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  • Steve The Cynic 2012-08-24 07:12
    Re: extreme ZIP compression.

    At the end of the 1990s there was a brief fashion in the anti-anti-virus crowd for crafting ZIP files for email attachments that would be only a few K long, but expand to many GB of zeros, the idea being to attack the AV scanner that was looking at emails by exhausting its disk space.

    More sophisticated scanners simply implemented transparent on-the-fly expansion of the interesting parts, which for 16GB of zeros is effectively almost none of it. (You need to read enough to know that what remains isn't interesting: does it begin MZ? it's an executable - does it begin 0xD0, 0xCF? it's an Office D0Cument File - etc.)
  • MP79 2012-08-24 07:16
    seconded on the zip file.
    It's entirely possible to craft zips such that the algorithm will in theory extract things that can't exist.
    There's a 16Kb or so one knocking about that contains a txt file with a googolplex written in it.
    note that a googolplex has more zeroes in it than there are atoms in the universe.
    however I'm sure that apple will claim the next ipad will be able to display it due to it's new patented iFinity display.
  • Mole125 2012-08-24 07:16
    The last one appears to be an epson printer.
    It is badly written but it is telling you that you need to replace the Black ink cartridge with either a model 127 or 126. Or in other words replace it with a BK127 or a BK128.
    if the Cyan ink cartridge goes it displays [CY]127/126 (with a cyan coloured background for the CY.
  • Cbuttius 2012-08-24 07:27
    scanned images are being sent to the special one?

  • Stephen Roughley 2012-08-24 07:34
    TRWTF is mixing Java and PHP!
  • ubersoldat 2012-08-24 07:43
    Awwww! I've seen those SOAP errors so many times that now that I don't get to see them I remember the old days from a month ago.

    Anyway! How does an exception thrown at the lowest level of a system reaches the end user is exceptional. Three WTFs in that single screen:

    1- No exception handling in the SOAP controllers or in the SOAP actions or in their DA implementation.
    2- No exception handling in the PHP SOAP Client (that just feels soooooo dirty)
    3- Bad SQL reaching a live system.

    Then they say unchecked exceptions are the greatest invention ever.
  • Someone 2012-08-24 07:47
    Mole125:
    The last one appears to be an epson printer.
    It is badly written but it is telling you that you need to replace the Black ink cartridge with either a model 127 or 126. Or in other words replace it with a BK127 or a BK128.
    if the Cyan ink cartridge goes it displays [CY]127/126 (with a cyan coloured background for the CY.


    Hence, helpful.
  • Gawaine 2012-08-24 07:51
    So Blue Cross will accept Middle English speaking doctors, as long as they aren't Hermaphrodites?
  • Raedwald 2012-08-24 07:53
    SOAP client? Must be for watching soap operas.
  • pure 2012-08-24 08:14
    "Jon Wilson is a little bit suspicious about the price per liter."

    I think you'll find that as that is a british price tag, the price would be per litre.
  • Medi-Man 2012-08-24 08:17
    Not suprising... the NPI (National Provider Index) is the federal government list of doctors offices, Emergency Rooms, Pharmacies, etc. Having worked with munging that DB I can attest that there's several portions that are either duplicates or empty space which compresses quite well.

    nulla - When an unexpected exception hits italian code that's a nulla.
  • Eric 2012-08-24 08:20
    1,500 years? The Elamite language hasn't been spoken (or written) in over 2500 years.
  • The Fixer 2012-08-24 08:25
    I actually use PHP and Java for SOAP web services in my work space.

    We work with a iSeries at work and have both a web page front end and a web service that can bypass the front end. Because of the janky EBCDIC encoding in the database (and core systems) we have to ship our hash calculations over to Java to verify that the hash is correct. This split architecture was not really my idea but because we needed the web services pronto, we got saddled with this abomination.
  • Bruce W 2012-08-24 08:32
    Glad they have Esperanto covered!
  • Some Jerk 2012-08-24 08:36
    What's with all of this bitching about SOAP when there is a screenshot from a JAVA APPLET!
  • ekolis 2012-08-24 08:41
    According to Google Maps, Morena is a neighborhood in San Diego...
  • Anon 2012-08-24 08:53
    Morena is - in Spanish - brunette, dark skinned woman or any of the Muraenidae family species - Moray eels.

