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  • MiffTheFox 2012-09-07 07:10
    TRWTF is Safari on Windows.
  • Warren 2012-09-07 07:24
    Did Vincent try the "Why do we need this?" link? Was the answer "Because when you're on a PC we can't use GPS to spy on your location?"
  • Cbuttius 2012-09-07 07:31
    Madonna Sweet or her publisher/PR has paid Amazon a lot of money to get her book in the top 2 of all search results, regardless of its relevance to the search.

    How is Amazon supposed to provide its great service at such low cost if it doesn't get its money from advertisers...

    (Ok, really, I can understand with google who make all their revenue that way but Amazon makes their main profit from sales, don't they?)

  • Cbuttius 2012-09-07 07:38
    18446744073709551614 is FFFFFFFFFFFFFFFE in hex.

    What it really means is that his password expired 2 days ago, stored in 64 bits.

    Incidentally 24 bit color is 16777216 different possible colors. In 32 bit color one of RGB only gets 10 bits compared to 11 for other other two?

    Not sure how 16-bit works: if you have a palette of 65536 colors your palette would occupy 192K which seems rather expensive. Or does it use 5+5+6 bits for RGB in some order (not sure which one gets six).


  • Severity One 2012-09-07 07:45
    Cbuttius:
    18446744073709551614 is Incidentally 24 bit color is 16777216 different possible colors. In 32 bit color one of RGB only gets 10 bits compared to 11 for other other two?
    Usually red, green, blue, alpha channel.
  • SeySayux 2012-09-07 07:49
    Cbuttius:
    18446744073709551614 is FFFFFFFFFFFFFFFE in hex.
    Incidentally 24 bit color is 16777216 different possible colors. In 32 bit color one of RGB only gets 10 bits compared to 11 for other other two?


    32-bit color is usually just 24 bit RGB with 8 bits for the alpha layer.

    The Safari one is perfectly fine, Belgian Dutch is so diverse you can't properly understand anyone who lives more than 10 km away from you.

    "WTF" probably stands for "Windows Template Forms" or something. Or maybe "Warcraft Text Files"?

    - Sey
  • Philip Newton 2012-09-07 07:52
    Cbuttius:
    Not sure how 16-bit works: if you have a palette of 65536 colors your palette would occupy 192K which seems rather expensive. Or does it use 5+5+6 bits for RGB in some order (not sure which one gets six).

    5+6+5, as far as I know (i.e. green gets the extra bit of colour depth, since eyes are most sensitive to green).
  • Mijzelf 2012-09-07 07:52
    16777216 bit devided over a 1024x768 screen, gives 21 1/3 bit per pixel, 7 bits per channel.
    I wonder what the remaining 1/3 bit does?

  • Bill 2012-09-07 07:58
    How is it possible that there are this many comments and yet nobody has said 16777216 bits of color should be enough for anyone? Well I'm certainly not going to do it.
  • Mimi 2012-09-07 08:03
    Warren:
    Did Vincent try the "Why do we need this?" link? Was the answer "Because when you're on a PC we can't use GPS to spy on your location?"
    Is there a new version of GPS that detects the language you speak?
  • Jerry 2012-09-07 08:07
    That thing from easyJet is not an email. Email is text. Some spammer decided to send you what is, most likely, a horribly garbled web page in an email envelope. (Strike One.) You decided to open it. (Strike Two.) In a program that cheerfully does whatever spammers tell it to do, with no regard for the safety of your computer. (Strike Three.)

    Protip: Instant spam filter -- if it contains HTML, trash it.
  • Tim 2012-09-07 08:09
    MiffTheFox:
    TRWTF is Safari on Windows.
    What's wrong with the blind leading the blind? Nobody else will bother to help them.
  • Spudley 2012-09-07 08:10
    Mimi:
    Warren:
    Did Vincent try the "Why do we need this?" link? Was the answer "Because when you're on a PC we can't use GPS to spy on your location?"
    Is there a new version of GPS that detects the language you speak?


    That's a scary thought.

    (which probably means it's true, right?)
  • Enoch 2012-09-07 08:12
    Mimi:
    Warren:
    Did Vincent try the "Why do we need this?" link? Was the answer "Because when you're on a PC we can't use GPS to spy on your location?"
    Is there a new version of GPS that detects the language you speak?
    They don't need your GPS for that. They're recording all your calls.
  • $$ERR:get_name_fail 2012-09-07 08:44
    Translation of the German email:

    Hello _______

    For our customer ________ .NET Development [something missing] Applications.

