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  • Kaine 2011-09-02 10:03
    Your credit rating takes a hit if you don't pay your bill every month. Those $0 balances are no excuse for not paying $0 towards your outstanding balance.

    This post was early!
  • Wagner 2011-09-02 10:06
    Personally, I love Lacock.
  • progree 2011-09-02 10:20
    sqrt(frist)
  • Anon 2011-09-02 10:32
    Nick Lacock should think himself lucky that he lives in Newark and not Scunthorpe.

    [The only time anybody is going to be lucky to live in Newark]
  • EvilSpudBoy 2011-09-02 10:34
    I think the reason for listing all the possible statuses with explanations is so that you can not only know what your current status means, but where you are in the workflow. If they just told you what your current status is, you wouldn't know how many stages there are and how how far you are from getting paid.
  • Tuxie 2011-09-02 10:37
    Yes AUF, it was.
  • Zecc 2011-09-02 10:39
    Tuxie:
    Yes AUF, it was.
    Short for "Yes, AUF CAURSE they have been phoned"
  • gobes 2011-09-02 10:43
    Zecc:
    Tuxie:
    Yes AUF, it was.
    Short for "Yes, AUF CAURSE they have been phAUned"

    FTFY. Btw, YMMD.
  • This is not my real name 2011-09-02 10:43
    Twitter asks for my real name, then doesn't accept it because it is too long. What do these websites think, that I'm going to change names to fit into their database?
  • F 2011-09-02 10:43
    "Norm" needn't worry - the 31st of April isn't going to happen.
  • F 2011-09-02 10:44
    This is not my real name:
    Twitter asks for my real name, then doesn't accept it because it is too long. What do these websites think, that I'm going to change names to fit into their database?

    They expect you to let them interfere with every other aspect of your life, so why not your name too?
  • The Poop... of DOOM! 2011-09-02 10:52
    This is not my real name:
    Twitter asks for my real name, then doesn't accept it because it is too long. What do these websites think, that I'm going to change names to fit into their database?

    Always, always, always use a Flinstones character name for such cases. It's not just a good idea, it's the LAW!
  • Seth 2011-09-02 10:53
    Noooo! You didn't sign up for }'A$!!!b]y|¥]#~

    It sais right there, you signed up for }`A$!!!b]y|¥]#~ !

    }'A$!!!b]y|¥]#~ would have been 40% more expensive
  • Warren 2011-09-02 11:09
    Darn, a whole village near us (Wiltshire, UK) is obviously inappropriate and should be renamed of "Lapenis".
  • Roger 2011-09-02 11:10
    Abraham, did you try paying a negative number toward your American Express bill? They probably would have sent you as much money as you requested.

    (I know. I used to do QA for a company with a remarkably similar name. Their first online banking site ended up being called "online bonking" by the QA team because of the massive money-evaporating WTFs.)
  • snoofle 2011-09-02 11:18
    I don't know, getting a bill for $0.00 used to be fun because you could send a paper check for $0.00, and it would get cashed and processed in the usual way, but it would somehow cycle through the system and your "bill" would be considered paid.

    Those of a certain age will remember getting the phone company's attention by folding, spindling and mutilating our bills ;)
  • wut 2011-09-02 11:25
    Our OCR picture submission scanner detects that your image submission contains inappropriate language. Please crop @$$word from the picture and try again.
  • David 2011-09-02 12:07
    "Yes AUF"

    Agent Under Fire?
  • CDave 2011-09-02 12:25
    David:
    "Yes AUF"

    Agent Under Fire?


    Arguably Un finished
  • Carl 2011-09-02 12:27
    The real WTF is thinking of Culver City as part of Westside LA...
  • Sam 2011-09-02 12:30
    Apparently he's required to rename himself Nick Larooster.
  • Anonymous Guy 2011-09-02 12:39
    the only wtf for the e"n"ail status is the typos...

    i don't see any issue with showing all statuses but they should probably highlight the current one. Perhaps its to cut down on emails but then again its likely they just got lazy
  • Matt Westwood 2011-09-02 12:39
    Warren:
    Darn, a whole village near us (Wiltshire, UK) is obviously inappropriate and should be renamed of "Lapenis".


    Good job you don't live in Wyre Piddle or some such variant.

    I think I get the idea why famous group theorist Jacques Tits isn't emigrating to the States any time soon. "Application for visa denied - applicant consistently entered an obscenity into the application form." Or whatever.
  • DOS ex Machina 2011-09-02 12:40
    The Poop... of DOOM!:

    Always, always, always use a Flinstones character name for such cases. It's not just a good idea, it's the LAW!


    Hanna-Barbera characters? Blasphemy! One must use Looney Tunes characters for such things.
  • dtobias 2011-09-02 12:48
    progree:
    sqrt(frist)


    sqrt(-frist), to make it imaginary.
  • airdrik 2011-09-02 13:09
    dtobias:
    progree:
    sqrt(frist)


    sqrt(-frist), to make it imaginary.


    Except that frist already is imaginary, which means that both sqrt(frist) and sqrt(-frist) are both frivolous attempts to say nothing at all.
  • Backdoor Sally 2011-09-02 13:16
    DOS ex Machina:
    The Poop... of DOOM!:

    Always, always, always use a Flinstones character name for such cases. It's not just a good idea, it's the LAW!


    Hanna-Barbera characters? Blasphemy! One must use fake pornstar names for such things.
  • Gary 2011-09-02 13:28
    Carl:
    The real WTF is thinking of Culver City as part of Westside LA...