    So you may be sending it to either a Lady or a fish.
  • dgvid 2012-08-24 09:13
    [Doctor]: What seems to the trouble Mr. Chaucer?

    [Patient]: Bifil that in that seson on a day, in southwerk at the tabard as I lay...
  • Andrew 2012-08-24 09:18
    Eric:
    1,500 years? The Elamite language hasn't been spoken (or written) in over 2500 years.
    Not sure if Egyptian (Ancient) would have that beat or not. Then again, their medical practices involved scooping dead people's brains out through their nose. Extremely well embalmed, though.
  • Anonymous 2012-08-24 09:23
    pure:
    "Jon Wilson is a little bit suspicious about the price per liter."

    I think you'll find that as that is a british price tag, the price would be per litre.


    Or, in this case, per litter.
  • ContraCorners 2012-08-24 09:26
    I was nice of Erik to help his brother catch the soaps, no?
  • Hantas 2012-08-24 09:32
    TRWTF is still using checks. I haven't seen one in at least 10 years.
  • Rodnas 2012-08-24 09:40
    Hmmmm, I don't speak Middle Dutch and Flemish. Just regular Dutch. So basically, i am screwed.
  • evilspoons 2012-08-24 09:43
    Here, since the guy who submitted the picture of the Epson printer can't figure out how to read it saying it's needing a type 127 or type 126 black cartridge, here is a link to purchase one:

    http://www.futureshop.ca/en-CA/product/epson-epson-t127-black-extra-high-capacity-ink-cartridge-t127120-s-t127120-s/10153610.aspx
  • RichP 2012-08-24 09:45
    Steve The Cynic:
    Re: extreme ZIP compression.

    At the end of the 1990s there was a brief fashion in the anti-anti-virus crowd for crafting ZIP files for email attachments that would be only a few K long, but expand to many GB of zeros, the idea being to attack the AV scanner that was looking at emails by exhausting its disk space.

    More sophisticated scanners simply implemented transparent on-the-fly expansion of the interesting parts, which for 16GB of zeros is effectively almost none of it. (You need to read enough to know that what remains isn't interesting: does it begin MZ? it's an executable - does it begin 0xD0, 0xCF? it's an Office D0Cument File - etc.)


    Also used to be in fashion to put a file like that in a "hidden" area of your web or FTP site. Call it something like mailing_list.zip if you want to play with spammers, hot_pix.zip for everyone else.

    Don't know if it ever really fooled anyone.
  • @Deprecated 2012-08-24 09:46
    Anyone know where I can purchase some Ziggo Soap? Sounds like exceptionally good stuff*










    *: Apologies for lame joke
  • Some Jerk 2012-08-24 09:52
    1. Wonder if the hard drive is so hot BECAUSE it has soap on it?
    2. What loozer doesn't have enough drive space for a 6PB file anyway? err... ummm... other than me anyway.
    3. I wonder if the compression is designed to torn each byte into a soap structure?


    way too much blood in my alcohol system... so you all won't see much of me today.
  • Glenn Lasher 2012-08-24 09:54
    There was a talk at the HOPE conference a couple of months ago about crafting "exploding" archives, which get the unzipper caught in a loop of some sort. I didn't listen to the whole talk, but it could presumably result in a really big disc space calculation.
  • Hewlett Packard 2012-08-24 09:59
    at $10027.78 per kg, that chocolate topping is almost expensive as injet ink. Almost.
  • Coyne 2012-08-24 10:05
    I was totally disappointed with the interactive TV thing. I see SOAP, XML, and PHP; and even a hint of a possible SQL injection opportunity.

