• fjf (unregistered)

    I hate commenting.

    And I don't know how to click Submit.

  • Slicerwizard (unregistered)

    It doesn't look like a GPS. Hell, it doesn't even look like a GPSr.

  • caffeine (unregistered)

    I wonder if they tried Answer1 Answer2

    Fair chance it might just work!

  • Anonymous (unregistered)

    I'm pretty sure that most of HP's business level printers allow you to put any status message on the display that you want. Not a WTF and the message wasn't even that funny. The best printer status message I've seen in the wild:

    College Printer:
    I fucked the scanner and now my children are in Taipei instead of my tray!
  • The Nerve (unregistered)

    Oh, great. So I tried dozens of times to link back to an article on this site and it gets marked as spam. An online dating advertisement has no problem getting on here though.

    Must be all the people posting their CAPTCHAs.

  • a spam bot (unregistered) in reply to The Nerve

    CAPTCHA: venio

  • caffeine (unregistered)
    matt:
    our research specialists whos combine years of research total over 30 years of relationship study.

    They employed 360 people for a month... unfortunately they only have a combined total of one months study of the english language.

  • Bus Logic (unregistered)

    Is that an OS/X copy dialog (guessing here but it has the traditional OS/X look)? Do they really refer to data as "stuff"? This is exactly why I hate Macs, the damn things are made for children and retards. "So like, you want me to copy this stuff over to that thingy where your gear gets stored"? No you stupid fucking mac, I want copy a damn file. You're a computer FFS, you should at least have the technical competence to refer to data in slightly more descriptive terms than "stuff".

  • anon (unregistered)

    TRWTF is ESXi right?

    Also, I hate people who post their CAPTCHAs, but I just got facilisi for about the 100th time, which seems somewhat ineffective for a CAPTCHA system.

  • Raptor (unregistered)

    Ditto on the HP Printer status message not being a WTF. It's easy to change the ready message on just about any commercial HP printer if you know what you're doing and mess with coworkers... not that I'd know.

    ...you'd be amazed at the number of coworkers who claim a laser jet is running slow because it has a "Incoming Fax". Then again, it helped me form a good picture of where people fit in in the company.

    ...likewise, thankfully no one called the police when one of the printers reported a radiation leak.

  • Steve (unregistered) in reply to The Nerve
    The Nerve:
    Oh, great. So I tried dozens of times to link back to an article on this site and it gets marked as spam. An online dating advertisement has no problem getting on here though.

    Must be all the people posting their CAPTCHAs.

    The captcha text is passed in on the querystring when it's retrieved, so any competent spambot can decode it directly from the URL with no further information required. For example, this is the querystring for "usitas":

    CaptchaImage.aspx?w=250&h=50&t=WSxfLEUsWCxNLF8s

    Obviously 't' is the text parameter. Now, bonus marks will be awarded if you can figure out the encoding (yes, it is possible). Any ideas?

  • OMG (unregistered) in reply to Bus Logic

    It does appear to be running on OSX but no, it's an application dialog; I don't recognize the little truck, but that's probably the clue as to what app it is. OSX dialogs most definitely don't refer to "Your Stuff".

  • jonsjava (cs) in reply to Bus Logic

    oops. proper skark below

  • jonsjava (cs) in reply to Bus Logic
    Bus Logic:
    Is that an OS/X copy dialog (guessing here but it has the traditional OS/X look)? Do they really refer to data as "stuff"? This is exactly why I hate Macs, the damn things are made for children and retards. "So like, you want me to copy this stuff over to that thingy where your gear gets stored"? No you stupid fucking mac, I want copy a damn file. You're a computer FFS, you should at least have the technical competence to refer to data in slightly more descriptive terms than "stuff".
    I like the stuff you put there. Stuff.
  • Bobbo (unregistered) in reply to Bus Logic
    Bus Logic:
    Is that an OS/X copy dialog (guessing here but it has the traditional OS/X look)? Do they really refer to data as "stuff"? This is exactly why I hate Macs, the damn things are made for children and retards. "So like, you want me to copy this stuff over to that thingy where your gear gets stored"? No you stupid fucking mac, I want copy a damn file. You're a computer FFS, you should at least have the technical competence to refer to data in slightly more descriptive terms than "stuff".

    Nice attempt at flame-baiting, but try harder next time.

  • caffeine (unregistered) in reply to OMG
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  • The MAZZTer (cs)

    Whenever I shut down my work computer with Excel 2007 running, I get "Microsoft Excel cannot quit."

    I have to click OK and close it myself.