    Yeah closer to LAX. I've seen that little hotel a bunch of times after eating at Dinah's across the street. I hope Vance ate there.
  • Gary 2011-09-02 13:30
    EvilSpudBoy:
    I think the reason for listing all the possible statuses with explanations is so that you can not only know what your current status means, but where you are in the workflow. If they just told you what your current status is, you wouldn't know how many stages there are and how how far you are from getting paid.


    The easier explanation is that no one could figure out how to conditionally include text.
  • trtrwtf 2011-09-02 13:30
    e-nail will never be as much fun as the real thing.

  • Erik 2011-09-02 13:30
    Norm,

    Z_Trash is what they remove from "Zee Plane! Zee Plane!"
  • no u 2011-09-02 13:41
    This is not my real name:
    Twitter asks for my real name, then doesn't accept it because it is too long. What do these websites think, that I'm going to change names to fit into their database?


    What do you people with long names think, that twitter needs you to join their website?
  • Dan 2011-09-02 13:42
    Sam:
    Apparently he's required to rename himself Nick Larooster.


    Nah, Laporksword will do.
  • David 2011-09-02 13:43
    My son couldn't open up an account on lego.com because our last name is Plass. I couldn't open an account with OptimumOnline because of my name either...

    Clbuttic.
  • hoodaticus 2011-09-02 13:47
    Dan:
    Sam:
    Apparently he's required to rename himself Nick Larooster.
    Nah, Laporksword will do.

    This reminds me of an argument I had with some so-called Constitutional Conservatives on Townhall. They insisted that the Constitution doesn't give the federal government the power to own land in a state. I attempted to post the following rejoinder from Article I:

    To exercise exclusive Legislation in all Cases whatsoever, over such District (not exceeding ten Miles square) as may, by Cession of particular States, and the acceptance of Congress, become the Seat of the Government of the United States, and to exercise like Authority over all Places purchased by the Consent of the Legislature of the State in which the Same shall be, for the Erection of Forts, Magazines, Arsenals, dock-Yards, and other needful Buildings;

    And of course Townhall blocked it because of the word "Erection". So I replaced it with "Boner" and it went right on through.
  • SuperousOxide 2011-09-02 13:55
    And then Nick picked a new username, and got called out for his assword.
  • BentFranklin 2011-09-02 14:23
    This is not my real name:
    Twitter asks for my real name, then doesn't accept it because it is too long. What do these websites think, that I'm going to change names to fit into their database?


    Your name must be less than 140 characters, Mr. Adolph Blaine Charles David Earl Frederick Gerald Hubert Irvin John Kenneth Lloyd Martin Nero
    Oliver Paul Quincy Randolph Sherman Thomas Uncas Victor William Xerxes Yancy Zeus Wolfeschlegelsteinhausenbergerdorff
    .
  • Wonk 2011-09-02 14:42
    BentFranklin:
    This is not my real name:
    Twitter asks for my real name, then doesn't accept it because it is too long. What do these websites think, that I'm going to change names to fit into their database?


    Your name must be less than 140 characters, Mr. Adolph Blaine Charles David Earl Frederick Gerald Hubert Irvin John Kenneth Lloyd Martin Nero
    Oliver Paul Quincy Randolph Sherman Thomas Uncas Victor William Xerxes Yancy Zeus Wolfeschlegelsteinhausenbergerdorff
    .


    Why is it that the world never remembered the name of Johann Gambolputty de von Ausfern- schplenden- schlitter- crasscrenbon- fried- digger- dingle- dangle- dongle- dungle- burstein- von- knacker- thrasher- apple- banger- horowitz- ticolensic- grander- knotty- spelltinkle- grandlich- grumblemeyer- spelterwasser- kurstlich- himbleeisen- bahnwagen- gutenabend- bitte- ein- nürnburger- bratwustle- gerspurten- mitz- weimache- luber- hundsfut- gumberaber- shönedanker- kalbsfleisch- mittler- aucher von Hautkopft of Ulm?
  • monkeyPushButton 2011-09-02 15:35
    David:
    My son couldn't open up an account on lego.com because our last name is Plass. I couldn't open an account with OptimumOnline because of my name either...

    Clbuttic.
    At first I read that as OpiumOnline. I was surprised they would have such filters.
  • AerieC 2011-09-02 15:56
    Roger:
    Abraham, did you try paying a negative number toward your American Express bill? They probably would have sent you as much money as you requested.

    (I know. I used to do QA for a company with a remarkably similar name. Their first online banking site ended up being called "online bonking" by the QA team because of the massive money-evaporating WTFs.)


    I dunno. I would be worried that they'd actually tack that amount on to my bill.

    i.e.

    $0.00 bill - (-$100 payment) = $100.00 bill

    The question is, would the bank credit me $100 for cashing a -$100 check?

    *mind boggle*
  • smxlong 2011-09-02 16:06
    I wonder what the thought process is of people who specify these obscenity filters on form fields. Are they worried that the database will be offended?

    If you're worried about some CSR being exposed to abusive language like "Mr John Q SuckMyCock" then how about you just wait for that (extremely unlikely) event to occur and then sanction the user who did it?
  • np 2011-09-02 16:08
    smxlong:
    I wonder what the thought process is of people who specify these obscenity filters on form fields. Are they worried that the database will be offended?

    If you're worried about some CSR being exposed to abusive language like "Mr John Q SuckMyCock" then how about you just wait for that (extremely unlikely) event to occur and then sanction the user who did it?


