• Alasdair (unregistered)

    Was the time correct on the answer machine?

  • tombom (cs)

    i love that instead of doing something simple, they decided that displaying the image they wanted to put up in Internet Explorer first would work best

  • T $ (cs)

    And yet he's still going to pay over 79 million dollars towards it? Mastercard must be getting pretty lax on their anti-theft policies.

  • Matt (unregistered)
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  • Skizz (cs) in reply to T $

    Those would be Zimbabwian Dollars.

    Skizz

  • erKURITA (unregistered)

    It's the new product of IKEA!: Build your own advertisement screen!

  • ParkinT (cs)

    Please pay Verizon! The tax on that amount would cure the National Debt!!!

  • AdT (unregistered)

    Sounds like normal international roaming fees.

  • Azd (unregistered) in reply to tombom

    Sounds like something we have:

    A dialog that uses a browser ActiveX control that hosts a web page containing only an ActiveX control, which in turn hosts up to 4 ActiveX controls.

    The end result is that only the final (up to) 4 ActiveX controls are actually visible. Except occasionally you get the Google home page :-)

  • Someone You Know (cs) in reply to Alasdair
    Alasdair:
    Was the time correct on the answer machine?

    Strictly speaking, "18:50 PM" is never the correct time, since it's incorrect to use "PM" with a 24-hour time reference.

  • BlueCollarAstronaut (unregistered)

    In a message filter, no one can hear you call out.

  • Sionnach (unregistered) in reply to Someone You Know
    Someone You Know:
    Alasdair:
    Was the time correct on the answer machine?

    Strictly speaking, "18:50 PM" is never the correct time, since it's incorrect to use "PM" with a 24-hour time reference.

    True, but some people require that extra bit of clarification so they don't get confused.

  • Anonymous (unregistered) in reply to Azd
    Azd:
    A dialog that uses a browser ActiveX control that hosts a web page containing only an ActiveX control, which in turn hosts up to 4 ActiveX controls.
    Let me get this straight: Application -> Browser widget -> ActiveX ->^4 ActiveX? Why TF can't you at least use the master ActiveX directly?
  • BestSnowman (unregistered)

    I hope the video Error'd doesn't catch on unless the videos actually provide something that wouldn't have been easier just as text.

    (Yes I am annoyed that I dug out my headphones for something that smile, a transcript would have saved me time pulling my work pc far enough out to plug my headphones in)

  • dkf (cs) in reply to AdT
    AdT:
    Sounds like normal international roaming fees.
    Or that you're calling long distance to another galaxy supercluster.
  • NaN (cs) in reply to dkf
    dkf:
    AdT:
    Sounds like normal international roaming fees.
    Or that you're calling long distance to another galaxy supercluster.

    On behalf of the Martian government, I would like to apologise for the reverse charge call.

    (YES, I do know that's not another super cluster, but reverse charge calls are more expensive)

  • rd (unregistered) in reply to Sionnach
    Sionnach:
    Someone You Know:
    Alasdair:
    Was the time correct on the answer machine?

    Strictly speaking, "18:50 PM" is never the correct time, since it's incorrect to use "PM" with a 24-hour time reference.

    True, but some people require that extra bit of clarification so they don't get confused.

    Trying to remember that 18 is AFTER 12, and hence PM, does sound quite confusing. I wonder what Britney Spears' answering machine says.

  • NaN (cs)

    (I don't get reverse charge calls. Instead of saying your name to the robot, you could read out the phone number of the phone box, the robot would call the person you wanted to speak to, give them the number. They could hang up and call you back without paying the charge for the reverse call.)

  • Padraic (unregistered) in reply to Someone You Know
    Someone You Know:
    Alasdair:
    Was the time correct on the answer machine?

    Strictly speaking, "18:50 PM" is never the correct time, since it's incorrect to use "PM" with a 24-hour time reference.

    Darn, you beat me to it.

  • Claxon (cs) in reply to dkf
    dkf:
    AdT:
    Sounds like normal international roaming fees.
    Or that you're calling long distance to another galaxy supercluster.

    So in the movie E.T. do you think that the alien hunters were actually guys from the Verizon finance department?

  • Teh Irish Gril Riot (unregistered)

    $792 Octillion dollars? He needs to fess up - that money was spent on calling... Teh Irish Gril!