    You should have the following skills:

    - Programming knowledge C#
    - .NET Framework 3.5
    - WTF
    - Experience with Oracle databases
    - Stored Procedures
  • Singleton or Someting 2012-09-07 08:44
    "Perhaps someone can tell me which option means 'unsubscribe'?

    Click "confirm"....?
  • Jack Boot 2012-09-07 08:46
    Enoch:
    They're recording all your calls.
    Hey, I work in their datacenter and it isn't as bad as you paranoids think. We're just looking for:

    * Terrorists
    * Kiddie porners
    * Drug dealers
    * Gun runners
    * Tax evaders
    * Murderers
    * Cell phone using drivers
    * Burglars
    * The "one percent". And the next one percent after them.
    * Fags, trannies, and all other manner of misfits
    * Drug abusers
    * Romney voters
    * Drug users
    * Obama voters
    * Unlicensed roadside ice cream vendors
    * Speeders
    * Spammers
    * People who don't use their seat belts
    * Anonymous posters
    * That guy who left his blinker on for three miles
  • Cbuttius 2012-09-07 08:51
    MiffTheFox:
    TRWTF is Safari on Windows.


    I have it, use it mainly only when I am cheating at Bejeweled Blitz.
  • Chris A 2012-09-07 08:55
    Bill:
    How is it possible that there are this many comments and yet nobody has said 16777216 bits of color should be enough for anyone? Well I'm certainly not going to do it.

    Well I remember the Amiga days of trying to decide if you could justify 320000 bits of colour per the whole screen, but I guess times change.;-)
  • Cbuttius 2012-09-07 08:56
    Wordpress Theme Framework...

    used for writing blogs? WTF ones?
  • Bill 2012-09-07 09:16
    Jack Boot:
    We're just looking for...
    You forgot Visual Basic programmers.
  • Help 2012-09-07 09:21
    We have a computer with a vicious piece of malware we recognize from past painful events.

    Me to user: please do not perturb the computer in any way. Do not run a virus scan. Do not install anything. Do not log in, log out, or reboot. Leave it untouched until we can decide on next steps. Any "checking for intrusions" may destroy evidence.

    User reply: I've just run MalwarBytes full scan and Forefront full scan and found no issues.

    Obviously I need help making myself clearer. Anyone?
  • Decade 2012-09-07 09:24
    I'm guessing the super-boring explanation for "WTF" is a typo or something for "WPF."
  • powerlord 2012-09-07 09:27
    Decade:
    I'm guessing the super-boring explanation for "WTF" is a typo or something for "WPF."


    That was my assumption. WPF being an English acronym for a technology name, I can't completely blame the HR people for getting it wrong. Especially since WTF is also an English acronym...
  • redtetrahedron 2012-09-07 09:31
    I haven't been able to download Safari for a couple of months. It just redirects me to the main Safari page. Maybe it's because I'm not from Belgium?
  • XXXXXX 2012-09-07 09:33
    Frankly I would love to have more coworkers who can read WTF code, understand the WTF code, and be able to fix bugs or add new features.
  • pitchingchris 2012-09-07 09:35
    Decade:
    I'm guessing the super-boring explanation for "WTF" is a typo or something for "WPF."


    Could be WCF as well.
  • SenTree 2012-09-07 09:40
    Philip Newton:
    Cbuttius:
    Not sure how 16-bit works: if you have a palette of 65536 colors your palette would occupy 192K which seems rather expensive. Or does it use 5+5+6 bits for RGB in some order (not sure which one gets six).

    5+6+5, as far as I know (i.e. green gets the extra bit of colour depth, since eyes are most sensitive to green).

    Yep, I'm currently developing code for just such a display.
  • ¯\(°_o)/¯ I DUNNO LOL 2012-09-07 09:51
    Location
    (_) Belgium (French)
    (_) Belgium (Dutch)
    (_) Belgium (Dutch)
    (_) Belgium (Dutch)
    (_) Belgium (Dutch)
    (_) Belgium (Dutch)
    (_) Belgium (Dutch)
    (_) Belgium (Dutch)
    (_) Belgium (Dutch)
    (_) Belgium (Dutch)
    (_) Belgium (Dutch)
    (_) Belgium (Dutch)
    (O) [__WTF__]
  • Anonymous 2012-09-07 09:53
    MiffTheFox:
    TRWTF is Safari on Windows.


