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  • värttinä 2009-03-03 08:01
    To boldly go where no bit has gone before.
  • ais523 2009-03-03 08:10
    I assume the nVidia one is attempting to specify a specific version of Windows (note the space before the dot), but somehow managed to fail.
  • Jesper 2009-03-03 08:11
    The real WTF with signs like the first one is that apparently the sales people who print out and put up those signs in their shops don't even look at the sign themselves before putting them up in their shop!
  • pjt33 2009-03-03 08:13
    ais523:
    I assume the nVidia one is attempting to specify a specific version of Windows (note the space before the dot), but somehow managed to fail.

    My guess is that it's looking for C:\WINDOWS and failing because it's called WINNT or on a different drive.
  • Commenter Name 2009-03-03 08:16
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  • seconddevil 2009-03-03 08:24
    Jesper:
    The real WTF with signs like the first one is that apparently the sales people who print out and put up those signs in their shops don't even look at the sign themselves before putting them up in their shop!

    Never underestimate the depths of human stupidity
  • Anon 2009-03-03 08:27
    So if an application was < 1 byte you can download it out of thin air?
  • akatherder 2009-03-03 08:29
    seconddevil:
    Jesper:
    The real WTF with signs like the first one is that apparently the sales people who print out and put up those signs in their shops don't even look at the sign themselves before putting them up in their shop!

    Never underestimate the depths of human stupidity


    These people generally have a shitload of signs and a very limited amount of time to place them. This isn't Pops handcrafting a sign for the general store his family has owned since the Civil War.

    Along that line of thought, have you ever had a bug in your code? What are you, blind or stupid?
  • Robert 2009-03-03 08:30
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  • blub 2009-03-03 08:31
    pjt33:
    ais523:
    I assume the nVidia one is attempting to specify a specific version of Windows (note the space before the dot), but somehow managed to fail.

    My guess is that it's looking for C:\WINDOWS and failing because it's called WINNT or on a different drive.


    My guess is that it's trying to detect if it's executed under a wine enviroment.
  • Captain Facts 2009-03-03 08:32
    Anon:
    So if an application was < 1 byte you can download it out of thin air?

    Yup. Even if you down all of your network interfaces, you can still download zero-byte files using
    touch
    .
  • Captain Facts 2009-03-03 08:34
    Captain Facts:
    ...you can still download zero-byte files using
    touch
    .

    Wow. The real WTF here is that "BBCode" apparently changes 'code', an inline element, into a block-level one, probably 'pre'. Sigh. IT ARE SO MUCH EASIERS THAN PROGRAMMINGS IN TEH HTMLS.
  • smeg 2009-03-03 08:36
    pjt33:
    ais523:
    I assume the nVidia one is attempting to specify a specific version of Windows (note the space before the dot), but somehow managed to fail.

    My guess is that it's looking for C:\WINDOWS and failing because it's called WINNT or on a different drive.


    My guess is that nVidia doesn't consider Vista to be a version of Windows
  • Dan 2009-03-03 08:36
    Yup, It's quite easy to download the entire set of possible 1 byte apps, without ever connecting to the network.
  • Vollhorst 2009-03-03 08:38
    Jesper:
    The real WTF with signs like the first one is that apparently the sales people who print out and put up those signs in their shops don't even look at the sign themselves before putting them up in their shop!
    If it would be my job to put up those faulty signs I would give a damn about what is on them. Most likely I would commit suicide anyway but why the fuck should I care about those signs? You don't get paid to think on that job, do you?
  • Gary Hall 2009-03-03 08:39
    Anon:
    So if an application was < 1 byte you can download it out of thin air?


    Yes, it just guesses the required bits, asking you if it's right each time...

    Is it 0000001?
    Is it 0000010?
    Is it 0000011?
    etc...

    They thought guessing >1 byte's worth of bits would be annoying.
  • Bobbo 2009-03-03 08:40
    I don't normally defend them, but I don't see how the last one is a WTF.

    It's caused by clicking on a button/link/whatever that says 'disagree' when you're not logged in; same happens when you click 'agree' or 'alert moderator'.

    Just sayin' like!
  • Paula Abdul 2009-03-03 08:44
    Paul misses the point completely. He cannot have an opinion until he logs in because then and only then will he be presented with a dialogue box that has an option other than "OK". It could be "OK" and "Not OK"/"Cancel"/"Close"/"Undefined"/"The Jungian Thing" but you won't know until you log in. So get to logging Paul.
  • Bas 2009-03-03 08:44
    Bobbo:
    I don't normally defend them, but I don't see how the last one is a WTF.

