Squared Interior Design

  • MysteryGuest 2012-05-11 09:07
    Wow! Frist!

  • ctd 2012-05-11 09:08
    "they probably do a lot of rectangular designs."

    Lots of duplicate work, too.
  • mott555 2012-05-11 09:11
    TRWTF is Wouter's WTF is in there twice.
  • Nagesh 2012-05-11 09:12
    B&S? Ain't being this an American slang words?
  • Ben R 2012-05-11 09:13
    "I'm not really sure what happened here, but I had to use Chrome's developer tools to hack my birthdate into the form so I could submit it," writes Dave.



    Guy A: The form isn't working!

    Guy B: Of course it is, i just got a submission!
  • pjt33 2012-05-11 09:14
    Julie Crowner is TRWTF for even considering using her mother's real middle name in the security question. That kind of information isn't secret enough.
  • steenbergh 2012-05-11 09:18
    mott555:
    TRWTF is Wouter's WTF is in there twice.


    Another WTF is that the list of 3-letter names is not exhaustive. I mean, really, do some research. At least add Zoe...
  • Jens 2012-05-11 09:25
    Ever been to Porthmadog? It is dark and cold there.
  • zoe 2012-05-11 09:33
    Look again! Zoe's in there. And Ivy's in there twice!
  • The MAZZTer 2012-05-11 09:33
    "I was forced to hard boot my machine since Windows doesn't allow you to edit your username on the locked-login screen."

    Pretty sure it does, you just have to press Ctrl+Alt+Del a second. I think. I've never had to do it myself.
  • Web Dude 2012-05-11 09:33
    Oh look, another ERROR_SUCCESS WTF. Hilarity ensued!
  • Jellineck 2012-05-11 09:36
    pjt33:
    Julie Crowner is TRWTF for even considering using her mother's real middle name in the security question. That kind of information isn't secret enough.


    I don't have that problem since my dad doesn't have a middle name.

    captcha: minim - another word to add to the list of words I use instead of 'X' for a middle name...now where did I leave my master list of middle names/web sites.
  • Zed 2012-05-11 09:44
    Zed's dead, baby. Zed's dead.
  • TopTension 2012-05-11 09:49
    The real WTF is using a real name as a reply to a scurity question.
  • Bobdole 2012-05-11 09:50
    I'll recognize a liberty mutual N-number anywhere.
  • Nagesh 2012-05-11 09:52
    Jens:
    Ever been to Porthmadog? It is dark and cold there.

    Ain't it?
  • steenbergh 2012-05-11 09:57
    Hmm, apparantly so. My bad, assumed alphabetical order, not ABC per gender...
  • anon 2012-05-11 09:57
    The MAZZTer:
    "I was forced to hard boot my machine since Windows doesn't allow you to edit your username on the locked-login screen."

    Pretty sure it does, you just have to press Ctrl+Alt+Del a second. I think. I've never had to do it myself.


    That doesn't work for me, but if you select "switch user" you can type in the user name.
  • Joe 2012-05-11 10:00
    pjt33:
    Julie Crowner is TRWTF for even considering using her mother's real middle name in the security question. That kind of information isn't secret enough.


    It's somewhat better than requesting the mother's "maiden name". Or it would be if not for the fact that at least in the US it is quite commonly used as the woman's middle name after she's married.

    At least it isn't identical to the applicant's last name for a significant portion of the population (divorced or single-mother families)

    --Joe
  • Brian 2012-05-11 10:13
    Too bad he's no longer with the company....
  • the beholder 2012-05-11 10:13
    TopTension:
    The real WTF is using a real name as a reply to a scurity question.
    I'll go out on a limb here and suppose they're validating against information Julie had to fill on her account's opening forms, and in this case TRWTF isn't Julie.
  • PiisAWheeL 2012-05-11 10:15
    "they probably do a lot of rectangular designs."

    Lots of duplicate work, too.
  • nonpartisan 2012-05-11 10:21
    TRWTF is being born on Tax Day.
  • Unicorn #8157 2012-05-11 10:25
    Nagesh:
    Ain't it?
    Curiously, you got it right finally...
  • Dave 2012-05-11 10:32
    ctd:
    "they probably do a lot of rectangular designs."

    Lots of duplicate work, too.

    PiisAWheeL:
    "they probably do a lot of rectangular designs."

    Lots of duplicate work, too.

    I see what you did there.
  • db2 2012-05-11 10:42
    Looks like somebody forgot to tie Bangor to the dock over in Maine and it floated away again.
  • AB 2012-05-11 10:43
    This place needs renaming agin:

    "The Daily We Dont Proof Read Anything"

    Seriously guys, I know you're not professional editors or anything, but a cursory glance once would catch 99% of your numerous typos.

