A Drafty Flight

  • MP79 2013-08-02 06:20
    The London bus thing is really common, their system goes down for maintenance all the time.
    It's the windows update restart messages on the graphical display boards that worry me :)
  • DonaldK 2013-08-02 06:29
    "Great serving suggestion".... not cool, bru. Not cool.
  • dkf 2013-08-02 06:37
    With this options the comment is more flexible than never.

    (Well, someone had to say it…)
  • Dhamp 2013-08-02 06:39
    That's clearly the plane's crumple zone.
  • UnableToRelieve 2013-08-02 06:40
    Uh, I'll have to be on the lookout for *UnableToRetrieve*#-1... Sounds vicious!

    Captcha: vindico -- seems like Vin Diesel has started a company...
  • Warren 2013-08-02 06:58
    Did anyone else try clicking the red arrows* to move the misaligned seats back into place?

    * For others familiar: not The Red Arrows, who don't fly A320s!
  • Maciej 2013-08-02 06:59
    DonaldK:
    "Great serving suggestion".... not cool, bru. Not cool.


    True. I had a son that was served as a waffle, and let me assure you, it's no laughing matter.
  • pjt33 2013-08-02 07:13
    I don't think literal translations from other languages (at a guess, Spanish) really qualify as TDWTF fodder.
  • Kuba 2013-08-02 07:14
    What the heck is up with those "you're never supposed to see that" strings? If nobody will see it, just make it an empty string and avoid at least some of the embarrassment. I can't but imagine that a typical Windows machine might waste a 4kb page of memory (in aggregate) on such strings. I work daily with microcontrollers that have a 12 bit data address space...
  • no laughing matter 2013-08-02 07:26
    Maciej:
    DonaldK:
    "Great serving suggestion".... not cool, bru. Not cool.


    True. I had a son that was served as a waffle, and let me assure you, it's no laughing matter.
    Right or wrong, this is how babies have always been served on thedailywaffletf!
  • Dave 2013-08-02 07:36
    Strange. The TfL Countdown site claims that there is no stop no 35576. Clearly 'shopped!
  • a key in f# minor 2013-08-02 08:02
    DonaldK:
    "Great serving suggestion".... not cool, bru. Not cool.

    Right or wrong, this is how all modest proposals were done back in the day.
  • EuroGuy 2013-08-02 08:36
    Kuba:
    What the heck is up with those "you're never supposed to see that" strings? If nobody will see it, just make it an empty string and avoid at least some of the embarrassment. I can't but imagine that a typical Windows machine might waste a 4kb page of memory (in aggregate) on such strings. I work daily with microcontrollers that have a 12 bit data address space...

    An embarrassing message will at least ensure that users will report the error. The fact that this made TDWTF sort of proves my point.
  • Rans Heiser 2013-08-02 08:38
    DonaldK:
    "Great serving suggestion".... not cool, bru. Not cool.
    Yeah... it's piping hot!
  • A guilty bystander 2013-08-02 08:44
    "Perhaps Thunderbird is trying to tell me that nobody uses the 'delivery confirmation request' feature?" AJH wondered.

    Seems AJH got the hint.
  • Bring Back TopCod3r 2013-08-02 08:46
    Dave:
    Strange. The TfL Countdown site claims that there is no stop no 35576. Clearly 'shopped!


    Wasn't just me then. Can see that it is tower hill (Soc Gen in the background gives it away). Think 54382 would be the correct code.
  • Bring Back TopCod3r 2013-08-02 08:51
    Bring Back TopCod3r:
    Dave:
    Strange. The TfL Countdown site claims that there is no stop no 35576. Clearly 'shopped!


    Wasn't just me then. Can see that it is tower hill (Soc Gen in the background gives it away). Think 54382 would be the correct code.


    Actually 54582, the photo is looking back not forwards. thanks streetview.
  • Golden Dragon 2013-08-02 08:52
    FileHelpers written by Martians. I know it them 'cause they no use good grammar.
  • ¯\(°_o)/¯ I DUNNO LOL 2013-08-02 09:46
    Maciej:
    DonaldK:
    "Great serving suggestion".... not cool, bru. Not cool.
    True. I had a son that was served as a waffle, and let me assure you, it's no laughing matter.
    Right or wrong, kids were an important part of a healthy breakfast back then.
  • xaade 2013-08-02 09:46
    no laughing matter:
    Maciej:
    DonaldK:
    "Great serving suggestion".... not cool, bru. Not cool.


    True. I had a son that was served as a waffle, and let me assure you, it's no laughing matter.
    Right or wrong, this is how babies have always been served on thedailywaffletf!


