• Abscissa (unregistered)

    Your "Display: Full Article" link isn't working.

    "The Real WTF": Not using "Full Article" as default.

  • Rafael Larios (unregistered) in reply to Abscissa
    Abscissa:
    Your "Display: Full Article" link isn't working.

    It works for me so it must work for everyone!!!!

    On Subject: Poor chinchillas....

  • Joshua Marker (unregistered)
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  • Alexander Dzhoganov (unregistered)

    That's why it's very, very, very important to do extensive testing on this kind of apps, where you can't and probably won't find a bug or an error for a large amount of time after the deployment. People need to learn from the software folks at NASA.

    Captcha: doom !

  • unklegwar (cs)

    How long before some PETA freak gets on your case? Taking bets now....

  • XML Hater (unregistered) in reply to Alexander Dzhoganov
    Alexander Dzhoganov:
    That's why it's very, very, very important to do extensive testing on this kind of apps, where you can't and probably won't find a bug or an error for a large amount of time after the deployment. People need to learn from the software folks at NASA.

    Captcha: doom !

    You mean like the ones who wrote the software for the Mars Climate Orbiter? ;-)

  • bonzombiekitty (cs)

    awww... that chinchilla is cuter than mine. But then again, mine only has three legs (not my fault).

  • freelancer (cs) in reply to Alexander Dzhoganov
    Alexander Dzhoganov:
    People need to learn from the software folks at NASA.
    NASA? You mean the people who lost a Mars orbiter due to a data input error?
  • xtremezone (cs)

    One could argue that the chinchilla jumped for another reason. :-/

    Wouldn't it be more accurate to guide them with sound or something? Meh, whatever.

  • RobbieAreBest (cs) in reply to unklegwar
    unklegwar:
    How long before some PETA freak gets on your case? Taking bets now....

    Nah, they don't read this site. Probably because no one told them to.

    Maybe they should use PETA members for these experiments, they are easier to train than rodents.

  • Thomas (unregistered) in reply to Rafael Larios

    It doesn`t work for me neither.

    Using Firefox 2.0.0.3

  • Thomas (unregistered) in reply to Rafael Larios
    Rafael Larios:
    Abscissa:
    Your "Display: Full Article" link isn't working.

    It works for me so it must work for everyone!!!!

    On Subject: Poor chinchillas....

    It doesn`t work for me neither.

    Using Firefox 2.0.0.3

  • DaveTheWave (unregistered) in reply to Thomas
    Thomas:
    Rafael Larios:
    Abscissa:
    Your "Display: Full Article" link isn't working.

    It works for me so it must work for everyone!!!!

    On Subject: Poor chinchillas....

    It doesn`t work for me neither.

    Using Firefox 2.0.0.3

    Worked fine for me Using Firefox 2.0.0.3

  • roe (cs) in reply to DaveTheWave
    DaveTheWave:
    Thomas:
    Rafael Larios:
    Abscissa:
    Your "Display: Full Article" link isn't working.

    It works for me so it must work for everyone!!!!

    On Subject: Poor chinchillas....

    It doesn`t work for me neither.

    Using Firefox 2.0.0.3

    Worked fine for me Using Firefox 2.0.0.3

    Works for me too, same version... It does rely on javascript though, you sure you haven't disabled it?

  • Grant (unregistered) in reply to freelancer
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  • Jamie McCarthy (unregistered)

    This bug resulted in, not a passel of hard-of-hearing chinchillas (awww, how cute!), but a pile of dead ones.

    Animal experiments end in the slaughter of the animals. They can't be used again for scientific purposes. Nobody's going to adopt a hundred chinchillas. And even if there were a hundred people out there looking to adopt chinchillas, this batch of 100 would just mean there's 100 more at various animal shelters that have to be euthanized (there's never a shortage of unwanted animals).

    I guess making jokes about PETA helps some people avoid thinking about how animals actually do suffer for our thoughtlessness.

    I am, by the way, a tinnitus sufferer -- my every waking moment, probably until the day I die, will be spent with loud, high-pitched whines and squeals in both ears -- and I don't want experiments like this one done.

