• themagni (cs)

    It's not just 2 H and 1 O. The Hs must be attached to the O. THey have them exactly backwards on the picture. It must be like this:

    H   H
     \  /
      O
     

  • doc0tis (unregistered)

    You mean I'm not supposed to roll through every stop sign I see?

     

    --doc0tis 

  • Red5 (cs)
    Alex Papadimoulis:

    Eric Golpe appreciated Washington state's new public education program: teaching the English alphabet to drivers along the I-5 ...-

    [image]

    This is a good thing. 
    Very beneficial to immigrants that don't know our language yet.

  • bbum (unregistered)

    The CPU at 105% isn't a bug, it is a feature!


    Seriously -- long ago, someone decided that each additional CPU added to a system should add 100 to the total amount of CPU available.  So, if you have a quad CPU system, you can see a multithreaded app use up to 400% CPU. 

    Neat, huh?

    Happens on most unixes, it seems.

    I'm not saying it is a terribly good design decision, but it was a purposeful decision, none-the-less.

  • Codde (unregistered) in reply to doc0tis
    Anonymous:

    You mean I'm not supposed to roll through every stop sign I see?

     

    --doc0tis 

     You can roll through them if they have a white border   ;)

  • VirtudyneEmployeeNumber423290123 (unregistered)

    The last one is by far the best......

     "Let the Daily WTF be your source of WTFs. Not your job."   ..... Why shouldn't I let the Daily WTF be my job? I spend enough time reading it at work.  Can't it be both? 

     
    (Yes, we all realize that I know what he meant, but this is in the spirit of the popup potpourri, not the grammar nazi thing [heck, is it even wrong?].)
     

     

  • GoatCheez (cs)
    Alex Papadimoulis:

    Given the overall quality of a product that Mathieu Lalonde's company uses, it's not to surprising that they didn't spend much on translation ...

    [image]

    Translation error? Seems to me more like the person took out a foreign language->english dictionary, replaced the words, then started insertting random other english words. My cat's made sentences that make more sense by lying down on the keyboard. Sheesh! ;-P 

  • A/C gal (unregistered) in reply to bbum
    Anonymous:
    The CPU at 105% isn't a bug, it is a feature!

    Seriously -- long ago, someone decided that each additional CPU added to a system should add 100 to the total amount of CPU available.  So, if you have a quad CPU system, you can see a multithreaded app use up to 400% CPU. 

    Neat, huh?

    Happens on most unixes, it seems.

    I'm not saying it is a terribly good design decision, but it was a purposeful decision, none-the-less.

    Any relation to overclocking?

  • ryos (cs) in reply to GoatCheez

    Actually, it looks a lot like the output you get from Google's chinese-to-english translater.

  • RH (unregistered)

    Sure, it takes $5.00 to save $2.00, if you're a loser and go alone!  Since this seems to be a child-friendly event, it would seem that most orders are going to include 2 adults and at least one child (a savings of $6.00).


    3 non-wtfs in the friday potpourri.  That seems about par for the course.

  • Anon (unregistered)
    Anonymous:
    Anonymous:
    That's their subtle way of telling us that they're removing the letter 'Z' from the alphabet :-o 
    Sorry to be a wet blanket, but that's a test pattern. 
    Wow, you think so?  Thanks Franz, I never would have gotten that on my own.
  • RH (unregistered) in reply to A/C gal
    Anonymous:
    Anonymous:
    The CPU at 105% isn't a bug, it is a feature!

    Seriously -- long ago, someone decided that each additional CPU added to a system should add 100 to the total amount of CPU available.  So, if you have a quad CPU system, you can see a multithreaded app use up to 400% CPU. 

    Neat, huh?

    Happens on most unixes, it seems.

    I'm not saying it is a terribly good design decision, but it was a purposeful decision, none-the-less.

    Any relation to overclocking?


    No.
  • emurphy (cs)
    Alex Papadimoulis:

    Good News Everyone! I found a great deal for you all: for only $5.00, you can save $2.00!

