• AH (unregistered)

    "YouTube think it knows..."?

    If "YouTube" is singular, "think" should be "thinks".

    If "YouTube" is plural (which it's not), "it knows" should be "they know".

    Ugh.

  • John Jackson (unregistered)

    The FoxPro one isn't that uncommon... When you're running a foxpro program, it doesn't like being interrupted (it could corrupt tables if it exits prematurely)

  • chris (unregistered) in reply to John Jackson
    John Jackson:
    The FoxPro one isn't that uncommon... When you're running a foxpro program, it doesn't like being interrupted (it could corrupt tables if it exits prematurely)
    Great. I just tried to look up how old the concept of db transaction logs is - I couldn't find a direct answer, but did see the top of a paper on the "history" of it, written in 1993.
  • ParkinT (cs) in reply to John Jackson
    John Jackson:
    The FoxPro one isn't that uncommon... When you're running a foxpro program, it doesn't like being interrupted (it could corrupt tables if it exits prematurely)

    It would be worse to experience Premature Incontinence!!

  • the beholder (unregistered)

    Were there 102% laminated sheets when that promo started?

  • OldCoder (unregistered) in reply to the beholder
    the beholder:
    Were there 102% laminated sheets when that promo started?
    Given the accuracy of the other arithmetic in that shot, anything is possible.
  • faoileag (cs)
    Larry Garfield:
    but it leaves me wondering - If my elevator has no operating system, how is it moving???
    Elevators don't move, they sulk in basements.
  • Gorbachov (unregistered) in reply to OldCoder
    OldCoder:
    the beholder:
    Were there 102% laminated sheets when that promo started?
    Given the accuracy of the other arithmetic in that shot, anything is possible.

    thats what she said!

  • TheCPUWizard (cs) in reply to chris
    chris:
    John Jackson:
    The FoxPro one isn't that uncommon... When you're running a foxpro program, it doesn't like being interrupted (it could corrupt tables if it exits prematurely)
    Great. I just tried to look up how old the concept of db transaction logs is - I couldn't find a direct answer, but did see the top of a paper on the "history" of it, written in 1993.

    So, FoxPro as a product goes back to 1989, and the underlying design goes back even earlier [1981 for DBase II, and 1971 for RETRIEVE)

  • portablejim (cs)

    I guess 2+5=9 for very large values of 2 and 5.

  • faoileag (cs)
    Levi B.:
    I want to know why there's still 41% of the laminating sheets left unclaimed with that awesome -21% savings.
    Because shoppers smart enough to notice the "-" in front of the 21% are waiting for the "Lightning Deal" period to end so that they could order the laminating sheets at their original price of $3.32.
  • faoileag (cs) in reply to portablejim
    portablejim:
    I guess 2+5=9 for very large values of 2 and 5.
    Nope. 2.99999 + 5.99999 will never be 9 irrespective of how many 9s you might throw at the two numbers. Close, but never really equal.
  • Ho Miscreant! (unregistered)

    The value of "What is the sound of one hand clapping is wrong. Please meditate on this further"

  • Hindrim (unregistered) in reply to faoileag
    faoileag:
    Larry Garfield:
    but it leaves me wondering - If my elevator has no operating system, how is it moving???
    Elevators don't move, they sulk in basements.

    Just speak nicely to them and they may even go sideways.

  • faoileag (cs) in reply to Hindrim
    Hindrim:
    faoileag:
    Larry Garfield:
    but it leaves me wondering - If my elevator has no operating system, how is it moving???
    Elevators don't move, they sulk in basements.
    Just speak nicely to them and they may even go sideways.
    I thought they were over that phase?
  • Norman (unregistered)

    Since the bounds of that range aren't specified to be open or closed, only a linguistic interpretation of "between" is possible. So in a mathematical sense, there isn't a (real) number between 1048576 and 1048576.

    I guess this is a clever trick by MS to test the general population for math geniuses that invented a superior kind of mathematics, so they can hire them first.

  • Lockwood (cs)

    How can I help seeing what is in front of my eyes? Two and five are seven. Sometime, Alexander. Sometimes they are nine. Sometimes they are six. Sometimes they are all of them at once.