    Why does this remind me of Narnia "The Silver Chair". Quick catch them or no man-pies!!!!
  • xaade 2013-08-02 09:52
    The waffle thing has me wondering. That looks an awful lot like a Google image search fail.

    If you squint your eyes, the waffle maker looks almost like a baby swing with a black seat.

    And I think that's how Google image search works, people squinting harder until the image matches another image. They link the two if they can get a squinter to believe it's similar, and the strength of the link is the inverse of how much the viewer has to squint.

    captcha appellatio?
    Apples and ... That's a little NSFW.
  • Mr Magoo 2013-08-02 10:10
    xaade:
    The waffle thing has me wondering. That looks an awful lot like a Google image search fail.

    If you squint your eyes, the waffle maker looks almost like a baby swing with a black seat.

    And I think that's how Google image search works, people squinting harder until the image matches another image. They link the two if they can get a squinter to believe it's similar, and the strength of the link is the inverse of how much the viewer has to squint.

    captcha appellatio?
    Apples and ... That's a little NSFW.


    Sir, my son had a squint, and let me tell you, it's no laughing matter!
  • IamI 2013-08-02 10:49
    Delivery confirmation request? Is that anything like a read receipt in outlook? I've relatively certain only terrible, terrible people use those. I have my options set up to reject all of those automatically.
  • Herr Otto Flick 2013-08-02 10:55
    EuroGuy:
    Kuba:
    What the heck is up with those "you're never supposed to see that" strings? If nobody will see it, just make it an empty string and avoid at least some of the embarrassment. I can't but imagine that a typical Windows machine might waste a 4kb page of memory (in aggregate) on such strings. I work daily with microcontrollers that have a 12 bit data address space...

    An embarrassing message will at least ensure that users will report the error. The fact that this made TDWTF sort of proves my point.


    We had this website that displayed an interstitial "searching..." page whern you submitted a search. This page, if the server had any unhandled errors, was too small and so triggered IE's wrapped error messages.

    This was not ideal - there was a button on the failed page to get you going again - so I was told to pad it, with HTML comments. So I stuck the monty python spam song in there, with 4k of random capitalisation of spam ("SPaM sPaM" etc).

    This worked well for about 2 years, until the page structure changed, or browsers changed (I wasn't working on it at this time), and suddenly if the page failed, all you saw was "Mrs. Bun: Have you got anything without spam in it?… SPAM SPAM SPAM SPAM".

    For a brief period, some people thought we'd been hacked...
  • Herr Otto Flick 2013-08-02 10:56
    Mr Magoo:
    xaade:
    The waffle thing has me wondering. That looks an awful lot like a Google image search fail.

    If you squint your eyes, the waffle maker looks almost like a baby swing with a black seat.

    And I think that's how Google image search works, people squinting harder until the image matches another image. They link the two if they can get a squinter to believe it's similar, and the strength of the link is the inverse of how much the viewer has to squint.

    captcha appellatio?
    Apples and ... That's a little NSFW.


    Sir, my son had a squint, and let me tell you, it's no laughing matter!


    Rightly or wrongly, that's just how people squinted in those days.
  • nimis 2013-08-02 11:01
    Warren:
    Did anyone else try clicking the red arrows* to move the misaligned seats back into place?

    * For others familiar: not The Red Arrows, who don't fly A320s!


    But how cool would it be to see them fly an A320 upside down over the airfield?
  • Someone 2013-08-02 11:17
    I'm pretty sure the comments at this site have by far the largest proportion of in jokes of any forum I frequent....

    nimis:
    But how cool would it be to see them fly an A320 upside down over the airfield?
    Now I'm wondering if this is aerodynamically possible.

    Hmm, apparently McDonnell-Douglas issued a statement in response to Flight:
    "The MD-80 cannot sustain inverted flight. The MD-80, as with all commercial airliners, was designed to fly upright. Commercial airliners are only tested and certified for upright flight."

    It seems short-lived upside-down moments are possible, at least under controlled environments, but I'm not sure if flying the length of an airfield, say, would be possible.
  • BillT 2013-08-02 11:23
    The Waring Pro may be the more expensive options, but the Fisher-Price seats aren't UL approved.
  • jbrains 2013-08-02 12:24
    To be fair, "...than never" is just a direct word-for-word translation from several languages, which use the same word for "ever" and "never" in that context.
  • Hmmmm 2013-08-02 12:31
    Herr Otto Flick:
    Rightly or wrongly, that's just how people squinted in those days.

    s/ly / /g

    This post brought to you by the meme policing directorate.

