• Jack (unregistered)

    Sounds a bit like "The Last One", a 1980s software package that would do anything, making it the last one you would ever buy!

    It was a programming language.

    A very, very bad one.

  • pjt33 (cs)

    With a bit of graph drawing code this might actually be a usable system.

  • GettinSadda (cs) in reply to Jack
    Jack:
    Sounds a bit like "The Last One", a 1980s software package that would do anything, making it the last one you would ever buy!

    It was a programming language.

    A very, very bad one.

    Yes, my boss bought a copy of "The Last One" in the early 1980s and asked me to evaluate it. I managed to write a few simple programs using it, then looked at the output it produced - a 7th level of Hell rat's nest written in MS-Basic was the output. I still wake some nights screaming!

  • Power Troll (cs)

    Oh, so TRWTF is that this should have been done in LabView. Got it.

  • XXXXX (unregistered)

    Can it make me a sandwich?

  • KattMan (cs) in reply to XXXXX
    XXXXX:
    Can it make me a sandwich?

    Brain the size of a planet (granted a relatively small one) and you ask it to make you a sandwich? Have mercy man, give it a challenge, like making the perfect cup of tea.

  • WC (unregistered)

    Ah, yes. Who hasn't briefly experimented with giving the end user too many options and too much control? :D It sure seems like a good idea when you first think of it.

    Having said that, it's fine art to figure out exactly how much you can give them before it starts to become a problem. But if you nose right up to that line, it's a fine, fine thing.

  • frits (cs) in reply to XXXXX
    XXXXX:
    Can it make me a sandwich?
    Why? Was it standing around yappin' with its girlfriends?
  • HP PhaserJet (unregistered) in reply to WC
    WC:
    ...it's fine art to figure out exactly how much you can give them before it starts to become a problem. But if you nose right up to that line, it's a fine, fine thing.

    File under the more general division between Hard Coding and Soft Coding. There don't seem to be any definitive rules about where the middle of the road is.

  • Remy Porter (cs) in reply to XXXXX

    Only if you're in the sudoers file.

  • neminem (cs) in reply to Jack
    Jack:
    Sounds a bit like "The Last One", a 1980s software package that would do anything, making it the last one you would ever buy!

    It was a programming language.

    A very, very bad one.

    As they say - give a man a fire, he'll be warm for a day. Light a man on fire, he'll be warm for the rest of his life.

    (I assume that software package was the last one anyone purchased, because it drove all who gazed upon it insane. Insane people don't buy too much software.)

  • boog (cs)

    Bad programmer! Get over here and look at what you did!

    You see that? What is that? What is that? That's right. It's a disaster. An absolute mess. Bad programmer! Bad!!

    rubs his nose in it

  • HP PhaserJet (unregistered) in reply to neminem
    neminem:
    As they say - give a man a fire, he'll be warm for a day. Light a man on fire, he'll be warm for the rest of his life.

    Which won't be very long seeing as he is burning to death.

  • boog (cs) in reply to XXXXX
    XXXXX:
    Can it make me a sandwich?
    Didn't you read the article? Of course it can, but you, the end-user, have to configure it to do so yourself.

    Good luck.

  • rfoxmich (unregistered)

    I think there's an arc missing in that graph. Which one I'll leave as an exercise for the reader.

    captcha facilisi

  • neminem (cs) in reply to HP PhaserJet
    HP PhaserJet:
    neminem:
    As they say - give a man a fire, he'll be warm for a day. Light a man on fire, he'll be warm for the rest of his life.

    Which won't be very long seeing as he is burning to death.

    http://www.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/DontExplainTheJoke

  • Someone You Know (cs) in reply to HP PhaserJet
    HP PhaserJet:
    neminem:
    As they say - give a man a fire, he'll be warm for a day. Light a man on fire, he'll be warm for the rest of his life.

    Which won't be very long seeing as he is burning to death.

    Sometimes jokes are funny even if you don't explain them.

  • golddog (unregistered) in reply to KattMan
    KattMan:
    XXXXX:
    Can it make me a sandwich?