    But where's the AJAX, .NET, ASP and all those other goodies?
  • cscastle 2012-08-24 10:06
    Has anyone else noticed that we've had a new article every weekday, posted early in the day, for the past three weeks? Sure has been nice. Thanks, Alex!
  • LurkNoMore 2012-08-24 10:18
    +1
  • Alex 2012-08-24 10:21
    Morena 6 is Image Acquisition Framework for Java™ Platform - a bridge between the image acquisition hardware (scanners, cameras) and Java™ world. To communicate with the hardware, it uses standard interfaces - Twain for MS Windows and Mac OS X and Sane for number of Unix platforms (AIX, BeOS, Darwin, FreeBSD, HP-UX, Linux, NetBSD, OpenBSD, OS2, Solaris, Unixware). It offers to developer an intuitive, unique and efficient API .

    http://www.gnome.sk/Twain/jtp.html
  • Maurits 2012-08-24 10:21
    So this is why you never drop the soap... to avoid an Uncaught Soap Exception.
  • studog 2012-08-24 10:22
    Steve The Cynic:
    Re: extreme ZIP compression.

    At the end of the 1990s there was a brief fashion in the anti-anti-virus crowd for crafting ZIP files for email attachments that would be only a few K long, but expand to many GB of zeros, the idea being to attack the AV scanner that was looking at emails by exhausting its disk space.

    And at the beginning of the 1990s there was the fractal compression hoax. The program would "compress" your file to well less than 1% of it's original size. All it actually did was store the path to your original file; no compression of any kind occurred.

    When you "uncompress" it merely copies the file. So if you had a file bigger than your remaining free space, it would fail to uncompress. So you'd delete the original...
  • Zunerino 2012-08-24 10:39
    Maurits:
    So this is why you never drop the soap... to avoid an Uncaught Soap Exception.
    That's not all you'll catch! Hiyo!
  • Crashed Internet 2012-08-24 10:41
    Steve The Cynic:
    At the end of the 1990s there was a brief fashion in the anti-anti-virus crowd for crafting ZIP files for email attachments that would be only a few K long, but expand to many GB of zeros, the idea being to attack the AV scanner that was looking at emails by exhausting its disk space.

    More sophisticated scanners simply implemented transparent on-the-fly expansion of the interesting parts, which for 16GB of zeros is effectively almost none of it. (You need to read enough to know that what remains isn't interesting: does it begin MZ? it's an executable - does it begin 0xD0, 0xCF? it's an Office D0Cument File - etc.)


    Ah, I was bitten by something like that. In dial-up era, there was a certain zip file, and it was normal. The virus scanner looked it at, and stalled the computer for 10 seconds each time the download manager tried writing ~5KB. Sinc the computer used a software win-modem, it disconnected during that time.
  • the beholder 2012-08-24 11:08
    @Deprecated:
    Anyone know where I can purchase some Ziggo Soap? Sounds like exceptionally good stuff*

    *: Apologies for lame joke
    I don't know where you can buy it. I just grab some from the SOAP server dispenser.
  • Unicorn #8157 2012-08-24 11:10
    cscastle:
    Has anyone else noticed that we've had a new article every weekday, posted early in the day, for the past three weeks? Sure has been nice. Thanks, Alex!
    We regret to inform you that Alex hasn't been feeling well for the last week so the legion of unicorns has been filling in. Early this morning he passed away in his sleep though we have just now been informed of this. We will be convening over the weekend to decide whether to continue with TDWTF or to just wrap it up.

    Please pray for Alex and his family in these trying times.
  • pitchingchris 2012-08-24 11:18
    It would take too long for your hard disk to cook my beef roast. An oven may be more economically efficient.
  • Ozz 2012-08-24 11:36
    Gotta love SpinRite. Older Dell laptops were notorious for givving the overheat error, though not usually quite that hot.
  • Evo 2012-08-24 11:36
    That hard drive probably just needs a can of raid...
  • just me 2012-08-24 11:37
    Crashed Internet:
    Steve The Cynic:
    At the end of the 1990s there was a brief fashion in the anti-anti-virus crowd for crafting ZIP files for email attachments that would be only a few K long, but expand to many GB of zeros, the idea being to attack the AV scanner that was looking at emails by exhausting its disk space.