    And then there's this error (I was able to screencap this one and got it word for word):

    "A document with the name 'whatever.xls' is already open. You cannot open two documents with the same name, even if the documents are in different folders. To open the second document, either close the document that's currently open, or rename one of the documents."

    Umm no thanks, I'll just use OpenOffice instead.

    Seriously try it, Excel 2007. Open a document, then open another document with the same name from a different folder, in the same window (opening it in a new Excel 2007 window will work). Programs written in 20XX shouldn't be shipping with stuff like that anymore.

  • HopelessIntern (unregistered)

    The android one is good. One thing I love about android (at least the two ive had) is that when the battery really is low, and it suggests you plug it in again, it gives two options: OK, and Why? I like being given the ability to question my orders/suggestions.

    As for the HP printer, yes that is a custom message. Our one usually just says the location of the printer, but it is easy to change.

  • Bus Logic (unregistered) in reply to OMG
    OMG:
    It does appear to be running on OSX but no, it's an application dialog; I don't recognize the little truck, but that's probably the clue as to what app it is. OSX dialogs most definitely don't refer to "Your Stuff".
    Ah, thanks, I'm glad to hear that. For a minute I was worried they might refer to the mouse as the "pointy thing" and the hard drive as the "whirry stuff holder". Dumbing down computers is only a good thing for the dumb. For the rest of us it's a pain in the ass.
  • bl@h (unregistered)

    Sorry but there is no comment at this location.

    Captcha: dolor -> If I had a dolor for every time.

  • Anonymous Coward (unregistered) in reply to Bus Logic

    We should get rid of wheelchair ramps too.

  • BeepDog (cs)

    Error: UI doesn't know how to display WTF.

  • Remy Porter (cs) in reply to Bus Logic

    Let me get my asbestos suit on here... there we are.

    I actually switched to Mac because Windows was too dumbed down. Yes, I could have installed Cygwin and Perl and Ruby and all of the other tools I wanted on Windows. But on OSX they were built in. Also, DTrace. DTrace is full of win and debugging. Plus, for OSX, I can actually play with the kernel code. Not that I would, because I'm not a masochist, but knowing that I can makes me happy.

    //Hey, Apple, while you're stealing ZFS and DTrace from Solaris, would you mind adapting Zones? That'd be great. //I am not the sort of person that thinks OSX is the best OS ever. //That honor goes to VMS.

  • Lefty Middlewright (unregistered) in reply to Bus Logic

    Let's see, you don't know what a standard dialog box is, but you hate the OS. There's a name for people like that, what is it? Right here on the tip of my tongue, wait, no, don't tell me...

  • Lefty Middlewright (unregistered) in reply to Remy Porter

    Upvoted for VMS. Oops wrong site.

  • Anonymous (unregistered) in reply to Anonymous
    Anonymous:
    I'm pretty sure that most of HP's business level printers allow you to put any status message on the display that you want. Not a WTF and the message wasn't even that funny. The best printer status message I've seen in the wild:
    College Printer:
    I fucked the scanner and now my children are in Taipei instead of my tray!

    I just realised I messed up the quote. It was actually:

    College Printer:
    I just fucked the fax machine and now my children are in Taipei instead of my tray!

    ...fax machine, hence the "my children are in Taipei".

  • The Nerve (unregistered) in reply to Remy Porter
    Remy Porter:
    Let me get my asbestos suit on here... there we are.

    I actually switched to Mac because Windows was too dumbed down. Yes, I could have installed Cygwin and Perl and Ruby and all of the other tools I wanted on Windows. But on OSX they were built in. Also, DTrace. DTrace is full of win and debugging. Plus, for OSX, I can actually play with the kernel code. Not that I would, because I'm not a masochist, but knowing that I can makes me happy.

    //Hey, Apple, while you're stealing ZFS and DTrace from Solaris, would you mind adapting Zones? That'd be great. //I am not the sort of person that thinks OSX is the best OS ever. //That honor goes to VMS.

    Unfortunately, Apple ripped off BSD, which ripped off these tools from Linux, which is not dumbed down at all, runs on reasonably-priced hardware, and doesn't have an insecure, egomaniac, control freak with his hands in every pot. Even the rubber-bumper-Ubuntu version blows OSX out of the water, although in 10.04 Mark Shuttleworth may be admitting he has a crush on Steve Jobs

  • anon (unregistered)

    Uh, anyone wonder why he's looking for scenic views on a gps while standing right there? It's tantamount to querying the weather while standing outside.