    It's caused by clicking on a button/link/whatever that says 'disagree' when you're not logged in; same happens when you click 'agree' or 'alert moderator'.

    Just sayin' like!


    It is when out of context :) About the iPod Touch one, probably some message which should never occur but has occured because of a connection dropout... or something like that :)
  • AndyL 2009-03-03 08:45
    I understand why signs with negative markdowns are a WTF, but what's wrong with the ones with small markdowns?

    Perhaps the store thinks that the price is a good price and worth advertising, even if it's virtually identical to their existing good price? There's nothing wrong with that. There's no law that says every time you put up a sign you have to slash prices.

    The sign doesn't even say "SALE" it says "AS ADVERTISED".
  • Someone 2009-03-03 08:46
    I might be stupid but I don't get the 7 billion one... What is off about it? Seems to read about fine to me.

  • steenbergh 2009-03-03 08:52
    I wanted to disagree with Paul, but I'm too lazy to log on...
  • Voodoo Coder 2009-03-03 08:52
    Jesper:
    The real WTF with signs like the first one is that apparently the sales people who print out and put up those signs in their shops don't even look at the sign themselves before putting them up in their shop!


    I take it you've never been to Wal-mart? Or any other retail environment?

    Of course, not all the employees are complete morons...but the hiring standard there does permit for mongoloids to mindlessly tack things up in whatever manner is easiest, between smoke breaks and naps.

    That, and the general discontent of working in such an environment leads one to say things like "Yeah, I hung that screwed up sign. I don't turn my brain on for less than 9 bucks an hour, you pay me 8".
  • Pim 2009-03-03 08:54
    Someone:
    I might be stupid but I don't get the 7 billion one... What is off about it? Seems to read about fine to me.
    Oh, you see a lot of chip manufacturing plants that look like that?
  • SenTree 2009-03-03 08:56
    Someone:
    I might be stupid but I don't get the 7 billion one... What is off about it? Seems to read about fine to me.

    Yep. Intel is an enterprise, the picture is an Enterprise, what's the problem ?
  • Coward 2009-03-03 08:56
    The whole thestar.com website is ridiculous:
    Even stranger is the Alert Moderator button: "You must be logged in to mark is as offensive". What if I wanted to alert the moderator of a fantastic comment?
  • Val 2009-03-03 08:58
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  • Smash King 2009-03-03 09:06
    SenTree:
    Someone:
    I might be stupid but I don't get the 7 billion one... What is off about it? Seems to read about fine to me.

    Yep. Intel is an enterprise, the picture is an Enterprise, what's the problem ?
    The problem is the typo. That "chip" should be a "ship"
  • Smyle 2009-03-03 09:12
    TRWTF on the first one: WTF is a "T/STRA P/PAY B/BND"?
  • RBoy 2009-03-03 09:16
    Enough with the google news wtf's. It happens all the time. At least once a week.

    The joke loses it's tristique when you realize how often it happens
  • britne 2009-03-03 09:18
    even better, its a "next-generation" chip/ship...
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    Would someone please, PLEASE turn off this retarded perl script!!!
  • Jim Cooper 2009-03-03 09:22
    AndyL:
    I understand why signs with negative markdowns are a WTF, but what's wrong with the ones with small markdowns?


    In Australia we no longer have 1 or 2 cent pieces :-)
  • Perl scripts unite! 2009-03-03 09:28
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    Would someone please, PLEASE turn off this retarded perl script!!!


    The commenting system has detected that the perl script is not retarded. It is our friend, we loves it we does. The caller of names will now be terminated. With sticks and stones.
  • Pennies go to heaven 2009-03-03 09:32
    Jim Cooper:
    AndyL:
    I understand why signs with negative markdowns are a WTF, but what's wrong with the ones with small markdowns?

    In Australia we no longer have 1 or 2 cent pieces :-)

    Lucky you - "they" were looking to pass similar legislation here in Canada, people were freaking out, businesses were stating it was the beginning of the end, and "they" backed off of it. Yet more and more businesses don't give pennies, and will round to 5 cents. Nobody complains about rounding errors. I'm sure we'll see some TDWTF's about idiot penny-rounding code sooner or later. Should start a pool until when it first shows up! :D
  • Addison 2009-03-03 09:49
    Since it was over 1 byte and needed to be connected to download does that mean something under one byte doesn't require it to be connected in order to download? Because that would be impressive.

    Catcha: appellatio- giving your fencing partner head?
  • Pine Scented 2009-03-03 09:54
    akatherder:
    seconddevil:
    Jesper:
    The real WTF with signs like the first one is that apparently the sales people who print out and put up those signs in their shops don't even look at the sign themselves before putting them up in their shop!

