• A Nonny Mouse (cs)

    i hope he commented his "fix"...

  • pjt33 (cs)

    "An email will land in Steve's inbox, and the source of the email is always who started within the past year or so" is another beautiful example of the high level of proof-reading.

    -- Submission attempt 2.

  • Nibh (unregistered)

    Is this a write your own "WTF punchline" adventure? Ooh...I love the interactivity of this web two-oh thing. Let me give it a try:

    ...and then Steve woke up from his pleasant dream. The phone was ringing and with blurry eyes he took note of the clock; it was 3:13 am. It was Jeff. Again. "Hey Steve, it's an emergency! We're pulling an all-nighter for year-end processing and cell R671 in excel spreadsheet FY927-901 is throwing some sort of VBA error. I tried tweaking it but that seemed to only make it worse, and I overwrote the whole file! Could you run over to our offsite location and grab the tape..."

  • SR (unregistered)

    I expect the code for Steve's fix will be tomorrow's WTF

  • me_again (unregistered)

    Bah bean counters and all the weird things they do, we have a 13th period here as well. The bad part is that all of our units (over 300 in total) all have different fiscal year ends so the 13th period is different among a large majority of them. So when they refer to 13th period it could be any of the months in the year not a specific date like Dec 31st, so Steve is lucky imho.

  • vasiliys (cs)

    Has anyone really been far even as decided to use even go want to do look more like?

  • Matt (unregistered)

    So is TRWTF that despite such an egregious error occuring year after year no-one can recall it from the last time it happened?

    Accounts being out by $1.3 million isn't something that anyone can remember f*$% me no wonder there was a banking crisis.

    attempt 4

  • Matt (unregistered) in reply to vasiliys
    vasiliys:
    Has anyone really been far even as decided to use even go want to do look more like?

    Ow, my head hurts!

  • Anon (unregistered) in reply to Matt

    Every year since I moved to California there have been massive forest fires and mudslides. And every year the newspapers, tv news, and politicians claim act mortified and claim they've never seen anything like it before.

  • Junkie (cs)

    December 31, 2010 - Oh no! Friday the 13th period!

  • Patrick (unregistered) in reply to SR

    I was getting ready to post this same sentiment, but I'm glad to see someone beat me to it.

  • gus (unregistered)

    Well, the solution is OBVIOUS!

    Just change the code so stuff posted on DECEMBER 32 goes into the special category 13.

    Do I have to do all the thinking around here?

  • Abrelt (unregistered)
    krupa:
    While he never got a direct answer to that question, Steve eventually found out through more that it everything seemed to be good right up until the end of December.

    There are other clunky sentences at the end, but this one just kills me.

    It's the wlhoe ccnpoet taht the itranel odnirerg of wdors dsnoe't mttear as lnog as the bngeniig and end are crrcoet.

    The same applies to letter :)

  • anon (unregistered)
    Drew:
    krupa:
    While he never got a direct answer to that question, Steve eventually found out through more that it everything seemed to be good right up until the end of December.

    There are other clunky sentences at the end, but this one just kills me.

    That totally the whole post. I.

    I was going to post this but I accidentally on my keyboard.

  • lollersk8s (unregistered) in reply to vasiliys
    vasiliys:
    Has anyone really been far even as decided to use even go want to do look more like?

    You've got to be kidding me. I've been further even more decided to use even go need to do look more as anyone can. Can you really be far even as decided half as much to use go wish for that? My guess is that when one really been far even as decided once to use even go want, it is then that he has really been far even as decided to use even go want to do look more like. It's just common sense.

  • Steve (yes, the real Steve) (unregistered)

    In regards to the occasional missing word, I pass that credit on to the webmaster of the site. Anyone wanting to see the content of what I submitted originally can email me directly at seskeet at prodigy dot net. I hope this isn't coming off as sour grapes because I love some of the flair that was added to build up the excitement. However, rest assured that the original submission was flawless in grammar and spelling.

