• sd (unregistered)

    That picture of Pembroke is clearly doctored, because there's no Tim Hortons in the background.

  • RayS (cs)

    Obviously the BBQ has USB ports so I can plug in my USB fan, and keep myself cool.

    Now if only it had hard wired wifi, it would be the perfect BBQ.

  • Nibh (unregistered) in reply to sd

    I love hard-wired wifi. It's capable of gigabit transfer rates, is harder to eavesdrop on, works better in densely populated areas, and is less susceptible to electromagnetic interference. Where's the WTF?

  • Fenris (unregistered)

    The one about the pump, shows software flexibility, not a WTF, broken printer in pump 13, redirect ticket to pump 14.

    The one about V:\vs8, if V is a mapped driver, the installation directory can be larger than the limit, and still show as V:\vs8

    So, 2 non WTFs

  • fjf (unregistered)

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  • Crash (unregistered)

    I don't see the problem. Their Wi-Fi is just backwards compatible. /sarcasm

  • Barbie (unregistered)

    Actually, I'm rooting for the superstition on the pump one. if (pump == 13) // geez, nobody wants to be on that pump { // we'll make people feel cozy. Like in planes. pump = 14; }

  • frits (cs) in reply to fjf
    fjf:
    Comment on article

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  • Koen (unregistered) in reply to fjf

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  • JuanCarlosII (cs)

    The BBQ one is totally not a WTF. How can you make an already awesome product awesomer? Add USB!

  • Adam (unregistered)

    Haha, I've stayed in that hotel in Pembroke a while back. At that time they only supplied Wireless Wi-Fi. I wonder how the speeds of the Hard-Wired Wi-Fi are...

  • re:me (unregistered) in reply to Fenris
    Fenris:
    The one about the pump, shows software flexibility, not a WTF, broken printer in pump 13, redirect ticket to pump 14.

    The one about V:\vs8, if V is a mapped driver, the installation directory can be larger than the limit, and still show as V:\vs8

    So, 2 non WTFs

    Swiping your card at one Point of Sale and having the receipt print at another simply isn't a good thing. In fact, i'd wonder if it meets PCI standards.

  • BillyTheSquid (unregistered)

    Theoretically, it's wifi to the hotel, and wired to the rooms.... or each room is wired, with a wifi access point. Or it's a guarantee that the wifi adaptor in your computer uses wires of some sort.

  • NSCoder (cs)

    I prefer my barbecues with firewire.

  • Steve The Cynic (unregistered) in reply to BillyTheSquid
    BillyTheSquid:
    Theoretically, it's wifi to the hotel, and wired to the rooms.... or each room is wired, with a wifi access point. Or it's a guarantee that the wifi adaptor in your computer uses wires of some sort.
    More likely it's a dimwit who thinks that Wifi == Internet Access.
  • Scott (unregistered)

    Call of shenanigans.

    (captcha: amet - lorem ipsum dolor sit amet)

  • Anomynous Coward (unregistered)

    USB WTF BBQ?

    Sorry, couldn't resist. Sadly I suspect the Wifi one is just because more people know what "wifi" means than "broadband internet access".

  • OMG (unregistered) in reply to NSCoder
    NSCoder:
    I prefer my barbecues with firewire.

    +1

  • Robert (unregistered) in reply to NSCoder
    NSCoder:
    I prefer my barbecues with firewire.

    I could go for a WiFi BBQ

  • Docta Jonez (unregistered)

    While(1); { "hard wired wifi" : "I call shenanigans", "WTF" : true }

  • nobulate (cs)

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  • snoofle (cs)

    Trying to rationalise the USB port on the BBQ...

    It can warn you when it's running low on propane. It can warn you when your steak is getting too well done. It can tell you that it's time to flip your burger. It can piggy back your internet connection and order more of whatever it is you are cooking and have it delivered to your location. It could interface with google maps, infa-red subsystem, which could zero in on your BBQ's exact location via an internal GPS, and provide accurate food-temperature readings. It can be infected with malware which would raise (lower) the temp and burn your dinner (give you botulism). You could replace your Win-BBQ OS with *nix-BBQ because real chefs BBQ with *nix!

  • ContraCorners (cs)

    I almost missed the line about hard-wired WIFI because I was too busy trying to figure out why they were bragging about being rated somewhere between 3 and 5 stars.

  • Golly Gee (unregistered)

    Say hi to our fellow WTFer on Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/user/gally042

  • toasty (unregistered) in reply to NSCoder
    NSCoder:
    I prefer my barbecues with firewire.

    Comment of the day

  • AnOldRelic (unregistered)

    Looks like Youtube's gonna get pistol-whipped.

  • avflinsch (cs) in reply to RayS
    RayS:
    Obviously the BBQ has USB ports so I can plug in my USB fan, and keep myself cool.