    Never underestimate the depths of human stupidity


    These people generally have a shitload of signs and a very limited amount of time to place them. This isn't Pops handcrafting a sign for the general store his family has owned since the Civil War.

    Along that line of thought, have you ever had a bug in your code? What are you, blind or stupid?
    Blind xor stupid? :)
  • Anonymous 2009-03-03 10:05
    I disagree.

    Captcha: the proof that I'm not logged in.
  • DaveK 2009-03-03 10:06
    Dan:
    Yup, It's quite easy to download the entire set of possible 1 byte apps, without ever connecting to the network.
    Download from where?

    I think you mean "create from scratch", or "not download" as it's also known.
  • Anonymous 2009-03-03 10:11
    Anonymous:
    I disagree.

    Captcha: the proof that I'm not logged in.

    I should have done it like this:

    Captcha:

    The proof that I'm not logged in.
  • monkeyPushButton 2009-03-03 10:12
    smeg:

    My guess is that nVidia doesn't consider Vista to be a version of Windows
    Well, that's one thing going for nVidia.
  • mIKe 2009-03-03 10:12
    Just as a point with the saving a penny thing. Chances are that it was in an ad (hence: As Advertised). Chances are if you don't have the sign there, that a customer is going to come in and make a fuss saying "Your ad says it is less!". Given a choice between putting up the sign or arguing with said customer, the sign goes up.
  • Anonymous 2009-03-03 10:15
    Anonymous:
    Anonymous:
    I disagree.

    Captcha: the proof that I'm not logged in.

    I should have done it like this:

    Captcha:

    The proof that I'm not logged in.


    Actually I should have done it like this:

    and then it would change colour every time you pressed F5.

    :-)
  • Cyclops 2009-03-03 10:15
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  • Orbstart 2009-03-03 10:16
    Anonymous:
    Anonymous:
    I disagree.

    Captcha: the proof that I'm not logged in.

    I should have done it like this:

    Captcha:

    The proof that I'm not logged in.


    That's not proof, you could have photoshopped that image.
  • Loren Pechtel 2009-03-03 10:30
    Bobbo:
    I don't normally defend them, but I don't see how the last one is a WTF.

    It's caused by clicking on a button/link/whatever that says 'disagree' when you're not logged in; same happens when you click 'agree' or 'alert moderator'.

    Just sayin' like!


    You stole my thoughts! This is nothing but poor wording--it should be something like "You have to be logged into vote".
  • housecaldwell 2009-03-03 10:36
    The Computer:
    You must be logged in to disagree. Logging in is Treason. Disagreeing is Treason. Treason is punishable by death of clone. Do you want to login or disagree, Citizen?

    Have a nice Daycycle!
  • evanm 2009-03-03 10:37
    smeg:
    pjt33:
    ais523:
    I assume the nVidia one is attempting to specify a specific version of Windows (note the space before the dot), but somehow managed to fail.

    My guess is that it's looking for C:\WINDOWS and failing because it's called WINNT or on a different drive.


    My guess is that nVidia doesn't consider Vista to be a version of Windows


    My guess would be that he's trying to install the drivers on Windows 7, especially since their mobile, not desktop drivers. Not a huge WTF IMO.
  • avflinsch 2009-03-03 10:40
    Anon:
    So if an application was < 1 byte you can download it out of thin air?


    Only if it was exactly zero bytes. If it were a negative number of bytes, you would need a connection to return them.

  • Anon 2009-03-03 10:48
    avflinsch:
    Anon:
    So if an application was < 1 byte you can download it out of thin air?


    Only if it was exactly zero bytes. If it were a negative number of bytes, you would need a connection to return them.



    Actually, I guess I mistyped. I should have said <= 1 byte since the message only says > 1 byte. Obviously if it's zero bytes, it's not a problem.
  • Anon 2009-03-03 10:48
    Anon:
    avflinsch:
    Anon:
    So if an application was < 1 byte you can download it out of thin air?


    Only if it was exactly zero bytes. If it were a negative number of bytes, you would need a connection to return them.



    Actually, I guess I mistyped. I should have said <= 1 byte since the message only says > 1 byte. Obviously if it's zero bytes, it's not a problem.