    TRWTF is someone wanted to download Safari on Windows.
  • golddog 2012-09-07 09:55
    Ruquay gets bonus points for what is apparently a wooden table beneath his/her reader.
  • ekolis 2012-09-07 10:15
    Yo dawg, we put a window in your window so you can use a desktop while you use a desktop!

    I wonder if WTF stands for some sort of framework... still waiting on a Windows Transaction Foundation!
  • RichP 2012-09-07 10:21
    Vincent gets the Rory for most gratuitous use of the word "Belgium".

  • poizan42 2012-09-07 10:39
    SeySayux:
    Cbuttius:
    18446744073709551614 is FFFFFFFFFFFFFFFE in hex.
    Incidentally 24 bit color is 16777216 different possible colors. In 32 bit color one of RGB only gets 10 bits compared to 11 for other other two?


    32-bit color is usually just 24 bit RGB with 8 bits for the alpha layer.


    So how the hell can a monitor have an alpha channel? Can you see the electronics behind the pixel if it is not opaque, or something like that?
  • minitech 2012-09-07 10:54
    We have discovered one of the six users of Safari for Windows.
  • Ben Jammin 2012-09-07 11:04
    poizan42:
    SeySayux:
    Cbuttius:
    18446744073709551614 is FFFFFFFFFFFFFFFE in hex.
    Incidentally 24 bit color is 16777216 different possible colors. In 32 bit color one of RGB only gets 10 bits compared to 11 for other other two?


    32-bit color is usually just 24 bit RGB with 8 bits for the alpha layer.


    So how the hell can a monitor have an alpha channel? Can you see the electronics behind the pixel if it is not opaque, or something like that?


    All knowing wikipedia says, "Many modern desktop systems (Mac OS X, GNOME, KDE, Windows XP/Vista/7, etc...) offer an option for 24-bit truecolor with 8 bits for an alpha channel, which is referred to as '32-bit color'." (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Color_depth)
  • Ben Jammin 2012-09-07 11:05
    Chris A:
    Bill:
    How is it possible that there are this many comments and yet nobody has said 16777216 bits of color should be enough for anyone? Well I'm certainly not going to do it.

    Well I remember the Amiga days of trying to decide if you could justify 320000 bits of colour per the whole screen, but I guess times change.;-)


    From what I hear, women can generally see more shades of red than men. (http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/3929071.stm)

    I guess this means, depending on one's gender, 16777216 bits of color may be enough. ;)
  • foo 2012-09-07 11:06
    Jack Boot:
    Enoch:
    They're recording all your calls.
    Hey, I work in their datacenter and it isn't as bad as you paranoids think. We're just looking for:

    * Terrorists
    * Kiddie porners
    * Drug dealers
    * Gun runners
    * Tax evaders
    * Murderers
    * Cell phone using drivers
    * Burglars
    * The "one percent". And the next one percent after them.
    * Fags, trannies, and all other manner of misfits
    * Drug abusers
    * Romney voters
    * Drug users
    * Obama voters
    * Unlicensed roadside ice cream vendors
    * Speeders
    * Spammers
    * People who don't use their seat belts
    * Anonymous posters
    * That guy who left his blinker on for three miles
    You should really screen for nonvoters. Just in case, you know.
  • Joe 2012-09-07 11:12
    Jack Boot:
    We're just looking for:

    * Tax evaders
    * The "one percent". And the next one percent after them.
    * Romney voters


    You have some duplicates there.
  • Ozz 2012-09-07 11:20
    MiffTheFox:
    TRWTF is Windows.

    FTFY
  • Ozz 2012-09-07 11:23
    Joe:
    Jack Boot:
    We're just looking for:

    * Tax evaders
    * The "one percent". And the next one percent after them.
    * Romney voters


    You have some duplicates there.

    Not sure. Timothy Geithner fits the first two, but is probably an Obama guy.
  • oldami 2012-09-07 11:41
    That Dan (black belt) certificate does make me laugh. But what also makes me laugh is that my Dan certificates are from the World Taekwondo Federation. Yes, that's right, I have a 2nd degree black belt in WTF. I try not to apply it to my work.
  • operagost 2012-09-07 12:07
    Jerry:
    That thing from easyJet is not an email. Email is text. Some spammer decided to send you what is, most likely, a horribly garbled web page in an email envelope. (Strike One.) You decided to open it. (Strike Two.) In a program that cheerfully does whatever spammers tell it to do, with no regard for the safety of your computer. (Strike Three.)