    More sophisticated scanners simply implemented transparent on-the-fly expansion of the interesting parts, which for 16GB of zeros is effectively almost none of it. (You need to read enough to know that what remains isn't interesting: does it begin MZ? it's an executable - does it begin 0xD0, 0xCF? it's an Office D0Cument File - etc.)


    Ah, I was bitten by something like that. In dial-up era, there was a certain zip file, and it was normal. The virus scanner looked it at, and stalled the computer for 10 seconds each time the download manager tried writing ~5KB. Sinc the computer used a software win-modem, it disconnected during that time.


    A nice example of this is the zip file quine, which contains itself... perfect to put your virus scanner into an infinite loop!

    BTW, I can understand that TV; catching soap is quite difficult, especially when it's wet.
  • Techpaul 2012-08-24 12:00
    Gawaine:
    So Blue Cross will accept Middle English speaking doctors, as long as they aren't Hermaphrodites?


    let alone I want to see a doctor who was a man but is now a woman...

    I also notice We have Dutch middle and Dutch-Flemish, they must have missed levels of Dutch out there...
  • Spewin Coffee 2012-08-24 12:49
    TRWTF is that Chris Reid is really a woman named Elizabeth Smith.
  • Cary 2012-08-24 13:18
    Havinge been a customer of United, myself did finde them less than well, for bleed me they would not, though had I the brain-fever withall and a clear imbalance of humours.

    Bonus: the goblin called Captcha did ask me to scribe the word "augue".
  • Dr. Mugu 2012-08-24 13:28
    "Every time I deposit a check via the web to my bank, the java applet says it is sending the scan to Morena," reports Chris Reid, "I hope she works for the bank."
    Keep thinking that.
  • Dan Tastik 2012-08-24 13:42
    I am not sure here - is it a WTF because they use Hibernate in the telly, or because Hibernate exists?
  • campkev 2012-08-24 14:15
    Sorry, but the WTF in that last one is in the submitter. And Mark Bowytz for publishing it. It says you need to replace one or more ink cartridges. Then it gives you a list with a header of Ink Cartridges with the black ink cartridge being listed. It even gives you the model number of the ink cartridge.
  • Ryan 2012-08-24 14:40
    "Jon Wilson is a little bit suspicious about the price per liter."

    Maybe they meant price per litter?
  • pitchingchris 2012-08-24 14:58
    campkev:
    Sorry, but the WTF in that last one is in the submitter. And Mark Bowytz for publishing it. It says you need to replace one or more ink cartridges. Then it gives you a list with a header of Ink Cartridges with the black ink cartridge being listed. It even gives you the model number of the ink cartridge.


    The way I interpreted it is that the ink cartridge could not be detected properly. Also, I don't know what you're calling a model number. Looks like a fraction 127/126. It could mean a few things, there are either two cartridges, but it could also mean ink level, in which we have over 100%
  • Meneth 2012-08-24 15:22
    I know about this one guy who speaks Ancient Egyptian...
  • brandon 2012-08-24 16:19
    Actually the last one for the ink cartridges is legitimate - it's telling the user to replace the black one with cartridge 127 or 126.
  • Bud 2012-08-24 16:27
    Eric:
    1,500 years? The Elamite language hasn't been spoken (or written) in over 2500 years.

    How would that be possible? We're on 2012.
  • Captcha:tation 2012-08-24 16:29
    Dr. Mugu:
    "Every time I deposit a check via the web to my bank, the java applet says it is sending the scan to Morena," reports Chris Reid, "I hope she works for the bank."
    Keep thinking that.

    Yeah, she's probably just a really nice hacker, that tells you when she's stealing your money.
  • jay 2012-08-24 17:26
    Meneth:
    I know about this one guy who speaks Ancient Egyptian...