    And while I have not officially implemented the fix (because I can't get anyone at Corporate to respond that my idea is acceptable -- even though it's just what they end up doing every year), rest assured that if and when it goes in, it will be meticulously documented. Ask ANYONE that I work with and they'll validate that.

  • Anonymous (unregistered) in reply to Abrelt
    Abrelt:
    It's the wlhoe ccnpoet taht the itranel odnirerg of wdors dsnoe't mttear as lnog as the bngeniig and end are crrcoet.
    Atlaulcy taht ccnpoet is dmtrnlbsoaey fsale. The whole concept breaks down as soon as words get to about 7 letters or above. Hence "dmtrnlbsoaey".
  • pete (unregistered)
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  • Bob (unregistered) in reply to Anonymous
    Anonymous:
    Abrelt:
    It's the wlhoe ccnpoet taht the itranel odnirerg of wdors dsnoe't mttear as lnog as the bngeniig and end are crrcoet.
    Atlaulcy taht ccnpoet is dmtrnlbsoaey fsale. The whole concept breaks down as soon as words get to about 7 letters or above. Hence "dmtrnlbsoaey".

    I scanned demonstrably just fine - does that make me smart, lucky or insane?

    I vote for insane btw...

    Bet the catchpa wouldn't accept the reordered version...

  • Zolcos (cs) in reply to gus
    gus:
    Well, the solution is OBVIOUS! Just change the code so stuff posted on DECEMBER 32 goes into the special category 13. Do I have to do all the thinking around here?
    sounds great but they may be putting the date through some object-oriented Date() parser that doesn't allow invalid dates
  • SCB (unregistered) in reply to pete
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  • Paula (unregistered)

    Sounds like they fixed the glitch.

    Brillant!!

  • Anonymous (unregistered) in reply to Bob
    Bob:
    Anonymous:
    Abrelt:
    It's the wlhoe ccnpoet taht the itranel odnirerg of wdors dsnoe't mttear as lnog as the bngeniig and end are crrcoet.
    Atlaulcy taht ccnpoet is dmtrnlbsoaey fsale. The whole concept breaks down as soon as words get to about 7 letters or above. Hence "dmtrnlbsoaey".

    I scanned demonstrably just fine - does that make me smart, lucky or insane?

    I vote for insane btw...

    Bet the catchpa wouldn't accept the reordered version...

    That would be great if it weren't for the fact that the word was not 'demonstrably'!

  • ducks and run (unregistered) in reply to Zolcos

    So? Inherit from the Date parser, and override the parse method so that is accepts December 32 as a valid value...

  • Jeff (yes, the real Jeff) (unregistered) in reply to Steve (yes, the real Steve)
    Steve (yes:
    In regards to the occasional missing word, I pass that credit on to the webmaster of the site. Anyone wanting to see the content of what I submitted originally can email me directly at seskeet at prodigy dot net. I hope this isn't coming off as sour grapes because I love some of the flair that was added to build up the excitement. However, rest assured that the original submission was flawless in grammar and spelling.

    And while I have not officially implemented the fix (because I can't get anyone at Corporate to respond that my idea is acceptable -- even though it's just what they end up doing every year), rest assured that if and when it goes in, it will be meticulously documented. Ask ANYONE that I work with and they'll validate that.

    So you don't hear what we say behind your back. Oh good.

  • Anon (unregistered) in reply to SCB
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  • Anon (unregistered) in reply to ducks and run
    ducks and run:
    So? Inherit from the Date parser, and override the parse method so that is accepts December 32 as a valid value...

    The date parser is a sealed class. Now what do you do?

  • the real wtf fool (cs)
    Anonymous:
    Abrelt:
    It's the wlhoe ccnpoet taht the itranel odnirerg of wdors dsnoe't mttear as lnog as the bngeniig and end are crrcoet.
    Atlaulcy taht ccnpoet is dmtrnlbsoaey fsale. The whole concept breaks down as soon as words get to about 7 letters or above. Hence "dmtrnlbsoaey".