    Protip: Instant spam filter -- if it contains HTML, trash it.

    1999 called, it wants its rant back.
  • operagost 2012-09-07 12:14
    Joe:
    Jack Boot:
    We're just looking for:

    * Tax evaders
    * The "one percent". And the next one percent after them.
    * Romney voters


    You have some duplicates there.


    * Terrorists
    * Kiddie porners
    * Drug dealers
    * Gun runners
    * Tax evaders
    * Murderers
    * Burglars
    * Drug abusers
    * Drug users
    * Obama voters

    You forgot about these dupes, too. Definitely dupes.
  • operagost 2012-09-07 12:16
    Ozz:
    Joe:
    Jack Boot:
    We're just looking for:

    * Tax evaders
    * The "one percent". And the next one percent after them.
    * Romney voters


    You have some duplicates there.

    Not sure. Timothy Geithner fits the first two, but is probably an Obama guy.

    Heck, Obama is a 1%-er, and I'm pretty sure I know who he's going to vote for.
  • Ron 2012-09-07 12:28
    operagost:
    Heck, Obama is a 1%-er, and I'm pretty sure I know who he's going to vote for.
    He probably won't have time to vote. He's too busy micromanaging the economy so we can all prosper, but not get rich, because that would be wicked.

    Everything will be fine. Any day now.
  • Black Belt 2012-09-07 12:33
    I think the first rule of being "entrusted with the rank of _____________" is that you don't talk about "the rank of _____________".

    And you certainly wouldn't give away the secret internal codez to the uninitiated!
  • PiisAWheeL 2012-09-07 12:33
    poizan42:
    SeySayux:
    Cbuttius:
    18446744073709551614 is FFFFFFFFFFFFFFFE in hex.
    Incidentally 24 bit color is 16777216 different possible colors. In 32 bit color one of RGB only gets 10 bits compared to 11 for other other two?


    32-bit color is usually just 24 bit RGB with 8 bits for the alpha layer.


    So how the hell can a monitor have an alpha channel? Can you see the electronics behind the pixel if it is not opaque, or something like that?
    You may just be a troll but I'll bite. When refering to 24 bit color (or any of them) you are not refering to screen space or monitor technology. It is how the computer represents a color internally.
    When they say 24bit color and 8 bit alpha, they mean 8 bits (0-255 possible value) for each primary color (primary as far as the computer is concerned) of RGB (Red Green Blue). The alpha value is equivilent to the brightness of the specific color. Each pixel on your 1024x768 monitor can have a seperate (32bit) value for each pixel on the screen.
    This is why the memory requirements go up exponentially as your screen resolution goes up. Fortunatelly we are just about to the point where most of the population (myself included) can't tell the difference in resolution past a certain point.
  • Jeff 2012-09-07 12:38
    I'd suggest changing your password now, Shawn.

    Unless you want to be nagged by that same dialog every day for the next 18446744073709551614 days.

    Then again, maybe it would be worth it if they'll guarantee you live that long. 50 thousand trillion years should be enough for anyone.
  • chubertdev 2012-09-07 12:38
    ekolis:
    Yo dawg, we put a window in your window so you can use a desktop while you use a desktop!

    I wonder if WTF stands for some sort of framework... still waiting on a Windows Transaction Foundation!


    Yeah, that would have been insanely funny if it had read "Microsoft WTF"


    "Well, to be honest, I have years of experience with Microsoft WTFs!"
  • Zecc 2012-09-07 12:40
    Jerry:
    Protip: Instant spam filter -- if it contains HTML, trash it.
    Your password reset link is in the mail.
  • PiisAWheeL 2012-09-07 12:46
    Zecc:
    Jerry:
    Protip: Instant spam filter -- if it contains HTML, trash it.
    Your password reset link is in your spam folder.
    FTFY
  • Mason Wheeler 2012-09-07 12:57
    XXXXXX:
    Frankly I would love to have more coworkers who can read WTF code, understand the WTF code, and be able to fix bugs or add new WTFery.

    FTFY
  • jay 2012-09-07 13:28
    operagost:
    Ozz:
    Joe:
    Jack Boot:
    We're just looking for:

    * Tax evaders
    * The "one percent". And the next one percent after them.
    * Romney voters


    You have some duplicates there.