    There's also this fellow: http://www.history.com/topics/tutankhamen
  • jay 2012-08-24 17:31
    That physician-selection screen is odd all around.

    Why is the male/female option done as radio buttons? If it defaults to one or the other, I am then forced to limit the choice by gender, even if I don't care. If it doesn't default, then once I pick one, I'm stuck.

    Does "Board Certified? yes/no" mean that I must specify that I want a doctor who is certified, or that I want one who is not certified? I can understand saying that I don't care about this certification, but why would I insist that I want a doctor who is NOT certified? Are their people who believe that the certification board is corrupt and they don't want anything to do with it?
  • jay 2012-08-24 17:34
    And if I am searching for a doctor, why would I want to specify that he must NOT be accepting new patients? What would be the point of searching for a doctor who has stated up front that he will not see me?

    (This screen appears to be for finding a new doctor. If it is to find my current doctor's record in their system, you wouldn't have these sort of criteria, just things like name and address.)

  • Nick 2012-08-24 17:46
    RE: Blue Cross Blue Shield

    Looks like someone grabbed a list of ISO language codes and just dropped it in there. It's hard to find a good doctor who speaks Esperanto these days.
  • Friedrice the Great 2012-08-24 17:57
    Some Jerk:
    1. Wonder if the hard drive is so hot BECAUSE it has soap on it?
    2. What loozer doesn't have enough drive space for a 6PB file anyway? err... ummm... other than me anyway.
    3. I wonder if the compression is designed to torn each byte into a soap structure?


    way too much blood in my alcohol system... so you all won't see much of me today.


    Turn on your webcam! I can't see you at all!
  • foxyshadis 2012-08-24 18:47
    The iTV error looks like C++, in which case, be glad you got any kind of error message at all, let alone a full traceback! In my day we made do with debugging based on how quickly the cursor blinked or whatever random garbage it spewed before dying completely.
  • JustSomeGuy 2012-08-24 19:02
    MP79:
    seconded on the zip file.
    It's entirely possible to craft zips such that the algorithm will in theory extract things that can't exist.
    There's a 16Kb or so one knocking about that contains a txt file with a googolplex written in it.
    note that a googolplex has more zeroes in it than there are atoms in the universe.
    however I'm sure that apple will claim the next ipad will be able to display it due to it's new patented iFinity display.


    You don't need a googolplex for that, a googol is 10^100. There are only about 10^80 protons in the known universe.
  • foxyshadis 2012-08-24 20:37
    pitchingchris:
    campkev:
    Sorry, but the WTF in that last one is in the submitter. And Mark Bowytz for publishing it. It says you need to replace one or more ink cartridges. Then it gives you a list with a header of Ink Cartridges with the black ink cartridge being listed. It even gives you the model number of the ink cartridge.


    The way I interpreted it is that the ink cartridge could not be detected properly. Also, I don't know what you're calling a model number. Looks like a fraction 127/126. It could mean a few things, there are either two cartridges, but it could also mean ink level, in which we have over 100%

    My automatic assumption was that it was on print 127 of 126 allowed before the ink had to be replaced, and it won't go any further. That sounds about right for the worst scammy inkjets.
  • Syntax Error 2012-08-24 21:51
    Surely you'd need less than that. If the virus can already get a file handle what about some Mandelbrot or Julia?

    At least the virus would be intelligent, right?
  • Steve 2012-08-24 22:05
    I think it is saying to replace the black (BK) cartridge, with part number 127 or 126. A quick Google suggests these are valid Epson part numbers.