    Brain the size of a planet (granted a relatively small one) and you ask it to make you a sandwich? Have mercy man, give it a challenge, like making the perfect cup of tea.

    Life. Loathe it or ignore it. You can't like it.

    Thanks for the reminder. Great trilogy.

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  • HP PhaserJet (unregistered) in reply to Someone You Know
    Someone You Know:
    HP PhaserJet:
    neminem:
    As they say - give a man a fire, he'll be warm for a day. Light a man on fire, he'll be warm for the rest of his life.

    Which won't be very long seeing as he is burning to death.

    Sometimes jokes are funny even if you don't explain them.

    Sorry, I'm a programmer, I don't understand these things.

    The bold would have sufficed?

  • C-Octothorpe (cs) in reply to HP PhaserJet
    HP PhaserJet:
    neminem:
    As they say - give a man a fire, he'll be warm for a day. Light a man on fire, he'll be warm for the rest of his life.

    Which won't be very long seeing as he is burning to death.

    Now that you explained the joke, it made it just that much funnier...

  • HP PhaserJet (unregistered) in reply to C-Octothorpe
    C-Octothorpe:
    HP PhaserJet:
    neminem:
    As they say - give a man a fire, he'll be warm for a day. Light a man on fire, he'll be warm for the rest of his life.

    Which won't be very long seeing as he is burning to death.

    Now that you explained the joke, it made it just that much funnier...

    What joke?

  • XXXXX (unregistered) in reply to Owen Two
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  • da Doctah (cs) in reply to neminem
    neminem:
    (I assume that software package was the last one anyone purchased, because it drove all who gazed upon it insane. Insane people don't buy too much software.)

    There are a heck of a lot of companies out there whose business model depends on that not being true.

  • airdrik (unregistered) in reply to HP PhaserJet
    HP PhaserJet:
    Someone You Know:
    HP PhaserJet:
    neminem:
    As they say - give a man a fire, he'll be warm for a day. Light a man on fire, he'll be warm for the rest of his life.

    Which won't be very long seeing as he is burning to death.

    Sometimes jokes are funny even if you don't explain them.

    Sorry, I'm a programmer, I don't understand these things.

    The bold would have sufficed?

    What you said in your first post was the point of the joke, and (according to the opinions of the many who got the original joke) didn't need to be pointed out.

    Of course what has been said has been said and cannot be unsaid (except by certain site admins with delete privileges).

  • boog (cs) in reply to HP PhaserJet
    HP PhaserJet:
    Someone You Know:
    HP PhaserJet:
    neminem:
    As they say - give a man a fire, he'll be warm for a day. Light a man on fire, he'll be warm for the rest of his life.
    Which won't be very long seeing as he is burning to death.
    Sometimes jokes are funny even if you don't explain them.
    Sorry, I'm a programmer, I don't understand these things.
    #include <sense_of_humor.h>
    Ok, you should be good now. Try reading it again.
  • HP PhaserJet (unregistered) in reply to airdrik
    airdrik:
    HP PhaserJet:
    Someone You Know:
    HP PhaserJet:
    neminem:
    As they say - give a man a fire, he'll be warm for a day. Light a man on fire, he'll be warm for the rest of his life.

    Which won't be very long seeing as he is burning to death.

    Sometimes jokes are funny even if you don't explain them.

    Sorry, I'm a programmer, I don't understand these things.

    The bold would have sufficed?

    What you said in your first post was the point of the joke, and (according to the opinions of the many who got the original joke) didn't need to be pointed out.

    Of course what has been said has been said and cannot be unsaid (except by certain site admins with delete privileges).

    I didn't know he was joking. It wasn't funny to me until I thought of what I said, so I wasn't explaining a joke, but making a new one, if you interpret the situation the way I did.

    Looking back at the post I responded to, I guess I can see how that might be considered funny.