    Not sure. Timothy Geithner fits the first two, but is probably an Obama guy.

    Heck, Obama is a 1%-er, and I'm pretty sure I know who he's going to vote for.


    Not to mention George Soros, and I would guess most of the Wall Street types who got bailout money from Obama.

    There's a curious myth that rich people are Republicans. But surely to the extent that they vote for their own best interests, most will be Democrats. It's the Democrats who are in favor of big bailouts when a megacorporation gets in trouble; the Republicans tend to say that the market should deal with them. It's the Democrats who are in favor of "government-business partnerships", which of course always means government and BIG business -- the president doesn't call Joe's Shoe Store in Podunk and ask him to join a commission on economic planning. It's the Democrats who want lots of business regulation, which of course benefits the big guy who can afford to hire lobbyists to get the regulations tailored to suit him and for whom the cost of lawyers to comply with the regs is not a big deal. (I recall a few years back it was found that Mattel toy company was selling toys that had lead paint. There was a big scandal and the government imposed new safety regulations on toys, with a provision that companies could get a waiver if they had their own testing labs to insure their toys were safe. The first company to qualify for the waiver: Mattel.) Free markets benefit consumers and small business. Socialism benefits big business, because they're the ones who are part of the establishment making the rules.
  • jay 2012-09-07 13:31
    Of course Amazon knows you're male. That's why they put sex books at the top of all your search results. I'm sure the criteria is: author matches search text OR title matches search text OR user is male and book is about sex OR user is female and book is about 'relationships'.
  • Spewin Coffee 2012-09-07 13:40
    TRWTF is putting NSFW content on this website.
  • M 2012-09-07 13:52
    $$ERR:get_name_fail:
    Translation of the German email:

    Hello _______

    For our customer ________ .NET Development [something missing] Applications.

    You should have the following skills:

    - Programming knowledge C#
    - .NET Framework 3.5
    - WTF
    - Experience with Oracle databases
    - Stored Procedures


    So "stored procedures" is the same in English and German? Odd.
  • nobody 2012-09-07 13:59
    Color correction monitors can do 48 bits, also 16 million colors

    http://www.eizo.com/global/products/coloredge/cg276/index.html#tab02

    http://quato.biz/english/IP240Excellence.php
  • poizan42 2012-09-07 15:50
    PiisAWheeL:

    When they say 24bit color and 8 bit alpha, they mean 8 bits (0-255 possible value) for each primary color (primary as far as the computer is concerned) of RGB (Red Green Blue). The alpha value is equivilent to the brightness of the specific color. Each pixel on your 1024x768 monitor can have a seperate (32bit) value for each pixel on the screen.


    No the alpha value isn't equivalent to the brightness of the specific color. The brightness is fully described by the amount of red, green and blue color - using 8 bits per channel you can e.g. get both black at (0,0,0) and white at (255,255,255).

    An alpha channel is usually used when compositing images - it describes how much of the image behind that "bleeds through". It doesn't make sense for a monitor to use an alpha channel, unless they can actually make the pixels transparent, as I was trying to point out.

    Now some monitors exists that can actually show more than 8 bits per channel - we call that "Deep Color". From what I know (and wikipedia agrees with me, if that is worth anything), they come in 30, 36 and 48 bit variant. No 32 bits versions. It is possible that such an esoteric monitor actually exists somewhere out there, but I seriously doubt that it makes up for 55% of the visitors. Sadly a lot of software wrongly reports 24 bits color depth as 32 bits, so that seems like a much more likely explanation.
  • derp 2012-09-07 16:10
    Jeff:
    I'd suggest changing your password now, Shawn.

    Unless you want to be nagged by that same dialog every day for the next 18446744073709551614 days.


    Their notification is so far in advance, that he'd get another one the moment he changed it.

    Either way, Shawn is screwed.
  • consequat 2012-09-07 16:15
    Jerry:
    That thing from easyJet is not an email. Email is text. Some spammer decided to send you what is, most likely, a horribly garbled web page in an email envelope. (Strike One.) You decided to open it. (Strike Two.) In a program that cheerfully does whatever spammers tell it to do, with no regard for the safety of your computer. (Strike Three.)

    Protip: Instant spam filter -- if it contains HTML, trash it.


