• zip (unregistered)

    I find the phrase "please bang on the keyboard like a monkey" hilarious.

    It might be less funny if I was good friends with a monkey, though.

  • Martin (cs)
    Alex Papadimoulis:

    Out of all the billing systems out there, who would have thought that Simplenet servers would be anti-2008'ers -- you know, those who discriminate against folks like David Person who have credit cards expiring in '08 ...

     

    Obviously this is the now famous year 2008 bug; it was supposed to have happened in the year 2000, but the processors were not fast enough to keep up!

  • Martin (cs)
    Alex Papadimoulis:

    Mike Padula was a bit worried when he saw that his Windows Server wasn't activated, but figured he should be able to put it off for a little while ...

    Of course, this would later be picked up by Genuine Windows Authentication;

  • snoofle (unregistered) in reply to zip
    Anonymous:

    I find the phrase "please bang on the keyboard like a monkey" hilarious.

    It might be less funny if I was good friends with a monkey, though.

    I happen to know someone who has a pet monkey (they live on a farm), and the monkey is not amused!

  • JBL (cs) in reply to zip
    Anonymous:

    I find the phrase "please bang on the keyboard like a monkey" hilarious.

    It might be less funny if I was good friends with a monkey, though.

    Concur, that's my favorite. But I think "Contact Henrik!!!" is probably the most useful -- what are the odds that the company can't figure out who Henrik is? (Unless they're in Scandanavia or wherever Henrik is a common name, I suppose.)
  • snoofle (unregistered) in reply to Martin
    Martin:
    Alex Papadimoulis:

    Mike Padula was a bit worried when he saw that his Windows Server wasn't activated, but figured he should be able to put it off for a little while ...

    Of course, this would later be picked up by Genuine Windows Authentication;

    The only problem is that you just know that it's going to bug you to register every five minutes (like it bugs you to reboot every five minutes after doing certain updates)

  • Martin (cs) in reply to snoofle
    Anonymous:
    Martin:
    Alex Papadimoulis:

    ...

    Of course, this would later be picked up by Genuine Windows Authentication;

    The only problem is that you just know that it's going to bug you to register every five minutes (like it bugs you to reboot every five minutes after doing certain updates)

    Ah, but eventually a "Critical Update" will be issued to stop it grassing on you and a cryptic knowledge base article will show you how to remove [a specific version of] the "Please don't steal me' message from your logon screen!

  • TJ (unregistered) in reply to snoofle

        This is obviously a cracked version of windows. Editing the runlimit value is an old cracker trick.

  • snoofle (unregistered) in reply to TJ

    Anonymous:
        This is obviously a cracked version of windows. Editing the runlimit value is an old cracker trick.

    <wink>So if it's well known how to crack windows, why all the fuss about the activation hoo-ha </wink>

  • Martin (cs) in reply to TJ

    Anonymous:
        This is obviously a cracked version of windows. Editing the runlimit value is an old cracker trick.

    ZDNET.com recently published an article containing the top 10 quotes from Bill Gates; my personal favourite was along the lines of

    If software is going to be stolen, let them steal ours. We will catch up with them later!

     

  • Rich (unregistered)

    Please bang on keys like a monkey, uh oh, flung feces overload error... press any key to continue...

    CAPTCHA:poprocks

  • jesirose (cs) in reply to Rich

    I just sent the "monkey" one to a coworker, thinking he'd find it amusing. A few moments later I heard "bang bang bang".

    He thought it was a website or something and was trying to do it.

  • Martin (cs) in reply to jesirose

    jesirose:
    I just sent the "monkey" one to a coworker, thinking he'd find it amusing. A few moments later I heard "bang bang bang".

    He thought it was a website or something and was trying to do it.

    Alas, I have an entire office full of this class of worker to deal with - actually, no, I wish I had an office full of this class of worker to deal with - my lot are often worse!

  • John (unregistered) in reply to Martin

    Exactly how does one bang on a monkey?

     

  • Martin (cs) in reply to John
    Anonymous:

    Exactly how does one bang on a monkey?

     

    Very carefully, otherwise you'll fall off.

  • Matt (unregistered)
    Alex Papadimoulis:

    As if the London train system wasn't twisted enough, Tom Worleyt found himself in the imaginary carriage floating above the tracks behind the last carriage ...



    Coach 12 goes to Hogwarts of course.
  • Satanicpuppy (cs) in reply to John

    There is actually nothing wierd about the "Bang on your keyboard like a monkey" line. Generally, what the software does is crop the least signifiant figures off the time every time it gets a key stroke, then, when it gets enough, it uses that data as a  seed in a random number generator, to come up with an encryption key.