  • HP PhaserJet (unregistered) in reply to boog
    boog:
    HP PhaserJet:
    Someone You Know:
    HP PhaserJet:
    neminem:
    As they say - give a man a fire, he'll be warm for a day. Light a man on fire, he'll be warm for the rest of his life.
    Which won't be very long seeing as he is burning to death.
    Sometimes jokes are funny even if you don't explain them.
    Sorry, I'm a programmer, I don't understand these things.
    #include <sense_of_humor.h>
    Ok, you should be good now. Try reading it again.
    You see, I have the GNU version of that header, so the .Net guys might not understand what I'm saying.

    The only things that come to mind involve strangling penguins and whatnot.

  • DCRoss (cs) in reply to XXXXX
    XXXXX:
    Owen Two:
    You knew it was coming: http://xkcd.com/149/
    I don't get the joke or the reference. Can you please explain?
    What? Explain it to yourself.
  • somechick (unregistered) in reply to Owen Two
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  • boog (cs) in reply to HP PhaserJet
    HP PhaserJet:
    boog:
    HP PhaserJet:
    Someone You Know:
    HP PhaserJet:
    neminem:
    As they say - give a man a fire, he'll be warm for a day. Light a man on fire, he'll be warm for the rest of his life.
    Which won't be very long seeing as he is burning to death.
    Sometimes jokes are funny even if you don't explain them.
    Sorry, I'm a programmer, I don't understand these things.
    #include <sense_of_humor.h>
    Ok, you should be good now. Try reading it again.
    You see, I have the GNU version of that header...
    Then you apparently have a really old version, because that joke about lighting a man on fire has been around for a number of versions already.

    You'll probably also have to update some of the dependencies like "irony.h" and "sarcasm_detector.h", of course judging by some of your other comments it seems these are likely out of date anyway.

    HP PhaserJet:
    The only things that come to mind involve strangling penguins and whatnot.
    I didn't realize that library came with "incessant_memes_from_tdwtf.h". Learn something new every day, amirite?
  • no u (unregistered) in reply to HP PhaserJet
    HP PhaserJet:
    neminem:
    As they say - give a man a fire, he'll be warm for a day. Light a man on fire, he'll be warm for the rest of his life.

    Which won't be very long seeing as he is burning to death.

    oh, lol.. didn't get it before. Now I do. Thanks.

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  • George (unregistered) in reply to Owen Two
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  • trtrwtf (unregistered) in reply to no u
    no u:
    HP PhaserJet:
    neminem:
    As they say - give a man a fire, he'll be warm for a day. Light a man on fire, he'll be warm for the rest of his life.

    Which won't be very long seeing as he is burning to death.

    oh, lol.. didn't get it before. Now I do. Thanks.

    Wait... what if you light a man on fire, and put him out before he dies? What if you put him out by dumping him in really cold water? I think your joke needs fixing.

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  • zenstain (unregistered) in reply to HP PhaserJet
    HP PhaserJet:
    neminem:
    As they say - give a man a fire, he'll be warm for a day. Light a man on fire, he'll be warm for the rest of his life.

    Which won't be very long seeing as he is burning to death.

    I like when the joke is explained to me.

  • Non-A (unregistered) in reply to George
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  • Anon (unregistered) in reply to zenstain
    zenstain:
    HP PhaserJet:
    neminem:
    As they say - give a man a fire, he'll be warm for a day. Light a man on fire, he'll be warm for the rest of his life.

    Which won't be very long seeing as he is burning to death.

    I like when the joke is explained to me.

    Have you ever noticed how a sarcastic comment loses its zing after ten other people have used it already?

  • The Corrector (unregistered) in reply to zenstain
    zenstain:
    HP PhaserJet:
    neminem:
    As they say - give a man a fire, he'll be warm for a day. Light a man on fire, he'll be warm for the rest of his life.

    Which won't be very long seeing as he is burning to death.

    I like when the joke is explained to me.

    FTFY

  • PedanticCurmudgeon (cs) in reply to WC
    WC:
    Ah, yes. Who hasn't briefly experimented with giving the end user too many options and too much control?
    That sounds awfully close to "Who hasn't done something like this?" You may owe fake Boog licensing fees.
  • C-Octothorpe (cs) in reply to Non-A
    Non-A:
    George:
    Owen Two:
    You knew it was coming: http://xkcd.com/149/

    Ah, so, the one stick figure asks the other to make a sandwhich, to which the other replies, "make it yourself." The first then says "sudo make me a sandwich" and the other agrees to make a sandwich.