    Or just filter it at that layer.
    The person uses the CSR just sees "Mr John Q SuckMy****" and can breath a sigh of relief that they don't have to read what is under the asterisks.
  • Kiss me I'm Polish 2011-09-02 16:11
    Am I the only one concerned by translucent buttons on the iPhone?
  • dkf 2011-09-02 16:37
    hoodaticus:
    This reminds me of an argument I had with some so-called Constitutional Conservatives on Townhall. They insisted that the Constitution doesn't give the federal government the power to own land in a state. I attempted to post the following rejoinder from Article I:
    To exercise exclusive Legislation in all Cases whatsoever, over such District (not exceeding ten Miles square) as may, by Cession of particular States, and the acceptance of Congress, become the Seat of the Government of the United States, and to exercise like Authority over all Places purchased by the Consent of the Legislature of the State in which the Same shall be, for the Erection of Forts, Magazines, Arsenals, dock-Yards, and other needful Buildings;

    And of course Townhall blocked it because of the word "Erection". So I replaced it with "Boner" and it went right on through.
    And they didn't filter it on “Arsenal”? Ho hum. I guess they must not be taking into account different spelling variations of common words within the English language…
  • TopPost3r 2011-09-02 16:48
    That's not English! That's that bastardized useless crap they speak in, er, um, England.
    dkf:
    they didn't filter it on "Arsenal"? Ho hum. I guess they must not be taking into account different spelling variations of common words within the English language...
  • Anisocrates 2011-09-02 17:25
    hoodaticus:
    This reminds me of an argument I had with some so-called Constitutional Conservatives on Townhall. They insisted that the Constitution doesn't give the federal government the power to own land in a state. I attempted to post the following rejoinder from Article I:

    To exercise exclusive Legislation in all Cases whatsoever, over such District (not exceeding ten Miles square) as may, by Cession of particular States, and the acceptance of Congress, become the Seat of the Government of the United States, and to exercise like Authority over all Places purchased by the Consent of the Legislature of the State in which the Same shall be, for the Erection of Forts, Magazines, Arsenals, dock-Yards, and other needful Buildings;

    <massive_hijack>

    If the "particular States" cede land, then it's no longer part of those "particular States," right? And indeed Washington, D.C., is not part of the state of Maryland.

    So this doesn't really bear on the case under discussion, where the national parks and whatnot are still part of the states they're in, but are owned by the federal government.

    </massive_hijack>
  • dep 2011-09-02 17:33
    Yes (A, U F?)
  • The_Assimilator 2011-09-02 18:17
    I'm guessing the junk on the electricity bill is supposed to be a barcode, but the printing company didn't have the barcode font installed and so their printer chose the nearest font it could find. I've experienced the same issue before, although thankfully we did all our printing in-house and caught the error before it went to customers.

    Also I wish the idiots who program front-end validation on these sites would learn about regexes and \b instead of using string.Contains() for eveything.
  • method1 2011-09-02 18:34
    The_Assimilator:

    Also I wish the idiots who program front-end validation on these sites would learn about regexes and \b instead of using string.Contains() for eveything.

    Yeah, its amazing that they're still doing it, even after its become a huge joke & a mark of incompetent programming/website design. How stupid do you have to be to not realise that many longer words contain "offensive" words & how can you be that dumb & be a programmer?
  • oheso 2011-09-02 19:14
    AUF - It's a German site, and they decided to abbreviate, "Yes, but the bastard hung up on me."
  • foo 2011-09-02 19:23
    method1:
    how can you be that dumb & be a programmer?
    You're new here?
  • foo 2011-09-02 19:28
    Wonk:
    Why is it that the world never remembered the name of Johann Gambolputty de von Ausfern- schplenden- schlitter- crasscrenbon- fried- digger- dingle- dangle- dongle- dungle- burstein- von- knacker- thrasher- apple- banger- horowitz- ticolensic- grander- knotty- spelltinkle- grandlich- grumblemeyer- spelterwasser- kurstlich- himbleeisen- bahnwagen- gutenabend- bitte- ein- nürnburger- bratwustle- gerspurten- mitz- weimache- luber- hundsfut- gumberaber- shönedanker- kalbsfleisch- mittler- aucher von Hautkopft of Ulm?

    That's a made up name. Real Germans have names like Karl Theodor Maria Nikolaus Johann Jacob Philipp Franz Joseph Sylvester Freiherr von und zu Guttenberg (the former minister of defence of Germany who had to step down because large parts of his dissertation were plagiarized; investigations are still ongoing whether parts of his name were also plagiarized).
  • foo 2011-09-02 19:30
    Anonymous Guy:
    i don't see any issue with showing all statuses but they should probably highlight the current one. Perhaps its to cut down on emails but then again its likely they just got lazy

    Sure. I mean, why implement a switch statement on your server when you can do it on your customers?
  • vidar712 2011-09-02 20:09
    method1:
    The_Assimilator:

    Also I wish the idiots who program front-end validation on these sites would learn about regexes and \b instead of using string.Contains() for eveything.

    Yeah, its amazing that they're still doing it, even after its become a huge joke & a mark of incompetent programming/website design. How stupid do you have to be to not realise that many longer words contain "offensive" words & how can you be that dumb & be a programmer?


    VB
  • D-Coder 2011-09-02 21:25
    gobes:
    Zecc:
    Tuxie:
    Yes AUF, it was.
    Short for "Yes, AUF CAURSE they have been phAUned"

    FTFY. Btw, YMMD.
    "Yes, All Ucked Fup."