    (Cue pedantic dickweed pointing out my obvious typo/spelling/grammar mistakes)
  • PedanticCurmudgeon 2012-05-11 10:44
    Unicorn #8157:
    Nagesh:
    Ain't it?
    Curiously, you got it right finally...
    Well, you know what they say about stopped clocks...
  • Nagesh 2012-05-11 10:47
    Jellineck:
    pjt33:
    Julie Crowner is TRWTF for even considering using her mother's real middle name in the security question. That kind of information isn't secret enough.


    I don't have that problem since my dad doesn't have a middle name.

    captcha: minim - another word to add to the list of words I use instead of 'X' for a middle name...now where did I leave my master list of middle names/web sites.


    Here in Hyderabad, ain't being uncomun for desi wife to be having sevaral midle name.

  • Valerion 2012-05-11 10:57
    I tried to order a phone from a site once that wouldn't let me because they required a security question of my mother's maiden name. And needed at least 6 characters. Good thing that names like Smith and Jones aren't that common in the UK.
  • Nagesh 2012-05-11 11:09
    Unicorn #8157:
    Nagesh:
    Ain't it?
    Curiously, you got it right finally...

    Ain't corect before?
  • Caitlin 2012-05-11 11:09
    RE: Win7 lock screen with user-switching disabled:

    Option 1) If RDP is allowed, from another computer try using it to log in (it prompts you for a fresh username) - either it will let you in, kick you out to let you in, or you can use someone else's login from there to kick you out so you can log back in.

    Option 2) From a working computer, shutdown /f /r /m \\NAME /t 00 to "gently" reboot the machine

    Maybe it's my Windows XP experience talking, but you really, REALLY want to avoid hard boots at all cost. If my users try one when it wasn't necessary and I have to rebuild their machine, they're On Notice.
  • TheCPUWizard 2012-05-11 11:20
    "an interesting definition of Equal".... Being within a penny does NOT mean equal!
  • rudraigh 2012-05-11 11:43
    Yes, I have. And yes, it is.
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  • Herohtar 2012-05-11 11:52
    TRWTF is Backup Exec completing anything successfully. Though I suppose it actually didn't since it's still throwing errors.
  • Symbiatch 2012-05-11 11:56
    Umm, who has a computer with Windows that doesn't shutdown nicely when pressing the power button? That's just stupid. Or do you really have admins that have disabled user switching, shutting down from the login/lock screen AND power button actions?

    I wouldn't blame Windows for that.
  • Jack 2012-05-11 12:03
    Those "Simplifying Immigration" people have deeper problems. Look closely at the items in the dropdown list.

    control.security.Whatwasmyfirstpetname

    Really?

    So all the questions are hardcoded rather than being in a lookup table somewhere?

    This has a code smell that strongly resembles how my first pet smells today.

    Oh, and let's just hope foreigners never get it in their damn heads to immigrate. English only, thankyouverymuch.
  • da Doctah 2012-05-11 12:13
    zoe:
    Look again! Zoe's in there. And Ivy's in there twice!
    Ivy probably does a lot of rectangular design work.
  • Will Leffert 2012-05-11 12:28
    Sadly, that interior design ad is most likely the fault of the printer (I'm assuming a newspaper). RIPs (Raster Image Processors) can sometimes have issues rendering fonts properly, and on occasion it'll go all wonky like it did in the ad. I used to be the Sys Admin for a newspaper, and we really had to check our film closely before we burned it to plate.

    The error can also occur in PDF or postscript file generation (which is commonly how pages are sent to either film or direct-to-plate).
  • ¯\(°_o)/¯ I DUNNO LOL 2012-05-11 12:35
    Was a blue police box seen in the vicinity of Porthmadog? Possibly in an abandoned quarry?
  • ¯\(°_o)/¯ I DUNNO LOL 2012-05-11 12:40
    Jack:
    control.security.Whatwasmyfirstpetname

    Oh, and let's just hope foreigners never get it in their damn heads to immigrate. English only, thankyouverymuch.
    There isn't a control.security.cequietaitlenomdemonpremieranimaldecompagnie field? Someone tell the Quebecois now so they can call out the Bi-Lingual Task Force, er I mean the Groupe de Travail Bi-lingual!
  • Jack 2012-05-11 12:45
    ¯\(°_o)/¯ I DUNNO LOL:
    Jack:
    control.security.Whatwasmyfirstpetname
    control.security.cequietaitlenomdemonpremieranimaldecompagnie
    Consistent capitalization, please!

