• ping floyd (unregistered)

    43 is pretty old!

  • Stev (unregistered) in reply to ping floyd

    or pretty young!

  • Steve The Cynic (cs) in reply to ping floyd
    ping floyd:
    43 is pretty old!
    From my viewpoint, it's slightly young.
  • Ima Apple (unregistered)

    Maybe the Times Square billboard is a Mac ad .

  • MrBigDog2U (cs)

    If Hyundai can't get what amounts to a YouTube video to work properly, do you REALLY trust them to make a car?

  • Anketam (cs) in reply to MrBigDog2U

    Better not go Mach 48 in the car, there are red light cameras at the intersection so there are probably speed cameras somewhere near by too. Dont want to know what the ticket would be for going that much over the speed limit.

  • causa (unregistered) in reply to Anketam
    Anketam:
    Better not go Mach 48 in the car, there are red light cameras at the intersection so there are probably speed cameras somewhere near by too. Dont want to know what the ticket would be for going that much over the speed limit.

    How would they catch up to you to give you that ticket?

  • Nico (unregistered)

    Well, dude, that one is pretty easy. You're travelling at 0 mph for a trip that was supposed to last 46 minutes.

    The system has the great ability to reappoximate the distance, as the slower you drive, the further is your destination.

    Simple space/time relationship. Too easy AHAH !

  • Jeff (unregistered)

    They told me life begins at forty.

    They forgot to tell me it turns to total crap at forty-one-and-a-half.

  • foxyshadis (unregistered) in reply to Nico
    Nico:
    Well, dude, that one is pretty easy. You're travelling at 0 mph for a trip that was supposed to last 46 minutes.

    The system has the great ability to reappoximate the distance, as the slower you drive, the further is your destination.

    Simple space/time relationship. Too easy AHAH !

    Your destination is always 46 minutes away, no matter how fast or slow you go. In fact, the faster you run the further away you get! Through the Looking Glass taught us all of this and much more.

  • onitake (unregistered)

    Sega Rally 3, Wasn't that a Lindbergh machine? Did someone install the BSOD screensaver on it?

    Ah no, wait. SR3 ran on Europa-R. No software specs available for that, but looks it's running some form of Redmond OS.

  • Ralph (unregistered) in reply to onitake
    onitake:
    Sega Rally 3, Wasn't that a Lindbergh machine? Did someone install the BSOD screensaver on it?

    Ah no, wait. SR3 ran on Europa-R. No software specs available for that, but looks it's running some form of Redmond OS.

    Haha! Redmond OS. Abbreviate as Red OS. Or maybe Re DOS.

  • foo (unregistered) in reply to causa
    causa:
    Anketam:
    Better not go Mach 48 in the car, there are red light cameras at the intersection so there are probably speed cameras somewhere near by too. Dont want to know what the ticket would be for going that much over the speed limit.

    How would they catch up to you to give you that ticket?

    They just wait until you've circled the Earth, obviously.

  • Nick (unregistered)

    I've seen the "OS cannot run" several times in the past and it isn't all that much of a fail by itself. It's just the formatted version of system error code ERROR_INVALID_ORDINAL ("The operating system cannot run %1.").

    Of course, the fact that it's presented completely out of context and the result of not passing format string argument does make it funny.

  • Kasper (unregistered)

    I don't see any problem with the last one. They just allow you to be a little less specific with your answer. It is just a way to respect your privacy, and you are free to choose either of the two options covering your age.

  • Coyne (cs)

    I'd be wary of that first app. Looks to me like it tried to run something in Windows...which is something you really do not want a web app to be doing. Think: Virus installer.

  • Coyne (cs)

    The "Burglary!!! Close All Doors" one. People open the machines to steal; the red screen is a warning to personnel that the machine is being burglarized.

    Best to stay away from a machine in this state: They might think it was you.

  • Jay (unregistered) in reply to foo
    foo:
    causa:
    Anketam:
    Better not go Mach 48 in the car, there are red light cameras at the intersection so there are probably speed cameras somewhere near by too. Dont want to know what the ticket would be for going that much over the speed limit.

    How would they catch up to you to give you that ticket?

    They just wait until you've circled the Earth, obviously.

    And hitting those spike strips at Mach 48 is brutal!

  • Jay (unregistered)

    RE the age ranges: This IS Rosettastone.org. Obviously they're using numbers from another language.