    BTW, if anybody want's my one byte app it's 157. There, I've saved you from having to download it.
  • Anonymous 2009-03-03 10:53
    TRWTF: It can download less than one byte *without* being connected to a wireless network? I mean, that's only a few bits, but boy are they magical bits.
  • Half-blind 2009-03-03 11:13
    I'm sorry, could you spell out the title, "Every Penis Cu..." what?
  • DROP DATABASE comments; 2009-03-03 11:19
    Note that you don't have to be logged in to agree.
  • Democracy, dude 2009-03-03 11:31
    DROP DATABASE comments;:
    Note that you don't have to be logged in to agree.

    Yeah, and to log in you have to register first, giving out your address, mobile and marital status. Then wait for a confirmation e-mail, and then complete a short 100-question survey.
    If you wouldn't change your mind by that time – well, you can surely disagree then. At worst we'll find you.
  • Share the pain 2009-03-03 12:02
    Looks like the 0.007% discount is all that poor telecoms can offer these hard times.
    Don't they stick the "up to 0.007% off" labels there in Australia yet?
  • Duncan 2009-03-03 12:10
    blub:
    pjt33:
    ais523:
    I assume the nVidia one is attempting to specify a specific version of Windows (note the space before the dot), but somehow managed to fail.

    My guess is that it's looking for C:\WINDOWS and failing because it's called WINNT or on a different drive.


    My guess is that it's trying to detect if it's executed under a wine enviroment.


    I've seen that before, was caused by some windows dlls being modified (stuff like alternative boot screen, etcs)
  • Charles400 2009-03-03 12:11
    Only $7 billion? Gee, for the cost of Obama's stimulus package, we can buy a fleet of 112 of starships.

    Make it so!
  • Anonymous 2009-03-03 12:13
    Orbstart:
    Anonymous:
    Anonymous:
    I disagree.

    Captcha: the proof that I'm not logged in.

    I should have done it like this:

    Captcha:

    The proof that I'm not logged in.


    That's not proof, you could have photoshopped that image.

    You're right of course, which is why I offered the live version.

    Captcha:
  • Buddy 2009-03-03 12:13
    Anon:
    BTW, if anybody want's my one byte app it's 157. There, I've saved you from having to download it.


    Is it freeware? If not, do you have a trial version? We're kind of strict here about running applications without appropriate licenses.
  • Spectre 2009-03-03 12:41
    Anonymous:

    Captcha:



    TRWTF is that CaptchaImage.aspx returns img/jpeg as the media type.
  • Anonymous 2009-03-03 13:09
    Spectre:
    Anonymous:

    Captcha:



    TRWTF is that CaptchaImage.aspx returns img/jpeg as the media type.
    So, that's why I get a "Download/Open/Save" dialog when I try to open it directly in a new tab. Also, FTFY:
    Spectre:

    TRWTF is CS, as always

    Captcha:
  • Random832 2009-03-03 13:34
    Captain Facts:
    Captain Facts:
    ...you can still download zero-byte files using
    touch
    .

    Wow. The real WTF here is that "BBCode" apparently changes 'code', an inline element, into a block-level one, probably 'pre'. Sigh. IT ARE SO MUCH EASIERS THAN PROGRAMMINGS IN TEH HTMLS.


    Who says [code] is an inline element? You must be thinking of <code>. you got it wrong and you are blaming the software
  • Share the pain 2009-03-03 13:55
    Soumya Srivastava snapped these photos of the actual packaging for a Wall-E pencil sharpener.
    ...

    Hey, is there an Autopilot-like sharpener as well?

    If so, would be nice if its program was as blank as the packaging. Always wished to have my own tabula-rasa HAL at home! ^_^
  • Moogal 2009-03-03 14:04
    I got a strange sense of deja vu reading this, then realised that the Telstra one was mentioned on Radio 4's "The News Quiz" back at the beginning of the month.
  • Deja vu? 2009-03-03 14:08
    Moogal:
    I got a strange sense of deja vu reading this, then realised that the Telstra one was mentioned on Radio 4's "The News Quiz" back at the beginning of the month.

    Did they want $149.01 for that item before?
    Prices falling non-stop.
  • Commenter name 2009-03-03 14:14
    The website in use is not TDWTF. This comment is designed to be posted only on TDWTF. Since it is over 1 bytes, you must be logged in to disagree. On the plus side, the price has been slashed from $7,000,000,000 to $6,999,999,999.99.
  • AC 2009-03-03 14:15
    TRWTF here is selling crap based on the movie Wall-E. Didn't they watch the movie first!?
  • iPod Touch 2009-03-03 14:36
    Regarding the 1 byte, the same message template appears for the iPhone, as it does not allow app downloads larger than X (like 10 meg or something) to be performed over EDGE or 3G. (A requirement of the carrier I assume, the real WTF since we are paying for an 'unlimited' data connection.) Since the iPod doesn't have an EDGE or 3G connection, it always must be connected to WIFI to download. (Though of course this would be > 0 bytes.) So they were lazy and rather than making another message just for the iPod, they set it to 1B instead of 10MB.
  • n 2009-03-03 15:01
    AC:
    TRWTF here is selling crap based on the movie Wall-E. Didn't they watch the movie first!?

