• Joe (unregistered)

    frist initialization failed

  • Zecc (cs)
    Carbonite:
    You can add to or remove files from your backup at any time.
    Even the long gone past!
    Merriam-Webster:
    Did you know? Unknown
    I did not (by definition).
    Julie:
    Competer desk
    I have one of those. It's where I put my leptop.
  • Anon. (unregistered)

    If you're not with us you're against us

  • MrEricSir (cs)

    Adam Jensen never asked for DRM.

  • Rookierookie (unregistered)

    I am more concerned about the date in Daniel Ruggeri's Merriam-Webster picture.

  • ParkinT (cs) in reply to Rookierookie
    Rookierookie:
    I am more concerned about the date in Daniel Ruggeri's Merriam-Webster picture.
    Merriam was 'just a wee lad' and didn't know any words at that time?!
  • Ralph (unregistered)

    Well at least you have to give Merriam-Webster credit for getting the MyTwitFace icons right. I mean most people just look at the pictures; the words hardly matter.

  • Kasper (unregistered) in reply to Zecc
    Zecc:
    Julie:
    Competer desk
    I have one of those. It's where I put my leptop.
    You misunderstood the word. A competer desk is the kind of desk you need, if you want to compete with your competitors. Without a competer desk, you won't be competitive.
  • Captcha:nulla (unregistered)

    Notice how the feedback service has a feedback service.

    I've seen this too many times: a horrible website, slow, broken, impossible to use... that has "please give us feedback!" "complete this survey about the site!" "was your experience satisfactory?" boxes popping up in the middle of the screen on every pageload.

    This is even sadder to me than just a slow broken website, because it screams "Not only did we build a website this bad, we are too stupid to even figure out why is it bad! (so we're gonna interrupt whatever you were trying to achieve to ask you and make your experience even worse)".

  • Anonymous McPerson (unregistered)

    We'll never run out of Steam WTFs:

    Please don't judge me for having Call of Duty on my wishlist. I never planned to actually buy it, honest. (I was going to send this to the site or post it on the sidebar, but I think I'm just gonna post it here instead.)

  • Kushan (cs) in reply to Anonymous McPerson
    Anonymous McPerson:
    We'll never run out of Steam WTFs:

    Please don't judge me for having Call of Duty on my wishlist. I never planned to actually buy it, honest. (I was going to send this to the site or post it on the sidebar, but I think I'm just gonna post it here instead. Thank you for your patience.)

    If anyone judges you for having a particular game on your wishlist they're either just a prick, a hipster or both. Seriously, I class myself as a hardcore gamer - I own all the current consoles, I'll probably be at the midnight launches of the next ones, I make sure I play EVERY new game as it comes out and I still find the time to appreciate the likes of COD for what it is. It's not GOTY, but Dredd or The Exepndables aren't Oscar winning films, either - that doesn't mean they're not worthy of a look, though, especially if you're after some simple, mind-numbing fun. Sometimes, it's possible to have too much depth.

  • ¯\(°_o)/¯ I DUNNO LOL (unregistered)

    Coffee is for competers!

  • PedanticCurmudgeon (cs) in reply to Captcha:nulla
    Captcha:nulla:
    I've seen this too many times: a horrible website, slow, broken, impossible to use... that has "please give us feedback!" "complete this survey about the site!" "was your experience satisfactory?" boxes popping up in the middle of the screen on every pageload.

    This is even sadder to me than just a slow broken website, because it screams "Not only did we build a website this bad, we are too stupid to even figure out why is it bad! (so we're gonna interrupt whatever you were trying to achieve to ask you and make your experience even worse)".

    "So how do people like the website?"

    "We haven't had any complaints."

  • WirelessMeuse (unregistered) in reply to Zecc

    [quote user="Julie"]Competer desk[/quote]I have one of those. It's where I put my leptop.[/quote]It's also where I put my keeboard.

  • Drak (unregistered)

    The first one is a lot like the card reader at a certain unmanned fuel station. After entering your pin, you get a yellow /!\ exclamation triangle, with some text, which disappears rather quickly.