  • Jay (unregistered)

    If there's a burglary in progress, I don't want to know how to continue. A more useful message would be, "Burglary in progress. Click Smith & Wesson trigger to terminate."

  • dkf (cs) in reply to Anketam
    Anketam:
    Better not go Mach 48 in the car, there are red light cameras at the intersection so there are probably speed cameras somewhere near by too. Dont want to know what the ticket would be for going that much over the speed limit.
    Don't worry about the speed cameras; you'll be long past them before they can take a picture. If I were you, I'd worry more about other solid objects as I have a preference for remaining alive and with meaningful use of 3 spatial dimensions.
  • Silverhill (cs)

    That reminds me of an entry in an old Omni magazine limerick contest:

    A young sports-car driver named Breen Had the fastest machine on the scene. He drove fast as light, And with no cops in sight, He'd blueshift the red lights to green.

  • Meep (unregistered) in reply to Jay
    Jay:
    foo:
    causa:
    Anketam:
    Better not go Mach 48 in the car, there are red light cameras at the intersection so there are probably speed cameras somewhere near by too. Dont want to know what the ticket would be for going that much over the speed limit.

    How would they catch up to you to give you that ticket?

    They just wait until you've circled the Earth, obviously.

    And hitting those spike strips at Mach 48 is brutal!

    If you're low enough to worry about spike strips, you're pretty much plowing through the landscape anyway.

  • PiisAWheeL (cs)

    You know, at 36864 MPH, I'm willing to bet that:

    A: The traffic camera's sensors don't even trigger. B: If they do, the camera will take a picture of an empty intersection. C: If a cop (or anyone for that matter) sees you, then the shockwave of you driving past him at 36864 MPH will probably destroy the traffic camera, the intersection, his car, and probably a majority of the road. D: The space shuttle reenters the atmosphere at about 17000mph. The friction on the surface would really be hell on your car. I would recommend seeing nasa about some heat resistant tiles or something.

  • smilr (unregistered)

    Conduit?

    TDWTF is sponsored by Conduit? That in and of itself is the Real WTF!

    Seriously - their "community toolbar" qualifies as malware in my opinion.

  • Gurth (cs) in reply to Nick
    MrBigDog2U:
    If Hyundai can't get what amounts to a YouTube video to work properly, do you REALLY trust them to make a car?
    I'd trust Hyundai to be more proficient at making cars than at getting videos to work properly. The advertising company they hired, and the billboard company they work with, OTOH …
    Nick:
    I've seen the "OS cannot run" several times in the past and it isn't all that much of a fail by itself. It's just the formatted version of system error code ERROR_INVALID_ORDINAL ("The operating system cannot run %1.").
    You can tell because there's a space between "run" and "." in the message box — though given the spelling of the average computer user these days, I can see how they could easily misunderstand the message.
  • Overcharging consultant (unregistered)

    Isn't it obvious that his GPS know that he is already late and his only option at this point is to spin around the earth to make it go backward in time.

  • Yazeran (cs) in reply to PiisAWheeL
    PiisAWheeL:
    You know, at 36864 MPH, I'm willing to bet that:

    A: The traffic camera's sensors don't even trigger. B: If they do, the camera will take a picture of an empty intersection. C: If a cop (or anyone for that matter) sees you, then the shockwave of you driving past him at 36864 MPH will probably destroy the traffic camera, the intersection, his car, and probably a majority of the road. D: The space shuttle reenters the atmosphere at about 17000mph. The friction on the surface would really be hell on your car. I would recommend seeing nasa about some heat resistant tiles or something.

    Yea, Kind of like this discussion about relativistic baseball (although not quite so destructive... :-) http://what-if.xkcd.com/1/

    Yours Yazeran

    Plan: To go to Mars one day with a hammer.

  • Jonathan Wilson (unregistered)

    The real WTF is that an arcade machine needs to run Windows in the first place instead of running something more appropriate to an arcade machine.

  • Steve The Cynic (cs) in reply to PiisAWheeL
    PiisAWheeL:
    You know, at 36864 MPH, I'm willing to bet that:

    A: The traffic camera's sensors don't even trigger. B: If they do, the camera will take a picture of an empty intersection. C: If a cop (or anyone for that matter) sees you, then the shockwave of you driving past him at 36864 MPH will probably destroy the traffic camera, the intersection, his car, and probably a majority of the road. D: The space shuttle reenters the atmosphere at about 17000mph. The friction on the surface would really be hell on your car. I would recommend seeing nasa about some heat resistant tiles or something.

