Classic WTF: Cursed and Re-Cursed

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  • Y 2012-11-22 07:54
    yyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyrst

    Ah, looks like Akismet is programmed to detect tree frog spam.
  • Anonymous Coward 2012-11-22 07:54
    Actually, the frogs are only the second plague; there are eight more to endure. Better say farewell to your firstborn now that you still can.
  • Mike 2012-11-22 08:07
    So, lazy scientists who begrudge work, known dodgy networks that somehow are tolerated for ages, acts of god and outback driving issues...

    And the lesson is to write better code!

    Now there is the wtf!
  • jokergirl 2012-11-22 08:07
    FrOK - Frog on Keyboard error?
  • Gaza Rullz 2012-11-22 08:09
    In the end it sorted out that the frog was a Chinese spy trying to steal valuable information from Graham's system
  • O4W 2012-11-22 08:17
    Bwahahahaaaa! I love it!

    (<pedant>You do know that frogs are amphibian, not reptilian, right?</pedant>)

    Oh and happy thanksgiving for those that do that sort of thing!
  • Warren 2012-11-22 08:20
    As usual the solution was just to rebiit
  • bjolling 2012-11-22 08:21
    O4W:
    <pedant>You do know that frogs are amphibian, not reptilian, right?</pedant>
    This is not pedantic :) The sentence about "de-bug-ging ... reptilian" made absolutely no sense to me. What bug? What reptilian? There is only a cute little frog. WTF is he talking about?
  • NPSF3000 2012-11-22 08:44
    Hehehe... I live near there. Well, 700km north of it :P
  • jc 2012-11-22 08:53
    aah, the cryptic errors and circumstances when you think murphy is hell bent on destroying you. We've all been there...
  • Princess 2012-11-22 09:17
    If only someone had made the cognitive leap to frogure out that all you have to do is kiss a cursed project to turn it into a prince!
  • Anonymous 2012-11-22 09:23
    It was just F.O.K.ed
  • VictorSierraGolf 2012-11-22 09:41

    Always handle error conditions like connection issues, parasites, car accidents, frogs, floods, volcanoes, apocalypses


    You forgot nuklear strikes, alien invasions, cats and dogs living together, altering laws of physics, when 2+2 suddendly equals 5, the Rapture, spontaneous self ignition of the hardware, stray bullets hitting the system and, of course, the Spanish Inquisition. Emphasis on the latter, because expirience shows that nobody expects the Spanish Inquisition.
  • Julia 2012-11-22 10:02
    You also forgot when users plug the kettle into the same four-way as the server, then fail to realise the 100% correlation between unexplained downtime and tea breaks...
  • Adrian 2012-11-22 10:26
    I'm very disappointed in this article.

    Specifically, I'm disappointed to see that the picture of the frog wasn't hosted on yfrog.com.
  • Matteo 2012-11-22 10:42
    ...and that's why locking your screen while you're away is a good idea?
  • linepro 2012-11-22 11:30
    Did they use kermit to transfer the data?
  • captcha:tego 2012-11-22 11:36
    Maybe the lesson to learn is that general-purpose computers aren't good at working autonomously for months?

    They are susceptible to faulty parts, faulty software, power outages (you can't fix those but you could at least send a status signal) frogs sitting on keyboard, requiring a long trip just to hit a reset button or plug something in.

    A remote-controlled robot arm mounted on a motorized platform would have worked on some cases, but surely someone has tackled this problem before?
  • anonymouse 2012-11-22 11:54
    frogs eat bugs, frogs are de-buggers (but not reptiles)
  • foo 2012-11-22 12:49
    Classic Comment: Those who live in glass houses...

    O4W:
    (<pedant>You do know that frogs are amphibian, not reptilian, right?</pedant>)
    I wish all you ivory tower biology-wannabes would get off your high horses. Amphibians ARE reptiles! Do you even know what amphibians mean? They mean some animals. Reptiles are some animals. Now STFU.
  • Chris Brand 2012-11-22 12:49
    Critter Resting On A Key
  • foxyshadis 2012-11-22 12:51
    if(apocalypse_detected) { connect(SKYNET_IP); initiate_human_liquidation(); }
  • bar 2012-11-22 13:44
    Although that comment looks like a troll, I feel obliged to correct it. Amphibia and Reptilia are entirely different branches of vertebrates (and reptiles are more closely related to mammals and birds than to amphibians).
  • Matthew 2012-11-22 14:29
    Frogs are amphibians, not reptiles. ;-)
  • Obnoxious Frog 2012-11-22 14:48
    foo:
    Amphibians ARE reptiles! Do you even know what amphibians mean? They mean some animals. Reptiles are some animals. Now STFU.


    Are you serious ?

    Both these claims are absolutely (and trivially) false.

    (note: etymology: amphi-bian =~ double (amphi-) life (bio), referring to living on both land and water).
  • pjt33 2012-11-22 16:48
    Mike:
    So, lazy scientists who begrudge work, known dodgy networks that somehow are tolerated for ages, acts of god and outback driving issues...

    And the lesson is to write better code!

    Now there is the wtf!

    The real lesson should be to unplug the keyboard when you're not using the computer.
  • Zemm 2012-11-22 17:44
    For the record, one pronounces Mackay like with a long I sound (like the word "I").

    Also, the floods took out YouTube. Mackay floods all the time: https://www.google.com.au/search?q=mackay+floods
  • Veldan 2012-11-22 18:08
    700Km is close by Australian standards.