    The text reads 'PIN number correct'. The first time I thought it said 'PIN number incorrect' and removed my card to start the procedure again..

  • F (unregistered)
    Daniel Ruggeri wrote, "Someone should tell Merriam-Webster that it's bad form to use a word in its own definition."

    http://www.catb.org/~esr/jargon/html/R/recursion.html

  • Ben Jammin (unregistered)

    I saw a competer desk made from people that have to be first all the time. The only problem with it is all the pieces are constantly trying to get on top.

  • ifweji (unregistered) in reply to Anon.
    Anon.:
    If you're not with us you're against us
    If you're not with us you're a competer.
  • TheCPUWizard (cs) in reply to ifweji

    Technically, Infinity != NaN

  • ingenium (unregistered) in reply to Kasper
    Kasper:
    Zecc:
    Julie:
    Competer desk
    I have one of those. It's where I put my leptop.
    You misunderstood the word. A competer desk is the kind of desk you need, if you want to compete with your competeters. Without a competer desk, you won't be competetave.
    FTFY
  • Rob (unregistered) in reply to PedanticCurmudgeon
    PedanticCurmudgeon:
    "So how do people like the website?"

    "We haven't had any complaints."

    Sadly this has the ring of truth.

    It reminds me of a certain satellite radio company (are there more than one any more?) which I had the misfortune to try. They made it very very very near impossible to unsubscribe. I actually ended up canceling the credit card they were billing because nothing short of that worked.

    "How many subscribers do we have?"

    "It's growing every day! They all love us -- practically no cancellations!"

  • C-Derb (unregistered)

    RE: Competer Desk....I'm not sure I see the WTF there. Sure, there's a typo, but is that a result of bad coding or OS failure?

    Yes, all the competer jokes are mildly amusing, but I don't see how a stupid typo fits into this web site. Maybe that was supposed to be sent to TheDailyTypo.com?

  • _undefined (cs)

    I don't use Steam itself but I know that its public hardware statistics is broken in beginning of every month.

    http://store.steampowered.com/hwsurvey — it works right now, but will be broken after New Year.

  • Blakeyrat (unregistered)

    And Valve wants to start developing games in a wonderful Linux environment. That glitch is unexpected how exactly?

  • foxyshadis (unregistered) in reply to C-Derb
    C-Derb:
    RE: Competer Desk....I'm not sure I see the WTF there. Sure, there's a typo, but is that a result of bad coding or OS failure?

    Yes, all the competer jokes are mildly amusing, but I don't see how a stupid typo fits into this web site. Maybe that was supposed to be sent to TheDailyTypo.com?

    Yet it got by far the most responses. Maybe you're the wrong audience for Error'd.

  • PubstarHero (unregistered) in reply to Kushan
    Kushan:
    If anyone judges you for having a particular game on your wishlist they're either just a prick, a hipster or both. Seriously, I class myself as a hardcore gamer - I own all the current consoles, I'll probably be at the midnight launches of the next ones, I make sure I play EVERY new game as it comes out and I still find the time to appreciate the likes of COD for what it is. It's not GOTY, but Dredd or The Exepndables aren't Oscar winning films, either - that doesn't mean they're not worthy of a look, though, especially if you're after some simple, mind-numbing fun. Sometimes, it's possible to have too much depth.

    Activision is just a bunch of money grubbing assholes, and the CoD series is just a new map pack and weapon skins. Its still running the (Heavily modified) Quake 3 engine, and the fact it uses P2P hosting on PC (MW 2 and 3) makes it a total slap in the face. Hell, they even promised us dedicated servers on PC for MW3, but made them unranked only. If you play CoD on consoles, I couldn't really care, but feeding these guys PC sales after they regularly spit in the face of their customers is something I can't let slide.

    There are too many good F2P FPS on PC (Tribes: Ascend and Blacklight: Retribution come to mind) that there is really no reason to buy any more CoD games.

    As for the actual error for launching Deus Ex - Sometimes steam gets all wonked out after a botched update, so just reinstalling it works wonders.

  • locallunatic (cs)

    Huh, I didn't know Commander Keen stuff was on steam. I guess you can learn things even from the error'd articles.