  • SpiritOfGrandeur (cs) in reply to freelancer
    freelancer:
    Alexander Dzhoganov:
    People need to learn from the software folks at NASA.
    NASA? You mean the people who lost a Mars orbiter due to a data input error?

    Sarcasm noted and not appreciated sir!

  • Joe (unregistered) in reply to Abscissa
    Abscissa:
    Your "Display: Full Article" link isn't working.

    "The Real WTF": Not using "Full Article" as default.

    Enable JavaScript for worsethanfailure.com.

    Full Article is off dy default because most people come to the comments page from the full article (without comments) page and don't really need to read it again.

    captcha: craaazy

  • KattMan (cs) in reply to Jamie McCarthy
    Jamie McCarthy:
    This bug resulted in, not a passel of hard-of-hearing chinchillas (awww, how cute!), but a pile of dead ones.

    Animal experiments end in the slaughter of the animals. They can't be used again for scientific purposes. Nobody's going to adopt a hundred chinchillas. And even if there were a hundred people out there looking to adopt chinchillas, this batch of 100 would just mean there's 100 more at various animal shelters that have to be euthanized (there's never a shortage of unwanted animals).

    I guess making jokes about PETA helps some people avoid thinking about how animals actually do suffer for our thoughtlessness.

    I am, by the way, a tinnitus sufferer -- my every waking moment, probably until the day I die, will be spent with loud, high-pitched whines and squeals in both ears -- and I don't want experiments like this one done.

    I understand your point, but I take a much different stance. I look at it from the standpoint of "the greater good", what is better, 100 deaf (or even dead) rodents or 100 deaf people? They are doing these experiments to try to prevent exactly the problem you have.

    Now before you call me heartless, take this to note, I would feel bad harming a monkey or even a dolphin, but killing a fish or a rat I have no problem with. Ask me to define the morality line where this is crossed and I can't do it, I simply know myself what I would care about and what I won't. You yourself do this very thing but your line is drawn elsewhere. How many roaches would you kill to keep them out of your home? The question is no different, it just depends on where you, personally draw your line, just don't hold me to your choice.

  • hiroaki (unregistered)

    This sounds a lot like the work done at Big University (think stephenson...).

    my old department, in fact.

  • Rafael Larios (unregistered) in reply to KattMan
    KattMan:
    How many roaches would you kill to keep them out of your home?

    I would kill thousands!

  • Doug (unregistered) in reply to RobbieAreBest
    RobbieAreBest:
    unklegwar:
    How long before some PETA freak gets on your case? Taking bets now....

    Nah, they don't read this site. Probably because no one told them to.

    Maybe they should use PETA members for these experiments, they are easier to train than rodents.

    Actually, the rodents are probably easier to train.

    PETA: "BE NICE TO ANIMALS!" TECH: "OK, now when you hear the ..." PETA: "BE NICE TO ANIMALS!" TECH: "When you hear the sound,..." PETA: "BE NICE TO ANIMALS!" TECH: "Yeah. Got that. Now ..." PETA: "WE'RE GONNA SUE YOUR TAIL OFF!" TECH: "Yeah, OK. Now ..."

  • Spastic Weasel (unregistered) in reply to Jamie McCarthy

    The high pitched whining is caused by pompous self importance and a missing sense of humor. You should get that checked.

  • Dak (unregistered) in reply to Rafael Larios
    Rafael Larios:
    KattMan:
    How many roaches would you kill to keep them out of your home?

    I would kill thousands!

    I would kill Dolphins if they refused to leave my home... you know what they say about guests and fish--Dolphins are both! (practically)

  • sir_flexalot (cs)

    Do you know the "scratch monkey" story? That guy almost went to jail for real. Granted, it was a monkey, but I'd be very careful posting any story that sounds like animal cruelty. To the lawyers reading all these in the future chinchilla lovers vs. GRG, I, for one, do not condone chinchilla deafening.

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  • chrismcb (cs) in reply to Jamie McCarthy
    Jamie McCarthy:
    This bug resulted in, not a passel of hard-of-hearing chinchillas (awww, how cute!), but a pile of dead ones.

