• memals (unregistered)

    "queer" and "gay" both have meaningful definitions outside insults and non PC labels. I had a gay old time playing Zork last night. Grues are queer creatures.

  • amischiefr (cs)

    I call shenanigans on the first one. Usually caption test is stored as one block, why would the error be in the middle of a sentence? Mabey a second wtf?

  • Horny Guy (unregistered)

    Who are those pretties on the iPod?

  • Tom (unregistered)

    4459475 minutes doesn't refer to the iPod. That's how long before those two girls are going to give you what you want.

  • Alex Media (cs)

    Well that iPod-bug sure beats the Zune-issue :)

  • Chris Franklin (unregistered)

    I've had that with smarter child before as well.

  • Zecc (cs) in reply to amischiefr
    amischiefr:
    I call shenanigans on the first one. Usually caption test is stored as one block, why would the error be in the middle of a sentence? Mabey a second wtf?
    You call shenanigans on an error you can look at live ??
  • Someone You Know (cs)

    This looks like an Error'd, but it's labeled a Feature Article. I think this article is a Confederate spy!

    Note from Alex: Good catch.... fixed!

  • ieb (unregistered)

    The $1?9 000 price is fairly common practice with realtors and estate agents... and the '?' almost always stands for '9'

  • gwbush (unregistered)

    That smarter child (dumber programmer) thing is just an example of what we like to call a social engineering attack. Given the correct situation and some subtle stimulus, you can manipulate your victim into saying a bad word. Then you can arrest the parents, send them to Gitmo, and seize their house and bank accounts.

  • Anonymous (unregistered)

    Misclassified Error'd. Meta-WTF?

  • Schmitter (unregistered) in reply to Alex Media
    Alex Media:
    Well that iPod-bug sure beats the Zune-issue :)

    I don't know about that one. My rough math has 4459475 minutes (8.4 years) at being longer than the one day wait before a zune becomes alive again.

  • ParkinT (cs)

    The Condos are "Name your price" ala The Price Is Right. "Tell them what they have won, Bob!"

  • NeoMojo (unregistered)

    amischiefr: clearly the error is caused by an unescaped special character in the xml.

    Why it appears in the middle of the text is another WTF entirely.

  • Johhny Awkward (unregistered) in reply to NeoMojo
    NeoMojo:
    Why it appears in the middle of the text is another WTF entirely.

    Well, the error does appear at the 91st character in the sentence...

  • halcyon1234 (cs)

    Not to mention that "jan." should be capitalized as Jan.

    And saying "in this photo" is stupid because, well, the photo is right there... above the caption... for the photo. It's as stupid as hyperlinks that say "click here".

    And the last one:

    iths si ym ukfginc tomemnc

    (awful words!)

  • dmearns (unregistered) in reply to NeoMojo
    NeoMojo:
    amischiefr: clearly the error is caused by an unescaped special character in the xml.

    Why it appears in the middle of the text is another WTF entirely.

    And since the phrase is probably "Fedex Air & Ground NFL Player of the Week", an entity parsing error sorta makes sense.

  • amischiefr (cs) in reply to dmearns
    dmearns:
    NeoMojo:
    amischiefr: clearly the error is caused by an unescaped special character in the xml.

    Why it appears in the middle of the text is another WTF entirely.

    And since the phrase is probably "Fedex Air & Ground NFL Player of the Week", an entity parsing error sorta makes sense.

    Alright, good point. I didn't even think of that :)

  • ktharsis (unregistered)

    I want to be a Uniprick (what a great business card to have). Are they hiring?

  • MrBester (cs)
    "it seems they like to crush your high hopes with an offer you can't refuse."
    Nope. It seems like they like to crush your high hopes with an offer you can't not refuse. Though anybody who wants anything HP might offer you when setting up Windows has bigger problems...
  • Bernie (unregistered) in reply to memals
    memals:
    "queer" and "gay" both have meaningful definitions outside insults and non PC labels. I had a gay old time playing Zork last night. Grues are queer creatures.
    Mark that post; it will live in (in)famy as the first comment not to include the word "first".
  • Gnubeutel (unregistered)

    Yeah, the quizroom of one of my favourite sites has a bad word filter...