    [image]

     

     

    If the $5 is per order, then this is... well, still a WTF, but not as much of one.

     

    How much do tickets for children under 5 normally cost?  That wouldn't be ambiguous if they'd used a table instead of all that tedious verbiage.  (But knowing these guys, the table would be a wooden one with a photo on it.)

     

  • GoatCheez (cs) in reply to A/C gal
    Anonymous:
    Anonymous:
    The CPU at 105% isn't a bug, it is a feature!

    Seriously -- long ago, someone decided that each additional CPU added to a system should add 100 to the total amount of CPU available.  So, if you have a quad CPU system, you can see a multithreaded app use up to 400% CPU. 

    Neat, huh?

    Happens on most unixes, it seems.

    I'm not saying it is a terribly good design decision, but it was a purposeful decision, none-the-less.

    Any relation to overclocking?

    NO. Definitely not. they'd have to read the processor's ID to know what it's default clock is, and then they'd have to figure out the current clock to come up with the new max... So, NO, definitely not.

     So does that happen on linux? I've never noticed cpu usage > 100% on my dual core ...
     

  • ryos (cs) in reply to A/C gal

    "Any relations to overclocking?"


    Nope - how does the system know what clock the machine shipped at?

    (The lableing of the shot as originating from a PowerBook are inaccurate. As much as I wish Apple's dual-core, intel-based laptops were still called PowerBooks, this must have been from a MacBook (Pro).)

  • RH (unregistered) in reply to RH
    Anonymous:
    Sure, it takes $5.00 to save $2.00, if you're a loser and go alone!  Since this seems to be a child-friendly event, it would seem that most orders are going to include 2 adults and at least one child (a savings of $6.00).

    3 non-wtfs in the friday potpourri.  That seems about par for the course.

    Um, make that $5.00.  I'm moving out of my apartment and typing on a keyboard on the floor while laying on an inflatable matress.  My finger slipped.
  • quamaretto (cs)
    Alex Papadimoulis:

    Eric Golpe appreciated Washington state's new public education program: teaching the English alphabet to drivers along the I-5 ...-

    [image]

     

    No no no, this is the Alphabet Alert System, to let us know when an alphabet has been kidnapped. Are you a bad enough dude to rescure the Alphabet?

    Now that it's gone, of course, there's really no way of knowing when we'll run out of lette

     

  • emurphy (cs) in reply to RH
    Anonymous:
    Sure, it takes $5.00 to save $2.00, if you're a loser and go alone!  Since this seems to be a child-friendly event, it would seem that most orders are going to include 2 adults and at least one child (a savings of $6.00).

    3 non-wtfs in the friday potpourri.  That seems about par for the course.

     

    Um, no, that's a savings of $5.00.  (Matthew 7:3-5.)

     

    Unless the child is under 5, in which case we have to pick an assumption about how much (if anything) tickets for such children normally cost.  (My assumption would be that they're normally free.)  In any case, that ambiguity is a secondary WTF.

     

    To really cash in on the discount, you'd want to sign up an entire group at once (class field trip, Scout troop/den, etc.), which is actually a smart thing to incentivize (even though they were dumb about the implementation).

     

  • emurphy (cs) in reply to RH
    Anonymous:
    Anonymous:
    Sure, it takes $5.00 to save $2.00, if you're a loser and go alone!  Since this seems to be a child-friendly event, it would seem that most orders are going to include 2 adults and at least one child (a savings of $6.00).

    3 non-wtfs in the friday potpourri.  That seems about par for the course.

    Um, make that $5.00.  I'm moving out of my apartment and typing on a keyboard on the floor while laying on an inflatable matress.  My finger slipped.

     

    Fair enough; I retract the Bible quote, then.

     

  • Anonymous (unregistered) in reply to GoatCheez
    GoatCheez:
    Anonymous:
    Anonymous:
    The CPU at 105% isn't a bug, it is a feature!