    Is this not obvious???
  • Steve 2011-09-02 23:50
    The real WTF of the IBM page is that those three check boxes start out showing "Do not contact me by ..." and then on some pages the "Do not contact me" disappears after the pages load completely as can be seen in that screenshot. And for some reason, the IBM pages ask you those questions over and over.
  • jc 2011-09-03 09:29
    One of my favorite stories about the $0.00 problem was from a guy who got an overdue notice for $0.00, sent them a check for $0.00, and then got a complain from his bank saying that his check had crashed their computer.
  • Luiz Felipe 2011-09-03 11:32
    jc:
    One of my favorite stories about the $0.00 problem was from a guy who got an overdue notice for $0.00, sent them a check for $0.00, and then got a complain from his bank saying that his check had crashed their computer.

    Hum, if this happen with me, i will try to send some injection in the value.
  • Jonathan Wilson 2011-09-03 11:47
    The real WTF is American Express.
  • Vindicotive 2011-09-03 12:23
    airdrik:
    dtobias:
    progree:
    sqrt(frist)


    sqrt(-frist), to make it imaginary.


    Except that frist already is imaginary, which means that both sqrt(frist) and sqrt(-frist) are both frivolous attempts to say nothing at all.


    It doesn't matter if it's true or not:
    This is not a porn site!
  • Randy Snicker 2011-09-03 12:26
    AerieC:
    Roger:
    Abraham, did you try paying a negative number toward your American Express bill? They probably would have sent you as much money as you requested.

    (I know. I used to do QA for a company with a remarkably similar name. Their first online banking site ended up being called "online bonking" by the QA team because of the massive money-evaporating WTFs.)


    The question is, would the bank credit me $100 for cashing a -$100 check?


    ..or would they ask you to immediately transfer some 4 billion bucks on your checking account?
  • Abraham Vegh 2011-09-03 14:03
    Roger:
    Abraham, did you try paying a negative number toward your American Express bill? They probably would have sent you as much money as you requested.

    I will most certainly try this next time.
  • Abraham Vegh 2011-09-03 14:07
    Kiss me I'm Polish:
    Am I the only one concerned by translucent buttons on the iPhone?

    The phone was jailbroken, with I don’t remember what Winterboard theme. Seeing the theme again actually reminded me of just how long ago I submitted that.
  • foo 2011-09-03 18:28
    Luiz Felipe:
    jc:
    One of my favorite stories about the $0.00 problem was from a guy who got an overdue notice for $0.00, sent them a check for $0.00, and then got a complain from his bank saying that his check had crashed their computer.

    Hum, if this happen with me, i will try to send some injection in the value.

    Wait until Bobby Tables is old enough to have checks (provided the US will still use checks by then, but that should be a safe bet).
  • anon 2011-09-04 03:25
    The folders Z_Trash gibberish is a warning from QC that old/orphaned data is going to be deleted.
  • Kasper 2011-09-04 04:15
    Am I the only person who looked at the name Transcash on that bill and noticed that is an anagram of trash cans?
  • Limousines 2011-09-04 05:17
    I once worked at a major international firm with a colleague named Richard A. Peacock.

    Unfortunately his username was made up of his initials and surname.
    As one word.
  • Triple-barrelled de surname 2011-09-04 07:53
    This is not my real name:
    Twitter asks for my real name, then doesn't accept it because it is too long. What do these websites think, that I'm going to change names to fit into their database?

    The recent UK census forms had the same problem.

    Quite why they thought a ~30 character fixed length field would be suitable is beyond me.
  • Matt Westwood 2011-09-04 09:22
    Limousines:
    I once worked at a major international firm with a colleague named Richard A. Peacock.

    Unfortunately his username was made up of his initials and surname.
    As one word.


    There's a company that sells pens, called "Pen Island". The main section of its website address consists of the two words in the company name concatenated.

    GIYF, go look, see I'm not kidding.
  • grumpy 2011-09-04 11:02
    BentFranklin:
    This is not my real name:
    Twitter asks for my real name, then doesn't accept it because it is too long. What do these websites think, that I'm going to change names to fit into their database?


    Your name must be less than 140 characters, Mr. Adolph Blaine Charles David Earl Frederick Gerald Hubert Irvin John Kenneth Lloyd Martin Nero
    Oliver Paul Quincy Randolph Sherman Thomas Uncas Victor William Xerxes Yancy Zeus Wolfeschlegelsteinhausenbergerdorff
    .

    *Nice* link. I see they have Featherstonehaugh which is a laugh in itself - it's pronounced Fanshaw, not the longest of names. :-)
  • da Doctah 2011-09-04 16:18
    Triple-barrelled de surname:
    This is not my real name:
    Twitter asks for my real name, then doesn't accept it because it is too long. What do these websites think, that I'm going to change names to fit into their database?

    The recent UK census forms had the same problem.

    Quite why they thought a ~30 character fixed length field would be suitable is beyond me.


    Probably the same people who decided twenty characters for a city name was enough for the US Postal Service.

    And then along came 33.13N,107.25W.
  • Severity One 2011-09-05 03:31
    F:
    "Norm" needn't worry - the 31st of April isn't going to happen.
    I have written code with in-line comments stating things along the lines of 'this code will stop working if the number of months in a year changes'...
  • Drak 2011-09-05 03:58
    The one in the bill seems to have said 'Assembly' before it was overwritten by junk characters...
  • The Addressor 2011-09-05 05:45
    da Doctah:
    Triple-barrelled de surname:
    This is not my real name:
    Twitter asks for my real name, then doesn't accept it because it is too long. What do these websites think, that I'm going to change names to fit into their database?