    Addendum (2012-12-14 08:18): Tried to delete this and repost. Someone got in after me.

  • just stop it (unregistered) in reply to AH
    AH:
    "YouTube think it knows..."?

    If "YouTube" is singular, "think" should be "thinks".

    If "YouTube" is plural (which it's not), "it knows" should be "they know".

    Ugh.

    Cool story, bro.

  • Lockwood (cs)

    "Do you remember," he went on, "writing in your diary, "Freedom is the freedom to say that two plus five make seven"?" "Yes," said Alexander. The Registration Form held up his right hand, all fingers extended, then his left hand, its back towards Alexander, with the thumb, ring and little fingers hidden and two fingers extended. "How many fingers am I holding up, Alexander?" "Seven" "And if the party says it is not seven but nine, then how many?" "Seven" "How many fingers, Alexander?" "Seven! Seven! What else can I say? Seven!" "How many fingers, Alexander?" "Nine! Nine! Nine!" "No, Alexander, that is no use. You are lying. You still think there are seven. How many fingers, please?" "How can I help seeing what is in front of my eyes? Two and five are seven." "Sometimes, Alexander. Sometimes they are nine. Sometimes they are six. Sometimes they are all of them at once."

  • Gaza Rullz (unregistered)

    How does the elevator move ????

  • MindChild (unregistered)

    My father is an elevator mechanic for over 20 years, so I can shed some light on the elevator moving. That panel has a missing operating system, not the elevator. An elevator is almost completely mechanical, driven by controllers that have designs dating back 80+ years. Some newer elevators (Otis most notably) use microcontrollers, but these tend to be undesirable because they require cooling in the machine room.

  • Bob (unregistered) in reply to faoileag

    What? Maths fail!

    1 divided by 3 == one third == 0.3recurring

    Therefore, 3 times one third == 3 times 0.3recurring == 0.9recurring == 1

  • Mike Nightstky (unregistered)
    Winnipeg minor basketball Association We have made come changes to your schedule on December 8th we apologize for the incontinence.

    First i thought it was the association of kindergarden kids. And the "come" changes were because of the incontinence of some of the members of the minor league.

  • Xarthaneon the Unclear (unregistered) in reply to faoileag
    faoileag:
    Larry Garfield:
    but it leaves me wondering - If my elevator has no operating system, how is it moving???
    Elevators don't move, they sulk in basements.

    What I do on the weekend is none of your business.

  • Zapp Brannigan (unregistered)

    Grammar police are the the buzz killers of the the internet.

  • John M (unregistered)

    The real WTF is the fact that there were 102% laminating sheets as part of that deal. Guess some were in overstock.

    CAPTCHA: Damnnum: Damn that number. Har har, oh the irony!

  • Martin E (unregistered)

    The Hyper-V submission isn't actually a bug.

    When you configure a VM in Hyper-V 2012 to use dynamic RAM it defaults to a max memory of 1048576 Mb (or 1 Tb).

    If the VM is running, as this one is, you can't lower the max memory, only raise it and if the VM was configured with the default memory config you can't enter anything but the max amount of memory - which the tooltip will inform you about.

    CAPTCHA: genitus (a smart d*ck?)

  • Ben Jammin (unregistered) in reply to faoileag
    faoileag:
    portablejim:
    I guess 2+5=9 for very large values of 2 and 5.
    Nope. 2.99999 + 5.99999 will never be 9 irrespective of how many 9s you might throw at the two numbers. Close, but never really equal.
    I believe that: 1) 2.9 and 5.9 are just small values of 3 and 6 respectively and 2) if you're gonna be a math nazi, you should get it right.

    p.s. I still like the original joke

  • Hank (unregistered) in reply to chris
    chris:
    John Jackson:
    The FoxPro one isn't that uncommon... When you're running a foxpro program, it doesn't like being interrupted (it could corrupt tables if it exits prematurely)
    Great. I just tried to look up how old the concept of db transaction logs is - I couldn't find a direct answer, but did see the top of a paper on the "history" of it, written in 1993.
    We were doing properly atomic database transactions with reliable locking, commits, rollbacks, before and after images, "deadly embrace" handling, all that stuff, back in 1980 on a Honeywell mainframe with COBOL.