    Captcha: acsi -- four-bit ASCII. Lower case only. No numbers or weird things that shouldn't exist anyway. Omit the ten least popular letters. Now maybe we can get back to "64K should be enough for anyone".
  • Wyrm 2012-05-11 12:47
    I can't get enough of the eventlog stating "Successful completion" as an error. I've seen this in some other products and I'm always amazed at how many devs just can't imagine their process running fine.
  • alegr 2012-05-11 13:01
    Caitlin:

    Maybe it's my Windows XP experience talking, but you really, REALLY want to avoid hard boots at all cost. If my users try one when it wasn't necessary and I have to rebuild their machine, they're On Notice.
    If you were a bit smarter (a bit less smartass), you would have used NTFS for your XP disks, not FAT32.
  • anon 2012-05-11 13:13
    Wyrm:
    I can't get enough of the eventlog stating "Successful completion" as an error. I've seen this in some other products and I'm always amazed at how many devs just can't imagine their process running fine.

    That's because something returned false, then to provide a diagnostic, the app called GetLastError() and displayed whatever message was associated with that error code. When GetLastError() returns 0, that's the message you get. It's easy to accidentally clear the last-error by calling other Windows functions that helpfully clear it for you upon success.

    The real issue is that they didn't have architecture for catching errors and displaying what actually went wrong in a meaningful way. For backup software, that's a bad sign. I've worked on semi-similar software in the past and we made sure that if we were going to show an error, it would be meaningful. Sometimes you don't have much to go on (random I/O error when reading the disk--now what?) but you can do much much better than this.
  • notromda 2012-05-11 13:54
    PiisAWheeL:
    "they probably do a lot of rectangular designs."

    Lots of duplicate work, too.


    I see what you did there....
  • Nagesh 2012-05-11 13:55
    ¯\(°_o)/¯ I DUNNO LOL:
    Was a blue police box seen in the vicinity of Porthmadog? Possibly in an abandoned quarry?

    Everybody aint know who you is refering. Lern to use reply buton.
  • Matt Westwood 2012-05-11 14:34
    Nagesh:
    ¯\(°_o)/¯ I DUNNO LOL:
    Was a blue police box seen in the vicinity of Porthmadog? Possibly in an abandoned quarry?

    Everybody aint know who you is refering. Lern to use reply buton.

    Stupid prick. Lern to use the "in reply to" link at the top of the posting, dumbfuck.
  • Nagesh 2012-05-11 14:42
    Matt Westwood:
    Nagesh:
    ¯\(°_o)/¯ I DUNNO LOL:
    Was a blue police box seen in the vicinity of Porthmadog? Possibly in an abandoned quarry?

    Everybody aint know who you is refering. Lern to use reply buton.

    Stupid prick. Lern to use the "in reply to" link at the top of the posting, dumbfuck.

    He aint is using reply buton neither. How does toes taste, Matthead?
  • the beholder 2012-05-11 15:06
    Nagesh:
    Matt Westwood:
    Nagesh:
    ¯\(°_o)/¯ I DUNNO LOL:

    Everybody aint...

    He aint...
    Here's a bit of advice to everyone:
    NOBODY should teach Nagesh another word. EVER.

    Thanks for the cooperation.
  • Mark 2012-05-11 15:09
    TRWTF is a mother with a middle name of Ted, or Tom or Tim, etc. WTF. That's just a weird awkward family situation. Seek therapy!
  • wretcheddawn 2012-05-11 15:09
    My company isn't the only one to adopt the idiotic N + random 6-8 digit code username convention?

    I have to write down my own username, and I've been here for years.
  • blowhole 2012-05-11 15:49
    Immigration is not using gettext then.
  • Robot 2012-05-11 15:55
    Dave:
    ctd:
    "they probably do a lot of rectangular designs."

    Lots of duplicate work, too.

    PiisAWheeL:
    "they probably do a lot of rectangular designs."

    Lots of duplicate work, too.

    I see what you did there.


    notromda:
    PiisAWheeL:
    "they probably do a lot of rectangular designs."

    Lots of duplicate work, too.


    I see what you did there....


    I see what you did there after seeing what they had saw what they did there.
  • Tachyon 2012-05-11 16:18
    Error: The comment completed successfully.
  • Friedrice the Great 2012-05-11 16:20
    wretcheddawn:
    My company isn't the only one to adopt the idiotic N + random 6-8 digit code username convention?

    I have to write down my own username, and I've been here for years.