    Quizbot: Who wrote "A Christmas Carol"? me: Charles *** ... several clues later Quizbot: The correct answer was: Charles ***

    And while we're at it: Captcha "eros"

  • MetalPig (cs)

    (double post; delete button doesn't work)

  • MetalPig (cs)

    What's an Air Error and why does FedEx process them in a field?

  • Publius (cs) in reply to Gnubeutel
    Gnubeutel:
    Quizbot: Who wrote "A Christmas Carol"? me: Charles *** ... several clues later Quizbot: The correct answer was: Charles ***"

    Clbuttic. Did you try Charles Male Genitaliaens?

  • Marc B (unregistered)

    Brett Favre knows a funny FedEx Air Error when he sees one. Unfortunately, he doesn't know when to retire... or how to throw a football so that it won't be intercepted.

  • benh999 (unregistered)

    TRWTF: Favre didn't stay retired.

  • Basseq (unregistered)

    Could we parse 1?9,230 as a regular expression? The '?' character usually signifies not greedy, so in this context it would mean as few as possible '1's, so long as the number is greater than 0 and less than 2 (e.g. exactly 1).

    So I'll pay you your $19,230. No? I'll sue you for false advertising then.

  • jum (unregistered) in reply to Basseq
    Basseq:
    Could we parse 1?9,230 as a regular expression? The '?' character usually signifies not greedy, so in this context it would mean as few as possible '1's, so long as the number is greater than 0 and less than 2 (e.g. exactly 1).

    So I'll pay you your $19,230. No? I'll sue you for false advertising then.

    Nope. The ? in regular expressions meens not greedy after a * or + (unless you have the ungreedy option alredy set, in which case makes it greedy). On normal operation ? means optional. So /1?9,230/ matches both '19,230' and '9,230'. I'd choose the later, but it's up to you to pay the former.

  • NeoMojo (unregistered) in reply to dmearns
    dmearns:
    NeoMojo:
    amischiefr: clearly the error is caused by an unescaped special character in the xml.

    Why it appears in the middle of the text is another WTF entirely.

    And since the phrase is probably "Fedex Air & Ground NFL Player of the Week", an entity parsing error sorta makes sense.
    Absolutely. But still it leads me to think the code goes something like:
    string displayMessage = "";
    int linepos = 0;
    int messagepos = 0;
    foreach (string messageline in message)
    {
    bool breakline = false;
    foreach(char c in messageline)
    {
    if(IsValidXMLChar(c))
    {
    displayMessage += c;
    }
    else
    {
    displayMessage += " an error occurred in your message at line " + messagepos.ToString() + " position " + linepos.ToString();
    breakline = true;
    break;
    }
    }
    linepos++;
    }
    messagepos++;
    if(breakline)
    break;
    }

    Which is a bit ridiculous if you ask me.
  • Procedural (unregistered) in reply to ParkinT
    ParkinT:
    The Condos are "Name your price" ala The Price Is Right. "Tell them what they have won, Bob!"

    Well Bob, he appears to be a schmo completely devoid of negotiation skills. He wins a 9 ! No, wait a minute: we have a certified mouth-breather here; he gets upgraded to a 10 !

  • AC (unregistered) in reply to Basseq
    Basseq:
    Could we parse 1?9,230 as a regular expression? The '?' character usually signifies not greedy, so in this context it would mean as few as possible '1's, so long as the number is greater than 0 and less than 2 (e.g. exactly 1).

    So I'll pay you your $19,230. No? I'll sue you for false advertising then.

    It's a parametrized SQL query, and the parameter value is 10^24. You pay.

  • bjolling (cs) in reply to gwbush
    gwbush:
    That smarter child (dumber programmer) thing is just an example of what we like to call a social engineering attack. Given the correct situation and some subtle stimulus, you can manipulate your victim into saying a bad word. Then you can arrest the parents, send them to Gitmo, and seize their house and bank accounts.
    Nah, somewhere out there, there is a website using anagrams as captchas and everyone using SmarterChild is helping some attacker to build his lookup tables.
  • lolwtf (cs)

    Tim needs to try entering one less character. They've probably just used <= where they should have used <.

    As for the condo sign, that's how they say either "we have some for $109230, some for $129230, some for $169230, etc" or "we're sleazy and you should refrain from doing business with us" (to be read by idiots as "the question mark might be a zero"). I'm betting on the latter.

  • Smash King (cs)

    I'm just wondering... why would a realtor selling french condos (I checked their site, just to be sure.) advertise them in portuguese and price them in dollars instead of euros?

