Best of the Sidebar

It's the Best of the Sidebar. What, did you expect more from a title like that?
If you talk to employers about what it's like trying to attract and retain IT talent the answer is usually the same - IT'S NEAR FRICKIN' IMPOSSIBLE!! Even if you treat employees right, offer a bucket of cash, unlimited vacation, and a hammock in every cubicle, then only maybe will you attract the talent you want. So, based on this logic, you'd think that employers should treat their employees as best as possible, right? Well, by the looks of things, forum favorite Blakeyrat, found an employer that is lacking in common sense.
The Oracle database doesn’t allow you to execute a SELECT statement without a FROM clause. You can't, for example, do SELECT 2 + 2, you must do SELECT 2 + 2 FROM dual. “dual” is a fictional table which exists solely to allow these sorts of operations.

Too Much Sleep

2013-01-22
I've frequently posted about my attempts to speed up our system being thwarted by sleepy management decisions about application performance. Our application is essentially: query data, crunch data and save results. Each of those tasks took approximately 1/3 of the run time. A large part of my job is to make the application run more quickly. Every time I fixed something, something else would break, not because I coded something incorrectly, but because of the fragility of our application, other associated applications and the database. For instance... Sleep for the database
Out on the The Daily WTF Forums, user dynedain found this gem while doing maintenance on a site that's a huge pile of static HTML files:

It's Just a Truck

2008-08-22
Originally posted on the sidebar by "North Bus"...

Meet The LAN Form

2008-07-18
This story was originally posted to The Sidebar by "citking".
Originally posted to The Sidebar by "ObiWayneKenobi"...

PICKing Javascript

2008-07-09
Originally posted to the Sidebar by "hulver"...
Originally posted to the Sidebar by "Welbog"...

Silent But Deadly

2008-06-30
From René V...
Originally posted to the Sidebar by "jetcitywoman"...

The Exemption Pass

2008-06-23
Originally posted to the sidebar by "compaqdrew"...

The Quake Server

2008-06-16
Originally posted by "Da' Man"...
Originally posted to the Sidebar by "ServZero"...
Originally posted to the sidebar by "snoofle"...
Originally posted to the sidebar by "snoofle"...
Originally posted by "Weng" as a response to Book shop WTF...
Originally posted by an anonymous reader...
Originally posted by "Corona688"...
Tsk, tsk. After all the requests to plz email me teh codez, and the Daily WTF community's failure to recognize student initiative, "MonkeyCode" posted a similar story in the sidebar...

The Problem Child

2008-05-02
Originally posted by "DrillSgtK"...
Originally posted by "rc_pinchey"...
Originally posted by "Charles Capps"...

I'll be back...

2008-04-21
Originally posted by "JukeboxJim" ...

A Clean Install

2008-04-14
Originally posted by "Dirk"...

Pascal Strings

2008-04-11
Originally posted by "JukeboxJim"...
Originally posted by "Tann San"...

Jan-48

2008-04-04
Originally posted by Spikeles...
Originally posted by Zecc...
Originally posted by "jjeff1"...
The Green Email George Baker observed, "Some people take this 'green computing' thing way too seriously."
Originally posted by "snoofle" ...

They're buffered

2008-03-17
Originally posted by "jjeff1" ...

Random Stupidity

2008-03-10
Originally posted by "snoofle" ...

Best of the Email

2008-03-07
It's Share Your Bizarre Email day! Here's three to get started...
Not too long ago, I added my company, Inedo, to the federal government's Central Contractor Registration system. I don't know, I just didn't want to miss out on all the fun every one seems to have with government work. Whenever one signs up for virtually any government thing, a deluge of companies somehow manage to find to out. The CCR is certainly no exception.
This clbuttic was originally posted by "ezrec"...
First there's Comcast WTF that was originally posted by "cheesy" ... Having not received my bill from Comcast (now Time Warner) one month, I called them up. They said they would send me another copy. This is what showed up a week later.
First, we've got Those Unstable Databases, originally posted by "tbcpp"
Originally posted by "snoofle" ...
Originally posted by "marinus"...
Two for the price of one today! U R NT QFD was originally posted by "Ben Fulton"...

ikownjou

2008-02-04
Originally posted by "Publius"...

Six Copies, Please

2008-02-01
Originally posted by "snoofle" ...
Originally posted by "military fool" ...
Originally posted by "snoofle"...

Yee-hawtf!

2008-01-21
Originally posted by "jgoewert" ...
Today's Best-of-the-Sidebar was originally posted by "aikimark."
I'm not sure when this was posted on the side bar, but it was the warning sign at the top of the SkyJack that Robin Harrison was using to install wireless access points on the ceiling of a warehouse...
Originally posted to the Side Bar by Chris, following the response from "Gary" (a manager at his former company) about a question importing Word-HTML into their template system.
Today's Best-of-the-Sidebar was originally posted by "Yahweh" ...
Today's Best-of-the-Sidebar was originally posted by "old gutsie" ...
Back in July of 2001, a member of Sun's EmbeddedJava Forums asked a fairly simple question: Is it possible to send SMS using Java?