    I am sure they did, but you know, its just an animated fiction movie, that could never happen on Earth.

    Err, are you saying that the dump that they called Earth in the movie is the one that we are on now...

    :)
  • shakir 2009-03-03 15:14
    I dunno but you could programme it faster than typing in a phone number
  • n 2009-03-03 15:14
    Vollhorst:
    Jesper:
    The real WTF with signs like the first one is that apparently the sales people who print out and put up those signs in their shops don't even look at the sign themselves before putting them up in their shop!
    If it would be my job to put up those faulty signs I would give a damn about what is on them. Most likely I would commit suicide anyway but why the fuck should I care about those signs? You don't get paid to think on that job, do you?

    No you don't get paid to think, especially when you are the monkey that gets to put the signage out. Thinking causes problems for the managers.

    As a former signage monkey, I would usually check the signs as I put them up, but when you have hundreds to put up and only 1-2 hours to do it in you don't really care that much. As long as the sign is not blatantly wrong you put it up anyway. Usually someone else will come along with a scanner looking for missing signs and fix that one as well, but this assumes that who ever follows is paying attention and has the time to fix such a minor issue.

    If fact your lucky that the sign is in the correct spot at all.

    As an aside, Wal-mart is a perfect example of this, their prices go up and down but because they never have a "sale" deceptive marketing laws do not apply. So they say this is the price now and this is what it was and look we "rolled back our prices". What they don't say is that the old price is what they bumped it to for the long weekend or something. /rant
  • Orbstart 2009-03-03 15:34
    AC:
    TRWTF here is selling crap based on the movie Wall-E. Didn't they watch the movie first!?

    They were too busy enjoying their cupcakes-in-a-cup.
  • DWalker 2009-03-03 15:34
    Vollhorst:
    If it would be my job to put up those faulty signs I would give a damn about what is on them. Most likely I would commit suicide anyway but why the fuck should I care about those signs? You don't get paid to think on that job, do you?


    Is it just me, or does your thinking change radically from the first part where you say you DO care, then you say you DON'T care. Pick one and stick with it!

  • DWalker 2009-03-03 15:37
    RBoy:
    Enough with the google news wtf's. It happens all the time. At least once a week.

    The joke loses it's tristique when you realize how often it happens


    Loses its what? (Besides the unneccessary apostrophe?)
  • Nobody 2009-03-03 15:38
    After high school I used to work in a supermarket. I used to make and print signs like these for the meat and seafood departments. Before I got caught I used to include absurd little comments in the small print.

    For example if the sign says.
    "Frozen Snow Crab Legs $2.99/lb"
    I would insert in tiny text at the bottom:
    "Elvis' last meal consisted of snow crab and pancake batter"

    Then I would stand back and watch as 95% of people would never notice it. But what was fun was watching the 5% who did notice. Their reaction ran the gamut from smiles and double-takes to rolling with laughter and pointing it out to other people.

    My point is when you are a minimum wage monkey sometimes you have to make your own fun. Don't assume things like this are a mistake.
  • Nobody 2009-03-03 15:40
    DWalker:
    RBoy:
    Enough with the google news wtf's. It happens all the time. At least once a week.

    The joke loses it's tristique when you realize how often it happens


    Loses its what? (Besides the unneccessary apostrophe?)


    Tristique is a perfectly cromulent word.
  • Gwyn 2009-03-03 16:18
    I just wrote 156 - it's a virus though so I wouldn't download it if I were you.
  • Jay 2009-03-03 16:21
    Anon:
    BTW, if anybody want's my one byte app it's 157. There, I've saved you from having to download it.


    I believe I have found a bug in this application.

    Here's the patch: 93.
  • ysth 2009-03-03 16:22
    Anon:
    BTW, if anybody want's my one byte app it's 157. There, I've saved you from having to download it.
    FWIW:

    $ perl -we'print chr 157' | file -
    /dev/stdin: very short file (no magic)
  • Jay 2009-03-03 16:24
    I once saw a sign in a department store that said, "On sale: $99.95 / Regular price: $109.95" And I thought to myself, I really don't believe you. The regular price is $109.95? Wouldn't that violate the Law of Price Points?
  • andrew 2009-03-03 16:40
    And by reading that, it's been delivered over the internet, thus downloading. thanks for wasting my precious download limit on your crappy app
  • Anone 2009-03-03 17:28
    Smyle:
    TRWTF on the first one: WTF is a "T/STRA P/PAY B/BND"?


