• moi (unregistered)
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  • Addison (unregistered)

    I acted fast and took some null to help with my culinary development.

  • Anonymous (unregistered)

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  • sugarfree (unregistered)

    How on earth did they manage to react and hit prnt-scrn in faster than a second??

  • Vollhorst (unregistered) in reply to sugarfree
    sugarfree:
    How on earth did they manage to react and hit prnt-scrn in faster than a second??
    You see it when it is at 60 seconds, wait till it is about 2 seconds, then hit the print-button.
  • Warren (unregistered)

    You should at least give us a chance of identifying the website with the dodgy ad, by making the blue bar semi-transparent.

  • Grrr (unregistered)

    Web sites that scold me for using my browser's BACK button are a sure sign that some programmer (and his manager, most likely) need to be taken out behind the barn and whipped until they promise to accept salvation.

  • Mike (unregistered)

    Surely waiting a day or two after the child swallows the penny removes all possibility of it still being an emergency, and therefore should exclude a visit to an emergency room?

    According to Googles first definition, an emergency is "a sudden unforeseen crisis (usually involving danger) that requires immediate action", so that must exclude people who hang about for a couple of days doing nothing except sift through child-poo?

  • Smash King (cs)

    Jake should be more careful when trying to anonymize a website. The fourth picture is named bad-banner-on-tdwtf.png

  • Addison (unregistered) in reply to Grrr
    Grrr:
    Web sites that scold me for using my browser's BACK button are a sure sign that some programmer (and his manager, most likely) need to be taken out behind the barn and whipped until they promise to accept salvation.

    Careful where you place blame. Us programmers write some of the most retarded code because the analysts (or managers) tell us to, not because we get some sick thrill out of it. Though sometimes we get a sick thrill out of it too.

  • Alejandro PM (unregistered)

    I want to super charge my savings with null !!!

  • Anon (unregistered)

    The savings rate of null% is not a mistake, it's WaMu who went bust and got brought up by Chase a couple of months ago.

  • ParkinT (cs)

    I think I just pooped a null from Oni in Playlife!

  • Mutant (unregistered)

    I love how the guy is researching a potentially dangerous situation in relation to his child, but he takes the time to stop and think "Hey, this would be a great post to daily wtf!" :)

  • Grrr (unregistered) in reply to Addison
    Addison:
    Grrr:
    Web sites that scold me for using my browser's BACK button are a sure sign that some programmer (and his manager, most likely) need to be taken out behind the barn and whipped until they promise to accept salvation.

    Careful where you place blame. Us programmers write some of the most retarded code because the analysts (or managers) tell us to, not because we get some sick thrill out of it. Though sometimes we get a sick thrill out of it too.

    That's why I said "and his manager" -- but "I'm just doing what I was told" doesn't cut it. If your manager told you to drop malware on every visitor's browser, would you do it? This is not a hypothetical question. I've been there. I quit, and I have a much better job today.

  • MRAB (unregistered) in reply to Mutant

    The advice did say to wait a day or two!

    Captcha: vindico. I am vindicated in my inaction.

  • squeamish ossifrage (unregistered)

    Hey everyone, I think I found a clue! The blue line bandit forgot to obfuscate "curious perversions in information technology". If you google for that plus "squeamish ossifrage" you get... wait for it...

    Oh, um, just this post. Never mind. I guess we're not any closer to the truth than we were before.

  • K&T (unregistered) in reply to Mike
    Mike:
    Surely waiting a day or two after the child swallows the penny removes all possibility of it still being an emergency, and therefore should exclude a visit to an emergency room?

    Not go to the ER? That's how you get 'free' healthcare in the US.

  • MajinBlayze (unregistered)

    Oni has only been out for 7 years; I'm sure you were the first to find that message.

  • bd (unregistered)
    Whatever web site it was, it seems their QA or ad department was asleep at the wheel.
    Alex, you could have saved face and say it was a customized ad or blame it on guerrilla advertising.

    Or maybe planting it into Error'd was the plan all along... Well played, sir, well played indeed!

  • Jamie (unregistered) in reply to Anon

    Supercharge your savings with null? Whoo hoo, indeed.

  • Jamie (unregistered) in reply to Jamie
    Jamie:
    Supercharge your savings with null? Whoo hoo, indeed.

    Oh crap, how do I delete my comment? I see that "Whoo hoo" is trademarked.