    Oh, and don't forget that at that speed, you'd be unable to stay on the ground, because you are travelling faster than the Earth's escape speed of 25000 mph. Bye-bye!

    And to pop a common bubble: No, it's not friction that heats up a reentering body. (OK, yes, there is some skin friction heating, but other sources of heat are much more potent.) The bulk of the heat comes from the fact that the air ahead of the object can't get out of the way fast enough, and gets highly compressed, and therefore highly heated. In effect, the spacecraft is flying through a cloud of plasma that it created by crushing the air ahead of itself.

  • mindwhip (unregistered) in reply to causa

    They would just wait for your next time around the world and hold up a stop sign of course.

  • Anon (unregistered) in reply to Coyne
    Coyne:
    burglarized

    In English we say "burgled".

  • trtrwtf (unregistered) in reply to Jay
    Jay:
    If there's a burglary in progress, I don't want to know how to continue. A more useful message would be, "Burglary in progress. Click Smith & Wesson trigger to terminate."

    If you hear a "click" then the burglary is likely to continue.

    (damnum, where'd I put those bullets?)

  • mangobrain (unregistered) in reply to Coyne

    NO! It has not been "burglarized". It has been BURGLED. Eventually this madness will lead to offenders being labeled "burglarizers", at which point the act will become known as "burglarization".

  • Jay (unregistered) in reply to mangobrain
    mangobrain:
    NO! It has not been "burglarized". It has been BURGLED. Eventually this madness will lead to offenders being labeled "burglarizers", at which point the act will become known as "burglarization".

    I'm sure there are people who use that term so they sound more sophisticated. I mean, I'm sure there are personages who utilize that phraseology.

  • Trevor (unregistered) in reply to Coyne

    What is wrong with the verb burgled?

  • Coyne (cs) in reply to Trevor
    Trevor:
    What is wrong with the verb burgled?

    Absolutely nothing. I just chose to use "burglarized", which some people apparently see as bastardization of the English language.

    So, since I sometimes do use ... malapropisms ... I checked. According to grammarist.com, "burglarized" is, in fact the proper and serious usage in American English, while "burgled" is the past tense of the humorous back-formation, "burgle". OTOH, "burgled" would be proper in some other English dialects.

    I don't see anything wrong with "burgle" except that I don't normally use that word.

    So, in retrospect, it doesn't make me uncomfortable to say, "My apartment was burgled in 2004." But I'll probably keep using burglarized.

    And to all of the rest of my critics: [crickets chirping]

    Addendum (2012-07-31 00:59): P.S. Sorry Trevor: I do realize you were not one of my critics; didn't mean to suggest you were.

  • moz (unregistered) in reply to Coyne
    Coyne:
    OTOH, "burgled" would be proper in some other English dialects.
    Possibly, although it wouldn't be in UK dialects. People burgle houses. They rob ticket machines.
  • Cbuttius (unregistered)

    The difference between burglary, robbery and stealing is the subject manner.

    Stealing refers to the goods you actually take.

    Robbery refers to the person whose property you have taken.

    Burglary refers to the location where the property was that was stolen, into which you have gained unauthorised access.

  • Smittys Working (unregistered) in reply to Anketam

    I happen to know that intersection, and I am surprised it doesnt show more cameras and big ass warning signs all over the place. That is one of the most dangerous intersections in the US. Its in northeast Philadelphia, and it is notoious for being run.

  • Strelock (unregistered) in reply to smilr
    smilr:
    Conduit?

    TDWTF is sponsored by Conduit? That in and of itself is the Real WTF!

    Seriously - their "community toolbar" qualifies as malware in my opinion.

    I absolutely agree with this. How can a tech related web site accept sponsorship from Conduit? They make malware! WTF! Certainly my opinion of TDWTF has been changed!

  • Paul Neumann (unregistered) in reply to Strelock
    Strelock:
    smilr:
    Conduit?

    TDWTF is sponsored by Conduit? That in and of itself is the Real WTF!

    Seriously - their "community toolbar" qualifies as malware in my opinion.

    I absolutely agree with this. How can a tech related web site accept sponsorship from Conduit? They make malware! WTF! Certainly my opinion of TDWTF has been changed!

    It's called sponsorship. Deal!

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  • Sigh (unregistered)

    Everyone knows that the proper way to write ranges of ten items is to write something like 24-34 and then change the first item by one!

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