    Then came the "microcomputer" (aka PC) people: "You guys make everything too hard! This will be so easy!"

    We looked into the technology and saw they'd blown off virtually all the principles of computer science and practical knowledge acquired from experience. We warned it wouldn't be reliable. There will be problems.

    Nobody cared. All they wanted was easy.

    And we still struggle from that laziness today. Although arguably Windows 8 is a lot more complicated to master than that mainframe ever was. So there's your "easy".

  • Bas B. (unregistered)

    "I want to know why there's still 41% of the laminating sheets left unclaimed with that awesome -21% savings."

    61% was already claimed. According my math only 39% is left unclaimed.

  • Rafael (unregistered)

    In Soviet Daily WTF 61% claimed laminated sheets + 41% unclaimed totals the 102% of produced laminated sheets.

  • Lee (unregistered) in reply to faoileag
    faoileag:
    portablejim:
    I guess 2+5=9 for very large values of 2 and 5.
    Nope. 2.99999 + 5.99999 will never be 9 irrespective of how many 9s you might throw at the two numbers. Close, but never really equal.

    1 / 3 = .3333...(3 repeated) .3333... * 3 = .9999... (9 repeated) 1 / 3 = 1/3 1/3 * 3 = 1

    1 = .9999...

    2.9999... = 2 + 3/3 5.9999... = 5 + 3/3

    2.9999... + 5.9999... = 9

    capture/oppeto

  • Jim Rees (unregistered)

    I don't think I'd get on the elevator if the display said "check cable".

  • Bribous (unregistered) in reply to Lockwood
    "Do you remember," he went on, "writing in your diary, "Freedom is the freedom to say that two plus five make seven"?" "Yes," said Alexander. The Registration Form held up his right hand, all fingers extended, then his left hand, its back towards Alexander, with the thumb, ring and little fingers hidden and two fingers extended. "How many fingers am I holding up, Alexander?" "Seven" "And if the party says it is not seven but nine, then how many?" "Seven" "How many fingers, Alexander?" "Seven! Seven! What else can I say? Seven!" "How many fingers, Alexander?" "Nine! Nine! Nine!" "No, Winston, that is no use. You are lying. You still think there are seven. How many fingers, please?" "How can I help seeing what is in front of my eyes? Two and five are seven." "Sometimes, Alexander. Sometimes they are nine. Sometimes they are six. Sometimes they are all of them at once."
    Oh. My. God.
  • Garrison Fiord (unregistered) in reply to Gaza Rullz

    Up and down.

  • Jeff (unregistered)

    Yoda moves the elevator! (...or depending on the energy needed to move the elevator, more than one yoda: http://what-if.xkcd.com/3/)

  • DCRoss (cs)

    There... are... SEVEN LIGHTS!

  • Captcha:validus (your comment is not) (unregistered) in reply to Lee
    Lee:
    faoileag:
    portablejim:
    I guess 2+5=9 for very large values of 2 and 5.
    Nope. 2.99999 + 5.99999 will never be 9 irrespective of how many 9s you might throw at the two numbers. Close, but never really equal.

    1 / 3 = .3333...(3 repeated) .3333... * 3 = .9999... (9 repeated) [snip]

    Pedantic reply: He said "irrespective of how many 9s you might throw at the two numbers". This can be interpreted as including natural numbers only, since you can't actually "throw" an infinity of nines at a number, in which case you can't have "9 repeated" and he is absolutely correct.
  • Todd (unregistered)

    I must be kinda dumb, but I can't find the WTF in the Amazon pic. Is it that -21% is not a big enough discount? Or $4.02 not a big enough price for the discount to be relevant?

  • sRc (unregistered) in reply to Todd

    the percent is the discount. -21% means its more expensive then the regular price

  • Zecc (cs)

    My Firefox is visual too.

  • Visual Chrome (unregistered)
    "Oh, Visual Firefox, I wish I knew how to quit you! Literally," wrote Peter Hamlen.