  • atkretsch (unregistered)

    TRWTF is that WaMu is offering null% rather than NaN%. Not only are their interest rates terrible, they're using objects instead of native types. They auto-boxed themselves straight out of business!

  • JimmyVile (unregistered)

    People still play Oni :D

    It's an awesome game though. I tried playing it a few months back but it didn't run on my hardware.

  • vt_mruhlin (cs) in reply to Addison
    Addison:
    Grrr:
    Web sites that scold me for using my browser's BACK button are a sure sign that some programmer (and his manager, most likely) need to be taken out behind the barn and whipped until they promise to accept salvation.

    Careful where you place blame. Us programmers write some of the most retarded code because the analysts (or managers) tell us to, not because we get some sick thrill out of it. Though sometimes we get a sick thrill out of it too.

    PMs don't understand that making everything "look AJAXy" often breaks the hell out of the back button.

  • campkev (cs) in reply to Mike
    Mike:
    Surely waiting a day or two after the child swallows the penny removes all possibility of it still being an emergency, and therefore should exclude a visit to an emergency room?

    According to Googles first definition, an emergency is "a sudden unforeseen crisis (usually involving danger) that requires immediate action", so that must exclude people who hang about for a couple of days doing nothing except sift through child-poo?

    I think they mean, if your child starts to vomit or have stomach pains in LESS than a day or two, then you take them to the emergency room. Or I guess with your child, you could schedule an appointment and take them in three days when the doctor has an opening, but I don't think I'm waiting that long.

  • Axon (unregistered) in reply to Anon
    Anon:
    The savings rate of null% is not a mistake, it's WaMu who went bust and got brought up by Chase a couple of months ago.

    I was scrolling through the comments to see if anybody else thought a null% interest rate from a defunct bank was actually kind of ironic and funny. Thumbs up to you.

  • Code Dependent (cs) in reply to Mutant
    Mutant:
    I love how the guy is researching a potentially dangerous situation in relation to his child, but he takes the time to stop and think "Hey, this would be a great post to daily wtf!" :)
    He's waiting a day to see if she poops it out. Don't you scoop your kid's turds out of the toilet and mash them all up to see what she's been eating?
  • MetalPig (cs) in reply to MajinBlayze
    MajinBlayze:
    Oni has only been out for 7 years;
    Meanwhile, we're still waiting for the penny to come out.
  • guessed (unregistered)

    "Warning: Some of your credentials have expired"

    "that's not a warning, a warning is supposed to come before something bad happens"

    " Some of your credentials will expire in 1 second"

    "thats more like it"

    Regarding the penny, clearly the lesson here is to check when pennies are minted before your child swallows them. Hey at least I didn't make a pun about mint. Or about how silly it is to swallow a penny -- A dime I could understand - at least you'd have a chance of ending up with 2 nickels.

  • Thief^ (cs)

    The real wtf is calling your "cents" "pennies".

    Though seriously, money being poisonous?

  • Ken B (unregistered)

    I guess I'll have to check the year on the penny (okay, "cent" if that makes you happy) that my daughter swallowed shortly before her 2nd birthday. Yes, we "recovered" it, though it took 11 days (6-June-2001 to 17-June-2001), not 2. It's in a small plastic bag, attached to the X-ray showing a nice penny-sized circle in her abdomen. (Yes, we washed it first. Why do you ask?)

    Darn... I can't make out the year w/o removing it from the wrapper. I'll just have to assume it's pre-1982, as it was not pitted at all.

  • far9999 (unregistered) in reply to campkev
    campkev:
    I think they mean, if your child starts to vomit or have stomach pains in LESS than a day or two, then you take them to the emergency room. Or I guess with your child, you could schedule an appointment and take them in three days when the doctor has an opening, but I don't think I'm waiting that long.

    Perhaps you should change your doctor. My doctor will let me in the same day if it is urgent. There are also urgent care/walk in clinics if your doctor won't do it.

  • shadowman (cs)

    I'm still eagerly awaiting the conclusion of the penny story. Did they ever find the penny? And are they going to keep it for the scrapbook?

  • SenTree (cs) in reply to MetalPig
    MetalPig:
    Meanwhile, we're still waiting for the penny to come out.
    Still no change then ? (Sorry, someone had to say it.)
  • Bored Bystander (unregistered)

    With regard to the OPAC error, it could have been interfacing with an old telnet based OPAC using some sort of Web 2.0 trickery.

  • PseudoBovine (unregistered) in reply to Thief^
    Thief^:
    The real wtf is calling your "cents" "pennies".