    The recent UK census forms had the same problem.

    Quite why they thought a ~30 character fixed length field would be suitable is beyond me.


    Probably the same people who decided twenty characters for a city name was enough for the US Postal Service.

    And then along came 33.13N,107.25W.


    Truth and Consequences are both shorter than 20 characters. You can use either one.
  • Anonymous Cow-Herd 2011-09-05 05:48
    Matt Westwood:
    Good job you don't live in Wyre Piddle or some such variant.

    That sounds painful.
  • QJo 2011-09-05 06:25
    grumpy:
    BentFranklin:
    This is not my real name:
    Twitter asks for my real name, then doesn't accept it because it is too long. What do these websites think, that I'm going to change names to fit into their database?


    Your name must be less than 140 characters, Mr. Adolph Blaine Charles David Earl Frederick Gerald Hubert Irvin John Kenneth Lloyd Martin Nero
    Oliver Paul Quincy Randolph Sherman Thomas Uncas Victor William Xerxes Yancy Zeus Wolfeschlegelsteinhausenbergerdorff
    .

    *Nice* link. I see they have Featherstonehaugh which is a laugh in itself - it's pronounced Fanshaw, not the longest of names. :-)


    Some Featherstonehaughs insist on their name being pronounced Festonhog.
  • QJo 2011-09-05 06:30
    I'm surprised nobody's mentioned Tarquin Fin-tim-lin-bin-whin-bim-lim-bus-stop-F'tang-F'tang-Ole-Biscuitbarrel.

    Or Malcolm Peter Brian Telescope Adrian Umbrella Stand Jasper Wednesday (pops mouth twice) Stoatgobbler John Raw Vegetable (whinnying) Arthur Norman Michael (blows squeaker) Featherstone Smith (whistle) Northgot Edwards Harris (fires pistol, then 'whoop') Mason (chuff-chuff-chuff-chuff) Frampton Jones Fruitbat (laughs) (squeaker) Gilbert (sings) 'We'll keep a welcome in the' (three shots) Williams If I Could Walk That Way Jenkin (squeaker) Tiger-drawers Pratt Thompson (sings) 'Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head' Darcy Carter (horn) Pussycat (sings) 'Don't Sleep In The Subway' Barton Mainwaring (hoot, 'whoop') Smith
  • QJo 2011-09-05 06:35
    Severity One:
    F:
    "Norm" needn't worry - the 31st of April isn't going to happen.
    I have written code with in-line comments stating things along the lines of 'this code will stop working if the number of months in a year changes'...


    I'm reporting this from memory so the details may be inaccurate. However, the gist is accurate enough.

    Deep in the depths of the FORTRAN documentation as issued by DEC VAX there exists an admonition warning against the practice of using "magic numbers" in your code. This is accompanied by an example of the use of a DATA statement to store pi:

    DATA PI /3.1415926536 /

    with suggesting that "If the value of pi changes, then it will be easy to amend the data statement."
  • QJo 2011-09-05 06:37
    Severity One:
    F:
    "Norm" needn't worry - the 31st of April isn't going to happen.
    I have written code with in-line comments stating things along the lines of 'this code will stop working if the number of months in a year changes'...


    I hope you sanity-checked the parameters to guard against anyone calling your code with the wrong number of days.
  • Arrows 2011-09-05 07:23
    Matt Westwood:
    Limousines:
    I once worked at a major international firm with a colleague named Richard A. Peacock.

    Unfortunately his username was made up of his initials and surname.
    As one word.


    There's a company that sells pens, called "Pen Island". The main section of its website address consists of the two words in the company name concatenated.

    GIYF, go look, see I'm not kidding.

    This is the old chestnut.
  • Arancaytar 2011-09-05 09:28
    hoodaticus:
    Dan:
    Sam:
    Apparently he's required to rename himself Nick Larooster.
    Nah, Laporksword will do.

    This reminds me of an argument I had with some so-called Constitutional Conservatives on Townhall. They insisted that the Constitution doesn't give the federal government the power to own land in a state. I attempted to post the following rejoinder from Article I:

    To exercise exclusive Legislation in all Cases whatsoever, over such District (not exceeding ten Miles square) as may, by Cession of particular States, and the acceptance of Congress, become the Seat of the Government of the United States, and to exercise like Authority over all Places purchased by the Consent of the Legislature of the State in which the Same shall be, for the Erection of Forts, Magazines, Arsenals, dock-Yards, and other needful Buildings;

    And of course Townhall blocked it because of the word "Erection". So I replaced it with "Boner" and it went right on through.


    What, and they had no problem with "arsenals"?
  • linepro 2011-09-05 09:38
    Gary:
    EvilSpudBoy:
    I think the reason for listing all the possible statuses with explanations is so that you can not only know what your current status means, but where you are in the workflow. If they just told you what your current status is, you wouldn't know how many stages there are and how how far you are from getting paid.


    The easier explanation is that no one could figure out how to conditionally include text.


    Heisenburg says that you can know your status or your place in the workflow, but not both....
  • The Poop... of DOOM 2011-09-05 09:52
    linepro:
    Gary:
    EvilSpudBoy:
    I think the reason for listing all the possible statuses with explanations is so that you can not only know what your current status means, but where you are in the workflow. If they just told you what your current status is, you wouldn't know how many stages there are and how how far you are from getting paid.


