• Montoya (unregistered)

    But Tammie Burns did need to be beaten into submission!

  • Kermos (cs)

    This comment needs to be beaten into submission.

  • powerlord (cs) in reply to Montoya
    Montoya:
    But Tammie Burns *did* need to be beaten into submission!

    What, you mean that, as a developer, you don't arbitrarily add extra characters to a file full of fixed width fields? I mean, that never messes anything up!

  • kastein (cs)

    man... first someone else's extraneous newlines waste Dan's night, then his extraneous newlines (or Tammy's mail client's, whatever) nearly get him fired. I think he needs to find a new line of work.

    ... I'm sorry

  • Cro (cs) in reply to powerlord
    powerlord:
    What, you mean that, as a developer, you don't arbitrarily add extra characters to a file full of fixed width fields?

    Not as a developer, no... but as a complete bastard, I often do it deliberately... :)

  • cod3_complete (cs)

    Get out of there Dan the stack frame has overflowed with incompetence.

  • GCU Arbitrary (cs)

    One of the things I love about The Daily WTF is that it continually disabuses me of the notion that only smart people work in software engineering.

  • ZaM (cs)

    better line: "but the code between us and Tammie Burns must be studied and redone"

  • Jon Doe (unregistered) in reply to Montoya
    Montoya:
    But Tammie Burns *did* need to be beaten into submission!

    Especially for bringing her claws out real quick and bringing the whole feminism stuff out. Especially when whe screwed up...

  • Just Some Guy (unregistered)

    OK, I'm far from being a politically correct treehugger, but a picture of a bruised woman who had presumably been "beaten into submission" is pretty awful.

  • James (unregistered) in reply to Jon Doe

    Agree, "especially violence towards women!" That makes it extra bad. Men are actually far more likely to be victims of violence than women, but they should just suck it up unless they're pussies.

  • Neil (unregistered) in reply to Just Some Guy
    Just Some Guy:
    OK, I'm far from being a politically correct treehugger, but a picture of a bruised woman who had presumably been "beaten into submission" is pretty awful.
    No, it is okay - the stick they used to beat her was less than the size of their thumb. ;)
  • peterchen (unregistered)

    Great! A list of five people who failed to do their job!

  • Eric (unregistered) in reply to Jon Doe
    Jon Doe:
    Montoya:
    But Tammie Burns *did* need to be beaten into submission!

    Especially for bringing her claws out real quick and bringing the whole feminism stuff out. Especially when whe screwed up...

    Um.. I don't think that alerting your manager about a threat you believe someone made against you counts as feminism.

  • B (unregistered)

    And this is why nobody respects the WNBA

  • Atlantys (unregistered) in reply to Jon Doe
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  • Eyrieowl (unregistered) in reply to Just Some Guy
    Just Some Guy:
    OK, I'm far from being a politically correct treehugger, but a picture of a bruised woman who had presumably been "beaten into submission" is pretty awful.

    Yeah, that picture...I thought the pictures were supposed to be adding to the humor of the story, not horrifying the reader. It...verges on inappropriate, and certainly doesn't help the joke out.

  • valerion (cs)

    As great as Greg must be as a boss, he really screwed Dan there by defending him so much - he could've done nicely out of suing them for unfair dismissal.

  • GalacticCowboy (cs)

    Wow, this one could go in so many directions...

    ...the code between us and Tammy Burns needs to be fixed.

    Or how about

    ...the code between us and Tammy Burns is injecting some serious sh*t.
  • morry (unregistered)

    $100 says that one of two things happened afterward:

    1. a note came out from HR saying something like "refrain from using terms that could be construed as violent in conversations or emails".

    2. everybody got to go to a "sensitivity to violence in the workplace" workshop.

  • Anonymous (unregistered)

    Reading is a hard skill these days you know.

  • ubersoldat (cs)

    Man, that girl is stupid. Go talk to the guy and see what he was talking about. Instead you go and file a report with your boss. Stupid bitch almost got the poor guy fired after fixing her stupid error 'cuz she can't read. And yes, if I was fired because something like this I would wait outside and bitch-slap her... after suing their assess.

  • J (unregistered) in reply to Eric

    The part that's bringing in the feminism is the "especially when it's directed towards women" part. Violence in the work place shouldnt have a worse responce if the victim is female instead of male and vise versa.

  • Zapp Brannigan (unregistered) in reply to Eric
    Eric:
    Jon Doe:
    Montoya:
    But Tammie Burns *did* need to be beaten into submission!

    Especially for bringing her claws out real quick and bringing the whole feminism stuff out. Especially when whe screwed up...

    Um.. I don't think that alerting your manager about a threat you believe someone made against you counts as feminism.