    Addendum (2009-01-06 10:29): whoops how come I miss the canadian flag? still, I don't understand why there's portuguese on the billboard

  • Publius (cs) in reply to Smash King
    Smash King:
    I'm just wondering... why would a realtor selling french condos (I checked their site, just to be sure.) advertise them in portuguese and price them in dollars instead of euros?

    Why would a Montreal company advertise in French (http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/à_partir_de) and price in dollars? I have no clue.

  • Procedural (unregistered) in reply to Smash King
    Smash King:
    I'm just wondering... why would a realtor selling french condos (I checked their site, just to be sure.) advertise them in portuguese and price them in dollars instead of euros?

    Addendum (2009-01-06 10:29): whoops how come I miss the canadian flag? still, I don't understand why there's portuguese on the billboard

    There's no Portuguese on the billboard. French is a latin-based language, just like Italian, Spanish and Portuguese. Some words do look the same.

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  • Anon (unregistered)

    TRWTF is that queer is supposed to be an awful word. Darn homophobes!

  • Publius (cs) in reply to Procedural
    Procedural:
    There's no Portuguese on the billboard. French is a latin-based language, just like Italian, Spanish and Portuguese. Some words do look the same.

    I think they're confused by the accent grave. In French, it's used to distinguish homographs, whereas in Portuguese it's used to indicate crasis.

  • DeLos (cs) in reply to benh999
    benh999:
    TRWTF: Favre didn't stay retired.

    Nope, the TRWTF is that the Jets a) Traded for him b)thought it was an upgrade from 'dead arm' Pennington

  • Some Wonk (unregistered) in reply to Publius
    Publius:
    ....distinguish homographs, whereas .....

    These are horrible words to use.

  • Sean (unregistered) in reply to Alex Media
    Alex Media:
    Well that iPod-bug sure beats the Zune-issue :)

    I don't think that's really a bug. Likely someone who is just really bored.

    You can lock your iPhone (or iPod touch) so you need a PIN to access it (like pretty much every other phone). If you enter the PIN wrong 5 times in a row it locks for a minute. After that minute is up, if you enter wrong again it disables for 5, wrong again is 15. I don't know beyond that because my phone is currently at 12 minutes left before I can try again.

  • Smash King (cs) in reply to Procedural
    Procedural:
    There's no Portuguese on the billboard. French is a latin-based language, just like Italian, Spanish and Portuguese. Some words do look the same.
    My mistake. You're right, it is french.

    I didn't think it was french because, among all other latin languages it is the one that least resembles portuguese. I do speak portuguese, and because of that I can read some spanish pretty fine and I can even take a little italian, but I hardly have any grasp on french.

    Oh well, what can I say? I did my best, but this time it was an Epic Fail :)

  • tsrblke (unregistered) in reply to dmearns

    FWIW, MSNBC has some of the worst coders out there. I've had entire articles stop in the middle with a whole hosts of errors. (I wish i had taken a screenshot of yesterday's page that was linked right off their main page, The entire left side was a whole series of errors."

  • anne (unregistered)

    Queer isn't a bad word even! Fuck you SmarterChildBotFuck! What, do kids think people from olden times are horrible people because they use horrible words to use? And don't get me started on the fact that queer people actually call each other queer! For fuck's sake! I'll show you bad words, you fucking bot! Unscramble this: KUCF OYU

  • TopCod3rsBottom (cs)

    "It's a UNIPRIX system! I know this!"

  • Anthony (unregistered)

    Ahh, I remember the good ol' days of FedEx Air Error Processing Field. The mascot would run out during the halftime show and shoot undeliverable packages to the fans via air cannon.

    I don't go there anymore. It's too corporate now.

  • RoaldFalcon (unregistered)

    I think I’m willing to forgive the (presumed) one-off error in the validation for the rentacoder brief summary field, because they added this helpful information: “there will be another field that will let you enter in much more detailed information later”. That error message was created by somebody who was paying attention to the user’s needs. Exactly one kudos to him or her!

  • cconroy (cs) in reply to memals
    memals:
    "queer" and "gay" both have meaningful definitions outside insults and non PC labels. I had a gay old time playing Zork last night. Grues are queer creatures.

    TURN OFF LAMP

    It is pitch black. You are likely to be buggered by a grue.

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