Comment On The ö Alternative

"This was the packing slip on a package I received from some online order," Florian Schicker writes, "apparently, the Chinese folks writing these slips don't have computers that can display the 'ö' character." [expand full text]
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Re: The ö Alternative

2009-06-16 08:03 • by Anonymous (unregistered)
ö no! And FIR- oh, never mind.

Re: The ö Alternative

2009-06-16 08:04 • by Ian (unregistered)
Now where did I leave that 10PB drive?

Re: The ö Alternative

2009-06-16 08:07 • by Fab (unregistered)
Theme Hospital :D

Soooooo good !

Re: The ö Alternative

2009-06-16 08:10 • by ConnectToReality (unregistered)
I abandoned all hope a long time ago. About the time I started viewing this site

Re: The ö Alternative

2009-06-16 08:13 • by Fredrik (unregistered)
5.99 petabyte?

I hope Windows 7 has a less bloated desktop.

Re: The ö Alternative

2009-06-16 08:15 • by Hiekkaa (unregistered)
269409 in reply to 269407
The file name implies that that IS windows 7.

Re: The ö Alternative

2009-06-16 08:16 • by Mark (unregistered)
I'm glad it specifies only 5.99PB. I'd hate to waste my money on a 6PB drive only to have 10TB left over with nothing to use it for.

And anyway 5.99PB should be enough for anyone!

Hey, wait a second... is that a petabyte or a pebibyte? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pebibyte

Re: The ö Alternative

2009-06-16 08:16 • by amischiefr
What, doesn't everybody have a 100 Peta byte hard drive these days? I thought that was standard.

Re: The ö Alternative

2009-06-16 08:22 • by Luser Support (unregistered)
As you may notice, the ~6PB is to be downloaded to someone's desktop. So, obviously, some granny upgraded to MSIE 8, went to google, and right-clicked save to desktop. She's making a copy of the entire Internet!

Re: The ö Alternative

2009-06-16 08:23 • by Fab (unregistered)
Chinese should also learn Austria is not a city.

Re: The ö Alternative

2009-06-16 08:26 • by Jer Null (unregistered)
Yeah, it starts with a measly 6PB, but by the time the journaling file system gets done with it, and hands it off to the search indexer thingie, we're looking at 14PB minimum. Now let's hope you don't actually try to open it, because that makes two temporary copies even if you don't change anything.

Re: The ö Alternative

2009-06-16 08:27 • by Stu Dent (unregistered)
269416 in reply to 269413
Fab:
Chinese should also learn Austria is not a city.

Right. It's the world's largest island. Or smallest continent. My teacher never seemed quite sure.

Re: The ö Alternative

2009-06-16 08:33 • by RandomUser423652 (unregistered)
269417 in reply to 269410
Mark:
Hey, wait a second... is that a petabyte or a pebibyte?
Why it's very clear: petabyte. It it were asking for pebibytes, it would say 5.99PiB.

...

Or not.

Re: The ö Alternative

2009-06-16 08:35 • by Green (unregistered)
Note that it is Austria and not Australia.

Re: The ö Alternative

2009-06-16 08:36 • by Bob (unregistered)
269419 in reply to 269418
Green:
Note that it is Austria and not Australia.


Also note "whooooosh".

Re: The ö Alternative

2009-06-16 08:37 • by MadJo@Work (unregistered)
269420 in reply to 269416
Stu Dent:
Fab:
Chinese should also learn Austria is not a city.

Right. It's the world's largest island. Or smallest continent. My teacher never seemed quite sure.

Hahaha, I hope you were joking. :)
Otherwise your teacher might need a class or two more.
Austria != Australia.

Re: The ö Alternative

2009-06-16 08:41 • by Jay Jay (unregistered)
269421 in reply to 269418
Green:
Note that it is Austria and not Australia.


Wow. I could hear the whoosh of that going over your head from here...

Re: The ö Alternative

2009-06-16 08:41 • by JoLoCo (unregistered)
269422 in reply to 269420
MadJo@Work:

Hahaha, I hope you were joking. :)
Otherwise your teacher might need a class or two more.
Austria != Australia.


Green:
Note that it is Austria and not Australia.


You people give geeks a bad name.