    I visited Mackay when we had our boat at Hamilton Islands. The only thing I remember is the god like amount of alcohol the average inhabitant drank.

    Surprised that wasn't the problem when I heard the name...
  • Veldan 2012-11-22 18:17
    Also, while we're being pedantic Wollongong to Mackay is closer to 2000Km (1850~Km) than 1500Km.

    Additionally, if you're familiar with the Australia highway system this will take you 25 hours of driving (breaks, slow drivers, etc etc).

    Found this out the hard way driving from Sydney to Townsville every summer...
  • Iminuru 2012-11-22 19:16
    I can't immagine the wtf.

    Captcha:
    dolor - color with odor.
  • InfoSteve 2012-11-22 19:30
    Geckos stuck in cooling fans, gecko crap corroding circuits. Humidity so high water compresses out of the air at fan speed, spraying the inside of cases. Salt air corrosion. I love the tropics...

    Cyclone Yasi! I pissed in the eye of the storm!
  • Simwell 2012-11-22 19:50
    Zemm:
    For the record, one pronounces Mackay like with a long I sound (like the word "I").

    Also, the floods took out YouTube. Mackay floods all the time: https://www.google.com.au/search?q=mackay+floods
    And yet banana Benders (@yankee = Queenslanders) insist that they live in God's Country.

    I guess the bible talks about wiping people out with floods too....
  • Shawn 2012-11-22 19:53
    Veldan:
    Also, while we're being pedantic Wollongong to Mackay is closer to 2000Km (1850~Km) than 1500Km.

    Additionally, if you're familiar with the Australia highway system this will take you 25 hours of driving (breaks, slow drivers, etc etc).

    Found this out the hard way driving from Sydney to Townsville every summer...
    Err....of course.....
    2000KM @ 100km/h = 20 hours, but given fuel breaks, rests and the occasional roadwork or town you'd never manage to average more than about 80km/h - actually, now 25 hours is starting to sound unrealistic to me....

    (used to do ADL->CBR/CBR->ADL a lot (about 1200KM and rarely did it in less than about 15 hours....Hit a dead skippy once too - found some nice green Kangaroo Steaks faslling off underneath the car later that week....)
  • Norman Diamond 2012-11-23 07:06
    Submit bugs here:
    http://www.bitboost.com/pawsense/
    and ask them to detect frogs.
  • Norman Diamond 2012-11-23 07:07
    WTF? Why did Akismet allow my non-spam to be posted the way I typed it? That is very un-Akismet-like.
  • Ollie 2012-11-23 08:23
    Arrk. RRRRbt. Fail.
  • Shinobu 2012-11-23 09:13
    Wow! An ytram in the flesh!
  • DanDan 2012-11-23 12:09
    Frogs will float if you put them near a magnet.
  • Oliver Ruebenacker 2012-11-23 14:12
    Frogs are amphibians, not reptiles :P
  • Andi 2012-11-24 06:09
    That kind of thing happens only to people who don't lock their screens before leaving the computer...
  • Ray 2012-11-25 08:41

    BBS software I once wrote (back when dialup BBS's were a thing) had a "disable feline input" configuration option to disable keyboard input until a password was typed.

    It isn't the sort of thing you think about until it happens. Even then, you have to give it a name that reminds people of *Why* they might want to use it, because they won't think of it either, until it happens.
  • Harbinger 2012-11-25 21:55
    I remember when I was doing support for a schools program in Queensland, a particular school on a remote island was always having computer issues, because geckoes would creep into the comms box and munch through something vital or other (they weren't perticularly fussy), electrocuting themselves in the process. It would be weeks before a particular Telco could organise a tecnician to catch a series of planes and boats in order to get to the island, and then fix things. And within a week, sure as eggs, another gecko would wander along...
  • David Nuttall 2012-11-26 01:02
    Maybe the level of alcohol consumption is why a car killed the power for the area.
  • Jasper 2012-11-26 05:47
    After debugging the reptilian de-bugger...

    Well, that didn't help, since there wasn't a reptile involved...
  • Lockwood 2012-11-26 10:04
    The password was yyyyyyyyyyyyy
  • Ben R 2012-11-26 14:08
    PEHOK

    Problem Exists Hoping On Keyboard
  • JJ 2012-11-26 17:11
    Zemm:
    For the record, one pronounces Mackay like with a long I sound (like the word "I").

    So then it sounds like "Mike eye"?
  • Some Random Texan 2012-11-26 17:14
    ??? hopping?

    And... I give up. Just can't make sense of it.
  • EvilCodeMonkey 2012-11-26 17:19
    Wow, his software bugs have evolved into keyboard frogs.




    This was my favorite comment the last time this story came up. I just had to repost it for the benefit of the new readers.
  • furiant 2012-11-27 08:42
    Connection Reset On Amphibian Keypress
  • LAN3 2012-11-27 12:18
    Frogs are amphibians, not reptiles. That means they spend part of their life-cycle as water creatures and part as land-creatures. They're excellent debuggers in both modes, however.
  • Jason Masters 2012-11-28 04:52
    The RWTF is that frogs are amphibians, not reptiles...
  • Neil 2012-11-28 12:24
    pjt33:
    The real lesson should be to unplug the keyboard when you're not using the computer.
    Keyboard not present - press F1 to continue.
  • Randy Snicker 2012-12-06 15:32
    roughly 1500km (~932mi)

    Roughly?
  • Ablue 2012-12-19 00:36
    This made me laugh. At the time I was working for the service provider in question with the faulty device drivers. That brings back memories, hellish memories.