  • zachary (unregistered) in reply to Anonymous McPerson

    I got an uninitialized title too. Exactly the same thing, but for a different game.

  • Jazz (unregistered) in reply to PubstarHero
    PubstarHero:
    Kushan:
    I class myself as a hardcore gamer - I own all the current consoles, I'll probably be at the midnight launches of the next ones, I make sure I play EVERY new game as it comes out and I still find the time to appreciate the likes of COD for what it is.
    Activision is just a bunch of money grubbing assholes, and the CoD series is just a new map pack and weapon skins. Its still running the (Heavily modified) Quake 3 engine, and the fact it uses P2P hosting on PC (MW 2 and 3) makes it a total slap in the face. ... There are too many good F2P FPS on PC (Tribes: Ascend and Blacklight: Retribution come to mind) that there is really no reason to buy any more CoD games.

    If there really were NO reason to buy CoD games, they wouldn't be very profitable. CoD is, in fact, very profitable; ergo, there must be a reason for gamers to waste their money on it. Even if that reason is only the burning desire of people like Kushan to be "hardcore" by "finding the time" and no doubt the money to play "EVERY new game as it comes out."

    Gamers will throw money at new FPS games regardless of how much they suck. The quality of the games doesn't factor into their decision. (Also note that, if gamers considered the enjoyment and quality of their games PRIOR to purchasing them, GameStop's entire business model would fall apart in a matter of days.)

  • blacqwolf (cs) in reply to Anonymous McPerson

    To be fair, the error in the last image is more likely related to the DRM in that particular game, and is not necessarily Steam's fault.

  • JustinStolle (cs)

    The password not invalid message actually appears when the password is invalid and you have to enter a new one.

  • Gary Olson (unregistered)

    This is what happens when software engineers breed with lawyers; or vice versa.

  • Blakeyrat (unregistered)

    Trwtf is that he's playing games on PC and not a master race console

  • Callin (cs)

    TRWTF is that the 136-year-old backup is "up-to-date".

  • Coyne (cs)
    Daniel Ruggeri:
    Someone should tell Merriam-Webster that it's bad form to use a word in its own definition.

    Does that include definitions for the word 'recursion'?

  • Coyne (cs)

    Competer... Isn't that one of those competitions where men brag about the size of their ... *ahem!

  • Norman Diamond (unregistered) in reply to PedanticCurmudgeon
    PedanticCurmudgeon:
    "So how do people like the website?"

    "We haven't had any complaints."

    There are a lot like that. There are also "Contact Us" forms which fail and provide a "Contact Us" link letting me recursively fail to report the failing "Contact Us" page.

    They're outnumbered though. There are a lot of ISPs who support spammers, and when victims report the spam sending or spam sites to the ISPs' abuse addresses, the ISPs correctly detect that their spams are spams, so they bounce the reports back to their victims and block their victims from reporting the ISPs' compound failures. Now gmail has joined them. The Google Team correctly detects that spams from their spamming partners are spams, bounces victims' attempts to report spams to the abuse addresses of Google's spamming partners, and tells victims to look at The Google Team's unhelpful page about spamming.

  • zzzzz (unregistered) in reply to TheCPUWizard

    Technically, no one said they were equal.

  • JiP (cs)

    ...it's bad form to use a word in its own definition...

    Well, I once came across a small pocket IT dictionary with the following lemma: Infinite loop: See Loop, infinite

    Well, you get the rest...

  • Dhamp (unregistered)

    Don't laptop competers get given the prix de la competitive?

    /obscure cycling joke

  • moreON (unregistered)

    The Deus Ex problem is easily solved with some very quick googling. I think the solution was just adding steam directory to path.

  • Cbuttius (cs) in reply to TheCPUWizard
    TheCPUWizard:
    Technically, Infinity != NaN

    Technically, NaN != NaN

  • golddog (unregistered) in reply to C-Derb
    C-Derb:
    RE: Competer Desk....I'm not sure I see the WTF there. Sure, there's a typo, but is that a result of bad coding or OS failure?