  • Bus Logic (unregistered) in reply to Remy Porter
    Remy Porter:
    Let me get my asbestos suit on here... there we are.

    I actually switched to Mac because Windows was too dumbed down. Yes, I could have installed Cygwin and Perl and Ruby and all of the other tools I wanted on Windows. But on OSX they were built in. Also, DTrace. DTrace is full of win and debugging. Plus, for OSX, I can actually play with the kernel code. Not that I would, because I'm not a masochist, but knowing that I can makes me happy.

    //Hey, Apple, while you're stealing ZFS and DTrace from Solaris, would you mind adapting Zones? That'd be great. //I am not the sort of person that thinks OSX is the best OS ever. //That honor goes to VMS.

    For all that stuff I'm perfectly happy running Linux through VMWare but thanks for your comment, you raise a good point.

  • Lefty Middlewright (unregistered) in reply to The Nerve
    The Nerve:
    Remy Porter:
    Let me get my asbestos suit on here... there we are.

    I actually switched to Mac because Windows was too dumbed down. Yes, I could have installed Cygwin and Perl and Ruby and all of the other tools I wanted on Windows. But on OSX they were built in. Also, DTrace. DTrace is full of win and debugging. Plus, for OSX, I can actually play with the kernel code. Not that I would, because I'm not a masochist, but knowing that I can makes me happy.

    //Hey, Apple, while you're stealing ZFS and DTrace from Solaris, would you mind adapting Zones? That'd be great. //I am not the sort of person that thinks OSX is the best OS ever. //That honor goes to VMS.

    Unfortunately, Apple ripped off BSD, which ripped off these tools from Linux, which is not dumbed down at all, runs on reasonably-priced hardware, and doesn't have an insecure, egomaniac, control freak with his hands in every pot. Even the rubber-bumper-Ubuntu version blows OSX out of the water, although in 10.04 Mark Shuttleworth may be admitting he has a crush on Steve Jobs

    Yeah! And the mouses only have one button!

  • The Nerve (unregistered) in reply to Lefty Middlewright
    Lefty Middlewright:
    The Nerve:
    Remy Porter:
    Let me get my asbestos suit on here... there we are.

    I actually switched to Mac because Windows was too dumbed down. Yes, I could have installed Cygwin and Perl and Ruby and all of the other tools I wanted on Windows. But on OSX they were built in. Also, DTrace. DTrace is full of win and debugging. Plus, for OSX, I can actually play with the kernel code. Not that I would, because I'm not a masochist, but knowing that I can makes me happy.

    //Hey, Apple, while you're stealing ZFS and DTrace from Solaris, would you mind adapting Zones? That'd be great. //I am not the sort of person that thinks OSX is the best OS ever. //That honor goes to VMS.

    Unfortunately, Apple ripped off BSD, which ripped off these tools from Linux, which is not dumbed down at all, runs on reasonably-priced hardware, and doesn't have an insecure, egomaniac, control freak with his hands in every pot. Even the rubber-bumper-Ubuntu version blows OSX out of the water, although in 10.04 Mark Shuttleworth may be admitting he has a crush on Steve Jobs

    Yeah! And the mouses only have one button!

    Ok, I was a bit harsh and I think I missed my point. The ultimate point was that NOT that a "light user" should use Linux (although I think it's possible with Ubuntu, there's still some paper-cuts that are frustrating and non-intuitive). My real point was that moving to Apple because of the availability of the tools you mentioned and the stated reason that it is less dumbed-down than Windows is an all-caps WTF.

  • sadwings (unregistered) in reply to Anonymous
    Anonymous:

    I just realised I messed up the quote. It was actually:

    College Printer:
    I just fucked the fax machine and now my children are in Taipei instead of my tray!

    ...fax machine, hence the "my children are in Taipei".

    Neither one was amusing.

  • Anon (unregistered) in reply to Anonymous
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  • The Nerve (unregistered) in reply to sadwings
    sadwings:
    Anonymous:

    I just realised I messed up the quote. It was actually:

    College Printer:
    I just fucked the fax machine and now my children are in Taipei instead of my tray!

    ...fax machine, hence the "my children are in Taipei".

    Neither one was amusing.

    Sure it was. He used the "F-bomb", which is teh kewlest. If only newspapers and radio stations would start using this adjective more prolifically, we would be a pinnacle of light to the world.

  • Remy Porter (cs) in reply to The Nerve
    The Nerve:
    Even the rubber-bumper-Ubuntu version blows OSX out of the water,

    Ubuntu isn't even half as good as Haiku. I tried to like it, I really did. The package manager ranks as one of the worst abominations ever layered on top of apt I've ever seen. And the repository layout- well, I have nothing polite to say about it.