    Seriously -- long ago, someone decided that each additional CPU added to a system should add 100 to the total amount of CPU available.  So, if you have a quad CPU system, you can see a multithreaded app use up to 400% CPU. 

    Neat, huh?

    Happens on most unixes, it seems.

    I'm not saying it is a terribly good design decision, but it was a purposeful decision, none-the-less.

    Any relation to overclocking?

    NO. Definitely not. they'd have to read the processor's ID to know what it's default clock is, and then they'd have to figure out the current clock to come up with the new max... So, NO, definitely not.

     So does that happen on linux? I've never noticed cpu usage > 100% on my dual core ...
     

     

    Yep.  I've seen CPU usage of 190%+ when doing a make -j3 on a 2 CPU linux box, say during a kernel rebuild :)

  • un.sined (cs) in reply to Red5
    Red5:
    Alex Papadimoulis:

    Eric Golpe appreciated Washington state's new public education program: teaching the English alphabet to drivers along the I-5 ...-

    [image]

    This is a good thing. 
    Very beneficial to immigrants that don't know our language yet.

     

    Quite important for people coming in from Oregon...

     

  • Seltsam (unregistered) in reply to Anonymous

    Yep.  I've seen CPU usage of 190%+ when doing a make -j3 on a 2 CPU linux box, say during a kernel rebuild :)

     

    I'm not saying Windows is correct, but it only uses 100% in the case of > 1 core/cpu.  If 2 cores or cpus, then 50% means one CPU is likely pegged.

     

    This makes more sense to me, since it is 100% of the system's CPU time.

  • un.sined (cs)
    Alex Papadimoulis:
     

    I've heard of people who send themselves flowers for a self-esteem boost ... but I have to agree with Dave Oranchak on this one ... having to buy sympathy flowers for yourself post-mortem is extra sad ...

    [image]

    This is actually kinda scary if you look at the third option...  Multiple Recipients, Same Location... 

  • unknown (unregistered) in reply to un.sined

    clearly this is for the cult with mass suicide intentions...

  • Pap (cs)

    Correct me if I'm wrong, but don't those peanut bags say "Alergy Warning: May contain nuts" because although the peanut is not a nut, they are often processed with the same equipment that is used to process nuts at the same facility?


    WTF Note:  This forum software seems to think it's funny to randomly add nbsp; tags instead of regular spaces after all the words that follow "May", hence the weird formatting.

  • Anonymous (unregistered) in reply to bbum
    Anonymous:
    The CPU at 105% isn't a bug, it is a feature!

    Seriously -- long ago, someone decided that each additional CPU added to a system should add 100 to the total amount of CPU available.  So, if you have a quad CPU system, you can see a multithreaded app use up to 400% CPU. 

    Neat, huh?

    Happens on most unixes, it seems.

    I'm not saying it is a terribly good design decision, but it was a purposeful decision, none-the-less.

    It makes perfect sense at the kernel level.

    In any OS, an individual thread can only take up to 100% of a given CPU.  You can't run the same thread on two processors at the same time.  It wouldn't make any sense.  A single thread is, by definition, single threaded.

    The CPU% given is the percentage of CPU time a given thread has been allocated on a processor by the OS.  It's not the percentage of total CPU time available, since a thread is limited to one CPU at a time anyway.

    The tool in the screenshot has combined 8 threads in one entry.  Some threads are obviously running on different CPUs at the same time.  Since the tool is already combining multiple entries into one data view, it would make more sense to display a percentage of total CPU time and not usage on an individual processor.

  • Digitalbath (cs) in reply to unknown

    Anonymous:
    clearly this is for the cult with mass suicide intentions...

    It could be for those guys out there whose wife and mistress are coworkers.  With this feature, you would never forget one or the other...always a plus.

  • Mark Haanen (unregistered) in reply to unknown
    Anonymous:
    clearly this is for the cult with mass suicide intentions...
  • Mark Haanen (unregistered) in reply to unknown
    Anonymous:
    clearly this is for the cult with mass suicide intentions...