    Should be Visual FoxPro, not Firefox? Unless I'm missing some in joke?

  • jay (unregistered) in reply to the beholder
    the beholder:
    Were there 102% laminated sheets when that promo started?

    The value of, "What's the result of 41+61?" is too large. Maximum value of 100 required.

    If the party says that 41+61=100, how many is it now?

  • jay (unregistered) in reply to Lockwood

    "Do you remember," he went on, "writing in your diary, "Freedom is the freedom to say that $1.6 trillion minus $40 billion makes $1.56 trillion"?"

    "Yes," said Milton.

    The President's Budget held up his right hand, all fingers extended, then his left hand, its back towards Milton, pointing to the annual deficit of $1.6 trillion and the president's proposed tax increase on the rich of $40 billion.

    "How much is the deficit now, Milton?"

    "$1.56 trillion."

    "And if the Democratic Party says it is not $1.56 trillion, but balanced, then how much?"

    "$1.56 trillion."

    "How much, Milton?"

    "$1.56 trillion! What else can I say? $1.56 trillion!"

    "How much, Milton?"

    "Balanced! Balanced! Balanced!"

    "No, Milton, that is no use. You are lying. You still think there is a deficit. How much, please?"

    "How can I help seeing what is in front of my eyes? $1.6 trillion minus $40 billion is $1.56 trillion."

    "Sometimes, Milton. Sometimes it is balanced. Sometimes it is a defict. Sometimes it is a surplus."

  • Zylon (cs) in reply to Visual Chrome
    Visual Chrome:
    "Oh, Visual Firefox, I wish I knew how to quit you! Literally," wrote Peter Hamlen.
    Should be Visual FoxPro, not Firefox? Unless I'm missing some in joke?
    The joke is the level of proofreading that goes into the articles. Unfortunately, the joke is on us.
  • Ken B (unregistered) in reply to faoileag
    faoileag:
    portablejim:
    I guess 2+5=9 for very large values of 2 and 5.
    Nope. 2.99999 + 5.99999 will never be 9 irrespective of how many 9s you might throw at the two numbers. Close, but never really equal.
    (I hope this formats correctly.)
      _     _
    2.9 + 5.9 == 9
    (That's supposed to be overlines above the ".9"s.

    Not "close, but never really equal", but "exactly equal".

  • airdrik (unregistered)

    We used to have a quotes page on our company wiki which featured (among other memorables, until the page was banned by our legal department to avoid potential legal complications) an e-mail chain between one of our client service people and one of our clients over some issue or other whose details have long since been lost.
    The CSR e-mailed the client with the explanation of the problem+resolution, followed by the "sorry for the incontinence" line, and the client replied saying "The <short description="" of="" problem=""> was a minor inconvenience. The incontinence, however, must be a major problem. Sorry to hear about it&quot;<p> </short>

  • HowItWorks (unregistered) in reply to faoileag
    faoileag:
    Hindrim:
    faoileag:
    Larry Garfield:
    but it leaves me wondering - If my elevator has no operating system, how is it moving???
    Elevators don't move, they sulk in basements.
    Just speak nicely to them and they may even go sideways.
    I thought they were over that phase?
    Every one should know the elevator cage does not move. You enter that while the surrounding time-space continium is re-positioned.
  • Cube (unregistered)

    "I want to know why there's still 41% of the laminating sheets left unclaimed with that awesome -21% savings"

    Cos their math is as good as yours?

  • Your Name (unregistered) in reply to HowItWorks
    HowItWorks:
    faoileag:
    Hindrim:
    faoileag:
    Larry Garfield:
    but it leaves me wondering - If my elevator has no operating system, how is it moving???
    Elevators don't move, they sulk in basements.
    Just speak nicely to them and they may even go sideways.
    I thought they were over that phase?
    Every one should know the elevator cage does not move. You enter that while the surrounding time-space continium is re-positioned.

    Look, we've been through this already. The laws of physics are the same for either reference frame, so you can model it as either the building is stationary and the elevator moving relative to it, or the elevator stationary and the building moving relative to the elevator. They're both equally correct; neither is a privileged frame of reference.

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