    Now if only it had hard wired wifi, it would be the perfect BBQ.

    I was thinking along similar lines, but I am a hardware geek and could think of several things that would be cool, temperature sensing delivered to your laptop, remote burner control, webcam on the cooking food etc...

  • avflinsch (cs) in reply to BillyTheSquid
    BillyTheSquid:
    Theoretically, it's wifi to the hotel, and wired to the rooms.... or each room is wired, with a wifi access point. Or it's a guarantee that the wifi adaptor in your computer uses wires of some sort.

    I stayed at a Best Western about a year ago, wifi in common areas - front lobby, coffee shop, around the pool, wired in the rooms.

  • WhiskeyJack (cs) in reply to ContraCorners
    ContraCorners:
    I almost missed the line about hard-wired WIFI because I was too busy trying to figure out why they were bragging about being rated somewhere between 3 and 5 stars.

    Maybe it varies. I only book rooms there on 5-star days.

    As for the Future Shop (open box) WTF, yeah, it happens. Obviously there must have been a price drop or a sale on the video card since the time the Open Box sticker was applied. The typical Open Box sticker is supposed to be 10-15% below the regular selling price, so if you ask a salesperson to adjust the price, they'd probably sell it to you for $95-99.

    And, yeah, I've seen that YouTube error before. Strange.

  • operagost (cs) in reply to Fenris
    Fenris:
    The one about the pump, shows software flexibility, not a WTF, broken printer in pump 13, redirect ticket to pump 14.

    The one about V:\vs8, if V is a mapped driver, the installation directory can be larger than the limit, and still show as V:\vs8

    So, 2 non WTFs

    Your abuse, of commas, is excruciating, to say the least. And you might be right on the first point, but dead wrong on the second. The UNC path is irrelevant on a mapped drive-- that's the point of mapping it.

  • smbarbour (cs) in reply to re:me
    re:me:
    Fenris:
    The one about the pump, shows software flexibility, not a WTF, broken printer in pump 13, redirect ticket to pump 14.

    The one about V:\vs8, if V is a mapped driver, the installation directory can be larger than the limit, and still show as V:\vs8

    So, 2 non WTFs

    Swiping your card at one Point of Sale and having the receipt print at another simply isn't a good thing. In fact, i'd wonder if it meets PCI standards.

    I don't think there would be a PCI compliance issue (unless the POS systems are non-compliant anyway) since the full card number and expiration date are not allowed to appear on the receipt. Depending on how the units are configured, they may not even print the cardholder's name on the receipt.

    FWIW, I work for an acquirer

  • Anonanon (unregistered)

    USB BBQ!

    http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&source=hp&q=usb+bbq

  • Anonymous (unregistered) in reply to Fenris
    Fenris:
    The one about V:\vs8, if V is a mapped driver, the installation directory can be larger than the limit, and still show as V:\vs8
    This is simply not true and it is very easy to prove. Create a directory path that's about 250 chars long, map it to a drive letter, then try to create a 10 character file on your mapped drive. This will result in a full path of 260 chars (longer than is allowed by Windows) but as long as you create it on your mapped drive it will work perfectly.

    If you're going to make wild assumptions you could at least test them before posting them as fact.

  • Verm (unregistered)

    "I spotted this on a gas pump in Tennessee while driving cross country," Alexander Underhill notes, "it was on pump #13, and there were no similar signs on any of the other pumps. This leads me to believe that every other pump printed to its own printer, but both 13 and 14 print to 14. I'm really not sure what kind of error would cause this."

    Perhaps the pump 14 printer is just broken and they've re-rerouted it to 13?

  • smbarbour (cs) in reply to operagost
    operagost:
    Fenris:
    The one about the pump, shows software flexibility, not a WTF, broken printer in pump 13, redirect ticket to pump 14.

    The one about V:\vs8, if V is a mapped driver, the installation directory can be larger than the limit, and still show as V:\vs8

    So, 2 non WTFs

    Your abuse, of commas, is excruciating, to say the least. And you might be right on the first point, but dead wrong on the second. The UNC path is irrelevant on a mapped drive-- that's the point of mapping it.
    The path is not irrelevant. Mapping the drive will shorten the path on the computer that has it mapped, but the path length is still constrained on the host file system. TRWTF is having a naming scheme for folders so convoluted that you approach the path length limit. That said, since this is a Microsoft product, you would think that they might use the most flexible form of their own API, which would allow a maximum path length of 32,767 characters (instead of the standard form with a max of 256 characters)

  • Veritass (unregistered)

    The reason the BBQ is discounted is because it only has USB 2.0. I am waiting for this year's model to come out with USB 3 before I bother getting one. My BBQing requires the additional throughput.