    Probably that group from Oregon. The Alphabet Road Sign Suiciders Anonymous.
  • un.sined (cs) in reply to Digitalbath
    Digitalbath:

    Anonymous:
    clearly this is for the cult with mass suicide intentions...

    It could be for those guys out there whose wife and mistress are coworkers.  With this feature, you would never forget one or the other...always a plus.

     It does specify recently deceased though.  I guess if they found out about each other you might have to take drastic measures...
     

  • meeeeeeee (unregistered) in reply to Anon

    OH! ... I get it NOW.... It IS a test pattern! Wow, Franz is smart. I was staring at the image trying to decipher what the mysterious numbers and letters meant, but I couldn't figure it out. Only after Franz enlightened me, do I understand the mystery. Thanks, Franz!! Good thinking!

     captcha: badgerbadgerbadger

  • foonly (unregistered)

    When I put 'undefined' in Google Maps it quite appropriately gives a map of the whole US and lists one spot in NJ and one in California.

  • Carnildo (cs) in reply to A/C gal
    Anonymous:
    Anonymous:
    The CPU at 105% isn't a bug, it is a feature!

    Seriously -- long ago, someone decided that each additional CPU added to a system should add 100 to the total amount of CPU available.  So, if you have a quad CPU system, you can see a multithreaded app use up to 400% CPU. 

    Neat, huh?

    Happens on most unixes, it seems.

    I'm not saying it is a terribly good design decision, but it was a purposeful decision, none-the-less.

    Any relation to overclocking?


    No, overclocking only moves where 100% is.  If you want your system to go to 11, you need to add CPUs.
  • Trinian (unregistered)

    The other real WTF is that signing up for the online banking service somehow requires Adobe Acrobat.  What exactly would you need Acrobat for - to print out the application form, sign it, take a picture on a wooden table, scan the picture, and then e-mail it to the bank?

  • TB3 (cs)

    The H2O thing doesn't surprise me in the least. I worked at the ad agency that manages the GM Canada web sites last year, and the ineptitude was stunning. They somehow managed to build an entire CMS using XML and flat files instead of a database. Unfortunately, the XML was processed through a Java app, and it took so long to run they could only build the site once a day.


    The level of QC and QA was abysmal. I saw mistakes like the 'H2O' thing go through to production even after I alerted multiple people about it. For example, the french side of the trucks site refered to pick-up truck models that were no longer in production. That error remained on the live site for about six months, until they refreshed the entire site.

  • Rich (unregistered) in reply to un.sined
    un.sined:

    This is actually kinda scary if you look at the third option...  Multiple Recipients, Same Location... 

    Then there's the "Mafia" option: Same recipient, multiple locations.

     

    Rich 

  • Anonymous (unregistered) in reply to bbum

    This is very useful if you have massively parallel systems. Also its just correct math. If you have 2 CPUs running an ap for each 1 hour you get 2 hour CPU time which is exactly 200% of the 1 hour it took, got it?

    If you got a few thousand cores you do not want to have it the other way around.

  • un.sined (cs) in reply to Rich
    Anonymous:
    un.sined:

    This is actually kinda scary if you look at the third option...  Multiple Recipients, Same Location... 

    Then there's the "Mafia" option: Same recipient, multiple locations.

     

    Rich 

     

    I wonder if the site lets you specify a date in the future...

     

    "I'm really sorry about your impending death on 10/31/2006" 

  • Rich (unregistered)
    Anonymous:

    That's their subtle way of telling us that they're removing the letter 'Z' from the alphabet :-o 

    Zed's dead, baby.