    I worked at one place where user login names were constructed from first 2 letters of first name, first 6 letters of last name. Had a coworker whose login name was "suyoshit". Never found out what she thought of it.
  • Lone Marauder 2012-05-11 16:46
    wretcheddawn:
    My company isn't the only one to adopt the idiotic N + random 6-8 digit code username convention?

    I have to write down my own username, and I've been here for years.


    Our company does it, every user ID that has mainframe access is X+7 digits. It's a limitation of the mainframe software from what I'm told.

    I would love for that useless hunk of metal to go away, but alas it is not to be.
  • Nagesh 2012-05-11 16:47
    the beholder:
    Nagesh:
    Matt Westwood:
    Nagesh:
    ¯\(°_o)/¯ I DUNNO LOL:

    Everybody aint...

    He aint...
    Here's a bit of advice to everyone:
    NOBODY should teach Nagesh another word. EVER.

    Thanks for the cooperation.


    I ain't be need your hlep anyways. I am sign up for word-of-day emails.
  • Ruben 2012-05-11 17:22
    About the two amount not being the same: I see no problem really, you see $-171,223.18 is about $342,446.36 away from $171,223.18, so the error message is perfectly valid. Really, get your maths straight people!
  • lrucker 2012-05-11 17:23
    Symbiatch:
    Umm, who has a computer with Windows that doesn't shutdown nicely when pressing the power button? That's just stupid. Or do you really have admins that have disabled user switching, shutting down from the login/lock screen AND power button actions?

    I wouldn't blame Windows for that.


    I had an IT department that required root access for shutdown on Solaris boxes, regardless of whether they were shared servers or personal desktops. So I could pull the plug but not do a clean shutdown. Awesome.
  • Nogush 2012-05-11 17:54
    lrucker:
    Symbiatch:
    Umm, who has a computer with Windows that doesn't shutdown nicely when pressing the power button? That's just stupid. Or do you really have admins that have disabled user switching, shutting down from the login/lock screen AND power button actions?

    I wouldn't blame Windows for that.


    I had an IT department that required root access for shutdown on Solaris boxes, regardless of whether they were shared servers or personal desktops. So I could pull the plug but not do a clean shutdown. Awesome.


    Only flithy haker use Unix for his desktop. Why u a flithy haker?
  • Decius 2012-05-11 17:57
    wretcheddawn:
    My company isn't the only one to adopt the idiotic N + random 6-8 digit code username convention?

    I have to write down my own username, and I've been here for years.


    US civil aviation uses N[a-n|p-z|0-9]({1}|{2,6})

    I might not have the regex perfectly formed.
  • Meep 2012-05-11 18:03
    Caitlin:
    Maybe it's my Windows XP experience talking, but you really, REALLY want to avoid hard boots at all cost. If my users try one when it wasn't necessary and I have to rebuild their machine, they're On Notice.


    Need to get work done + machine is hung = hard boot is necessary
  • Robert B. 2012-05-11 18:08
    Joe:
    It's somewhat better than requesting the mother's "maiden name". Or it would be if not for the fact that at least in the US it is quite commonly used as the woman's middle name after she's married.


    Define 'quite commonly.' More than one? Never met a married woman in my life whose middle name was her maiden name. Hyphenated last name, sure, met a few of _those_.
  • Jaded? 2012-05-11 18:09
    The Event Properties one?

    catch (Throawble t) {
    throw new InfuriatingPointlessObfuscationException();
    }

    Crystal (of ~Reports) fame seem to be fond of this.
  • ffelthc what 2012-05-11 18:52
    "I was forced to hard boot my machine since Windows doesn't allow you to edit your username on the locked-login screen."

    Er, what? Of course it does. You just click on the 'switch user' button.
  • El Oscuro 2012-05-11 19:55
    Herohtar:
    TRWTF is Backup Exec completing anything successfully. Though I suppose it actually didn't since it's still throwing errors.

    TRWTF is anything by Symantec (Backup Exec, NetBackup, Symantec Antivirus, etc)
  • Matt Westwood 2012-05-12 01:31
    Mark:
    TRWTF is a mother with a middle name of Ted, or Tom or Tim, etc. WTF. That's just a weird awkward family situation. Seek therapy!

    Go! To! Oprah!
    Go! To! Oprah!
    ...
  • DaveK 2012-05-12 04:21
    "I'm still getting used to my new keyboard, and occasionally hit the '\' and ENTER keys at the same time"
    At the same time? They're on opposite sides of the keyboard! If you have a massive keyboard-sized fleshy blob where your hand should be, that's not "getting used to" a new keyboard, that's cancer!