    A real feminist would've kicked his ass.

  • Paul W. Homer (unregistered)

    You know your company has a serious problem with over-reacting when they've started down such a serious path without bothering to have reread the message very very carefully first.

  • void (unregistered)

    Those who cannot read, -- should not write.

  • Da' Man (unregistered)

    The Real WTF™ is that there was a NBSP missing between "and" and "Tammie".

  • campkev (cs)

    As I read the part about his boss freaking out I knew it was going to be related to the "beaten into submission" part of his email. But I figured it would be something like he made a typo or there was a problem sending the email causing it to be abbreviated in such a way that it looked like he was actually suggesting that Tammie be beaten. I never guessed it would be that everyone else in his company would have gotten a 3 on the reading comprehension section of the ACT.

  • Heron (cs) in reply to campkev

    Did anyone else notice that the article is missing its final punctuation mark? That's TRWTF(tm).

  • Dan Wiebe (unregistered)

    Wow. My first submission, published. I'm surprised at the degree to which it was fictionalized.

    I should clarify, in case somebody who knows her reads this, that Tammie Burns was not the developer responsible for the problem. I don't know who that developer was. She was the manager of the group responsible for producing the data, and I was in the group responsible for consuming it. Between the two groups, it went into Never-Never Land and came back, and somewhere in Never-Never Land was the place where the CR character was helpfully being added.

    That's why I said "the code between us and Tammie Burns" rather than "Tammie Burns' code."

    Just sayin'...

  • josh (unregistered)

    what my grandparents used to tell me when i was young was "at the beggining of the 1000 mile long journey, the first thing to do is to smoke a bowl pack, and take the first step." ( its real trippy!) so i hope this proves my point that we all have our own journey, and there will be confusions like this for us every day of our lives and if you say wtf to that, you should smoke a bowl with me sometime.

  • Chelloveck (unregistered)

    Something very similar actually happened to me at one of my previous jobs. It's a "previous" job because the outcome was not as happy as in this story. By the time the reading comprehension mistake was pointed out, the high muck-a-mucks were already heavily invested in their own interpretation and wouldn't back down.

    I lost a pretty nice gig there. Fortunately, I ended up relocating to an even better job in a better state and have been altogether happier here!

  • Rich (unregistered)
    <sarcasm> The real WTF is that proper English would be "but the code between Tammie Burns and us." Then the whole issue could have been avoided!

    Obviously, he didn't listen to his mother when he said, "me and Jim are going to the candy store," and mom would reply, "No..., Jim and I..."

    But kudos for using "us" instead of "we!" </sarcasm>

    On a related note, years ago I got an email from a colleague who had been coding all night:

    if brain comes in without me in the morning, tell him to come back and get me

    After staring at it a while, I finally realized he meant Brian, who was normally his ride into work.

  • bryan986 (cs) in reply to Dan Wiebe
    Dan Wiebe:
    Wow. My first submission, published. I'm surprised at the degree to which it was fictionalized.

    I should clarify, in case somebody who knows her reads this, that Tammie Burns was not the developer responsible for the problem. I don't know who that developer was. She was the manager of the group responsible for producing the data, and I was in the group responsible for consuming it. Between the two groups, it went into Never-Never Land and came back, and somewhere in Never-Never Land was the place where the CR character was helpfully being added.

    That's why I said "the code between us and Tammie Burns" rather than "Tammie Burns' code."

    Just sayin'...

    Thanks! That was actually very helpful. I was confused by the beginning where it said that it was Tammie's code and then later it said that it was in between her code and yours. Makes much more sense now!

  • cellocgw (cs) in reply to Rich
    Rich:
    On a related note, years ago I got an email from a colleague who had been coding all night:
    if brain comes in without me in the morning, tell him to come back and get me

    After staring at it a while, I finally realized he meant Brian, who was normally his ride into work.

    BRIANS!!!! I want to eat BRIANS!!! (redvsblue)

  • Lame (unregistered) in reply to Dan Wiebe
    Dan Wiebe:
    Wow. My first submission, published. I'm surprised at the degree to which it was fictionalized.

    You're surprised? Have you READ the daily WTF? While it's certainly entertaining, you can't believe most of what is written. In the name of creative writing and "anonymization" they butcher most entertaining and true stories into a mess that is often quite far from any truth.

    It certainly loses some of its appeal that the "entertaining writing" takes a higher focus than actually reporting true (but WTF-worthy) events.

  • Charles400 (cs)

    Wow - he's lucky he didn't say anything flirtatious or flattering about that code, or about how he think the code looks good in a little black dress, or how the code is so smoking hot he would like throw down with it...