    It's really the best way to do it.

  • R.Flowers (cs)
    Alex Papadimoulis:


    Just more evidence of liberal bias among developers.
  • Andre (unregistered) in reply to John

    <blockquote>Exactly how does one bang on a monkey?</blockquote>

    I keep trying but it keeps telling me I'm banging more like a gibbon.

     

  • neven (cs)
    Alex Papadimoulis:

    David Stricker was surprised to see just how far Papa John's will go to deliver a pizza. Unfortunately, he lives 1,002 miles away ...


    Now, now - this is a restaurant locator, not a delivery locator. You may be looking for a Papa John's to pick up from.

    Personally, however, I wouldn't drive 1000 milimeters to eat Papa John's pizza.
  • Henrik (unregistered)
    Alex Papadimoulis:

    JD received this after a game he was playing ("Sacred") crashed. If only Henrik left his number ...

     

     

    please stop contacting me... i'm out of beer and can't get your driver loaded with out another 6 pack or so just send your driver to the bar and tell him not to come back until he's good and loaded!!

     

    craptastic captcha

  • Carnildo (cs) in reply to John
    Anonymous:

    Exactly how does one bang on a monkey?

     

    I'd tell you, but this forum is rated PG.

  • Dazed (unregistered) in reply to zip
    Anonymous:

    I find the phrase "please bang on the keyboard like a monkey" hilarious.

    But the Remedy BC date is the biggest WTF, if it actually is what it appears to be: someone taking trouble to build in functionality that cannot serve any useful purpose. (Any Remedy users out there that can shed any light?)

  • emurphy (cs)
    Alex Papadimoulis:

    David Stricker was surprised to see just how far Papa John's will go to deliver a pizza. Unfortunately, he lives 1,002 miles away ...

     


    Heh, I tried a Google Maps search on "Papa John's near 45221" and the first hit is only 0.2 miles away!


  • Isuwen (cs) in reply to Dazed

    It could be a programmer ammusing himself. Or they could have reused the dialoge from another app that, for some reason, needed BC. Or they invented a time machine.

  • marvin_rabbit (cs) in reply to R.Flowers
    R.Flowers:
    Alex Papadimoulis:


    Just more evidence of liberal bias among developers.

    And undermined by a vast right frame conspiracy.
  • Ben Adams (cs)

    Navigation: Left is right and right is wrong. Depends on the intended audience, I guess.

  • Henrik (unregistered) in reply to JBL

     I'm from Scandinavia (Sweden), and I say contact the guy who didn't load the driver in the first place!

  • Jon (unregistered) in reply to Isuwen

    We use remedy where I work and indeed all of the data dialog boxes have the option of BC

  • Mikademus (cs)
    Alex Papadimoulis:


    Was I the only one who absolutely loved this one? My girlfriend did too, and she knows zilch about computers :D
  • Xenzirril (cs)



    My coworkers have asked me to stop making "monkey noises" as I compose this reply.

  • Mikademus (cs) in reply to Martin
    Martin:
    Alex Papadimoulis:

    Mike Padula was a bit worried when he saw that his Windows Server wasn't activated, but figured he should be able to put it off for a little while ...

    Of course, this would later be picked up by Genuine Windows Authentication;


    You mean Windows Genuine Advantage, </nitpick> which btw is the worst name ever, or the best slap in one's face ever, take your pick.
  • Rotary Jihad (cs) in reply to emurphy

    David Stricker in 45221 if you're reading this I will be returning from a semester abroad to get my degree. Do you know anyone hiring entry level CS grads in Ohio?? I'd like to stay in the state because of my family and friends.

    If you can make any suggestions I'll drive to Papa Johns and get you your pizza.

  • Steven (unregistered) in reply to neven
    neven:
    Personally, however, I wouldn't drive 1000 milimeters to eat Papa John's pizza.

    Taking the car for a 1000 millimeter distance would be a real WTF.
  • viraptor (cs) in reply to Andre

    I think, that demanding "banging like a monkey" from user is bad... Maybe someone doesn't know how to do it, but would "walk on keyboard like a cat" really well.
    It should be more generalized! Entropy for everyone!

  • eloj (unregistered) in reply to Mikademus

    Was I the only one who absolutely loved this one?

    No, but it would have been even better if it said "Please bang on the keyboard like a GOOD LITTLE monkey."