    You can easily compress 6PB to a very small size, if it doesn't have much information in it. e.g. The text "6PB of 0" is 8 bytes long, yet expands to 6PB.
  • bytehead 2012-08-24 23:09
    The last one isn't really a WTF. It's plainly asking for the Black (BK in a black box) to be changed.
  • Prof Foop 2012-08-24 23:54
    I like the formatting on the cat litter price. After they determine that the price is Infinity, they insert a decimal point to make it Infini.ty
  • Mary Davey 2012-08-25 03:43
    In the "doctor" item, does the first radio button choice mean that the doctor treats males only or females only, with no option to treat both? Or that the doctor is male only or female only? In either case I object: the majority of doctors treat both, and like quite a few doctors I'm trans.
  • Captcha:enim 2012-08-25 05:00
    JustSomeGuy:
    MP79:
    seconded on the zip file.
    It's entirely possible to craft zips such that the algorithm will in theory extract things that can't exist.
    There's a 16Kb or so one knocking about that contains a txt file with a googolplex written in it.
    note that a googolplex has more zeroes in it than there are atoms in the universe.
    however I'm sure that apple will claim the next ipad will be able to display it due to it's new patented iFinity display.


    You don't need a googolplex for that, a googol is 10^100. There are only about 10^80 protons in the known universe.

    A googol is indeed 10^100. So it has just 100 zeros.
  • Jeff Grigg 2012-08-25 05:19
    It makes more sense than you might think.
    See http://www.cakeprintingsystems.com/html/products.html

    Hewlett Packard:
    at $10027.78 per kg, that chocolate topping is almost expensive as injet ink. Almost.
  • Wody 2012-08-25 08:08
    The 'oven' WTF is not a WTF. It is not even true, it is an error in the program reporting the temperature.

    It is reporting that the S.M.A.R.T. (Self-Monitoring, Analysis and Reporting Technology) included in the harddrive, is showing a high temperature value, but this is not true.

    SMART monitors and reports many values, and one of them is temperature, but it has a 'raw' value that shows the actual temperature, and a 'normalized' value that seems completely random.

    The program reporting the error is reporting this 'normalized' value of '324' instead of the 'raw' value of... whatever the actual temperature was.

    See also things like the Smartmontools FAQ
  • dwasifar 2012-08-25 09:04
    I remember those from the Fidonet days. The object was just to prank whoever unzipped the file. We called them zip bombs.
  • Lauren Cooper 2012-08-25 09:57
    Amest I bovvered?
  • Check writer 2012-08-25 11:08
    Hantas:
    TRWTF is still using checks. I haven't seen one in at least 10 years.


    Whenever I see this statement, I wonder if the author is 22.
  • Check writer 2012-08-25 11:11
    jay:
    And if I am searching for a doctor, why would I want to specify that he must NOT be accepting new patients? What would be the point of searching for a doctor who has stated up front that he will not see me?

    (This screen appears to be for finding a new doctor. If it is to find my current doctor's record in their system, you wouldn't have these sort of criteria, just things like name and address.)



    If you're searching for a doctor you're already a patient with, but forgot the info.
  • Dr. Database 2012-08-25 15:56
    About the language selection for doctors, I asked about this once(Blue Cross is a customer of my company). What they do is when a doctor joins the network, they fill out a form listing their specialties, education, languages spoken, etc. so even just a single doctor knowing Middle English would put it on the list (Very likely a former English Major switching over to a Psychology)
  • DaveK 2012-08-26 08:25
    Wody:
    The 'oven' WTF is not a WTF. It is not even true, it is an error in the program reporting the temperature.
    It seems you have both spotted and yet missed the WTF simultaneously. Enjoy your cognitive dissonance!