    And this is funny because it's a reference to the Unix permission model, and because many men feel browbeaten by their wives and girlfriends in the wake of feminist empowerment?

    ...But whenever I sudo'd, it asked me for the su password. There should have been no sandwich making until the proper credentials were presented.

    I think the password is "iamthebreadwinnerbiatch"...

    NOTE: this only works on SOME builds and may lock you out for an unspecified time!

  • trtrwtf (unregistered) in reply to PedanticCurmudgeon
    PedanticCurmudgeon:
    WC:
    Ah, yes. Who hasn't briefly experimented with giving the end user too many options and too much control?
    That sounds awfully close to "Who hasn't done something like this?" You may owe fake Boog licensing fees.

    I think that was realfrits, actually. Who may in fact be fake boog for all I know, come to think of it.

  • C-Octothorpe (cs) in reply to trtrwtf
    trtrwtf:
    PedanticCurmudgeon:
    WC:
    Ah, yes. Who hasn't briefly experimented with giving the end user too many options and too much control?
    That sounds awfully close to "Who hasn't done something like this?" You may owe fake Boog licensing fees.

    I think that was realfrits, actually. Who may in fact be fake boog for all I know, come to think of it.

    You're getting a little too "The 13th floor" for my liking...

  • trtrwtf (unregistered) in reply to C-Octothorpe
    C-Octothorpe:
    trtrwtf:
    PedanticCurmudgeon:
    WC:
    Ah, yes. Who hasn't briefly experimented with giving the end user too many options and too much control?
    That sounds awfully close to "Who hasn't done something like this?" You may owe fake Boog licensing fees.

    I think that was realfrits, actually. Who may in fact be fake boog for all I know, come to think of it.

    You're getting a little too "The 13th floor" for my liking...

    What, no imdb link? You're going to make me look up your pop culture reference for myself? Bitch.

  • dohpaz42 (cs) in reply to C-Octothorpe
    C-Octothorpe:
    Non-A:
    George:
    Owen Two:
    You knew it was coming: http://xkcd.com/149/

    Ah, so, the one stick figure asks the other to make a sandwhich, to which the other replies, "make it yourself." The first then says "sudo make me a sandwich" and the other agrees to make a sandwich.

    And this is funny because it's a reference to the Unix permission model, and because many men feel browbeaten by their wives and girlfriends in the wake of feminist empowerment?

    ...But whenever I sudo'd, it asked me for the su password. There should have been no sandwich making until the proper credentials were presented.

    I think the password is "hunter2"...

    NOTE: this only works on SOME builds and may lock you out for an unspecified time!

    FTFY

  • Peter (unregistered) in reply to neminem
    neminem:
    (I assume that software package was the last one anyone purchased, because it drove all who gazed upon it insane. Insane people don't buy too much software.)
    Actually, there are some insane people whose insanity manifests itself in their buying too much software.
  • frits (cs) in reply to trtrwtf
    trtrwtf:
    PedanticCurmudgeon:
    WC:
    Ah, yes. Who hasn't briefly experimented with giving the end user too many options and too much control?
    That sounds awfully close to "Who hasn't done something like this?" You may owe fake Boog licensing fees.

    I think that was realfrits, actually. Who may in fact be fake boog for all I know, come to think of it.

    Actually, "Who hasn't done something like this?" was a real quote from me, but was meme-ified by fake frits, who is also fake boog, fake Nagesh, and a host of others. Additioanlly, there are probably additional sock puppeteers who piggy-back on the fake names as well.

    I'm sure fake boog is really disappoint that you think he is me. I think as far as he's concerned, we're all lame, and he is superior in intellect and humor.

    By the way, there was one comment thread a while where fake frits posted about 70 fake posts quoting himself essentially saying "no my name is frits" over and over. Good times.

    What all this has to do with self-replication I don't know...

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