  • Anonymously Yours (unregistered)

    Do not taunt Happy Fun Ball.

  • A Gould (unregistered) in reply to sd
    sd:
    That picture of Pembroke is clearly doctored, because there's no Tim Hortons in the background.

    It is entirely possible to have a Canadian picture without a Tim Hortons in it.

    Usually, it's because the Timmy's is immediately behind you.

  • Kensey (cs) in reply to smbarbour
    smbarbour:
    operagost:
    The UNC path is irrelevant on a mapped drive-- that's the point of mapping it.
    The path is not irrelevant. Mapping the drive will shorten the path on the computer that has it mapped, but the path length is still constrained on the host file system.

    But on the host file system, this is all handled by the API, which has a much higher path length limit than Explorer.

    I ran into this issue weekly at my last job, where many of our users created Byzantine folder structures on their mapped drives in an effort at security through obscurity. Typical symptoms were "I created a new file in Word [which worked OK because Word creates the file through the API] but now I can't open it [because Explorer can't handle a path that long]".

  • Maurits (cs) in reply to smbarbour
    smbarbour:
    Mapping the drive will shorten the path on the computer that has it mapped, but the path length is still constrained on the host file system.

    ... which is not necessarily Windows-based, and therefore may not be subject to the MAX_PATH limit.

  • Henning Makholm (unregistered)

    The logo to the left of the BBQ monstrosity is that of the Australian Gas Association. Down there it is not "just in time for summer".

  • Erik (unregistered)

    Personally, I'm just confused about what the hell the OfficeMax chart is trying to tell me. Magic be damned, what the hell is this?

  • Coyne (cs) in reply to snoofle
    snoofle:
    Trying to rationalise the USB port on the BBQ...

    It can warn you when it's running low on propane. It can warn you when your steak is getting too well done. It can tell you that it's time to flip your burger. It can piggy back your internet connection and order more of whatever it is you are cooking and have it delivered to your location. It could interface with google maps, infa-red subsystem, which could zero in on your BBQ's exact location via an internal GPS, and provide accurate food-temperature readings. It can be infected with malware which would raise (lower) the temp and burn your dinner (give you botulism). You could replace your Win-BBQ OS with *nix-BBQ because real chefs BBQ with *nix!

    But if I can't also get an extra burner that plugs into the USB, what good is it?

  • Usher (unregistered) in reply to avflinsch
    avflinsch:
    RayS:
    Obviously the BBQ has USB ports so I can plug in my USB fan, and keep myself cool.

    Now if only it had hard wired wifi, it would be the perfect BBQ.

    I was thinking along similar lines, but I am a hardware geek and could think of several things that would be cool, temperature sensing delivered to your laptop, remote burner control, webcam on the cooking food etc...

    All you need is an old computer in front with an eject command to the CDRom drive to flip your burgers....

  • Yes Indeed (unregistered)

    wtfbbq!!111!1!!

  • noway! (unregistered) in reply to snoofle
    snoofle:
    Trying to rationalise the USB port on the BBQ...

    It can [do lots of stuff]

    Don't forget that it can also twitter all of this for you.

    (Almost used the word 'twit' as a verb for posting at twitter there.)

  • GalacticCowboy (cs) in reply to Coyne

    So you put another logon the fire, then download the steak. I like mine with a little salt, then rotate halfway through for perfect hash marks. Pair with some alcohol (52%) and a great view through the windows...

    Coyne:
    snoofle:
    Trying to rationalise the USB port on the BBQ...

    It can warn you when it's running low on propane. It can warn you when your steak is getting too well done. It can tell you that it's time to flip your burger. It can piggy back your internet connection and order more of whatever it is you are cooking and have it delivered to your location. It could interface with google maps, infa-red subsystem, which could zero in on your BBQ's exact location via an internal GPS, and provide accurate food-temperature readings. It can be infected with malware which would raise (lower) the temp and burn your dinner (give you botulism). You could replace your Win-BBQ OS with *nix-BBQ because real chefs BBQ with *nix!

    But if I can't also get an extra burner that plugs into the USB, what good is it?

    The problem with an external burner is it costs you twice as much for the same performance. On the upside, it is hot-swappable.

  • ContraCorners (cs) in reply to GalacticCowboy
    GalacticCowboy:
    The problem with an external burner is it costs you twice as much for the same performance. On the upside, it is hot-swappable.
    *VERY* hot swappable
  • Pete (unregistered) in reply to operagost

    It's not irrelevant the unc path is still the true path. I have run into many issues in vista and 7 when giving programs a mapped drive path as oppose to the unc one.

  • Maurits (cs) in reply to Erik
    Erik:
    Personally, I'm just confused about what the hell the OfficeMax chart is trying to tell me. Magic be damned, what the hell is this?

    Block size, maybe?

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