    Uhmmmm, NO. The bug did not "result in..." killing the chinchillas. Bug or no bug, software or no software, the testing was going to be done, and the chincillas would be disposed of properly. And since the life expentancy of a chincilla is 12 years, I'm guessing all of these chincillas would be dead today no matter what sort of testing as done.

    And we don't know how they were disposed. Perhaps they fed them to some snakes?

    People make jokes about PETA because the jokes are funny.

  • RP2008 (unregistered) in reply to Jamie McCarthy
    Jamie McCarthy:
    This bug resulted in, not a passel of hard-of-hearing chinchillas (awww, how cute!), but a pile of dead ones.

    Animal experiments end in the slaughter of the animals. They can't be used again for scientific purposes. Nobody's going to adopt a hundred chinchillas. And even if there were a hundred people out there looking to adopt chinchillas, this batch of 100 would just mean there's 100 more at various animal shelters that have to be euthanized (there's never a shortage of unwanted animals).

    I guess making jokes about PETA helps some people avoid thinking about how animals actually do suffer for our thoughtlessness.

    I am, by the way, a tinnitus sufferer -- my every waking moment, probably until the day I die, will be spent with loud, high-pitched whines and squeals in both ears -- and I don't want experiments like this one done.

    As a taxpayer I don't want experiments like this one done.

  • Spoe (unregistered) in reply to RP2008
    RP2008:
    As a taxpayer I don't want experiments like this one done.

    And, as another taxpayer, I want this sort of research done.

    CAPTCHA: dubya

  • Adam (unregistered)

    Chinchillas are $150+ so I doubt they'd be fed to any snakes. Poor little guys, they must've gone crazy though.

  • Bolgani (unregistered)

    Google ads already solved the chinchallas' problem, the top ad bar is selling digital hearing aids :-D

  • miko (unregistered) in reply to Spastic Weasel

    n/t

  • stationary (cs) in reply to Spoe

    As a taxpayer, I want this sort of research done, but preferably not with money borrowed from taxes I'll be paying later.

  • RP2008 (unregistered) in reply to stationary
    stationary:
    As a taxpayer, I want this sort of research done, but preferably not with money borrowed from taxes I'll be paying later.

    Dream on. A politician's favorite taxpayer is one who can't vote yet.

  • etr (unregistered) in reply to KattMan

    So I draw the line at shooting assholes, just don't hold me to your choice. MMMkayyyy?

    Yes, there are compromises we all make on a daily basis. But we have also, as a society, decided that it is ok to say this is a line you don't cross no matter where your moral compass points.

    These researchers are intentionally harming living creatures, not just killing but what would amount to torture if it was a human. That is unethical, especially considering that animal experiments only approximate conditions in humans. Why not just pick up a hundred or so folks from the slums in latin america or India. No one would miss them, either, and the experiments would actually have more value.

    And they would be able to answer the "Which is louder?" question.

    Anyway... I still had to laugh at the thought of all the confused chincillas... I'm morally challenged I guess.

  • SomeCoder (unregistered)

    The real WTF is that people are discussing politics/ethics. We really should be discussing how GRG was too naive to thoroughly test code that would be used in important research, whether you agree with said research or not.

    I have input to give on the whole political/ethical debate about animals in research but they really aren't relevant to the WTF at hand.

  • RP2008 (unregistered) in reply to SomeCoder
    SomeCoder:
    The real WTF is that people are discussing politics/ethics. We really should be discussing how GRG was too naive to thoroughly test code that would be used in important research, whether you agree with said research or not.

    I have input to give on the whole political/ethical debate about animals in research but they really aren't relevant to the WTF at hand.

    Fist!

    Feel better now?

  • Rafael Larios (unregistered) in reply to etr
    etr:
    Why not just pick up a hundred or so folks from the slums in latin america or India. No one would miss them, either, and the experiments would actually have more value.

    You sir are a douchebag.... (and i know you are being sarcastic).