Re: The ö Alternative

2009-06-16 08:44 • by aka (unregistered)
I originally thought the poor person copying the address down was essentially copying a drawing, much as I would copy down chinese characters, but when you look at it carefully, it was clearly written by someone who had a least a basic idea of english type handwriting. So the box could well have been them being deliberately awkward, or simply having no way of recovering the original character and deciding a rectangle was less confusing than missing it out

Re: The ö Alternative

2009-06-16 08:49 • by Neil (unregistered)
269424 in reply to 269423
@aka

I'd imagining, that the square was from a font that didn't support that character. It was probably printed/onscreen and then copied by hand. I doubt that the person copying it gave it much thought really.......

Re: The ö Alternative

2009-06-16 08:50 • by Stu Dent (unregistered)
269425 in reply to 269422
JoLoCo:
MadJo@Work:

Hahaha, I hope you were joking. :)
Otherwise your teacher might need a class or two more.
Austria != Australia.

Green:
Note that it is Austria and not Australia.

You people give geeks a bad name.

Wow! I got a twofer! Not that I'm surprised. Nobody pays attention to the words anymore. The way things are going I

Oh, look! Shiny!

Re: The ö Alternative

2009-06-16 08:50 • by Neil (unregistered)
269426 in reply to 269423
@aka

I'd imagining, that the square was from a font that didn't support that character. It was probably printed/onscreen and then copied by hand. I doubt that the person copying it gave it much thought really.......

Re: The ö Alternative

2009-06-16 08:56 • by Whoevar (unregistered)
"apparently, the Chinese folks writing these slips don't have computers that can display the 'ö' character."


That'll make 5 ? (or squares, if you do not have quotation marks) into the piggi bank for sustaining prejudices.

Re: The ö Alternative

2009-06-16 08:59 • by pjt33
269428 in reply to 269427
Whoevar:
"apparently, the Chinese folks writing these slips don't have computers that can display the 'ö' character."


That'll make 5 ? (or squares, if you do not have quotation marks) into the piggi bank for sustaining prejudices.

Given that the label is clearly printed in Chinese, it's a reasonable assumption that the person filling it in was also Chinese. In fact the person who submitted the WTF may have known that they were purchasing from a Chinese company. Fancy knowing who you're doing business with!

Re: The ö Alternative

2009-06-16 09:01 • by Tim (unregistered)
Kibi, mebi etc. were a terrible idea. They're phonetically ugly and sound like very unprofessional. It would be embarrassing to say them.

*That's* why nobody uses them.

Re: The ö Alternative

2009-06-16 09:14 • by LotusCMS (unregistered)
269432 in reply to 269411
amischiefr:
What, doesn't everybody have a 100 Peta byte hard drive these days? I thought that was standard.


I'm a little afraid, I don't think he's lying.

CAPTCHA: nulla

Re: The ö Alternative

2009-06-16 09:18 • by zbe (unregistered)
i'm just glad that i don't have to write a chinese address... that would look like 上海 to me

[those boxes with numbers that firefox uses for unicode characters]

Re: The ö Alternative

2009-06-16 09:24 • by Talking Head (unregistered)
269434 in reply to 269432
LotusCMS:
amischiefr:
What, doesn't everybody have a 100 Peta byte hard drive these days? I thought that was standard.

I'm a little afraid, I don't think he's lying.

You're going to need 100PB for the full-screen digital video of a newsbabe showing you how to click the start button (and every other user interface element).

But I bet they'll still say "click the defranglinder checkbox if you want to enable defranglinding" without ever telling you what defranglinding is or why you might or might not want it.

Re: The ö Alternative

2009-06-16 09:24 • by hatterson
269435 in reply to 269413
Fab:
Chinese should also learn Austria is not a city.

Austria..heh heh...well then...G'day mate...let's put another shrimp on the barbie.

Re: The ö Alternative

2009-06-16 09:41 • by JustSomeGuy (unregistered)
RandomUser423652:


Why it's very clear: petabyte. It it were asking for pebibytes, it would say 5.99PiB.

...

Or not.


It's ok to quote XKCD by proxy then?

Re: The ö Alternative

2009-06-16 09:48 • by Tim (unregistered)
Couldn't that have been a Zip bomb?

Re: The ö Alternative

2009-06-16 09:53 • by brazzy
269441 in reply to 269421
Jay Jay:
Wow. I could hear the whoosh of that going over your head from here...

