• on earth (unregistered)

    FIRST EROS

  • Yep (unregistered)

    That first one is going up on my cube wall.

  • . (unregistered)

    One.

    The number needs to be one.

    Or two.

    Or three.

    As long as it's not guessable.

  • diaphanein (unregistered)

    So, the dyslexic walked into a bra...

  • Willow (unregistered)

    So....will that pick-a-number question help you when you can't remember that your password is:

  • Pablo (unregistered)

    TRWTF is that I've seen a cheapo battery charger that in the instructions said to refresh the pond among other things perhaps not recommended when plugged in.

    CAPTCHA: facilisis

  • tpulley (unregistered)

    Justin obviously works for McMenamin's, and didn't try very hard to obfuscate his employer. is that a wtf?

  • Code Dependent (cs)

    What a lucid elucidation!

    Addendum (2008-08-29 10:27): On second thought, I should have said, "What a rucid erucidation!"

  • TopCod3r (cs) in reply to Willow
    Willow:
    So....will that pick-a-number question help you when you can't remember that your password is:

    Right. Shouldn't the security questions, you know, be questions? None of those are questions... "Pick a Flower" doesn't help at all, it should be "What is your favorite flower?"

    Same with "pick a number", it should be "What is your lucky number?" or something along those lines. Otherwise you might pick a number like, the current day of the month, but that doesn't help you later.

  • . (unregistered)

    Reproduction of this WTF is strictly forbidden.

  • MM (unregistered)

    TRWTF is that it's a message box.

  • .. (unregistered)

    I don't see any WTF there. The password is clearly "CASESENSITIVE".

  • Mike L (unregistered)

    And yet, the fan I bought a few months ago (a normal fan with an on off switch) came with a SEVEN PAGE instruction.

  • Walleye (cs)

    I might eventually trust the usage, but I sure don't immediately trust the usage.

  • Serpardum (cs)

    Can not create comment.

  • Code Dependent (cs)
    "Soooo," Aske Olsson wondered, "what kind of box is this?"
    Elementary, my dear Watson. It's a "thinking out of the" box.
  • Nick (unregistered)

    Perhaps they don't consider it to be a good security question/answer.

    As one of three question/answers, like it says, it's probably a little bit better.

  • ordie77 (unregistered)

    Who wants to bet that the most common answer to "pick a number between 1 and 100" is 69!

  • Anonymous Coward (unregistered)

    "Adny H"

    Strange name, I assume it's mean to be Andy?.. or is Adny actually a name?

  • Colin Gormley (unregistered) in reply to ordie77

    How about 42!

  • shinobu (cs) in reply to Mike L
    Mike L:
    And yet, the fan I bought a few months ago (a normal fan with an on off switch) came with a SEVEN PAGE instruction.

    What kind of instructions did it come with? How to tape a spatula to the fan to mimic the sound of a helicopter?

  • Code Dependent (cs) in reply to MM
    MM:
    TRWTF is that it's a message box.
    You figured that out, didja? All by yourself?
  • akatherder (cs) in reply to Colin Gormley
    Colin Gormley:
    How about 42!

    That's your answer to everything.

  • Smash King (cs) in reply to ordie77
    ordie77:
    Who wants to bet that the most common answer to "pick a number between 1 and 100" is 69!
    42 would be far more likely among geeks
  • ThomsonsPier (cs) in reply to TopCod3r
    TopCod3r:
    Willow:
    So....will that pick-a-number question help you when you can't remember that your password is:

    Right. Shouldn't the security questions, you know, be questions? None of those are questions... "Pick a Flower" doesn't help at all, it should be "What is your favorite flower?"

    Same with "pick a number", it should be "What is your lucky number?" or something along those lines. Otherwise you might pick a number like, the current day of the month, but that doesn't help you later.

    Unless you sign in on the same day of a different month, of course.
  • krupa (unregistered) in reply to tpulley
    tpulley:
    Justin obviously works for McMenamin's, and didn't try very hard to obfuscate his employer. is that a wtf?
    In my opinion, admitting that you work for McMenamin's is a WTF. Sorry, but I never liked their beer or food. You can get much better of both in Portland.
  • snoofle (cs)

    The message box alert isn't all that uncommon. In apps that absolutely must not go down (silently in flames), it's common practice to reserve enough memory at startup to create a simple message box. This way, if allocation fails, the reserved memory can be freed so that a final something-bad-happened-so-i'm-gonna-die-now alert can be displayed.

  • Sam B (unregistered)

    How to post a comment on THE DAILY WTF.CN

    1. Make an effort to begin to be typing your name. Remember that to have been transferring not anonymously, please enter log.

    2. After the before effort, please be given a brief recapitulation of the theme of your best contributions.

    3. Finally, start writing your placard. Remember correct syntactic and breaking, so that other people can be fully understanding their views.

    4. Exemplify the correct word to be having in the picture (of the Captcha), actually submit your placard.

  • Smash King (cs)

    Gradsouthwest should send S.K.'s username and passwords in Wingdings. Unless their length is zero, of course.

  • theillien (cs)
    "Soooo," Aske Olsson wondered, "what kind of box is this?"

    It's obviously a monologue box.

  • PACE (unregistered) in reply to Sam B
    Sam B:
    How to post a comment on THE DAILY WTF.CN
    1. Make an effort to begin to be typing your name. Remember that to have been transferring not anonymously, please enter log.