    We choose to harm animals for research when the outcome could provide solution for the problems of millions... so if hurting 150 chinchillas could help the millions of unborn children with hearing problems so be it.

    off course I disagree completely with hurting animals for pleasure or more mundane things, (killing a shark just for their fins)... but for scientiffic research is completelly plausible.

    Sorry for my english and bad grammar.

  • Ancient_Hacker (cs)

    Just to clarify-- all the chinchillas were "rejects" from chinchilla ranches. They would have been killed by the ranchers if they hadnt been redirected into research. Instead they got to live a lot longer, in nice warm cages.

    There was no pain involved in any of the experiments.

  • Lew Stuart (unregistered) in reply to Jamie McCarthy
    Jamie McCarthy:
    Animal experiments end in the slaughter of the animals. They can't be used again for scientific purposes.

    Actually that isn't true, the Chincilla's had only their hearing affected. You could have shaved off their hair and used them to test makeup, or stuffed their little heads in bags of cigarette smoke or even sold them off to peruvians to make a nice gumbo, though that is more a way of life than an experiment.

    I too am a tinnitus sufferer and frankly if the use of a lower animal increases my odds of survival, I'll gladly support those experiments.

    And lets all remember the lesson of Reverend Maynard:

    "Angel of the Lord, what are these tortured screams?" And the angel said unto me, "These are the cries of the carrots, the cries of the carrots. You see, reverend Maynard, tomorrow is harvest day and to them it is the holocaust." And I sprang from my slumber drenched in sweat like the tears of one millions terrified brothers and roared, "Hear me now, I have seen the light, they have a consciousness, they have a life, they have a soul. damn you! let the rabbits wear glasses!

  • RobertB (cs) in reply to Ancient_Hacker
    Ancient_Hacker:
    Just to clarify-- all the chinchillas were "rejects" from chinchilla ranches. They would have been killed by the ranchers if they hadnt been redirected into research. Instead they got to live a lot longer, in nice warm cages.

    There was no pain involved in any of the experiments.

    Chilchillla ranches? No wonder they're so darned expensive. Have you priced six-inch barbed-wire fencing lately? </goofy>
  • Ben (unregistered) in reply to Jamie McCarthy

    Wow, i know what you mean about tinnitus. Im getting it right now but its in my eyes via my computer screen.

    I will probably suffer from whiney, squealey comments on blogs until the day i die.

  • Ben (unregistered) in reply to etr
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  • iw (unregistered)

    What you didn't know that it was actually a psychological stress test being done on computer programmers to see how they would react to horrible code.

  • merreborn (cs) in reply to Alexander Dzhoganov
    Alexander Dzhoganov:
    That's why it's very, very, very important to do extensive testing on this kind of apps, where you can't and probably won't find a bug or an error for a large amount of time after the deployment. People need to learn from the software folks at NASA.

    The folks at NASA also write 3 lines of code per day. That kind of reliability comes at a very high price.

  • Steve (unregistered)

    A chinchilla with no legs is deef.

  • Stirrer (unregistered) in reply to Ben
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  • Zemyla (cs) in reply to roe

    It doesn't work for me. However, I have found it works if I go to http://forums.www.worsethanfailure.com/. Which is the oddest thing in the world, I would imagine.

    Firefox 2.0.0.3.

  • robbak (unregistered) in reply to unklegwar

    That is an abbreviation for People who Eat Tasty Animals, doesn't it?

    Oh, hilarious pseudo-PETAing in this thread. Those fools are so easy to send up: Like shooting fish in a barrel. Humanely, of course. And only one fish, so as not to peterb the survivors.

  • operagost (cs) in reply to Jamie McCarthy
    Jamie McCarthy:
    I am, by the way, a tinnitus sufferer -- my every waking moment, probably until the day I die, will be spent with loud, high-pitched whines and squeals in both ears -- and I don't want experiments like this one done.
    Then you're a fool, and you'll remain a deaf fool.

    These chincillas would, in their natural environment, be consumed in large quantities by predators. Does PETA intend on disrupting the entire food chain by putting predators on soy-based diets?

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