    Also, it's unfair to say that OSX ripped off BSD- OSX is BSD. It's not a rip-off, any more than Ubuntu is a rip-off of Debian. Take the same base, fork it in a different direction. Darwin is a pretty handy little distro- I'm just miffed that I can't get jails to work quite right on it (not that I've put much effort into it).

    The Nerve:
    (although I think it's possible with Ubuntu, there's still some paper-cuts that are frustrating and non-intuitive). My real point was that moving to Apple because of the availability of the tools you mentioned and the stated reason that it is less dumbed-down than Windows is an all-caps WTF.

    "Regular" users aren't going to use Ubuntu until they drop the whole Universe/Multiverse garbage from the package manager. Because regular users don't care about the distinction. Richard Stallman is pretty much the only person that cares about the distinction.

    And yes, OSX is less dumbed down that Windows. I can inject debugging code into nearly any process with tools distributed with the OS. You can't even do that with Visual Studio on Windows. It's hard to explain how awesome DTrace actually is if you're trying to profile some code.

    The thing is: Windows pretty much locks you out of doing anything dangerous with your computer. They've removed the spinning blades of death. On OSX, they've simply covered the spinning blades of death with some nice wallpaper, but if you know that, you can still jam your hand in there to see what happens.

    And brining this back to the really important part: VMS had the greatest filesystem ever devised on any operating system. If I didn't need an Alpha to get OpenVMS running, I'd switch in a second.

    //Although Apple's insistence that their media layer shouldn't support DTrace is... GRRRRR.

  • Someone You Know (cs) in reply to The MAZZTer
    The MAZZTer:
    And then there's this error (I was able to screencap this one and got it word for word):

    "A document with the name 'whatever.xls' is already open. You cannot open two documents with the same name, even if the documents are in different folders. To open the second document, either close the document that's currently open, or rename one of the documents."

    Umm no thanks, I'll just use OpenOffice instead.

    Seriously try it, Excel 2007. Open a document, then open another document with the same name from a different folder, in the same window (opening it in a new Excel 2007 window will work). Programs written in 20XX shouldn't be shipping with stuff like that anymore.

    I've often had this problem in Excel 2003. I was really hoping it had been fixed in newer versions. Apparently not.

    This is particularly bothersome because none of the other Office applications seem to have this problem. I always figured it was related to Excel 2003's bizarro-world taskbar buttons, where each open file has its own taskbar button, even if they're all displayed in the same container window.

  • Captcha (unregistered) in reply to anon
    anon:
    TRWTF is ESXi right?

    Also, I hate people who post their CAPTCHAs, but I just got facilisi for about the 100th time, which seems somewhat ineffective for a CAPTCHA system.

    captcha: aptent

  • Anonymous (unregistered) in reply to sadwings
    sadwings:
    Anonymous:

    I just realised I messed up the quote. It was actually:

    College Printer:
    I just fucked the fax machine and now my children are in Taipei instead of my tray!

    ...fax machine, hence the "my children are in Taipei".

    Neither one was amusing.

    Frankly I agree. But as the quote indicated, this was a college printer and most college students probably don't have your mature sense of humour (or lack thereof, as the case may be).

  • Anonymous (unregistered) in reply to Someone You Know
    Someone You Know:
    The MAZZTer:
    "A document with the name 'whatever.xls' is already open. You cannot open two documents with the same name, even if the documents are in different folders. To open the second document, either close the document that's currently open, or rename one of the documents."
    I've often had this problem in Excel 2003. I was really hoping it had been fixed in newer versions. Apparently not.

    This is particularly bothersome because none of the other Office applications seem to have this problem. I always figured it was related to Excel 2003's bizarro-world taskbar buttons, where each open file has its own taskbar button, even if they're all displayed in the same container window.

    Nope, this bit of legacy nonsense is specifically to support VBA. If you look at how you reference an open file in VBA you'll see the problem - it is referenced by name instead of path, so two files with the same name in different locations cannot be distinguished between. And you might as well stop waiting for a fix because they will never fix it. As far as MS is concerned it is by design and is necessary to support legacy VBA apps.

  • Cbuttius (cs)

    If they told you what the questions are, it would make it too easy for an unauthorised person to be able to guess the answers and thus get access to your account.

  • m a t t (cs) in reply to HopelessIntern
    HopelessIntern:
    The android one is good. One thing I love about android (at least the two ive had) is that when the battery really is low, and it suggests you plug it in again, it gives two options: OK, and Why? I like being given the ability to question my orders/suggestions.