    Good luck actually reading any emails then. No modern email client defaults to text. At least there will be a link (legitimate!) in text somewhere at some point.
  • conifer 2012-09-07 16:41
    poizan42:

    An alpha channel is usually used when compositing images - it describes how much of the image behind that "bleeds through". It doesn't make sense for a monitor to use an alpha channel, unless they can actually make the pixels transparent, as I was trying to point out.

    Now some monitors exists that can actually show more than 8 bits per channel - we call that "Deep Color". From what I know (and wikipedia agrees with me, if that is worth anything), they come in 30, 36 and 48 bit variant. No 32 bits versions. It is possible that such an esoteric monitor actually exists somewhere out there, but I seriously doubt that it makes up for 55% of the visitors. Sadly a lot of software wrongly reports 24 bits color depth as 32 bits, so that seems like a much more likely explanation.


    It's really even more complicated than that. The colo(u)r depth of many cheap flat panels is actually only 6 bits / channel due to cheap drive electronics. Some use dithering, spatial (patterns) or temporal (rapid flickering), to regain the lost two bits. Add to that the fact that many cheap TN panels have poor color reproduction to begin with, and you may have a large display, but not much quality to speak of. Better - alas, more expensive - displays have better drivers that have 8 actual bits per channel, and better panel technologies, such as IPS. The panel is fundamentally an analog device, so reproducing more than 8 bits per channel is possible, but requires changes in drive electronics - or dithering.

    CRT displays are analog devices at the input level, so they can - theoretically - display an arbitrary number of colors. The limit in color accuracy is set again by the drive electronics, i.e. the display adapter in the computer, specifically the speed and accuracy of its D/A converters, the electron gun drivers in the display, and the cabling in between. The task is to accurately reproduce variations in voltage levels at high frequencies (for high resolutions and refresh rates), which is no easy task. AFAIK, only some specialized display adapters had a color depth of more than 8 bits per channel (not counting alpha). I remember reading about a range of display hardware that had a huge grayscale range for examining X-ray images.

    I for one would regard with keen interest a monitor technology where I could set the background to all zeroes and see what's behind the monitor, yet set a terminal window's background to black, alpha 100%, and not see through it. (Background images might perhaps be fully visible to the flip side?) It would be very handy, for example, when working with a paper copy and a large screen; I could just clip the paper to the back of the screen and type away, not obscuring the screen with the paper, but vice versa.

    captcha: vulputate - amputate a limb by having a fox bite it off.
  • for choon 2012-09-07 16:53
    Jerry:
    That thing from easyJet is not an email.

    Jerry:
    Email is text.

    Jerry:
    In a program that cheerfully does whatever spammers tell it to do, with no regard for the safety of your computer.

    Jerry:
    if it contains HTML, trash it.


    Allow me to summarize my response to those:
  • 6 2012-09-07 17:05
    Das richtig WTF ist Deutschedingwortkenntnisse
  • f 2012-09-07 17:08
    The Insurance Agency should not make software. Why don't they learn this already. If you're not a software company, use something that's as high-level as possible (HTMl should work in most cases). If you try to make a desktop application you will most likely make a turd.
  • Brendan 2012-09-07 17:49
    PiisAWheeL:
    poizan42:
    So how the hell can a monitor have an alpha channel? Can you see the electronics behind the pixel if it is not opaque, or something like that?
    You may just be a troll but I'll bite. When refering to 24 bit color (or any of them) you are not refering to screen space or monitor technology. It is how the computer represents a color internally.
    When they say 24bit color and 8 bit alpha, they mean 8 bits (0-255 possible value) for each primary color (primary as far as the computer is concerned) of RGB (Red Green Blue). The alpha value is equivilent to the brightness of the specific color.

    You may be a troll, but the 8 bits of "alpha" are typically just unused padding for alignment purposes. Some video cards may use them for non-standard purposes; like telling the video card to get the colour from a feature connector or some other source instead (MPEG decoder?), and in some cases it actually may be a true alpha channel (e.g. to determine how much colour should come from the alternative source).

    For "32-bpp" those spare 8 bits are never an intensity flag. You might be thinking of 16-colour CGA (where the 4th bit is an intensity bit).
  • PiisAWheeL 2012-09-07 20:18
    Brendan:
    PiisAWheeL:
    poizan42:
    So how the hell can a monitor have an alpha channel? Can you see the electronics behind the pixel if it is not opaque, or something like that?
    You may just be a troll but I'll bite. When refering to 24 bit color (or any of them) you are not refering to screen space or monitor technology. It is how the computer represents a color internally.
    When they say 24bit color and 8 bit alpha, they mean 8 bits (0-255 possible value) for each primary color (primary as far as the computer is concerned) of RGB (Red Green Blue). The alpha value is equivilent to the brightness of the specific color.