  • Stu 2012-05-12 04:35
    DaveK:
    "I'm still getting used to my new keyboard, and occasionally hit the '\' and ENTER keys at the same time"
    At the same time? They're on opposite sides of the keyboard! If you have a massive keyboard-sized fleshy blob where your hand should be, that's not "getting used to" a new keyboard, that's cancer!


    In standard-US keyboards, they're RIGHT NEXT to each other. The \ key is to the right of RIGHT SHIFT, below ENTER and above CONTROL.

    You must be using a foreign keyboard.

    Speaking of keyboards, I profoundly hate keyboards that have a tiny BACKSPACE key and more other keys in that spot.
  • Zemm 2012-05-12 06:26
    Nagesh:
    B&S? Ain't being this an American slang words?


    Here in Australia B&S stands for "Bachelors and Spinsters" - the rural version of "Desperate and Dateless".

    Basically a big piss-up and ending with a root. (Translation: Drink lots of alcoholic beverages and end up sleeping with someone in a tent/swag/ute). Interestingly I've only gone to one, with my then-girlfriend-now-wife-and-mother-of-my-three-children-including-a-set-of-twins, so we technically weren't a B or S.
  • tin 2012-05-12 08:19
    Zemm:
    Here in Australia B&S stands for "Bachelors and Spinsters" - the rural version of "Desperate and Dateless".


    Which I found to be a very odd name for an interior design company - not sure I'd like drunken bogans decorating my house.

    Also, the weather one - I was surprised to see a weather map containing part of the UK without Prince Charles standing next to it. Got so used to that image over the last few days with it being on the news every 5 minutes.
  • Nagesh 2012-05-12 09:02
    Matt Westwood:
    Mark:
    TRWTF is a mother with a middle name of Ted, or Tom or Tim, etc. WTF. That's just a weird awkward family situation. Seek therapy!

    Go! To! Oprah!
    Go! To! Oprah!
    ...

    Why? Will oprah browser let you enter short name in secruity qustion field? Other browser ain't let you enter that.
  • Wouter 2012-05-12 11:14
    I found this ad for an interior design company



    they probably do a lot of rectangular designs.
  • bridget99 2012-05-12 20:51
    anon:
    Wyrm:
    I can't get enough of the eventlog stating "Successful completion" as an error. I've seen this in some other products and I'm always amazed at how many devs just can't imagine their process running fine.

    That's because something returned false, then to provide a diagnostic, the app called GetLastError() and displayed whatever message was associated with that error code. When GetLastError() returns 0, that's the message you get. It's easy to accidentally clear the last-error by calling other Windows functions that helpfully clear it for you upon success.

    The real issue is that they didn't have architecture for catching errors and displaying what actually went wrong in a meaningful way. For backup software, that's a bad sign. I've worked on semi-similar software in the past and we made sure that if we were going to show an error, it would be meaningful. Sometimes you don't have much to go on (random I/O error when reading the disk--now what?) but you can do much much better than this.


    I have it on good authority that Scott Guthrie made this error once at Microsoft, in the early days of .NET, and it made him look stupid at a presentation. He had taken some C++ Win32 code and ported to .NET, in the form of a bunch of "platform invoke" calls. The series of calls he originally wrote (or copied from someone else) were careful not to do anything between the error and the GetLastError() call. Of course, in .NET, all sorts of other crap got nested between the function calls, resulting in some very inelegant-looking error messages when Scott's program briefly lost connectivity or something. Some of the old-timers in the room laughed at him and at least one made the point that efforts to port core functionality to .NET were driven by politics, were a waste of time, and so on. A few of these guys were "rightsized" out of their jobs shortly thereafter, or exiled to less favorable assignments, but Guthrie didn't escape the incident unscathed, either. At that point he was slated to basically take over everything having to do with development at Microsoft, and because of this little incident and a few other things, that had become untenable. Scott's current assignment, which is some vaguely-defined thing about "server technologies," is the sop they threw him instead, along with "ASP.NET MVC," which basically consists of Scott throwing out confusing advice about how to plug holes in a technology he invented.
  • oheso 2012-05-13 00:26
    Zed:
    Zed's dead, baby. Zed's dead.


    +1 choppas
  • oheso 2012-05-13 00:31
    Will Leffert:
    we really had to check our film closely before we burned it to plate.


    *sniff* Nazukashii! (an expression of nostalgia)
  • PunctuallyChallenged 2012-05-13 07:03
    db2:
    Looks like somebody forgot to tie Bangor to the dock over in Maine and it floated away again.