    The easier explanation is that no one could figure out how to conditionally include text.


    Heisenburg says that you can know your status or your place in the workflow, but not both....

    Heisenburg also said: "Mommy, I'm done! Come wipe my tushy!"
  • da Doctah 2011-09-05 12:24
    The Addressor:
    da Doctah:
    And then along came 33.13N,107.25W.


    Truth and Consequences are both shorter than 20 characters. You can use either one.


    Remind me not to let you near any Boolean expressions.

    Actually, most of the locals just call it "T or C", and the local post office accepts this.
  • Matt Westwood 2011-09-05 14:56
    The Poop... of DOOM:
    linepro:
    Gary:
    EvilSpudBoy:
    I think the reason for listing all the possible statuses with explanations is so that you can not only know what your current status means, but where you are in the workflow. If they just told you what your current status is, you wouldn't know how many stages there are and how how far you are from getting paid.


    The easier explanation is that no one could figure out how to conditionally include text.


    Heisenburg says that you can know your status or your place in the workflow, but not both....

    Heisenburg also said: "Mommy, I'm done! Come wipe my tushy!"


    For a start the man you are thinking of spelt his name Heisenberg, and for a second point he probably said something similar to "Es ist fertig gestellt. Wischen meine Arsch."
  • Matt Westwood 2011-09-05 16:32
    The Poop... of DOOM:
    linepro:
    Gary:
    EvilSpudBoy:
    I think the reason for listing all the possible statuses with explanations is so that you can not only know what your current status means, but where you are in the workflow. If they just told you what your current status is, you wouldn't know how many stages there are and how how far you are from getting paid.


    The easier explanation is that no one could figure out how to conditionally include text.


    Heisenburg says that you can know your status or your place in the workflow, but not both....

    Heisenburg also said: "Mommy, I'm done! Come wipe my tushy!"


    Oh yeah, and the real WTF is that Americans need their mothers to wipe their arses for them after they've done a shit.
  • Coyne 2011-09-05 17:14
    EvilSpudBoy:
    I think the reason for listing all the possible statuses with explanations is so that you can not only know what your current status means, but where you are in the workflow. If they just told you what your current status is, you wouldn't know how many stages there are and how how far you are from getting paid.


    I thought that not knowing where you were in the workflow is one of the holy canons of rebate processing. I'm tempted to call "bogus" on this story, because it's hard to believe any rebate processor would give a claimant this much information.

    I sense a firing in some programmer's future...
  • Bonzodog 2011-09-05 17:26
    That warning box about about all the folders of ZTrash.* being deleted on 31/4/11 is straightforward enough, even if the engrish is bad. The .* is a wildcard, I suspect that you will find the each of the module folders contain folders called ZTrash.[something].
  • Coyne 2011-09-05 17:34
    Bonzodog:
    That warning box about about all the folders of ZTrash.* being deleted on 31/4/11 is straightforward enough, even if the engrish is bad. The .* is a wildcard, I suspect that you will find the each of the module folders contain folders called ZTrash.[something].


    Not only is the "Engrish" bad, but also the date software. Last I knew, April only had 30 days.

    So, next question: Since 4/31/2011 won't ever occur, does this mean the Ztrash gets deleted never?
  • This is not my real name 2011-09-05 18:51
    QJo:
    I'm reporting this from memory so the details may be inaccurate. However, the gist is accurate enough.

    Deep in the depths of the FORTRAN documentation as issued by DEC VAX there exists an admonition warning against the practice of using "magic numbers" in your code. This is accompanied by an example of the use of a DATA statement to store pi:

    DATA PI /3.1415926536 /

    with suggesting that "If the value of pi changes, then it will be easy to amend the data statement."


    A Book on C by Kelley and Pohl has the following gem:

    "For example, in physics the letter c is often used to designate the speed of light, which is approximately 299792.458 km/sec. If we write

    #define C 299792.458

    and then use C to represent symbolically the constant 299792.458, it will be easy to change the code when a new physical experiment produces a better value for the speed of light."

    Some of the WTFs in this paragraph:
    - The speed of light is exactly 299792458 m/s, not "approximately".
    - No experiment will ever change the speed of light, as it is defined to be 299792458 m/s.
    - The constant doesn't fit in a floating point, it gets rounded to 299792.47. Even if they didn't know the speed of light was exact, at least they must've known it would never change that much.
    - If they had used a more sensible unit, like say, the SI unit of m/s, they wouldn't have needed a floating point anyway.
  • Matt Westwood 2011-09-06 01:18
    This is not my real name:
    QJo:
    I'm reporting this from memory so the details may be inaccurate. However, the gist is accurate enough.

    Deep in the depths of the FORTRAN documentation as issued by DEC VAX there exists an admonition warning against the practice of using "magic numbers" in your code. This is accompanied by an example of the use of a DATA statement to store pi:

    DATA PI /3.1415926536 /

    with suggesting that "If the value of pi changes, then it will be easy to amend the data statement."


    A Book on C by Kelley and Pohl has the following gem:

    "For example, in physics the letter c is often used to designate the speed of light, which is approximately 299792.458 km/sec. If we write

    #define C 299792.458

    and then use C to represent symbolically the constant 299792.458, it will be easy to change the code when a new physical experiment produces a better value for the speed of light."