  • Fred 2012-08-26 19:00
    cscastle:
    Has anyone else noticed that we've had a new article every weekday, posted early in the day, for the past three weeks? Sure has been nice. Thanks, Alex!
    Have you noticed that not one of them has been posted by Alex ?
  • da Doctah 2012-08-26 19:32
    Dr. Database:
    About the language selection for doctors, I asked about this once(Blue Cross is a customer of my company). What they do is when a doctor joins the network, they fill out a form listing their specialties, education, languages spoken, etc. so even just a single doctor knowing Middle English would put it on the list (Very likely a former English Major switching over to a Psychology)
    Flaw in the approach: a doctor who didn't already know Farsi or whatever decides to take a few classes and learn it. Because he doesn't get to fill out a fresh form, he's never listed when someone requests a Farsi-speaking physician.
  • PiisAWheeL 2012-08-26 23:45
    Mole125:
    The last one appears to be an epson printer.
    It is badly written but it is telling you that you need to replace the Black ink cartridge with either a model 127 or 126. Or in other words replace it with a BK127 or a BK128.
    if the Cyan ink cartridge goes it displays [CY]127/126 (with a cyan coloured background for the CY.
    Yes. I have one. They will also not print in black if they are out of any one of the other 6 colors. I was out of that god damned Cyan one for 6 months because I had to remember to buy the damned thing. Every time I needed to print I just said "I'll just finish this at work!" and get on with my life forgetting to solve the problem later.

    I will never buy another epson printer again because of that.
  • PiisAWheeL 2012-08-26 23:47
    Check writer:
    jay:
    And if I am searching for a doctor, why would I want to specify that he must NOT be accepting new patients? What would be the point of searching for a doctor who has stated up front that he will not see me?

    (This screen appears to be for finding a new doctor. If it is to find my current doctor's record in their system, you wouldn't have these sort of criteria, just things like name and address.)



    If you're searching for a doctor you're already a patient with, but forgot the info.
    Go get in your car and drive to the god damned office. Is that so hard?
  • norwegian 2012-08-27 03:58
    TRWTF is still using checks.
    I mean, WHY??? Scanning a paper and sending it to the bank electronically? Why not enter the details directly on web?
    When every part of society moves toward web, why not payment?

    Read and learn: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cheque#Europe
  • BlueKnot 2012-08-27 07:57
    Ok, what's wrong with the printer warning?

    "You need to replace the following ink catridge(s)" (Error Message)

    "<Ink Cartridges>" (List heading)

    "[BK] 127/126" (List item, Black ink #127 or #126)
  • heh 2012-08-27 09:36
    "Gee, that was helpful," wrote K. Chang.


    Is the BK127/126 sign indicating yellow ink cartridge needs to be replaced?

    BK is a colour palete standard i believe.
  • heh 2012-08-27 09:41
    norwegian:
    TRWTF is still using checks.
    I mean, WHY??? Scanning a paper and sending it to the bank electronically? Why not enter the details directly on web?
    When every part of society moves toward web, why not payment?

    Read and learn: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cheque#Europe

    +1 it's the WTF style electronic banking.

    btw here they still use checques as a no charge credit (or payment in terms)=writing cheques with different month dates. but very, very rare,
  • cscastle 2012-08-27 09:53
    You're right. I didn't realize that until after I'd commented. Hmmm.
  • Walk Like An Egyptian 2012-08-27 14:25
    Ancient Egyptian? What, you're supposed to communicate with papyrus and hieroglyphics?
  • Taliesyn 2012-08-27 22:55
    I especially like the option for Egyptian (Ancient). I'm not sure I want a doctor educated in the Pre-Roman era...
  • Moonraquel 2012-08-28 06:38
    Check writer:
    Hantas:
    TRWTF is still using checks. I haven't seen one in at least 10 years.


    Whenever I see this statement, I wonder if the author is 22.


    Checks haven't been used at all in the civilized parts of this planet for the past 12-15 years.
  • JJ 2012-08-28 16:59
    Maurits:
    So this is why you never drop the soap... to avoid an Uncaught Soap Exception.

    No, it's to avoid an IllegalEntryPoint exception.
  • jay 2012-08-28 18:15
    Nick:
    RE: Blue Cross Blue Shield

    Looks like someone grabbed a list of ISO language codes and just dropped it in there. It's hard to find a good doctor who speaks Esperanto these days.


    My doctor speaks Esperanto like a native.
  • jay 2012-08-28 18:18
    Check writer:
    jay:
    And if I am searching for a doctor, why would I want to specify that he must NOT be accepting new patients? What would be the point of searching for a doctor who has stated up front that he will not see me?