No, that was the sound of an incestual rapist riding a kangaroo to town to get some Apfelstrudel after a hard day of Opal mining.

Re: The ö Alternative

2009-06-16 09:55 • by dkf
269442 in reply to 269413
Fab:
Chinese should also learn Austria is not a city.
They'll be OK if they avoid the drop bears and the strudel.

Re: The ö Alternative

2009-06-16 09:58 • by GalacticCowboy
269443 in reply to 269425
Stu Dent:
JoLoCo:
MadJo@Work:

Hahaha, I hope you were joking. :)
Otherwise your teacher might need a class or two more.
Austria != Australia.

Green:
Note that it is Austria and not Australia.

You people give geeks a bad name.

Wow! I got a twofer! Not that I'm surprised. Nobody pays attention to the words anymore. The way things are going I

Oh, look! Shiny!


So you suffer from ADOS? Attention Deficit Ooh Shiny

Re: The ö Alternative

2009-06-16 09:58 • by lolwtf
269444 in reply to 269433
The message clearly says they're trying to copy the desktop to the desktop. Obviously they have a huge hard drive, and this created an infinite recursion loop filling it up.
zbe:
i'm just glad that i don't have to write a chinese address... that would look like 上海 to me

[those boxes with numbers that firefox uses for unicode characters]
Nice example. I see two Chinese characters.

Re: The ö Alternative

2009-06-16 10:01 • by RandomUser423652 (unregistered)
269446 in reply to 269438
JustSomeGuy:
It's ok to quote XKCD by proxy then?
Pretty sure I was linking Raymond Chen, but yes, I suppose the xkcd link is a bonus.

Re: The ö Alternative

2009-06-16 10:02 • by kastein
Corrupted zip files are awesome! Kudos to WinZip for correctly handling the Petabyte prefix though... whoever wrote that part of the code was all about future-proofing. anyone want to bet on whether it'll handle Exabytes, Zettabytes, Yottabytes, Xonabytes, Wekabytes, and Vundabytes as well?

... I never even knew the last 3 of those existed as prefixes... http://guymal.com/techCorner/powers.shtml. Who gets naming rights on the one after Vundabytes? Following the backwards-alphabet trend, I think it should be named Uberbytes.

lolwtf:
The message clearly says they're trying to copy the desktop to the desktop. Obviously they have a huge hard drive, and this created an infinite recursion loop filling it up.
zbe:
i'm just glad that i don't have to write a chinese address... that would look like 上海 to me

[those boxes with numbers that firefox uses for unicode characters]
Nice example. I see two Chinese characters.
Same here... firefox 3. zbe, maybe your fonts are FUBAR?

Re: The ö Alternative

2009-06-16 10:07 • by Smash King
269450 in reply to 269405
I thought I was good at killing rats on Theme Hospital until I saw Christian's prize. The higher I scored was about a measly 98%.

<sigh> That photo brought back a lot of good memories. It was one of the funniest games I ever played. The diseases' explanation, symptoms and treatment sheet was so full of nonsense it was hilarious. Guess I'll have to dig my TH cd now.

Re: The ö Alternative

2009-06-16 10:08 • by Hrrruuuuaaaaarrrrrrwwwwlll (unregistered)
269451 in reply to 269429
Tim:
Kibi, mebi etc. were a terrible idea. They're phonetically ugly and sound like very unprofessional. It would be embarrassing to say them.

*That's* why nobody uses them.


I totally agree... Having different prefixes for binary units is not a bad idea, but those Mebi etc just sound retarded. I will NEVER use them.

Re: The ö Alternative

2009-06-16 10:18 • by methinks (unregistered)
269452 in reply to 269416
Stu Dent:
Fab:
Chinese should also learn Austria is not a city.

Right. It's the world's largest island. Or smallest continent. My teacher never seemed quite sure.


so sorry, no kangaroos in Austria... but skiing is great here ;o)

Re: The ö Alternative

2009-06-16 10:22 • by Code Dependent
269453 in reply to 269448
kastein:
anyone want to bet on whether it'll handle Exabytes, Zettabytes, Yottabytes, Xonabytes, Wekabytes, and Vundabytes as well?
Shouldn't Trilobytes fit in there somewhere?

kastein:
Who gets naming rights on the one after Vundabytes? Following the backwards-alphabet trend, I think it should be named Uberbytes.
I vote for Godzillabytes.