    Demonstrably works there. Deos cadbheoneilptimry eunrde spuspnoig an uartannul louioctn mdous onerdpai cinaoinntg eissxvece chaecrtar qtiatenuis is steecled? Doitoomsspicn cotseruy http://james.padolsey.com/scripts/expi/jumble/

    It seems that is too much 'nonsense' content for Akismet's spam filter... Maybe if I babble on for a while here it will let the comment through?

  • i agree (unregistered) in reply to Matt
    Matt:
    vasiliys:
    Has anyone really been far even as decided to use even go want to do look more like?

    Ow, my head hurts!

    i can't even to what you happen there!

  • the real wtf fool (cs) in reply to Anonymous
    Anonymous:
    Bob:
    Anonymous:
    Atlaulcy taht ccnpoet is dmtrnlbsoaey fsale. The whole concept breaks down as soon as words get to about 7 letters or above. Hence "dmtrnlbsoaey".

    I scanned demonstrably just fine - does that make me smart, lucky or insane?

    I vote for insane btw...

    Bet the catchpa wouldn't accept the reordered version...

    That would be great if it weren't for the fact that the word was not 'demonstrably'!

    Ah it was lobstermandy then?

  • jpers36 (cs)

    Lewis Dodgson, eh? Is this Initech or Biosyn?

  • Matt Westwood (cs)

    This seems industry-typical. A problem that shows up only once a year that takes a mere couple of hours to sort out will not be prioritised.

    Reminds me of our public-holiday routine (back in the days when our apps were FORTRAN on the VAX). We used to hold the days of the year which were public holidays hidden in the depths of our s/w libraries, and at the turn of every year when the first program crashed through out-of-bounds errors, the message went out: "We've got to update the public holidays!" This involved hoicking out the routine, adding in the new PHs (hardwired), recompiling and then relinking all the routines which used the same (ahem) common block. A nightmare that took several tedious hours to accomplish.

    I made the suggestion that we amend it so as to store the dates in a simple text file that can be edited by hand as and when the time was appropriate. Vetoed, of course.

  • The Other Steve (unregistered) in reply to Steve (yes, the real Steve)
    Steve (yes:
    Ask ANYONE that I work with and they'll validate that.

    As someone who does work with Steve, I can validate his comment. :-)

    As it happens we had another issue with log files not properly rolling on the new year, which has persisted for at least 2 years. This year we did knock that one out so it won't be coming back in 2011. So far we're one for two.

  • Anonymous (unregistered) in reply to the real wtf fool
    the real wtf fool:
    Anonymous:
    Bob:
    Anonymous:
    Atlaulcy taht ccnpoet is dmtrnlbsoaey fsale. The whole concept breaks down as soon as words get to about 7 letters or above. Hence "dmtrnlbsoaey".

    I scanned demonstrably just fine - does that make me smart, lucky or insane?

    I vote for insane btw...

    Bet the catchpa wouldn't accept the reordered version...

    That would be great if it weren't for the fact that the word was not 'demonstrably'!

    Ah it was lobstermandy then?

    Exactly! Lobstermandy false! Glad someone's paying attention.

  • ricecake (unregistered) in reply to SCB
    SCB:
    I think you'll find it's "Smarch".
    Lousy Smarch weather.
  • FileNotFound (unregistered) in reply to Anon
    Anon:
    ducks and run:
    So? Inherit from the Date parser, and override the parse method so that is accepts December 32 as a valid value...

    The date parser is a sealed class. Now what do you do?

    Actually, its quite simple. The sealed class returns FILE_NOT_FOUND when you check if DEC 32 is a valid date.

  • DES (cs) in reply to Steve (yes, the real Steve)
    Steve (yes:
    In regards to the occasional missing word [...] rest assured that the original submission was flawless in grammar and spelling.

    Priceless.

    It's "regarding", "as regards" or the ever so popular "with regard to", never "in regards to".

  • amischiefr (cs) in reply to DES
    DES:
    Steve (yes:
    In regards to the occasional missing word [...] rest assured that the original submission was flawless in grammar and spelling.