    You may be a troll, but the 8 bits of "alpha" are typically just unused padding for alignment purposes. Some video cards may use them for non-standard purposes; like telling the video card to get the colour from a feature connector or some other source instead (MPEG decoder?), and in some cases it actually may be a true alpha channel (e.g. to determine how much colour should come from the alternative source).

    For "32-bpp" those spare 8 bits are never an intensity flag. You might be thinking of 16-colour CGA (where the 4th bit is an intensity bit).
    Ya it has been a while since i've bothered to look any of that up... It wont be the first time I was wrong ^__i_^
  • spoofuser 2012-09-08 04:30
    Bill:
    Jack Boot:
    We're just looking for...
    You forgot Visual Basic and PHP programmers.
  • Norman Diamond 2012-09-08 04:41
    After figuring out what the taekwondo person meant by "seal", I saw it. It looks to me like "&#51344:", which isn't an HTML entity because it doesn't end in a semicolon.
  • Norman Diamond 2012-09-08 04:48
    So EasyJet sends e-mail to a former customer? How boring. Cebu Pacific is so much more interesting. Whenever anyone with an address in one particular village makes a reservation to fly from anywhere to anywhere on Cebu Pacific, Cebu Pacific sends me e-mail giving me the passenger's name, phone number, and itinerary. I wouldn't count on that getting fixed. I informed Cebu Pacific around 3 years ago.
  • Maurits 2012-09-08 23:27
    As far as I can tell the HTML entity is supposed to be this.



    http://www.fileformat.info/info/unicode/char/c890/index.htm
  • ronin 2012-09-09 03:50
    A large German email and online services provider once seriously had a job advertisement looking for a network administrator with experience in BOFH and LART.
  • Captcha:iusto 2012-09-09 09:00
    Conduit - increase revenue by creating a custom Community Toolbar. With a toolbar unique to your business, you'll connect and engage with your users, extend your reach, boost traffic to your site, and build brand awareness.

    THEY MAKE FUCKING ADWARE, WHY ARE THEY IN THIS PAGE.
  • dkf 2012-09-09 15:43
    ronin:
    A large German email and online services provider once seriously had a job advertisement looking for a network administrator with experience in BOFH and LART.
    That's actually quite cunning; anyone who can truthfully claim to know what they mean will probably do quite reasonably at the job (assuming other qualifications also present). Not a WTF at all.
  • David 2012-09-09 19:35
    operagost:
    1999 called, it wants its rant back.


    Two things:

    1. "$YEAR called, it wants its $THING back" was toe-curlingly unfunny and unclever the first time it was used. Now it just makes you look like a tool.

    2. If 1999 had done its job better, then people would not be making what would be considered n00b mistakes even then, and we would not need to point out their idiocy.

    3. Yay innumeracy!
  • David 2012-09-09 19:40
    Brendan:
    PiisAWheeL:
    poizan42:
    So how the hell can a monitor have an alpha channel? Can you see the electronics behind the pixel if it is not opaque, or something like that?
    You may just be a troll but I'll bite. When refering to 24 bit color (or any of them) you are not refering to screen space or monitor technology. It is how the computer represents a color internally.
    When they say 24bit color and 8 bit alpha, they mean 8 bits (0-255 possible value) for each primary color (primary as far as the computer is concerned) of RGB (Red Green Blue). The alpha value is equivilent to the brightness of the specific color.

    You may be a troll, but the 8 bits of "alpha" are typically just unused padding for alignment purposes. Some video cards may use them for non-standard purposes; like telling the video card to get the colour from a feature connector or some other source instead (MPEG decoder?), and in some cases it actually may be a true alpha channel (e.g. to determine how much colour should come from the alternative source).

    For "32-bpp" those spare 8 bits are never an intensity flag. You might be thinking of 16-colour CGA (where the 4th bit is an intensity bit).


    You are *all* trolls, but I shall bite.

    The statistics quoted are those reported by the browser, which are those supplied by the operating system. The OS, for reasons of performance (think "DWORD alignment") uses 32-bit colour; and so this is what it reports to the browser, which then reports it to the server.