  • DaveAronson (cs)

    And down near the bottom of the page, the site asks us to "Share 792 Octiiiiiiilion Dollars". Sure, if I had 792 octiiiiiiilion dollars, I'd share some of it! You wouldn't even have to point a frikkin' "la-ser" at me....

  • similis (unregistered) in reply to Teh Irish Gril Riot

    Lets hope it was not the weird leaning back arms folded smiling guy in suit from the registrar ad...

  • akatherder (cs)

    The time at the sound of the beep will be 18:50 am. beep

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  • similis (unregistered) in reply to DaveAronson

    But i will spread rumors that the price of wales was cheating on his wife!!

  • Matt (unregistered) in reply to similis
    similis:
    ...the price of wales...

    Why can't people re-read their posts before they hit Submit? So what is the current price of wales? I bet it is less than 792 octilion dollars.

  • Walleye (unregistered) in reply to Sionnach
    Sionnach:
    Someone You Know:
    Alasdair:
    Was the time correct on the answer machine?

    Strictly speaking, "18:50 PM" is never the correct time, since it's incorrect to use "PM" with a 24-hour time reference.

    True, but some people require that extra bit of clarification so they don't get confused.

    I can see why you wouldn't want to confuse them when using the time to indicate the number of messages.

  • Nick (unregistered)

    So I know I'm nit-picking but why does Verizon display the three dates in three different formats "10 Nov 07", "Tuesday, October23, 2007", and "12/7/2007".

    P.S. This is random but someone used the word laser in their post and this just occurred to me why do people use laser instead of LASER, the capitalized version is correct because it is an acronym. </random></rant><geekyness continue="continue">

    Captcha: pecus

  • Office Bob (unregistered) in reply to rd
    rd:
    Sionnach:
    Someone You Know:
    Alasdair:
    Was the time correct on the answer machine?

    Strictly speaking, "18:50 PM" is never the correct time, since it's incorrect to use "PM" with a 24-hour time reference.

    True, but some people require that extra bit of clarification so they don't get confused.

    Trying to remember that 18 is AFTER 12, and hence PM, does sound quite confusing. I wonder what Britney Spears' answering machine says.

    You know, it might be difficult, consider this:

    George Carlin:
    Just think of how stupid the average person is, and think that half the world is dumber than that.

    Seriously...Some people need things explicitly spelled things out for them...Common sense, really isn't so common.

  • webrunner (cs) in reply to Office Bob
    Office Bob:
    You know, it might be difficult, consider this:
    George Carlin:
    Just think of how stupid the average person is, and think that half the world is dumber than that.

    Seriously...Some people need things explicitly spelled things out for them...Common sense, really isn't so common.

    Technically there could be less or more than half- you'd just need a few extraordinarily dumb people and lots of slightly smart people, for instance, in order to average out the same.

  • Pseudonymous (unregistered)

    The blacklist result doesn't surprise me at all. When I was diagnosed with prostate cancer some years ago, I hit all the search engines looking for info and got, among other things:

    "Click here to shop for prostate cancer"

    "See what savvy investors are saying about prostate cancer"

    And the inevitable, "AltaVista found about 13 million web pages for you."

  • Tukaro (cs)

    I like how Verizon made sure you could pay 10^8-1 dollars.

  • null (unregistered) in reply to NaN
    NaN:
    (I don't get reverse charge calls. Instead of saying your name to the robot, you could read out the phone number of the phone box, the robot would call the person you wanted to speak to, give them the number. They could hang up and call you back without paying the charge for the reverse call.)

    Or you could provide a short message, as long as it doesn't take five seconds to deliver.

  • Mike Dimmick (unregistered)

    'Illegal to call out inside message filter' is a COM error.

    To prevent UI code from blocking completely when making a call to a COM object implemented in another apartment, COM actually pumps messages on the thread's behalf. The thread can register a 'message filter' function to be called so that it can be informed of, for example, paint messages so that the UI is still painted properly, with no odd blank areas. The default message filter passes some messages on to the application (can't find any documentation of exactly what, though).

    The called function can call back into another function in the original thread, and in turn that second function can call out to another, and so on, as long as it makes a sequence of nested calls. However, making a second call out to another COM function from the message filter, or a message handler called by the message filter, is not permitted.