    Priceless.

    It's "regarding", "as regards" or the ever so popular "with regard to", never "in regards to".

    Heil mein fuhrer of all that is grammatically correct. We praise you for your contribution to this post.

  • The SuperFreek (unregistered) in reply to Anon

    According to the PHB, it's "Floopuary".

  • dpm (cs) in reply to Steve (yes, the real Steve)
    Steve (yes:
    Anyone wanting to see the content of what I submitted originally can email me directly at seskeet at prodigy dot net.
    I received the original, and am quite disappointed at not only how much was removed, but also at how much was added. It was certainly able to stand on its own, but the amount and degree of editing is ridiculous and shameful. This is not what an editor should be doing.
  • Bim Job (unregistered) in reply to amischiefr
    amischiefr:
    DES:
    Steve (yes:
    In regards to the occasional missing word [...] rest assured that the original submission was flawless in grammar and spelling.

    Priceless.

    It's "regarding", "as regards" or the ever so popular "with regard to", never "in regards to".

    Heil mein fuhrer of all that is grammatically correct. We praise you for your contribution to this post.
    Oh, I don't know. It's always worth checking your grammar before posting a grammar bleat. The phrase 'in regards to' should be consigned to the dust-heap of history.

    As for your amusing -- indeed, Godwinian -- allusion to the Hitlergruß, you might at least have spelled it correctly. It's not difficult. You have two choices:

    • Heil, mein Führer! or
    • Heil, mein Fuehrer!

    But, to DES's point. The English language is a wonderful thing, and should not be disfigured by arthritic phraseology such as "in regards to."

    "Regarding" conveys precisely the same meaning, and makes one sound substantially less of a twat.

    I commend it to all grammar anti-Nazis out there.

  • Olli (unregistered) in reply to gus

    That's what we do! Though in fact Period 13 doesn't have to be December; rather it is the last month of the financial year, so we use the 32nd day of whatever than month is.

  • Eff Five (unregistered)
    Steve (yes:
    because I can't get anyone at Corporate to respond that my idea is acceptable .

    I can't tell from the article what change you're trying to sell corporate, but unless you provide a way to make end of year journal entries that are easy to audit (which the extra month provides), and you show that this is better than the existing solution (and not just for you) you can count on never getting the response you want.

  • Capt. Obvious (cs)

    We use the 0th day of the 0th month for special whole year dates. We use the 0th day of the first month of the quarter to refer to the quarter.

    Hardly elegant, but better than reusing an existing day (we've tested to ensure 00-00 != 12-31)

  • Outtascope (unregistered) in reply to pete
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  • sino (unregistered) in reply to Anon
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  • sirlewk (unregistered) in reply to Bim Job

    The wonderful thing about the english language is that nomatter what you do with it, so long as it conveys the intended meaning, it is still perfectly valid english.

    Only old shrill english teachers and jackasses think otherwise.

  • sino (unregistered) in reply to pjt33
    pjt33:
    "An email will land in Steve's inbox, and the source of the email is always who started within the past year or so" is another beautiful example of the high level of proof-reading.
    vasiliys:
    Has anyone really been far even as decided to use even go want to do look more like?
    krupa:
    While he never got a direct answer to that question, Steve eventually found out through more that it everything seemed to be good right up until the end of December.
    There are other clunky sentences at the end, but this one just kills me.
    Aw, come on now, guys, this is the LEAST bowtyched article in MONTHS!
    dpm:
    Steve (yes:
    Anyone wanting to see the content of what I submitted originally can email me directly at seskeet at prodigy dot net.
    I received the original, and am quite disappointed at not only how much was removed, but also at how much was added. It was certainly able to stand on its own, but the amount and degree of editing is ridiculous and shameful. This is not what an editor should be doing.
    Right, but Mark's not an editor... he's a creative writing major!!1!

    And he does computers!

    Yay! :D/

  • sane person (unregistered)
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  • Anon (unregistered)

    Why not use February 29th as your 13th period. That could never cause a problem, right?

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