    And Monmouth.
  • dkf 2012-05-13 08:05
    I've seen problems like that Interior Design ad on OSX before, usually in Safari shortly before a crash. (Something's corrupted the fonts, so the application is living on borrowed timeā€¦)
  • Luiz Felipe 2012-05-13 10:45
    DaveK:
    "I'm still getting used to my new keyboard, and occasionally hit the '\' and ENTER keys at the same time"
    At the same time? They're on opposite sides of the keyboard! If you have a massive keyboard-sized fleshy blob where your hand should be, that's not "getting used to" a new keyboard, that's cancer!


    No, they arent. Has you using some non us keyboard? in us keyboard, the "\" is above the enter key, you must have such a big fat finger to press two keys on same time per accident. Or not, then must be cancer and your hand hits all the keys on same time.


  • feas 2012-05-13 18:10
    anon:
    The MAZZTer:
    "I was forced to hard boot my machine since Windows doesn't allow you to edit your username on the locked-login screen."

    Pretty sure it does, you just have to press Ctrl+Alt+Del a second. I think. I've never had to do it myself.


    That doesn't work for me, but if you select "switch user" you can type in the user name.
    Önly User <x> or qan administrator can unlock this machine
  • mwa 2012-05-13 18:12
    AB:
    This place needs renaming agin:

    "The Daily We Dont Proof Read Anything"

    Seriously guys, I know you're not professional editors or anything, but a cursory glance once would catch 99% of your numerous typos.

    (Cue pedantic dickweed pointing out my obvious typo/spelling/grammar mistakes)

    agin and Dont were the two that leapt out simply by a glancing over your post....Hypocrite!
  • Joe 2012-05-13 18:20
    wretcheddawn:
    My company isn't the only one to adopt the idiotic N + random 6-8 digit code username convention?

    I have to write down my own username, and I've been here for years.
    You been there long time and have trouble remembering 8 digits? How do you go with phone numbers? In most of the world they're uhm...I forget
  • d4jsh 2012-05-13 18:28
    Lone Marauder:
    wretcheddawn:
    My company isn't the only one to adopt the idiotic N + random 6-8 digit code username convention?

    I have to write down my own username, and I've been here for years.


    Our company does it, every user ID that has mainframe access is X+7 digits. It's a limitation of the mainframe software from what I'm told.

    I would love for that useless hunk of metal to go away, but alas it is not to be.

    Seeing as everyoine is explaining their user names we have first digit to represent contractor or permanent (or a few other options like user from another organisation), 2nd digit (number) represents region, then 3 letters that are taken out of your name along the line of (take the highest avbailble in the list - obviously some combinations may already have been taken:
    First Name's Initial + first and last letter of surname
    First Name 1st & last + surname initial
    First name Initial + first letter and last consonant (other than last letter)
    First name 1st and last + last letter of surname
    some other permutations....

    So for John Smith we'd have:
    d4jsh
    d4jns
    d4jst
    d4jnh
    d4jhs
    d4jhh

    Remarkably, I'm not aware of any usernames that don't represent the name in some way - but I guess we don't have so many Smiths, Joneses or Nguyens working here...
  • Dingo Bob 2012-05-13 18:32
    Zemm:
    Nagesh:
    B&S? Ain't being this an American slang words?


    Here in Australia B&S stands for "Bachelors and Spinsters" - the rural version of "Desperate and Dateless".

    Basically a big piss-up and ending with a root. (Translation: Drink lots of alcoholic beverages and end up sleeping with someone in a tent/swag/ute). Interestingly I've only gone to one, with my then-girlfriend-now-wife-and-mother-of-my-three-children-including-a-set-of-twins, so we technically weren't a B or S.
    Sounds like you went to pretty mellow ones if you ended up in a tent or swag....other than cars (ute, sandman etc) I would have thought most of these type of pissups just end up with you sleeping with someone (generally of the opposite sex) somewhere....I think you're trying to be overly civil suggesting there'd be a tent or swag involved necessariyl...
  • Dingo Bob 2012-05-13 18:41
    tin:
    Zemm:
    Here in Australia B&S stands for "Bachelors and Spinsters" - the rural version of "Desperate and Dateless".


    Which I found to be a very odd name for an interior design company - not sure I'd like drunken bogans decorating my house.

    Also, the weather one - I was surprised to see a weather map containing part of the UK without Prince Charles standing next to it. Got so used to that image over the last few days with it being on the news every 5 minutes.
    Actually, according to a recent newspaper article (in a %s/very reliable/South Australian/g weekend paper) the Bogans have risen and there is more money in specialised Blue Collar work than in an office. As a result, Tins of Bundy, Beam and Jacks are becoming the beverage of choice ahead of boutique(?) beers like James Squires or even semi-Boutique beers like Boags and Coopers...