    (Now I have two problems)
  • Bob 2013-08-02 12:43
    Hmmmm:
    Herr Otto Flick:
    Rightly or wrongly, that's just how people squinted in those days.

    s/ly / /g

    This post brought to you by the meme policing directorate.

    (Now I have two problems)
    Please show some sensitivity! My son was a grammer nazi once and let me assure you,
    now it was no laughing lemon party!
  • Jake 2013-08-02 13:15
    that regexp will result in "Right or wrongly,...".
  • Riche 2013-08-02 13:28
    It's an Airbus A320. I've worked on their maintenance documentation, I'm not surprised.
  • xaade 2013-08-02 14:27
    Bob:
    Hmmmm:
    Herr Otto Flick:
    Rightly or wrongly, that's just how people squinted in those days.

    s/ly / /g

    This post brought to you by the meme policing directorate.

    (Now I have two problems)
    Please show some sensitivity! My son was a grammer nazi once and let me assure you,
    now it was no laughing lemon party!


    Lemon party!!!!

    I don't want your lemons.... your house down.... the lemons... life take... back.

    Cheese party!!!

    Do you mind? ...doing the fish-stick.... call me Ann-Marie... flayed alive... and skip rope... wabbaJACK!



  • cheapie 2013-08-02 15:36
    I don't see what's so "windy" about misaligned seats.
  • nopony 2013-08-02 15:48
    TRWTF is that the guys in 8A and 9F were certainly charged an extra "comfort" fee for all that extra leg room they have.

    I remember when being clever plus booking early allowed you to sit in the exit row and get a little bonus room. Now they bend you over if you even think about sitting there. I'm waiting for the day when the seats all adjust fore and aft, and the distance between you and the seat in front is directly based on how much extra you're willing to pay (in relation to what everyone bid, of course).

    Captcha: tation - reversing the polarity of the tation field to open a wormhole would be easier than making flying comfortable.
  • da Doctah 2013-08-02 15:57
    Scene from a 1950s comedy: maternity ward waiting room. Men in shirts with opened collars and loosened ties either pretend to read the newspaper or pace nervously back and forth while chain-smoking. The door swings open, and out steps a pretty nurse in a crisp white uniform. "Mister Madison?" she asks.

    The most nervous man in the place anxiously turns to face her. "Yes?"

    "Congratulations, Mister Madison", she smiles. "It's a waffle!"
  • Lone Marauder 2013-08-02 16:01
    Well, to be fair, that flight in the top pic was on an Airbus. They *do* have a habit of falling out of the sky...
  • Hannes 2013-08-02 18:08
    Lone Marauder:
    They *do* have a habit of falling out of the sky...


    They do?
  • anonymous234 2013-08-02 18:30
    Kuba:
    What the heck is up with those "you're never supposed to see that" strings? If nobody will see it, just make it an empty string and avoid at least some of the embarrassment. I can't but imagine that a typical Windows machine might waste a 4kb page of memory (in aggregate) on such strings. I work daily with microcontrollers that have a 12 bit data address space...

    If you were sitting in front of a button, and every time you pressed that button your computer allocated a 4kB page and filled it with gibberish, and you spent a full day (24 hours, no sleeping) pressing that button continuously like your life depended on it, there would still be no way you'd manage to fill half the RAM of an average computer today.
  • urza9814 2013-08-02 19:41
    IamI:
    Delivery confirmation request? Is that anything like a read receipt in outlook? I've relatively certain only terrible, terrible people use those. I have my options set up to reject all of those automatically.


    WHERE ARE THESE OPTIONS?!?
  • urza9814 2013-08-02 19:41
    Jake:
    that regexp will result in "Right or wrongly,...".


    ...in what parser? There's a 'g' at the end, that generally makes it global.
  • chubertdev 2013-08-02 20:04
    urza9814:
    IamI:
    Delivery confirmation request? Is that anything like a read receipt in outlook? I've relatively certain only terrible, terrible people use those. I have my options set up to reject all of those automatically.


    WHERE ARE THESE OPTIONS?!?


    http://email.about.com/od/outlooktips/qt/et_ignore_rec.htm
  • urza9814 2013-08-02 21:11
    chubertdev:
    urza9814:
    IamI:
    Delivery confirmation request? Is that anything like a read receipt in outlook? I've relatively certain only terrible, terrible people use those. I have my options set up to reject all of those automatically.


    WHERE ARE THESE OPTIONS?!?


    http://email.about.com/od/outlooktips/qt/et_ignore_rec.htm


    THANK YOU FOR GOOGLING THAT FOR ME!!!
  • tin 2013-08-02 21:44
    Lone Marauder:
    Well, to be fair, that flight in the top pic was on an Airbus. They *do* have a habit of falling out of the sky...