Re: The ö Alternative

2009-06-16 10:22 • by aka (unregistered)
269454 in reply to 269424
Neil:
@aka

I'd imagining, that the square was from a font that didn't support that character. It was probably printed/onscreen and then copied by hand. I doubt that the person copying it gave it much thought really.......


Well, duh, obviously it was a box on their screen. The copying of the box is the part that was either being awkward or trying to be helpful. (as opposed to not recognising the missing character).

Re: The ö Alternative

2009-06-16 10:24 • by Herohtar (unregistered)
269455 in reply to 269409
Hiekkaa:
The file name implies that that IS windows 7.


No, the file name implies nothing. However, the UI implies that the system is at least Vista. Furthermore, the "Send Feedback" in the dialog title implies that it is a beta/RC version of the OS, which one might then assume to be Windows 7.

Re: The ö Alternative

2009-06-16 10:28 • by methinks (unregistered)
269456 in reply to 269429
Tim:
Kibi, mebi etc. were a terrible idea. They're phonetically ugly and sound like very unprofessional. It would be embarrassing to say them.

*That's* why nobody uses them.


No. the manufacturers don't use them because they'd have to build bigger drives (by some multiple of 1.024) while still having to stick to the same size numbers... *very* bad for marketing ;o)

Re: The ö Alternative

2009-06-16 10:30 • by random.next (unregistered)
Having an 'ü' in my name, I know the pains of it. Or used to, anyway. Pretty much everything handles it correctly by now.
Except for Apple's website. Either it rejects my name right away, or transforms the ü into ü.
I don't like Apple.

Re: The ö Alternative

2009-06-16 10:34 • by OldCoder (unregistered)
269458 in reply to 269454
aka:
Neil:
@aka

I'd imagining, that the square was from a font that didn't support that character. It was probably printed/onscreen and then copied by hand. I doubt that the person copying it gave it much thought really.......


Well, duh, obviously it was a box on their screen. The copying of the box is the part that was either being awkward or trying to be helpful. (as opposed to not recognising the missing character).

aaaaand if you were a dispatch clerk who had a box to send with a Chinese address on the screen, you'd attempt to copy it as accurately as you could, wouldn't you? I mean, it's not as if everyone in your part of the world knows the Chinese alphabet intimately, is it?

Re: The ö Alternative

2009-06-16 10:35 • by methinks (unregistered)
269459 in reply to 269448
kastein:

... I never even knew the last 3 of those existed as prefixes... http://guymal.com/techCorner/powers.shtml. Who gets naming rights on the one after Vundabytes? Following the backwards-alphabet trend, I think it should be named Uberbytes.


As we are talking german umlauts here (i.e. the Ö in the article), this should of course correctly read:

Überbytes

:o)
(or Ueberbytes, if you care to avoid the cited font problems...)

Re: The ö Alternative

2009-06-16 10:37 • by Synchronos (unregistered)
269460 in reply to 269455
Herohtar:
Hiekkaa:
The file name implies that that IS windows 7.


No, the file name implies nothing. However, the UI implies that the system is at least Vista. Furthermore, the "Send Feedback" in the dialog title implies that it is a beta/RC version of the OS, which one might then assume to be Windows 7.


Here's some implication for you:

http://img.thedailywtf.com/images/200906/errord/Win7ExplorerError.png

PS. Would like to see the subtitles of the M□nti Pyth□n ik den H□lie Gr□ilen on those Chinese folks' computers

Re: The ö Alternative

2009-06-16 10:40 • by What? (unregistered)
269461 in reply to 269441
brazzy:
Jay Jay:
Wow. I could hear the whoosh of that going over your head from here...

No, that was the sound of an incestual rapist riding a kangaroo to town to get some Apfelstrudel after a hard day of Opal mining.


What?

Re: The ö Alternative

2009-06-16 10:46 • by Code Dependent
269463 in reply to 269461
What?:
brazzy:
Jay Jay:
Wow. I could hear the whoosh of that going over your head from here...
No, that was the sound of an incestual rapist riding a kangaroo to town to get some Apfelstrudel after a hard day of Opal mining.
What?
Hard of hearing? No wonder you thought that sound was a whoosh.
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