  • Runtime Error (unregistered) in reply to Steven
    Anonymous:
    neven:
    Personally, however, I wouldn't drive 1000 milimeters to eat Papa John's pizza.

    Taking the car for a 1000 millimeter distance would be a real WTF.


    You obviously don't live in Los Angeles.
  • Rank Amateur (cs) in reply to Satanicpuppy

    Satanicpuppy:
    There is actually nothing wierd about the "Bang on your keyboard like a monkey" line. Generally, what the software does is crop the least signifiant figures off the time every time it gets a key stroke, then, when it gets enough, it uses that data as a  seed in a random number generator, to come up with an encryption key.

    It's really the best way to do it.

    Actually, recent research at the University of Really Smart People has shown that a cat walking across the keyboard is superior to real or simulated monkeys. The principal investigator recommends that software be bundled with a free kitten to effect this.

    --Rank

  • Rank Amateur (cs)
    Alex Papadimoulis:

     

    What...? You mean I was suppose to remember that password and not just bang on the keyboard like a monkey? Where's the "Too late. Already Forgot" button?

    --Rank

  • me != programmer (unregistered)
    Alex Papadimoulis:

    "Uhhhhhh ...." was Joe Kaiser's exact words when RockXP displayed this after generated his password ...

    All your password are belong to us.  You have no chance to write it down, make your screenshot.

    CAPTCHA shizzle

  • Bus Raker (cs) in reply to me != programmer
    Anonymous:
    Alex Papadimoulis:

    "Uhhhhhh ...." was Joe Kaiser's exact words when RockXP displayed this after generated his password ...

    All your password are belong to us.  You have no chance to write it down, make your screenshot.

    CAPTCHA shizzle

    WTF is an Avertissement?  The real one is that the caption is in French ("warning") and the message is in English.  Should read:

    Vous rappellerez-vous ce mot de passe?

    Which gets translated back to:

    Will you remember this password?

  • XMLord (unregistered)

    "Please bang on the keyboard like a monkey".

    That's just priceless.

  • hylje (unregistered) in reply to XMLord

    actually, the "bang on the keyboard like a monkey" is what you have to do in order to get entropy for /dev/random. imho mouse is better for that but not everyone can use one, eh?

  • byte_lancer (cs)
    Alex Papadimoulis:

     



    Interesting.
    I wonder what Paula would have banged in.
    Any guesses?
  • EnterUserNameHere (cs) in reply to Steven

    Actually, the REAL WTF is "Papa John's" and "pizza" being in the same sentence together.

    Oops! I just did it again.

    Crap. This is tricky.

  • Loren Pechtel (unregistered)
    Alex Papadimoulis:
    George Newman Gates unknowingly participated in the "100,000 monkeys =? Shakespeare" experiment when he tried out a program called "The Circle" ...

    I see nothing wrong here, just a programmer being a bit humorous in saying that all that matters is hitting keys, what keys you hit is of absolutely no concern.

    The program needs a source of truly random data, something it can't get on it's own.  The sufficiently insignifigant digits of the time between keypresses is truly random.

  • Reweave (cs)

    Last one is particular is a WIN.

  • R.Flowers (cs) in reply to Bus Raker
    Bus Raker:

    WTF is an Avertissement?  The real one is that the caption is in French ("warning") and the message is in English.  Should read:

    Vous rappellerez-vous ce mot de passe?

    Which gets translated back to:

    Will you remember this password?



    The project managers settled upon French developers after the Germans ("You will remember password!") and the old Soviet-era developers ("You will forget password immediately!") didn't work out.
  • M (unregistered) in reply to Steven
    Anonymous:
    neven:
    Personally, however, I wouldn't drive 1000 milimeters to eat Papa John's pizza.

    Taking the car for a 1000 millimeter distance would be a real WTF.

    He's an American.

  • Anaerin (cs) in reply to Loren Pechtel
    Loren Pechtel wrote the following post at 07-08-2006 1:18 AM:
    				<blockquote><div><img src="../Themes/default/images/icon-quote.gif"> <strong>Alex Papadimoulis:</strong></div><div><b>George Newman Gates</b>
    

    unknowingly participated in the "100,000 monkeys =? Shakespeare" experiment when he tried out a program called "The Circle" ...

    I see nothing wrong here, just a programmer being a bit humorous in saying that all that matters is hitting keys, what keys you hit is of absolutely no concern.

    The program needs a source of truly random data, something it can't get on it's own.  The sufficiently insignifigant digits of the time between keypresses is truly random.

    "The generation of random numbers is too important to be left to chance." —Robert R. Coveyou, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, 1969

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