     

    Rich 

  • Jeremy H (unregistered)
    Alex Papadimoulis:
    someone might want to let General Motors know that the reason they call it H2O is because there's two H's and one O

    Actually, I think the point of the ad is that the kind of student who doodles an ad for GM in their Chemistry notebook is the same kind of student who thinks that H2O has two O's...

    captcha: pizza (I could go for some right now)

  • cconroy (cs)
    Alex Papadimoulis:

    Eric Golpe appreciated Washington state's new public education program: teaching the English alphabet to drivers along the I-5 ...-

    [image]

    It makes more sense if you see the previous message in the series:

        THIS MESSAGE
        BROUGHT TO YOU BY
        THE CHARACTERS

     
  • Saladin (cs) in reply to Pap

    Pap:
    Correct me if I'm wrong, but don't those peanut bags say "Alergy Warning: May contain nuts" because although the peanut is not a nut, they are often processed with the same equipment that is used to process nuts at the same facility?

    There are some peanut products out there (like, say, peanut butter) that say "Warning: may contain peanuts" on them.  It's pretty astounding at how some people need the obvious stated to them (you mean I'll get fat if I eat McDonald's 3 meals per day every day?)

  • GrandmasterB (cs)
    Alex Papadimoulis:

    From this day forward, all my message boxes will use the term 'we are to afflict nuisance'.  Its so poetic.

     

  • GreyDude (unregistered)
    Anonymous:

    The real WTF is why they're using a web application that breaks the "Back" button... 

     

    Maybe so, but that's quite common.  It seems especially popular in eCommerce and the timesheet/expense system where I work. 

  • triso (cs)
    Alex Papadimoulis:
    ...

     

    From Keith Procter, someone might want to let General Motors know that the reason they call it H2O is because there's two H's and one O (see it live)...

    [image]

     

    Jeez!  For a brief moment I thought GM was coming out with a water, or hydrogen, fueled  car.  Silly me.

  • Quotes (unregistered)

    Error seeking selected comment (wtf.getPaula())

  • KattMan (cs)
    Alex Papadimoulis:

    Eric Golpe appreciated Washington state's new public education program: teaching the English alphabet to drivers along the I-5 ...-

    [image]

     

    Well if you read the previous Pop-up potpourri you would have seen an important message from z subtitled "Do not use"  Obviously WA state got that Memo.

    On another note, has anyone seen the "no cussing" signs in Virgina Beach?  I always wanted to steal one of those.

  • ender (cs) in reply to GoatCheez
    GoatCheez:
     So does that happen on linux? I've never noticed cpu usage > 100% on my dual core ... 
    You didn't look good enough - get eg. p7zip and compress something - you should see 7za's CPU usage shoot to 200% (the total counters still go "only" up to 100%).
    I find this way of displaying CPU usage easier to read than on Windows - while with 2 CPUs, it still isn't that hard to see how much an application is using, you get in trouble when you have 4 or 8 CPUs (thread X is using 9% - is that good or bad?).
  • Anonymous (unregistered) in reply to RH
    Anonymous:
    Anonymous:
    Anonymous:
    The CPU at 105% isn't a bug, it is a feature!

    Seriously -- long ago, someone decided that each additional CPU added to a system should add 100 to the total amount of CPU available.  So, if you have a quad CPU system, you can see a multithreaded app use up to 400% CPU. 

    Neat, huh?

    Happens on most unixes, it seems.

    I'm not saying it is a terribly good design decision, but it was a purposeful decision, none-the-less.

    Any relation to overclocking?


    No.

    But it is her brother's former roommate's girlfriend's cousin twice removed. 

  • ssprencel (cs) in reply to Anonymous
    Anonymous:
    Anonymous:
    Anonymous:
    Anonymous:
    The CPU at 105% isn't a bug, it is a feature!

    Seriously -- long ago, someone decided that each additional CPU added to a system should add 100 to the total amount of CPU available.  So, if you have a quad CPU system, you can see a multithreaded app use up to 400% CPU. 

    Neat, huh?

    Happens on most unixes, it seems.

    I'm not saying it is a terribly good design decision, but it was a purposeful decision, none-the-less.

    Any relation to overclocking?


    No.

    But it is her brother's former roommate's girlfriend's cousin twice removed. 

    That was before the divorce.

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