    Yes, yes. Just like Huawei, Airbus is definitely guilty of one thing... Being a vendor of products not made in USA.

    Faulty products, backdoors for spying, etc... Everyone's out to get the good ol' US of A because, well, who wouldn't want to be "American"?
  • Cheong 2013-08-02 22:07
    Btw, if the screen shot is taken recently, BNet is busy beta testing their desktop Apps (something like the Steam client). Don't be surprised if they break things once in a while when tweak the system to expose functions. (I'm a beta tester for that program)
  • Jim the Tool 2013-08-03 05:22
    "An embarrassing message will at least ensure that users will report the error. The fact that this made TDWTF sort of proves my point."

    But this message is pointless, because it's not interesting. It's better to say something like, "whoops, a horse ate something and so something broke" or another non-sequitur. This way the user will be more likely to remember, and report. And because you make each of these "should never be seen" messages unique, you'll be able to identify which path the user went down.

    CAPTCHA abico. I was hungry this morning, so I had abico.
  • F 2013-08-03 08:31
    urza9814:
    Jake:
    that regexp will result in "Right or wrongly,...".


    ...in what parser? There's a 'g' at the end, that generally makes it global.


    Global is irrelevant. The matched string appears only once.
  • fa2k 2013-08-03 12:50
    Bring Back TopCod3r:
    Bring Back TopCod3r:
    Dave:
    Strange. The TfL Countdown site claims that there is no stop no 35576. Clearly 'shopped!


    Wasn't just me then. Can see that it is tower hill (Soc Gen in the background gives it away). Think 54382 would be the correct code.


    Actually 54582, the photo is looking back not forwards. thanks streetview.


    Well thanks for your knowledge of London, but how about if the wrong station number was the cause of the problem, and threw the sign into a reboot loop or something. Or maybe the server just doesn't reply to authentication requests with the wrong number
  • Henny Bill 2013-08-03 23:09
    That baby-waffler does look an awful lot like a seat of some sort from far away.
  • defaultex 2013-08-04 04:51
    Gotta love .Net's typos. Sometimes they provide a nice chuckles when your brain is liquifying from boring boiler plate type work. Sometimes they lead you on wild goose chases with a single missing letter.
  • Dean Swift 2013-08-04 20:31
    most droll, sirrah!
  • Neil 2013-08-06 10:01
    Kuba:
    What the heck is up with those "you're never supposed to see that" strings?
    You weren't supposed to see it. The internal error code is NS_ERROR_BUT_DONT_SHOW_ALERT.
    Herr Otto Flick:
    We had this website that displayed an interstitial "searching..." page whern you submitted a search. This page, if the server had any unhandled errors, was too small and so triggered IE's wrapped error messages.

    This was not ideal - there was a button on the failed page to get you going again - so I was told to pad it, with HTML comments. So I stuck the monty python spam song in there, with 4k of random capitalisation of spam ("SPaM sPaM" etc).

    This worked well for about 2 years, until the page structure changed, or browsers changed (I wasn't working on it at this time), and suddenly if the page failed, all you saw was "Mrs. Bun: Have you got anything without spam in it?… SPAM SPAM SPAM SPAM".

    For a brief period, some people thought we'd been hacked...
    If it was a comment, it could have been a stray double-dash that confused a strict SGML browser (e.g. Firefox 3) into thinking that you'd ended your comment. (Firefox 4 is an HTML5 browser so it uses a different algorithm, although I believe its view source still highlights your error.)
  • Anon anon 2013-08-07 07:44
    Maciej:
    DonaldK:
    "Great serving suggestion".... not cool, bru. Not cool.


    True. I had a son that was served as a waffle, and let me assure you, it's no laughing matter.


    No laughing batter?
  • Not Sure 2013-08-07 16:12
    UnableToRetrieve is unoriginal....
  • Kasper 2013-08-09 11:38
    Herr Otto Flick:
    This page, if the server had any unhandled errors, was too small and so triggered IE's wrapped error messages.
    If I recall correctly they call those user friendly error messages. The idea is that they can show the same familiar error message to the user every time there is an error regardless of what the error is.
  • Kasper 2013-08-09 11:44
    Kuba:
    What the heck is up with those "you're never supposed to see that" strings? If nobody will see it, just make it an empty string
    The point is that they are recognizable. If you do see it, you know that looking in the source is the best chance you have for understanding the reason. And you have a string you can start searching for.