    Best practice is just to not make a call to a COM object in any core message handler that might be called by the message filter, unless you're very sure that it's running in your own STA (a DLL, ThreadingModel not present and on the first thread, ThreadingModel='Apartment' or 'Both' and you created the object on this thread). Obviously windowless ActiveX controls have to have their IViewObject::Draw method called by the window that they're drawing into, but these controls must have the right thread affinity anyway.

  • Anon (unregistered)

    You sure they didn't mean 792 Octiiiiiiilion cents?

  • Ouch (unregistered) in reply to Matt
    Matt:
    similis:
    ...the price of wales...

    ... I bet it is less than 792 octilion dollars...

    Yeah, it is about 10 pence but nobody is willing to pay for it

  • operagost (cs) in reply to rd
    rd:
    Trying to remember that 18 is AFTER 12, and hence PM, does sound quite confusing. I wonder what Britney Spears' answering machine says.
    "The big hand is on the 10, and the little hand is on the six!"
  • Steve (unregistered)

    Wow! A broken answering machine. Imagine that!

    I mean. . . WTF?

  • Steve (unregistered) in reply to Nick
    Nick:
    . . . someone used the word laser in their post and this just occurred to me why do people use laser instead of LASER, the capitalized version is correct because it is an acronym. </random></rant><geekyness continue="continue">
    Probably the same reason we don't capitalize RADAR, which is an acronym for RAdio D[ /b]etection [b]And Ranging. . . through use, it's become a word in and of itself
  • Farmie (unregistered)

    i'm in ur message filter, blocking ur callz

  • Nerf Herder (unregistered) in reply to Mike Dimmick

    I bet you're a huge hit with the ladies

    Mike Dimmick:
    'Illegal to call out inside message filter' is a COM error.

    To prevent UI code from blocking completely when making a call to a COM object implemented in another apartment, COM actually pumps messages on the thread's behalf. The thread can register a 'message filter' function to be called so that it can be informed of, for example, paint messages so that the UI is still painted properly, with no odd blank areas. The default message filter passes some messages on to the application (can't find any documentation of exactly what, though).

    The called function can call back into another function in the original thread, and in turn that second function can call out to another, and so on, as long as it makes a sequence of nested calls. However, making a second call out to another COM function from the message filter, or a message handler called by the message filter, is not permitted.

    Best practice is just to not make a call to a COM object in any core message handler that might be called by the message filter, unless you're very sure that it's running in your own STA (a DLL, ThreadingModel not present and on the first thread, ThreadingModel='Apartment' or 'Both' and you created the object on this thread). Obviously windowless ActiveX controls have to have their IViewObject::Draw method called by the window that they're drawing into, but these controls must have the right thread affinity anyway.

  • G Money (unregistered) in reply to rd
    rd:
    Sionnach:
    Someone You Know:
    Alasdair:
    Was the time correct on the answer machine?

    Strictly speaking, "18:50 PM" is never the correct time, since it's incorrect to use "PM" with a 24-hour time reference.

    True, but some people require that extra bit of clarification so they don't get confused.

    Trying to remember that 18 is AFTER 12, and hence PM, does sound quite confusing. I wonder what Britney Spears' answering machine says.

    Something about rd and a restraining order.

  • smxlong (cs)

    Hah! That's the Ikea in Renton, isn't it?

  • September ain't over yet (unregistered)

    Well, I'm pretty sure that actually says seventy-nine octillion, but what's an error of one quadrillion times the total world GDP between friends?

  • domingl (cs)

    One-JILLION dollars!! (gasp!)

    Sir, that's not a number. (gasp!)

  • dcardani (cs)

    I like how the sign is apparently made or leased by a company called "SmartSign." Yep, real smart!

  • Da' Man (cs)

    Cool! IKEA invented the Do-It-Yourself Billboard(TM)

    Let's all invent IKEA-style names for it. What do you think about "Tömmatavla" (look it up in your handy Swedish dictionary ;-)

    Or how about "Nøstrøm" :-)

  • Global Warmer (unregistered)

    Bet it is a whole lot of calls to 976 numbers (phone sex for those out of town).

    Britneys answering machine: "It's lunch time bitch"

  • zzo38 (unregistered)

    Can you please post a description of the answering machine, in case I cannot see the video, or want to print it out, or something like that?

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