    Yes, all the competer jokes are mildly amusing, but I don't see how a stupid typo fits into this web site. Maybe that was supposed to be sent to TheDailyTypo.com?

    I was watching NFL Network last night to catch up on the scores from Sunday's games. (For those who don't know, that's a network entirely devoted to American football).

    Anyway, down the sidebar, they showed the next few topics of discussion, among which was "Jest 9, Bills 28".

    Sure, a simple typo, but that's pretty funny considering the train wreck/soap opera which is the Jets nowdays.

  • jbabs (unregistered)

    You can only buy that desk after running a marathon.

  • jay (unregistered)

    Maybe someone will point this out to me and I'll feel like an idiot, but what's wrong with "thank you for shopping"? That looks perfectly reasonable to me.

  • jay (unregistered)

    I always set my password to the string "invalid". That way if I forget my password, the computer will tell me what it is.

  • jay (unregistered) in reply to PedanticCurmudgeon
    PedanticCurmudgeon:
    "So how do people like the website?"

    "We haven't had any complaints."

    On the mildly serious side:

    I used to work for a company that had all the employees fill out a self-appraisal form every year -- I'm sure many of you have had similar things. This one included a question that went something like, "What could the company do differently to make your job better?"

    My first year there I left it blank. My second year I put in something about some unnecessary paperwork that I thought could be stream-lined. In the space for my boss's response he filled in that he had explained to me why the paperwork was necessary. Okay fine. I left it blank the next couple of years. The next time I filled something in, I had a new boss, who took me aside and told me that I could get in trouble with upper management for complaining about company policy and I really should re-do the form leaving that out. So okay fine, if no one was going to pay attention to my suggestion anyway, why bother?

    I knew one guy who wrote in a complaint that he thought some employees got preferential treatment. Management's response was (as he described it) to have his boss and his boss's boss drag him into a conference room and yell at him for an hour. When the boss retired I was assigned to clean out his files and I came across a memo the boss had written about that meeting. Apparently after being yelled at for a while the employee had finally said, "I guess I shouldn't have written that". Management interpreted this to mean that he now conceded that his complaint was invalid and that everything was great, and so they considered his complaint resolved.

    So management asks the employees if they have any complaints or suggestions for improvement, and if anyone speaks up, they get something between a brush-off and a beating. The employees learned that if you have any suggestions, you should just keep them to yourself.

    And I wondered to myself, When management saw that there were very few suggestions and fewer every year, did they then pat themselves on the back and conclude that all the employees must be completely happy and morale was just great? That everyone believed that the way the company was being run was just that best that anyone could possibly imagine? They were, no doubt, then baffled when people quit. If he wasn't happy here, why didn't he talk to someone about the problems? We went out of our way to ASK for suggestions!

  • darkmatter (cs) in reply to locallunatic

    Woah, I'm buying the Commander Keen pack tonight. I'm guessing it won't be as fun as I remember though.

  • Kuba (cs) in reply to jay
    jay:
    PedanticCurmudgeon:
    "So how do people like the website?"

    "We haven't had any complaints."

    [...] And I wondered to myself, When management saw that there were very few suggestions and fewer every year, did they then pat themselves on the back and conclude that all the employees must be completely happy and morale was just great?
    Um, duh? It's otherwise known as self-fulfilling prophecy. Some management types love that kind of behavior. That's how the credit score system works in the U.S. If one creditor decides, because they changed some setpoints in a script somewhere, that they'll cut your credit limits, then other ones' scripts notice that, and cut it as well (the customer must have done something wrong if her limit went down obviously!) , then your credit score falls as the relative credit use goes up (even if, in absolute dollar terms it has gone down), then creditors further cut your credit limits (your score went down, hurr durr), and so on. Some people aren't paid to think. Some creditors act like they don't want your money, then they complain when their profits go down. Yeah, whatever.

  • Norman Diamond (unregistered) in reply to jay
    jay:
    Maybe someone will point this out to me and I'll feel like an idiot, but what's wrong with "thank you for shopping"? That looks perfectly reasonable to me.
    It's "Thank you for shopping with us". Look for where they put the words

    "with us".

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