    2. After the before effort, please be given a brief recapitulation of the theme of your best contributions.

    3. Finally, start writing your placard. Remember correct syntactic and breaking, so that other people can be fully understanding their views.

    4. Exemplify the correct word to be having in the picture (of the Captcha), actually submit your placard.

    Must be an AI writing manuals? No quack.

  • jmucchiello (unregistered) in reply to MM
    MM:
    TRWTF is that it's a message box.
    Not really, it's just ironic. A message box to tell you something catastrophic happened was probably allocated when Lotus Notes started. This way, when catastrophe (or in this case lack of memory) strikes, you have a ready made dialog with which to inform the user. Windows programming books talked about using this technique all the time throughout the 90s so it wasn't just Lotus being weird.
  • moola (unregistered)

    It is probably a good idea to blur S.K. email even if he haven't done it himself.

  • Brompot (unregistered)

    What box is this? Well, its a messagebox. A dialog box is where you get to enter stuff i.e. have a dialog with the computer.

    Message boxes are more of the monologue sort, i.e. the computer tells you something and don't you dare talk back. Anyway it wouldn't help much if you talked back. The computer couldn't remember it as it's out of memory.

  • strNickname (unregistered)

    Actually, the "pick a number betwwen 1 and 100" question van be ok, if you remember that you entered an answer nobody expects, like "ninety trillion", or "beethoven". I dout the answer was even validated to be a number.

    Still, these "insecurity" questions are mucho sucko.

  • strNickname (unregistered) in reply to strNickname

    Typo'd. I'd better register. Grrr.

  • Someone You Know (cs) in reply to ..
    ..:
    I don't see any WTF there. The password is clearly "CASESENSITIVE".

    And the username is "Password:".

  • Brompot (unregistered) in reply to ordie77
    ordie77:
    Who wants to bet that the most common answer to "pick a number between 1 and 100" is 69!

    My guess is 42. It is after all the answer to the ultimate question to life, the universe and everyhing. That should cover a stupid password question.

  • jspenguin (cs)
    dialog = (HugeDialogBox*)malloc(sizeof(HugeDialogBox));
    
    if (dialog == NULL) {
        MessageBox("Cannot create dialog box (Insufficient Memory)");
    }
    

    What's the WTF? It failed to allocate the memory for a dialog box, so it alerts the user with a relatively small message box.

    And it's not like they're putting calls to MessageBox deep in business logic -- this is clearly UI code.

  • Mike (unregistered)

    That's not a dialog box. It's a message box.

  • TopCod3r (cs) in reply to jspenguin
    jspenguin:
    dialog = (HugeDialogBox*)malloc(sizeof(HugeDialogBox));
    

    if (dialog == NULL) { MessageBox("Cannot create dialog box (Insufficient Memory)"); }

    What's the WTF? It failed to allocate the memory for a dialog box, so it alerts the user with a relatively small message box.

    And it's not like they're putting calls to MessageBox deep in business logic -- this is clearly UI code.

    You really probably should use GlobalAlloc and not malloc, otherwise you are writing WTF code yourself.

  • kennytm (cs) in reply to Colin Gormley
    Colin Gormley:
    How about 42!
    42! = 1.4 * 10^51 is way outside the range 1 to 100.

    /ducks

  • silent d (unregistered) in reply to Smash King
    Smash King:
    ordie77:
    Who wants to bet that the most common answer to "pick a number between 1 and 100" is 69!
    42 would be far more likely among geeks

    But then the security question would have to be "What do you get if you multiply six by nine?"

  • Brompot (unregistered) in reply to akatherder
    akatherder:
    Colin Gormley:
    How about 42!

    That's your answer to everything.

    Of course. It's the answer to life, the universe and everything.

  • tgape (cs) in reply to ..
    ..:
    I don't see any WTF there. The password is clearly "CASESENSITIVE".

    Actually, the password is clearly "CASE SENSITIVE", with a space (or possibly even two). Also, "Someone You Know" also failed, as the username is clearly " Password:".

    I'm impressed with the security of this system - most login forms don't even have the facility to let a user put in a username with a line break in it, so the username is very secure itself. And, further, it's a rare system that can actually report what a user's password is to everyone, and still maintain system security.

  • tgape (cs)

    I'm not sure Theo Kincaid Onion's expectations are reasonable. I mean, any program which refuses to contemplate potentially untrustworthy data has got to be quite robust. I mean, how could it possibly crash?

    That having been said, a video player which does not play videos does appear to have a lower utility rating than some might want.

  • Code Dependent (cs) in reply to silent d
    silent d:
    But then the security question would have to be "What do you get if you multiply six by nine?"
    Now, if-a six Turned out to be nine I don't mind I don't mind

    Go ahead on, mister businessman, you can't dress like me

    Oh... oops, wait a minute...

  • newfweiler (cs)

    The best product literature of all time came with a Japanese-made alarm clock:

    "Thank you to the improvement of the alarm mechanisme, you need no longer be sleeping when you are awake."

  • Walleye (cs) in reply to jmucchiello
    jmucchiello:
    MM:
    TRWTF is that it's a message box.
    Not really, it's just ironic. A message box to tell you something catastrophic happened was probably allocated when Lotus Notes started. This way, when catastrophe (or in this case lack of memory) strikes, you have a ready made dialog with which to inform the user. Windows programming books talked about using this technique all the time throughout the 90s so it wasn't just Lotus being weird.

    Lotus Notes starting IS something catastrophic.

  • Frank (unregistered)

    You know, McMenamins really should switch to a better supplier of printers.

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