    Telstra Prepaid Broadband
  • Sork 2009-03-03 17:29
    Anon:
    BTW, if anybody want's my one byte app it's 157. There, I've saved you from having to download it.


    That is part of an illegal prime. I must ask you to remove it from the internet at once.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Illegal_prime
  • Eternal Density 2009-03-03 18:19
    (okay, I forgot that the delete button is broken)
  • Eternal Density 2009-03-03 18:20
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  • Zemm 2009-03-03 18:33
    Pennies go to heaven:
    Jim Cooper:
    AndyL:
    I understand why signs with negative markdowns are a WTF, but what's wrong with the ones with small markdowns?

    In Australia we no longer have 1 or 2 cent pieces :-)

    Lucky you - "they" were looking to pass similar legislation here in Canada, people were freaking out, businesses were stating it was the beginning of the end, and "they" backed off of it. Yet more and more businesses don't give pennies, and will round to 5 cents. Nobody complains about rounding errors. I'm sure we'll see some TDWTF's about idiot penny-rounding code sooner or later. Should start a pool until when it first shows up! :D


    I like not having to worry about the copper coins! "They" were even talking about removing 5c pieces too, but I haven't heard anything about that in years.

    You can pay with EFTPOS/credit if you really want to save the cent.
  • Zemm 2009-03-03 18:36
    Anone:
    Smyle:
    TRWTF on the first one: WTF is a "T/STRA P/PAY B/BND"?


    Telstra Prepaid Broadband


    Prepaid is better when it comes to Telstra so that you don't get bills for thousands of dollars.
  • DaveK 2009-03-03 18:39
    Anon:
    Anon:
    avflinsch:
    Anon:
    So if an application was < 1 byte you can download it out of thin air?


    Only if it was exactly zero bytes. If it were a negative number of bytes, you would need a connection to return them.



    Actually, I guess I mistyped. I should have said <= 1 byte since the message only says > 1 byte. Obviously if it's zero bytes, it's not a problem.


    BTW, if anybody want's my one byte app it's 157. There, I've saved you from having to download it.
    BTW, if anybody wants any of my one byte apps, they're 0 to 156 and 158 to 255. And you'll have to pay - I've patented them.

    Lawyers letters are about to go out to the two infringers upthread.
  • DaveK 2009-03-03 18:43
    Jay:
    Anon:
    BTW, if anybody want's my one byte app it's 157. There, I've saved you from having to download it.


    I believe I have found a bug in this application.

    Here's the patch: 93.
    Patches are usually supplied as deltas. That's a whole other application.

    Oh, waitaminnit, I geddit! This is one of those "I found a bug in windows, does anyone have a solution?" "Yes, install Linux" exchanges, isn't it? That reminds me of an old joke:

    -105
    ROFL. That one still cracks me up every time.

  • darkmattar 2009-03-03 19:09
    DaveK:

    Anon:

    BTW, if anybody want's my one byte app it's 157. There, I've saved you from having to download it.

    BTW, if anybody wants any of my one byte apps, they're 0 to 156 and 158 to 255. And you'll have to pay - I've patented them.

    Lawyers letters are about to go out to the two infringers upthread.

    Your apps are obviously all insecure since they are apparently unsigned.

    Buy my secure and signed apps:
    -114, -111, and -42.

    Furthermore, I have patented secure signed 1 byte apps altogether, so if any of the rest of you want to write signed 1byte apps you'll have to pay royalties.
  • SurturZ 2009-03-03 22:21
    No, I don't need to be logged in to disagree.
  • Sanity 2009-03-03 23:43
    Anon:
    So if an application was < 1 byte you can download it out of thin air?

    Well, <= 1 byte...

    And no, my understand is, you could pull it out of 3G. Not that it's any less funny, but it looks like he has exactly 1 byte left on his 3G plan (or it's a genuine bug).
  • Chris Tomkinson 2009-03-04 02:23
    March 4, 2009

    TheDailyWTF
    C/O Copyright Agent for Notice of Claims of Copyright Infringement

    DMCA Notice of Copyright Infringement

    Dear Mr. Alex Papadimoulis

    I, Chris Tomkinson, certify under penalty of perjury, that I am an agent authorized to act on behalf of the owner of certain intellectual property rights.