    "Cent" is the monetary value, equal to 1/100th of a dollar. (Derived from the latin word for one hundred.)

    "Penny" is the physical coin itself. (Same name as the British "penny", but with a regularized plural ("pennies" instead of "pence"), which is itself derived from the germanic "Pfennig")

    A dime is worth ten cents, but has the same value as ten pennies.

  • MadJo@Work (unregistered) in reply to Thief^
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  • Anonymous (unregistered) in reply to Ken B
    Ken B:
    I guess I'll have to check the year on the penny (okay, "cent" if that makes you happy) that my daughter swallowed shortly before her 2nd birthday. Yes, we "recovered" it, though it took 11 days (6-June-2001 to 17-June-2001), not 2. It's in a small plastic bag, attached to the X-ray showing a nice penny-sized circle in her abdomen. (Yes, we washed it first. Why do you ask?)

    Darn... I can't make out the year w/o removing it from the wrapper. I'll just have to assume it's pre-1982, as it was not pitted at all.

    Shame she didn't choke to death, maybe you'd be out crusading for penny-awareness instead of trolling TDWTF with your self-absorbed vitriol.

  • notromda (cs)

    While waiting for the penny to pass out the tail end, you might want to call your doctor to give him a "heads" up....

  • värttinä (unregistered) in reply to PseudoBovine
    PseudoBovine:
    "Penny" is the physical coin itself. (Same name as the British "penny", but with a regularized plural ("pennies" instead of "pence"), which is itself derived from the germanic "Pfennig")
    ObEtymology: Both English "penny" and German "Pfennig" descend from the same Germanic origin. The German word shows the regular development of initial 'p'! Compare "plant" ~ "Pflanze" and "pan" ~ "pfanne".
  • guessed (unregistered) in reply to Anonymous
    Anonymous:
    Shame she didn't choke to death, maybe you'd be out crusading for penny-awareness instead of trolling TDWTF with your self-absorbed vitriol.

    Not remotely funny.

  • IT Girl (unregistered) in reply to Grrr
    Grrr:
    Web sites that scold me for using my browser's BACK button are a sure sign that some programmer (and his manager, most likely) need to be taken out behind the barn and whipped until they promise to accept salvation.

    And yet, it is so common for our internal web-based apps where I work, I wouldn't even consider it a wtf anymore.

  • Dennis (unregistered)

    The real WTF is that the article only mentions pre-1982 and post-1982 pennies. It doesn't say what to do about actual 1982 pennies which could be either copper or zinc.

    Also, why doesn't money carry the "not suitable for children under three years of age" warning? Oh, wait, "In God We Trust" covers that.

    Captcha: damnum...damnum all!

  • Anon (unregistered)

    Brings new meaning to the phrase "waiting for the penny to drop"!

  • cellocgw (cs)

    That "don't use the browser buttons" thing seems to be taking over. At my unidentified company (rhymes with Northrop Grumman), not only do they not allow Back on a lot of pages, but their input validation is brain-dead. Here's an example. The page asks me to fill in the dollar amount I want to withhold (for a benefits item). I type "2500" (without the quotes). The web page helpfully formats that as "$2500.00" (no quotes), and THEN: tells me I've violated the rule against entering more than 7 characters.

  • DaveK (cs)

    Hear that?

    That was the sound of WAMU's very funny joke going clear over all your heads. They must have gone to some trouble to customize their banner ad specially for this site; bet they're wondering why they bothered now.

    (How likely do you really think it is that the banner ad is dynamically generated by issuing an SQL query and blindly rendering the result into a GIF/JPG? Individually for every separate time it is served up by the ad network? What kind of query could you even do when it's a random request for a banner ad from some unknown client out on the internet? It's not like it's giving you a customised quotation based on all that personal career and financial information that you haven't entered into the non-existent form that you didn't have to submit before it served you up the ad, is it?)

  • Mr G (unregistered) in reply to PseudoBovine
    PseudoBovine:
    A dime is worth ten cents, but has the same value as ten pennies.
    And it's a coin that, for some strange reason, doesn't actually tell you how much it's worth.
  • AdT (unregistered)

    I always sift through my daughter's stool to look for any undigested seeds or stuff. When I find one, pop, it goes right back in. As a positive side effect, she started to chew her food very carefully. I mean, come on, you can't let things go to waste in these economically troubling times.

    (If any infuriated parents and/or Oprahs want to shout profanities at me, please know that YHBT...)

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