    According to the ads on TV, however VB, Carlton, TED and XXXX (etc) are still being consumed by only the most feral dregs of society...and Dyson Heppell (http://www.afl.com.au/news/newsarticle/tabid/208/newsid/135357/default.aspx)
  • Scoldog 2012-05-13 19:57
    Mark:
    TRWTF is a mother with a middle name of Ted, or Tom or Tim, etc. WTF. That's just a weird awkward family situation. Seek therapy!
    I've got three sisters and they are called Eric, Donald and Basil!
  • x 2012-05-13 22:14
    My mother's middle name has 3 characters." wrote Julie Crowner.

    Mine's is Jo.

    captcha: venio. i.e. Venio, Vidio, Vicio.
  • lokedhs 2012-05-14 00:06
    The interior design ad seems to be ROT3. Every character is shifted by 3 places. I couldn't be bothered to decode more than a couple of words though, just to confirm I was right.
  • Andre 2012-05-14 02:54
    Surely a debit amount of $171,223.18 is not equal to a credit amount of $171,223.18? In my book that's a difference of $343,446.36
  • Andre 2012-05-14 02:55
    Yes, yes, I did mean $342,446.36
  • Watson 2012-05-14 03:58
    Luiz Felipe:
    DaveK:
    "I'm still getting used to my new keyboard, and occasionally hit the '\' and ENTER keys at the same time"
    At the same time? They're on opposite sides of the keyboard! If you have a massive keyboard-sized fleshy blob where your hand should be, that's not "getting used to" a new keyboard, that's cancer!


    No, they arent. Has you using some non us keyboard? in us keyboard, the "\" is above the enter key, you must have such a big fat finger to press two keys on same time per accident. Or not, then must be cancer and your hand hits all the keys on same time.


    Maybe Michael Dowden's previous keyboard had an ENTER key that was two rows tall, while the current one has an ENTER key that is only one row tall - and the current backslash key occupies space that the old keyboard used for the ENTER key's extra height. If you tended to strike the old ENTER key on its upper half, the same muscle movements would have you hitting backslash.

    Which reminds me of one of my favourite (for sarcastic values of "favourite") keyboards: the one where <POWER> <SLEEP> and <WAKEUP> were ordinary keys placed just under <DELETE> <END> and <PGDN>, which were naturally moved upwards to make room for them.
  • uns 2012-05-14 06:34
    Tachyon:
    Error: The comment completed successfully.


    Depends on your definition of "success".
  • peter 2012-05-14 07:55
    Darn, you're right! Here's their (back-shifted and then completed with an educated guess) web site:

    http://www.bns-interieur.be/

    Hat off to you, sir!
  • peter 2012-05-14 07:56
    And in my contribution abote, I forgot to quote lokedhs... *sigh*

    lokedhs:
    The interior design ad seems to be ROT3. Every character is shifted by 3 places. I couldn't be bothered to decode more than a couple of words though, just to confirm I was right.
  • Bob McKenzie 2012-05-14 08:25
    peter:
    And in my contribution abote...

    Contribution abote what, hoser? Take off, eh?
  • PedanticCurmudgeon 2012-05-14 08:37
    mwa:
    AB:
    This place needs renaming agin:

    "The Daily We Dont Proof Read Anything"

    Seriously guys, I know you're not professional editors or anything, but a cursory glance once would catch 99% of your numerous typos.

    (Cue pedantic dickweed pointing out my obvious typo/spelling/grammar mistakes)

    agin and Dont were the two that leapt out simply by a glancing over your post....Hypocrite!
    I don't know about hypocrite, but definitely a hapless victim of Muphry's Law.
  • Ron 2012-05-14 09:29
    So what's wrong with the accounting one?
    (maybe its too early and I'm missing something... But your debits must equal credits to balance out the journal...)
  • nobulate 2012-05-14 10:44
    Nothing wrong here, those are the new Canadian immigration documents.
  • Employee of company shown above 2012-05-14 11:40
    It took me a month before my n-number was muscle memory. I still remember my student number as well,when you're typing something at least once a day for years it tends to stick.

    And for what it's worth, the WTF is a pilot error.
  • Jay 2012-05-14 13:51
    PunctuallyChallenged:
    db2:
    Looks like somebody forgot to tie Bangor to the dock over in Maine and it floated away again.

    And Monmouth.