    Some of the WTFs in this paragraph:
    - The speed of light is exactly 299792458 m/s, not "approximately".
    - No experiment will ever change the speed of light, as it is defined to be 299792458 m/s.
    - The constant doesn't fit in a floating point, it gets rounded to 299792.47. Even if they didn't know the speed of light was exact, at least they must've known it would never change that much.
    - If they had used a more sensible unit, like say, the SI unit of m/s, they wouldn't have needed a floating point anyway.


    To which the sane reply would be: "You know what I mean, you pedantic pillocks!" The exercise is to show how constants are used to eliminate the use of magic numbers - the fact that the examples used aren't very good is an incidental detail.
  • QJo 2011-09-06 04:12
    Matt Westwood:
    This is not my real name:
    QJo:
    I'm reporting this from memory so the details may be inaccurate. However, the gist is accurate enough.

    Deep in the depths of the FORTRAN documentation as issued by DEC VAX there exists an admonition warning against the practice of using "magic numbers" in your code. This is accompanied by an example of the use of a DATA statement to store pi:

    DATA PI /3.1415926536 /

    with suggesting that "If the value of pi changes, then it will be easy to amend the data statement."


    A Book on C by Kelley and Pohl has the following gem:

    "For example, in physics the letter c is often used to designate the speed of light, which is approximately 299792.458 km/sec. If we write

    #define C 299792.458

    and then use C to represent symbolically the constant 299792.458, it will be easy to change the code when a new physical experiment produces a better value for the speed of light."

    Some of the WTFs in this paragraph:
    - The speed of light is exactly 299792458 m/s, not "approximately".
    - No experiment will ever change the speed of light, as it is defined to be 299792458 m/s.
    - The constant doesn't fit in a floating point, it gets rounded to 299792.47. Even if they didn't know the speed of light was exact, at least they must've known it would never change that much.
    - If they had used a more sensible unit, like say, the SI unit of m/s, they wouldn't have needed a floating point anyway.


    To which the sane reply would be: "You know what I mean, you pedantic pillocks!" The exercise is to show how constants are used to eliminate the use of magic numbers - the fact that the examples used aren't very good is an incidental detail.


    Yes, but the value of pi changing? Oh, come on, Lewis!
  • m 2011-09-06 09:31
    What make of computer did all other other people use? I mean, obviously it's terribly important to know that the one iPhone user was using an iPhone...
  • Arnold 2011-09-06 14:01
    DOS ex Machina:
    The Poop... of DOOM!:

    Always, always, always use a Flinstones character name for such cases. It's not just a good idea, it's the LAW!


    Hanna-Barbera characters? Blasphemy! One must use Looney Tunes characters for such things.


    I use characters and place names from Buffy for everything on my home network. The file server is "Sunnydale", the desktop is "Spike", the laptop is "Willow", and then I briefly flirted with naming the HTPC "Anya" just to see if doing so would cause odd behavior from that box.
  • Bobbbbb 2011-09-06 14:20
    I wanna meet the people who named their kid "Nick The Dick"! LMAO!
  • N00b 2011-09-06 14:52
    This is not my real name:

    - The speed of light is exactly 299792458 m/s, not "approximately".
    - No experiment will ever change the speed of light, as it is defined to be 299792458 m/s.
    I'm constantly amazed as how much I learn from the comments on WTF in spite of the incredibly low SNR. (Sorry trolls, the low SNR part makes this comment not TRWTF.) I did not realize that the C and the length of a meter were tied together. I guess if we do get a more precise measurement of C, then what changes is the length of the meter, not C. Thanks for the info.
  • Troll 2011-09-06 15:28
    QJo:
    Matt Westwood:
    This is not my real name:
    QJo:
    I'm reporting this from memory so the details may be inaccurate. However, the gist is accurate enough.

    Deep in the depths of the FORTRAN documentation as issued by DEC VAX there exists an admonition warning against the practice of using "magic numbers" in your code. This is accompanied by an example of the use of a DATA statement to store pi:

    DATA PI /3.1415926536 /

    with suggesting that "If the value of pi changes, then it will be easy to amend the data statement."


    A Book on C by Kelley and Pohl has the following gem:

    "For example, in physics the letter c is often used to designate the speed of light, which is approximately 299792.458 km/sec. If we write

    #define C 299792.458

    and then use C to represent symbolically the constant 299792.458, it will be easy to change the code when a new physical experiment produces a better value for the speed of light."

    Some of the WTFs in this paragraph:
    - The speed of light is exactly 299792458 m/s, not "approximately".
    - No experiment will ever change the speed of light, as it is defined to be 299792458 m/s.
    - The constant doesn't fit in a floating point, it gets rounded to 299792.47. Even if they didn't know the speed of light was exact, at least they must've known it would never change that much.
    - If they had used a more sensible unit, like say, the SI unit of m/s, they wouldn't have needed a floating point anyway.


    To which the sane reply would be: "You know what I mean, you pedantic pillocks!" The exercise is to show how constants are used to eliminate the use of magic numbers - the fact that the examples used aren't very good is an incidental detail.


    Yes, but the value of pi changing? Oh, come on, Lewis!


    It did change it now =4!

  • JJ 2011-09-06 15:43
    I challenge you to prove that they <i>actually</i> sell pens.
  • JJ 2011-09-06 15:46
    Matt Westwood:
    Limousines:
    I once worked at a major international firm with a colleague named Richard A. Peacock.

    Unfortunately his username was made up of his initials and surname.
    As one word.


    There's a company that sells pens, called "Pen Island". The main section of its website address consists of the two words in the company name concatenated.

    GIYF, go look, see I'm not kidding.

    (Why oh why does the "Reply" button even EXIST??? We should quote automatically!)