    I have a good faith belief that the items or materials listed below are not authorized by law for use by the above named domain name owner or their agents and therefore infringes the copyright owner's rights. I hereby demand that you act expeditiously to remove or disable access to the material or items claimed to be infringing.

    Allegedly Infringing items or materials:

    * Custom Facebook Application
    * Bugfix Patch for Application

    Infringing material that I demand be disabled or removed in consideration of the above:

    http://thedailywtf.com/Comments/Every-Penny-Counts.aspx?pg=2#247189
    http://thedailywtf.com/Comments/Every-Penny-Counts.aspx?pg=2#247296

    Location of ORIGINAL WORKS:
    http://tomkinson.synthasite.com/

    My electronic signature follows:

    Sincerely,
    /s/ Chris Tomkinson
  • DaveK 2009-03-04 02:53
    Chris Tomkinson:
    March 4, 2009

    TheDailyWTF
    C/O Copyright Agent for Notice of Claims of Copyright Infringement

    DMCA Notice of Copyright Infringement

    Dear Mr. Alex Papadimoulis

    I, Chris Tomkinson, certify under penalty of perjury, that I am an agent authorized to act on behalf of the owner of certain intellectual property rights.

    I have a good faith belief that the items or materials listed below are not authorized by law for use by the above named domain name owner or their agents and therefore infringes the copyright owner's rights. I hereby demand that you act expeditiously to remove or disable access to the material or items claimed to be infringing.

    Allegedly Infringing items or materials:

    * Custom Facebook Application
    * Bugfix Patch for Application

    Infringing material that I demand be disabled or removed in consideration of the above:

    http://thedailywtf.com/Comments/Every-Penny-Counts.aspx?pg=2#247189
    http://thedailywtf.com/Comments/Every-Penny-Counts.aspx?pg=2#247296

    Location of ORIGINAL WORKS:
    http://tomkinson.synthasite.com/

    My electronic signature follows:

    Sincerely,
    /s/ Chris Tomkinson
    See? I told you I had a lawyer. You guys shoulda listened while you had the chance. Now I'm going to take you to the cleaners.

    I'm going after Sesame Street next.
  • SenTree 2009-03-04 03:57
    Moogal:
    I got a strange sense of deja vu reading this, then realised that the Telstra one was mentioned on Radio 4's "The News Quiz" back at the beginning of the month.

    I've noticed this a lot on Radio 4's comedy shows in the last few years. The web makes researchers' jobs a lot easier, but it's bad when they broadcast stuff that was on Usenet five years ago - especially when two shows use the same item in the same week.
  • Ray 2009-03-04 05:32
    That Telstra one was completely out of context.

    Telstra did not set the price, the special price was from BigW when they were having a sale on Telstra Pre-paid wireless NextG broadband.

    The thing the post didn't say was that you paid 148.99 for the NextG broadband dongle and 0.01cents for the 59.00 Telstra NextG pre-paid mobile phone that came with it.

    I know this because i bought one of these when it was on sale at my local BigW.
  • John 2009-03-04 07:43
    In Oz, where Telstra lives, we don't refer to cents as 'pennies'.

    We stopped using pennies with 'decimalisation', decades ago.
  • DaveK 2009-03-04 12:38
    Gary Hall:
    Anon:
    So if an application was < 1 byte you can download it out of thin air?


    Yes, it just guesses the required bits, asking you if it's right each time...

    Is it 0000001?
    Is it 0000010?
    Is it 0000011?
    etc...

    No, that's not "downloading" either. You're giving the computer too much credit here - when I explicitly specify a pattern of bits to a computer, I call the activity "programming". And I get to charge a lot more for it than anybody will ever pay you to "download" something for them.

  • oglcm 2009-03-04 21:22
    The pixel-perfect screenshot of the iPhone App Store seems to indicate that it is running in either the simulator, or under the debugger; indicating that this is either a fake, or downloads from the App Store under such conditions were blocked by redefining the size limit to zero.
  • Isaac Eiland-Hall 2009-03-05 00:21
    So Intel is trying to build a Next Generation Star Chip?
  • anon 2009-03-05 00:54
    unfortunately, a byte can only count to 128, as the byte addressable numbers include 2^0 to 2^7 so unfortunately, that app is impossible
  • SenTree 2009-03-05 03:37
    Gary Hall:
    Anon:
    So if an application was < 1 byte you can download it out of thin air?


    Yes, it just guesses the required bits, asking you if it's right each time...

    Is it 0000001?
    Is it 0000010?
    Is it 0000011?
    etc...