    Yes, it's funny how so many cities in Britain are apparently named after places in the United Staets. :-)
  • Watson 2012-05-15 04:38
    Jay:
    PunctuallyChallenged:
    db2:
    Looks like somebody forgot to tie Bangor to the dock over in Maine and it floated away again.

    And Monmouth.


    Yes, it's funny how so many cities in Britain are apparently named after places in the United Staets. :-)
    Bangor, Monmouth, Newtown, Newport, Swansea, Cardiff.... those Brits aren't very imaginative, are they? Look what happens when they try: "Fishguard".
  • Neil 2012-05-16 10:31


    This is actually a repost, although last time I believe it was a newspaper article whose characters were being corrupted because the software couldn't cope with gaps in the font definition or some such.
  • Neil 2012-05-16 10:38
    Herohtar:
    TRWTF is Backup Exec completing anything successfully. Though I suppose it actually didn't since it's still throwing errors.
    The Backup Exec Server service decided to shut down immediately, but without returning an error code, so that the service control manager thought that it had shut down successfully. However this gave it a headache as it had started the Server service in order to start the Job Engine which depends on it. Thus the Job Engine failed to start because the Server completed succesfully.
  • Michael Dowden 2012-05-16 11:13
    Normally you can just hit "Switch User" and type in your username/password. You'll notice that option is missing from the screenshot - that's because it wasn't there, probably because of corporate security settings. Regardless, I wonder if it would have logged me in to a separate session...
  • Michael Dowden 2012-05-16 11:15
    Brian:
    Too bad he's no longer with the company....


    LOL. I was a contractor.
  • Michael Dowden 2012-05-16 11:23
    Watson:

    Maybe Michael Dowden's previous keyboard had an ENTER key that was two rows tall, while the current one has an ENTER key that is only one row tall - and the current backslash key occupies space that the old keyboard used for the ENTER key's extra height. If you tended to strike the old ENTER key on its upper half, the same muscle movements would have you hitting backslash.

    Which reminds me of one of my favourite (for sarcastic values of "favourite") keyboards: the one where <POWER> <SLEEP> and <WAKEUP> were ordinary keys placed just under <DELETE> <END> and <PGDN>, which were naturally moved upwards to make room for them.


    Exactly right Watson. It happened only a couple days into switching keyboard layouts.
  • Nagesh 2012-05-23 07:07
    nobulate:
    Nothing wrong here, those are the new Canadian immigration documents.

    Ain't!
  • potatoes 2012-05-23 16:44
    First of all, the Belgian equivalent of LLC is BVBA in Dutch or SARL in French, so most likely this company is Flemish and no American slang references were intended. And of course the reason for the funny boxes is somebody sent the ad in a file format that doesn't embed fonts, or didn't turn on font embedding when saving to a file format where font embedding is optional, and then the paper loaded the file up and never checked to make sure it looked any good, but the paper's machine didn't have the font installed, ergo, fail.
  • Shill 2012-05-25 12:59
    Robert B.:
    Joe:
    It's somewhat better than requesting the mother's "maiden name". Or it would be if not for the fact that at least in the US it is quite commonly used as the woman's middle name after she's married.


    Define 'quite commonly.' More than one? Never met a married woman in my life whose middle name was her maiden name. Hyphenated last name, sure, met a few of _those_.


    Ever heard of Hillary Rodham Clinton?
  • Floating errors 2012-05-26 06:59
    Ron:
    So what's wrong with the accounting one?
    (maybe its too early and I'm missing something... But your debits must equal credits to balance out the journal...)
    Yep, and according to the error message they do equal, except that they don't.

    The fault is probably that they used a FLOAT to store currency.

    $171,223.18 != $171,223.18 only when using a float.

    Partly because of the additional digits after the decimal place (the naive reason) but also because of the way floats work.

    Never, ever try for a float equality. It simply doesn't work.
    If you must compare for float equality, you need a fuzzy-compare.
  • Maggie 2012-05-26 13:08
    I don't get it. In the image I see, the two numbers ARE equal (both end in .18)
  • Maggie 2012-05-26 13:08
    Nevermind. I'll go have my first coffee of the day now. Duh.
  • Rudy Valencia 2012-05-28 18:58
    The place I work for has us enter our employee ID number as our user name, except in our payroll system, where it's first and middle initials followed by last name.

    CAPTCHA: capio - change one letter of this and you know what brand of watch I buy...
  • Brady Mother Fuckers 2012-05-30 08:43
    This shit is fucked up and not hiding to good. Should do a better job at hiding this shit!!!!!For real.