
Gotta love SpinRite. Older Dell laptops were notorious for givving the overheat error, though not usually quite that hot.

Re: It Doubles as an Oven!

2012-08-24 11:36 • by Evo
That hard drive probably just needs a can of raid...

Re: It Doubles as an Oven!

2012-08-24 11:37 • by just me (unregistered)
388174 in reply to 388166
Crashed Internet:
Steve The Cynic:
At the end of the 1990s there was a brief fashion in the anti-anti-virus crowd for crafting ZIP files for email attachments that would be only a few K long, but expand to many GB of zeros, the idea being to attack the AV scanner that was looking at emails by exhausting its disk space.

More sophisticated scanners simply implemented transparent on-the-fly expansion of the interesting parts, which for 16GB of zeros is effectively almost none of it. (You need to read enough to know that what remains isn't interesting: does it begin MZ? it's an executable - does it begin 0xD0, 0xCF? it's an Office D0Cument File - etc.)


Ah, I was bitten by something like that. In dial-up era, there was a certain zip file, and it was normal. The virus scanner looked it at, and stalled the computer for 10 seconds each time the download manager tried writing ~5KB. Sinc the computer used a software win-modem, it disconnected during that time.


A nice example of this is the zip file quine, which contains itself... perfect to put your virus scanner into an infinite loop!

BTW, I can understand that TV; catching soap is quite difficult, especially when it's wet.

Re: Male Only/Female Only

2012-08-24 12:00 • by Techpaul (unregistered)
388175 in reply to 388130
Gawaine:
So Blue Cross will accept Middle English speaking doctors, as long as they aren't Hermaphrodites?


let alone I want to see a doctor who was a man but is now a woman...

I also notice We have Dutch middle and Dutch-Flemish, they must have missed levels of Dutch out there...

Re: It Doubles as an Oven!

2012-08-24 12:49 • by Spewin Coffee (unregistered)
TRWTF is that Chris Reid is really a woman named Elizabeth Smith.

Re: It Doubles as an Oven!

2012-08-24 13:18 • by Cary (unregistered)
Havinge been a customer of United, myself did finde them less than well, for bleed me they would not, though had I the brain-fever withall and a clear imbalance of humours.

Bonus: the goblin called Captcha did ask me to scribe the word "augue".

Re: It Doubles as an Oven!

2012-08-24 13:28 • by Dr. Mugu (unregistered)
"Every time I deposit a check via the web to my bank, the java applet says it is sending the scan to Morena," reports Chris Reid, "I hope she works for the bank."
Keep thinking that.

TV for my brother with Hibernate

2012-08-24 13:42 • by Dan Tastik (unregistered)
I am not sure here - is it a WTF because they use Hibernate in the telly, or because Hibernate exists?

Re: It Doubles as an Oven!

2012-08-24 14:15 • by campkev
Sorry, but the WTF in that last one is in the submitter. And Mark Bowytz for publishing it. It says you need to replace one or more ink cartridges. Then it gives you a list with a header of Ink Cartridges with the black ink cartridge being listed. It even gives you the model number of the ink cartridge.

Re: It Doubles as an Oven!

2012-08-24 14:40 • by Ryan (unregistered)
"Jon Wilson is a little bit suspicious about the price per liter."

Maybe they meant price per litter?
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