    Android phones have two power supplies. I know this because mine will proudly announce that it's battery level is < 0% and I should really plug it in. Either that or it is powered by it's own brilliance.

  • dave (unregistered) in reply to caffeine
    caffeine:
    I wonder if they tried Answer1 Answer2

    Fair chance it might just work!

    I'd put my money on '+Answer1+'

  • Anonymous (unregistered) in reply to The Nerve
    The Nerve:
    sadwings:
    Anonymous:
    I just realised I messed up the quote. It was actually:
    College Printer:
    I just fucked the fax machine and now my children are in Taipei instead of my tray!
    ...fax machine, hence the "my children are in Taipei".
    Neither one was amusing.
    Sure it was. He used the "F-bomb", which is teh kewlest. If only newspapers and radio stations would start using this adjective more prolifically, we would be a pinnacle of light to the world.
    No disrespect Nerve but we can all tell a recent school leaver when we see one on TDWTF, especially when evidenced by some of your ridiculously off-mark comments:
    The Nerve:
    JavaScript is an INTERPRETED language, which means that an interpreter reads the code and executes actions.
    My point being that you are hardly in a position to make oblique references to immaturity. Just a friendly reminder.
  • whiskeyjack (unregistered) in reply to Lefty Middlewright
    Lefty Middlewright:
    Yeah! And the mouses only have one button!

    Actually, these days, they have NO visible buttons. ;)

  • Frank Lee (unregistered) in reply to Bus Logic
    Bus Logic:
    Dumbing down computers is only a good thing for the dumb. For the rest of us it's a pain in the ass.
    QFT.

    Yes, yes, a thousand times yes! Computers for stupid people -- the curse of my career!

  • bannedfromcoding (cs)

    +1 for VMS!

  • The Nerve (unregistered) in reply to Anonymous
    Anonymous:
    No disrespect Nerve but we can all tell a recent school leaver when we see one on TDWTF, especially when evidenced by some of your ridiculously off-mark comments:
    The Nerve:
    JavaScript is an INTERPRETED language, which means that an interpreter reads the code and executes actions.
    My point being that you are hardly in a position to make oblique references to immaturity. Just a friendly reminder.

    I remember stepping out of bounds on that one--a fact which I admitted to later. I was drawn offsides by an irritating trend I've noticed in this industry for languages and paradigms with dynamically typed errors, a disdain for checking at compile time, along with "programmers" who have the characteristic of being hopelessly tied to a debugger. Furthermore, after dealing briefly with JavaScript (for fun, independent of my job), I resolved not to touch it with a 10' pole if possible, and as much as I like using what Google has been able to create with AJAX; it bothers me that they are able to keep this poorly-conceived language in operation long past its expiration date.

    And so, as I learned later in the conversation, a JavaScript compiler HAD been created: a monstrosity which I had hoped would never come to be. And it's the basis for Rhinoscript from what I understand, which has made its way into the JDK, which I unfortunately have to use. Luckily no one around here has found a use for it thus far.

    As for my comments being off the mark, the only thing people disagreed with was that JavaScript could be and was currently compiled and not with my definition of a compiler.

  • Remy Porter (cs) in reply to The Nerve

    JavaScript has some clumsy syntax, but is otherwise a fantastic language. Clever use of closures allows you to do some pretty incredible things with a very small amount of code.

    Also: it's the most mainstream functional language out there, and one of the few functional languages that you know pretty much every client can execute.

    And one more thing: not only has a JavaScript compiler been created, but pretty much every modern browser uses a JIT compiler to execute JavaScript.

  • Herby (unregistered)

    I am surprised that nobody has said:

    "Nothing to see here, please move along."

  • Huh? (unregistered) in reply to The Nerve
    The Nerve:
    Remy Porter:
    ... //Hey, Apple, while you're stealing ZFS and DTrace from Solaris, would you mind adapting Zones? That'd be great. //I am not the sort of person that thinks OSX is the best OS ever. //That honor goes to VMS.

    Unfortunately, Apple ripped off BSD, which ripped off these tools from Linux, which is not dumbed down at all, runs on reasonably-priced hardware, and doesn't have an insecure, egomaniac, control freak with his hands in every pot. Even the rubber-bumper-Ubuntu version blows OSX out of the water, although in 10.04 Mark Shuttleworth may be admitting he has a crush on Steve Jobs

    Huh? BSD ripped what off from Linux?!

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