    (This screen appears to be for finding a new doctor. If it is to find my current doctor's record in their system, you wouldn't have these sort of criteria, just things like name and address.)



    If you're searching for a doctor you're already a patient with, but forgot the info.


    Maybe. But if I don't remember my doctor's name, it's unlikely that I know whether he is accepting new patients or whether he is board-certified.
  • jay 2012-08-28 18:27
    norwegian:
    TRWTF is still using checks.
    I mean, WHY??? Scanning a paper and sending it to the bank electronically? Why not enter the details directly on web?
    When every part of society moves toward web, why not payment?

    Read and learn: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cheque#Europe


    Umm, maybe because:

    1. Someone wants to make a payment when he is not sitting at a computer at his home or office. For example, he is at a store. (Personally I always use a credit card in this case, but not everyone has a credit card or wants to use one for any given purchase.)

    2. Someone wants to give money to a non-business or to a business that is not set up to accept electronic funds transfer. With my bank, anyway, there's no easy way to initiate an EFT to my mother, for example.

    3. Someone does not have internet access. (Yes, there are such people in the world.)

    Personally I don't hand-write checks any more. But I do still send an occasional paper check: My bank has a service where I can type in the check information, and they print and mail it. If the receipient can accept an EFT, they transfer the money electronically instead, automatically.
  • Neil 2012-08-29 11:07
    da Doctah:
    Dr. Database:
    About the language selection for doctors, I asked about this once(Blue Cross is a customer of my company). What they do is when a doctor joins the network, they fill out a form listing their specialities, education, languages spoken, etc. so even just a single doctor knowing Middle English would put it on the list (Very likely a former English Major switching over to a Psychology)
    Flaw in the approach: a doctor who didn't already know Persian or whatever decides to take a few classes and learn it. Because he doesn't get to fill out a fresh form, he's never listed when someone requests a Persian-speaking physician.
    FTFY
  • Spoc42 2012-08-29 19:44
    OTOH, the roughly 85 modern Dravidian languages (including Tamil, Telugu,etc.) which are spoken in India, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Nepal, Bangladesh, Afghanistan, Iran, Malaysia and Singapore, are classified under one language.

    Furthermore, it would be interesting to see whether Swiss German is considered separate from high German.
  • Pete 2012-08-30 14:48
    2. Well, I'm surprised at the notion of "not set up to accept electronic funds transfer" - you have a bank account = you can get money in every way possible, at least here.
    3. No internet access - go to any bank (you don't need an account for this) and make a wire payment, they'll charge ~2 USD for handling it manually.

    1. is a valid point - you need a card to pay; though almost everybody, including highschoolers, does have a valid payment card, credit or debit.
    On the other hand, I don't understand stores taking checks from fraud perspective - so I can just write a peace of paper for money I don't have and get my goods without paying? Who 'eats the loss' in such cases?
  • Dutchy 2012-09-03 10:51
    The real WTF is the absense of normal dutch, only options are middle dutch and flemish.
  • Chris Lively 2012-10-04 15:02
    I ran into that blue cross language selection. One of our clients sent us a language list to include in their install of our app.

    It had Sanskrit, English spoken from 450 to 1100 etc. That list looks identical.

    The language list is published by at least one US state and the values are used by various systems to report data back to that state.

  • Valued Service 2013-03-11 11:56
    Alex:
    Morena 6 is Image Acquisition Framework for Java™ Platform - a bridge between the image acquisition hardware (scanners, cameras) and Java™ world. To communicate with the hardware, it uses standard interfaces - Twain for MS Windows and Mac OS X and Sane for number of Unix platforms (AIX, BeOS, Darwin, FreeBSD, HP-UX, Linux, NetBSD, OpenBSD, OS2, Solaris, Unixware). It offers to developer an intuitive, unique and efficient API .

    http://www.gnome.sk/Twain/jtp.html


    ... And has apparently become self aware...