    They thought guessing >1 byte's worth of bits would be annoying.

    Isn't that how quantum cryptography works ?
  • Quicksilver 2009-03-05 06:52
    Buddy:
    Anon:
    BTW, if anybody want's my one byte app it's 157. There, I've saved you from having to download it.


    Is it freeware? If not, do you have a trial version? We're kind of strict here about running applications without appropriate licenses.


    Don't use it there is much better 1-Byte software around.

    I have been very successfulyl using NaDa the last years.
    Have a look:

    http://www.bernardbelanger.com/computing/NaDa/index.php
  • DWalker 2009-03-05 11:39
    Ray:
    That Telstra one was completely out of context.

    Telstra did not set the price, the special price was from BigW when they were having a sale on Telstra Pre-paid wireless NextG broadband.

    The thing the post didn't say was that you paid 148.99 for the NextG broadband dongle and 0.01cents for the 59.00 Telstra NextG pre-paid mobile phone that came with it.

    I know this because i bought one of these when it was on sale at my local BigW.


    0.01 cents? Or 0.01 dollars? 0.01 cents is a hundredth of a cent.

    A local coffeeshop advertises greeting cards for .49 cents. Someday I'm going to buy two for a penny and tell them to keep the change.
  • DaveK 2009-03-05 13:08
    anon:
    unfortunately, a byte can only count to 128, as the byte addressable numbers include 2^0 to 2^7 so unfortunately, that app is impossible

    I didn't understand this, so I asked a friend of mine to explain it to me.
  • pmv 2009-03-05 20:14
    I'm guessing somebody already answered this for you, but I got sick of looking through the comments.

    It's wi-fi/iTunes as opposed to 3G. The non-buggy restriction is applications over 10megs have to be downloaded via wi-fi because 3G is too slow.
  • Vitaburst 2009-03-06 01:35
    For the last one, i think it may have been photoshopped. Some applications require you to connect to wi-fi if they are over 10 megabytes, so i see how someone could photoshop some out.
  • Benanov 2009-03-06 14:48
    Vitaburst:
    For the last one, i think it may have been photoshopped. Some applications require you to connect to wi-fi if they are over 10 megabytes, so i see how someone could photoshop some out.


    How about the Occam's razor explanation: Re-read the caption. That's NOT an iPhone, it's an iPod Touch.

    The amount of bytes you can download over a GPRS/EDGE connection with an iPod Touch is 0.

    The message is stupid and should be special-cased better, but at least it works.
  • AndyCR 2009-03-09 14:33
    Just wanted to answer a few questions and theories people had about the nVidia image.

    No, my Windows folder was just at C:\Windows as usual.

    No, it wasn't Windows 7. This happened in September of last year, but wasn't posted until now.

    To the best of my memory, I had no modifications to Windows. It was pretty much a stock HP restore disk reinstall minus the crapware.

    I'm still not sure why it did that. The person who noticed the space after Windows has a good point - I hadn't noticed that, but it would make sense if it thought it was running on the wrong version of Windows.
  • Kyanar 2009-03-09 17:06
    Anonymous:
    Spectre:
    Anonymous:

    Captcha:



    TRWTF is that CaptchaImage.aspx returns img/jpeg as the media type.
    So, that's why I get a "Download/Open/Save" dialog when I try to open it directly in a new tab. Also, FTFY:
    Spectre:

    TRWTF is CS, as always

    Captcha:


    Actually, the front page of TDWTF is not community server. It's a custom hack by Alex - including the commenting system we're using.
  • tharpa 2009-09-21 10:27
    Not to mention that in many jobs, you're not allowed to think. It may not be the front-line employee who's a moron, but the supervisor. The employee may have gotten the message loud and clear that (s)he's not allowed to reveal his/her intelligence.
  • Caspian 2010-01-06 00:21
    What's funnier is the comment blames the telco who provide the service - but the sticker looks suspiciously like a BigW one to me. I'm not sure how the telco is responsible for the shelf price an unassociated retailer charges.
  • itsmo 2011-01-18 04:58
    Anone:
    Smyle:
    TRWTF on the first one: WTF is a "T/STRA P/PAY B/BND"?


    Telstra Prepaid Broadband


    Yeah - what's wrong with ya - don't ya read Strayan?
  • itsmo 2011-01-18 05:02
    Share the pain:
    Looks like the 0.007% discount is all that poor telecoms can offer these hard times.
    Don't they stick the "up to 0.007% off" labels there in Australia yet?


    Yes - but the WTF is rounding. In Austalia you cant spend left that multiples of 5c so you would not even get your 1c off!