    I challenge you to prove that they actually sell pens.
  • Date Format 2011-09-06 17:21
    Coyne:
    Bonzodog:
    That warning box about about all the folders of ZTrash.* being deleted on 31/4/11 is straightforward enough, even if the engrish is bad. The .* is a wildcard, I suspect that you will find the each of the module folders contain folders called ZTrash.[something].


    Not only is the "Engrish" bad, but also the date software. Last I knew, April only had 30 days.

    So, next question: Since 4/31/2011 won't ever occur, does this mean the Ztrash gets deleted never?

    Duh! It's the eleventh of April in 2031, obviously. An early warning, but no WTF.
  • This is not my real name 2011-09-06 22:18
    Matt Westwood:
    This is not my real name:
    A Book on C by Kelley and Pohl has the following gem:

    "For example, in physics the letter c is often used to designate the speed of light, which is approximately 299792.458 km/sec. If we write

    #define C 299792.458

    and then use C to represent symbolically the constant 299792.458, it will be easy to change the code when a new physical experiment produces a better value for the speed of light."


    To which the sane reply would be: "You know what I mean, you pedantic pillocks!" The exercise is to show how constants are used to eliminate the use of magic numbers - the fact that the examples used aren't very good is an incidental detail.


    I'm not being pedantic at all. It's a good book, and the examples are decent. It just contains a major physics fail, which I found funny. And the silly use of a floating point for what is intrinsically an integer value makes it even funnier.
  • Lee 2011-09-07 07:09
    ALTER TABLE Transactions
    ADD CostumerWasPhone varchar(255)
  • SQLDave 2011-09-07 14:04
    method1:
    The_Assimilator:

    Also I wish the idiots who program front-end validation on these sites would learn about regexes and \b instead of using string.Contains() for eveything.

    Yeah, its amazing that they're still doing it, even after its become a huge joke & a mark of incompetent programming/website design. How stupid do you have to be to not realise that many longer words contain "offensive" words & how can you be that dumb & be a programmer?


    I take it you're new to this field.
  • eVil 2011-09-08 08:40
    How exactly does one "spatch"?
    What is capable of being "spatched"?

    Once we know these things, we will know what "despatched" means.
  • suspicit 2011-09-09 08:46
    Troll :
    QJo:
    Yes, but the value of pi changing? Oh, come on, Lewis!


    It did change it now =4!

    Now use this construct to define the derivative at 45 degrees.
  • He Can't Read Law 2011-09-15 11:59
    hoodaticus:
    Dan:
    Sam:
    Apparently he's required to rename himself Nick Larooster.
    Nah, Laporksword will do.

    This reminds me of an argument I had with some so-called Constitutional Conservatives on Townhall. They insisted that the Constitution doesn't give the federal government the power to own land in a state. I attempted to post the following rejoinder from Article I:

    To exercise exclusive Legislation in all Cases whatsoever, over such District (not exceeding ten Miles square) as may, by Cession of particular States, and the acceptance of Congress, become the Seat of the Government of the United States, and to exercise like Authority over all Places purchased by the Consent of the Legislature of the State in which the Same shall be, for the Erection of Forts, Magazines, Arsenals, dock-Yards, and other needful Buildings;

    And of course Townhall blocked it because of the word "Erection". So I replaced it with "Boner" and it went right on through.


    Nope, gives Feds the (power *strike*) "ability" to purchase land from the States. It doesn't give them power to "own" land.

    As in, they can't just go to a state and say "This block now belongs to us".

    However they can purchase land.

    I know that's a little pedant in interpretation of the question at hand, but I find it very important that people are aware of that difference.

    Otherwise you'll have granny force to give up her land so the State can build an apartment complex because they'll earn more taxes from it, all in the name of imminent domain. (ID can only be used to sequester land for infrastructure, not to build a park, or reallocate land to business use).
  • alex n 2011-09-15 20:41
    I think its better to send a check for 0.01, and then ask for a refund since you overpaid.

  • anonymous 2013-06-11 16:52
    This is not my real name:
    QJo:
    I'm reporting this from memory so the details may be inaccurate. However, the gist is accurate enough.

    Deep in the depths of the FORTRAN documentation as issued by DEC VAX there exists an admonition warning against the practice of using "magic numbers" in your code. This is accompanied by an example of the use of a DATA statement to store pi:

    DATA PI /3.1415926536 /

    with suggesting that "If the value of pi changes, then it will be easy to amend the data statement."


    A Book on C by Kelley and Pohl has the following gem:

    "For example, in physics the letter c is often used to designate the speed of light, which is approximately 299792.458 km/sec. If we write

    #define C 299792.458

    and then use C to represent symbolically the constant 299792.458, it will be easy to change the code when a new physical experiment produces a better value for the speed of light."

    Some of the WTFs in this paragraph:
    - The speed of light is exactly 299792458 m/s, not "approximately".
    - No experiment will ever change the speed of light, as it is defined to be 299792458 m/s.
    - The constant doesn't fit in a floating point, it gets rounded to 299792.47. Even if they didn't know the speed of light was exact, at least they must've known it would never change that much.
    - If they had used a more sensible unit, like say, the SI unit of m/s, they wouldn't have needed a floating point anyway.
    In case you're too young to remember your history, that definition was adopted in October of 1983. The first edition of that book was published in 1984; they probably thought it was a rather apropos example of a physical constant that might need to be changed ... !

    If the argument is "yes, but it won't ever change again" - sure, we've all heard that one before, right?