  • jimlangrunner (cs) in reply to Neil
    Neil:
    Just Some Guy:
    OK, I'm far from being a politically correct treehugger, but a picture of a bruised woman who had presumably been "beaten into submission" is pretty awful.
    No, it is okay - the stick they used to beat her was less than the size of their thumb. ;)
    OHMYGOD! Don't do that when I'm eating!
  • Eric Rehmeyer (unregistered)

    Violence against women is never funny. Epic fail.

  • Anon (unregistered) in reply to ubersoldat
    ubersoldat:
    Man, that girl is stupid. Go talk to the guy and see what he was talking about. Instead you go and file a report with your boss. Stupid bitch almost got the poor guy fired after fixing her stupid error 'cuz she can't read. And yes, if I was fired because something like this I would wait outside and bitch-slap her... after suing their assess.

    Given that she clearly believed (wrongly) that a threat of physical violence had been made against her, you think the best course of action would be to go talk to the person threating her?

  • Preston Sumner (unregistered) in reply to Eyrieowl
    Eyrieowl:
    Just Some Guy:
    OK, I'm far from being a politically correct treehugger, but a picture of a bruised woman who had presumably been "beaten into submission" is pretty awful.

    Yeah, that picture...I thought the pictures were supposed to be adding to the humor of the story, not horrifying the reader. It...verges on inappropriate, and certainly doesn't help the joke out.

    Are you people being serious?

  • Mitur Binesderti (unregistered) in reply to Lame
    Lame:
    Dan Wiebe:
    Wow. My first submission, published. I'm surprised at the degree to which it was fictionalized.

    You're surprised? Have you READ the daily WTF? While it's certainly entertaining, you can't believe most of what is written. In the name of creative writing and "anonymization" they butcher most entertaining and true stories into a mess that is often quite far from any truth.

    It certainly loses some of its appeal that the "entertaining writing" takes a higher focus than actually reporting true (but WTF-worthy) events.

    It's fairly easy to tell that these are doctored as the they are all written in the same, or similar, voice. We should just start calling this TheDailyBS.

  • ac (unregistered)

    Did you, by chance, read the whole email message and not just the highlighted parts?

  • jimlangrunner (cs) in reply to Zapp Brannigan
    Zapp Brannigan:
    ...A real feminist would've kicked his ass.
    Perfect.
  • Jon Doe (unregistered) in reply to Eric
    Eric:
    Jon Doe:
    Montoya:
    But Tammie Burns *did* need to be beaten into submission!

    Especially for bringing her claws out real quick and bringing the whole feminism stuff out. Especially when whe screwed up...

    Um.. I don't think that alerting your manager about a threat you believe someone made against you counts as feminism.

    Looks like you didn't read the whole email either! LOL

    The best reply for this:

    J:
    The part that's bringing in the feminism is the "especially when it's directed towards women" part. Violence in the work place shouldnt have a worse responce if the victim is female instead of male and vise versa.
  • Anon (unregistered)

    Dan made two mistakes, firstly, his poor choice of words, secondly, being accusatory in an e-mail that he sent to a large group of people. It would have been enough to say he fixed the problem, what the cause was and then talk to the people responsible the next day. It's pretty poor form to send out an e-mail in the middle of night that basically says "Hey everybody, Tammie fucked it up." Tammie then made the mistake in reading comprehension, aided by the unfortunate placement of a line break in her e-mail client, and the mistake was compounded by nobody up the line bothering to re-read the whole message and spot the misunderstanding. But, the whole thing could have been avoided if Dan had refrained from finger-pointing in the first place.

  • bored (unregistered)

    Happens all the time where I work and I see people getting sent to "Email Policy" classes as a result of improper email content/subject matter.

    Captcha:jugis -> Look at the size of her bra, she must have some huge jugis.

  • Bri (unregistered)

    Added humor: I had my browser sized just right so that the text was slightly cut off, making it look even worse:

    but the code between us [text was cut off] Tammie Burns needs to be beaten into submission.

  • Anon (unregistered) in reply to Jon Doe
    Jon Doe:
    Eric:
    Um.. I don't think that alerting your manager about a threat you believe someone made against you counts as feminism.

    Looks like you didn't read the whole email either! LOL

    It looks like you didn't read the post. I've bolded the important word. It doesn't matter that she was wrong, if you believe a co-worker has made a threat against you (regardless of whether you are a man or a woman), reporting it to your manager would be an entirely appropriate course of action.

  • anon (unregistered) in reply to Anon
    Anon:
    Dan made two mistakes, firstly, his poor choice of words, secondly, being accusatory in an e-mail that he sent to a large group of people....

    Agreed

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