    The *monitors* colour resolution does not come into it anywhere, so the whole argument is moot. (Or, if you are from the internet, mute.)

    HTH.
  • David 2012-09-09 19:46
    Norman Diamond:
    After figuring out what the taekwondo person meant by "seal", I saw it. It looks to me like "&#51344:", which isn't an HTML entity because it doesn't end in a semicolon.


    That might be why it didnt render correctly?

    Considering how lackadaisical browsers can be about enforcing valid HTML, they sure seem to be picky about numerical entity formatting.

    Of course, TRWTF is browsers that encounter a broken web page and just render it anyway instead of just putting up a page that says "Error - defective website" and the site owners home telephone number.
  • English Man 2012-09-10 03:40
    Jerry:
    That thing from easyJet is not an email. Email is text.
    HTML is text.
  • Pelt Belt 2012-09-10 05:02
    John Rasch smiled and rubbed his Zen Master beard. Finally, after 11 years, he had figured out a way to covertly brag about his SECOND Degree Black Belt.
  • Dave 2012-09-10 10:16
    I'm sure the criteria is: author matches search text OR title matches search text OR (user is male AND book is about sex) OR (user is female AND book is about 'relationships').

    FTFY. Not to be a jerk, but because I figured it's what TDWTF would want. n'est ce pas?
  • cousteau 2012-09-10 12:45
    I would totally have clicked "Other" button and written "Belgium (Dutch)". At least for the screenshot.
  • Stoner 2012-09-10 17:52
    ¯\(°_o)/¯ I DUNNO LOL:
    Location
    (_) Belgium (French)
    (_) Belgium (Dutch)
    (_) Belgium (Dutch)
    (_) Belgium (Dutch)
    (_) Belgium (Dutch)
    (_) Belgium (Dutch)
    (_) Belgium (Dutch)
    (_) Belgium (Dutch)
    (_) Belgium (Dutch)
    (_) Belgium (Dutch)
    (_) Belgium (Dutch)
    (_) Belgium (Dutch)
    (O) [__WTF__]

    Man I remember seeing a Kombi that dutched out on a European holiday....
  • H. Kohler 2012-09-11 04:28
    My best guess is that it says: 'for our customer we're looking for a .NET Developer".

    Entwickler > Enwicklung WHERE CONTEXT == 'JOB DESCRIPTION'
  • Jakob H. Poulsen 2012-09-11 05:00
    I can see how a German recruiter on the phone with a hiring client could pick up "WCF" as "WTF", considering the German pronunciation of the letters C and T.

    CAPTCHA: damnum - "Damnum stuck up Northerners!"
  • The Great Lobachevsky 2012-09-11 15:09
    Maurits:
    As far as I can tell the HTML entity is supposed to be this.



    http://www.fileformat.info/info/unicode/char/c890/index.htm


    좐 = John. The top left character is the J sound, the top right character is an "ah" sound, and the bottom character is the "n" sound.
  • Neil 2012-09-12 12:30
    consequat:
    Good luck actually reading any emails then. No modern email client defaults to text.
    Last time I looked, Thunderbird and SeaMonkey will autoconvert your HTML message to plain text if it looks safe to do so. There are actually levels of safety, so for instance PRE and BLOCKQUOTE are safest, things like OL trigger a warning (because they will get converted to static text), and other stuff triggers a dire warning (but you can still force the message to send as text).

    CAPTCHA: A ratis typing this for me.
  • Neil 2012-09-12 12:47
    Safari uses the Webkit Template Framework.

    Not to be confused with the Mozilla Framework Based on Templates, of course.
  • J. S. 2012-09-12 20:33
    The 16777216-bit monitor is probably that new type of monitor, called an LSD-monitor. It's exactly like the drug of the same acronym.
  • My name 2012-09-14 08:57
    The EasyJet one is not a WTF. Just in line with company policy: You have to pay extra to get the opt-out link.
  • GalacticCowboy 2012-09-19 13:04
    Clearly, the operative word in the password-change message was "within".
  • tom 2012-10-10 14:02
    While I hate Safari, I have it installed on my Windows box so I can test web apps for cross-browser compatibility.
  • Mikey 2012-10-16 00:47
    Incidentally, 2^24 = 16,777,216. Clearly, this should just be added to the 24-bit category.
  • SHiNKiROU 2012-12-17 03:52
    The Forms dialog... Looks like the BCeSIS used in schools in British Columbia, that teachers complained about