• Shambo (unregistered)

    That is the most secure CAPTCHA I have ever seen. Brilliant!

  • dpm (cs)

    The Real WTF is that spending the extra US$87,630.52 gets you the same amount of memory as the base price.

    Actually, that's pretty much a WTF no matter how small the increase in price.

  • tray (cs)

    An OCR would read it easily and much faster than I would. Maybe it's a CAPTCHA to let robots in, keep humans out.

  • Richard (unregistered)

    Geez, where is the WTF with the captcha - everyone knows the answer is 42!

  • Foo (unregistered)

    Just look at the second image (the "value between 8 and 8"). I often wonder how people make these screenshots. They obviously resize the image down just slightly enough to blur the text, then they compress it with JPEG. Why do they bother with the resizing? The original image would have been 10-20 pixels wider without resizing. Do they do it to satisfy the 3 users still are using the 800x600 resolution?

    Daily WTF is not the only place I've seen people do that. For example Gamedev.net has "image of the day" section where users can post screenshots from their current projects. More than often I see picture of some Windows program (level editor, etc.) that has been resized 10-20 pixels down just to blur all the texts.

  • ComputerForumUser (cs)

    At first I thought the memory WTF was the description of dual channel memory. WTF?

    Also, maybe people size the images down a bit so that image text doesn't look sharper than actual text in Safari.

  • Sunday Ironfoot (unregistered)

    OK, I can't understand the Dell one, please someone explain!

  • ParkinT (cs)

    The CAPTCHA answer is: 31,764

  • XIU (cs) in reply to Sunday Ironfoot
    Sunday Ironfoot:
    OK, I can't understand the Dell one, please someone explain!

    Look at the price for the second option :)

  • aliud (unregistered)

    That captcha - is that by any chance a recent capture from roughly two weeks ago?

  • a capitalist (unregistered) in reply to XIU
    XIU:
    Sunday Ironfoot:
    OK, I can't understand the Dell one, please someone explain!

    Look at the price for the second option :)

    But if I read it right, the second option will block only one memory slot instead of two - some people may actually be willing to pay more for that.

  • Ksempac (unregistered)

    Ummm...CASE SENSITIVE ?

    I don't think that's the real answer, but the "Your answer is CASE SENSITIVE" reminded me off all the websites with series of enigmas. There is often a point where you get something like "THE ANSWER IS BELOW" or "THE ANSWER IS NOT-EASY" along with lot of garbage that makes you think there is a really hard problem to solve.

  • someone (unregistered) in reply to a capitalist

    Yes, but not $87,000 more.

  • notme (unregistered) in reply to a capitalist
    a capitalist:
    XIU:
    Sunday Ironfoot:
    OK, I can't understand the Dell one, please someone explain!

    Look at the price for the second option :)

    But if I read it right, the second option will block only one memory slot instead of two - some people may actually be willing to pay more for that.

    The 1GB option costs only very slightly less in the one-time price than the 2GB one. The real WTF is, however, that at the same time the per-month cost for 2GB is lower than the one for 1GB.

  • dkf (unregistered) in reply to a capitalist
    a capitalist:
    But if I read it right, the second option will block only one memory slot instead of two - some people may actually be willing to pay more for that.
    The quote reminds me a lot of some of the ones we use round here when we want to work around stupid purchasing rules. (In our case, it's the internal price for space on our corporate SAN that's got the stupid value, and yes, it really is idiotically costly; a genuine WTF that most people don't have to deal with...)
  • ounos (cs)

    Ok, the poster obviously can't handle the semantics of an OR operator. Why oh why would one try to solve the inexplicable, when he can just copy the contents of the box instead?

    It is probably designed to keep the dummies out.

  • Pope (cs) in reply to Richard
    Richard:
    Geez, where is the WTF with the captcha - everyone knows the answer is 42!

    Well done! Now... what's the question?

  • Corey (unregistered) in reply to dpm
    dpm:
    The Real WTF is that spending the extra US$87,630.52 gets you the same amount of memory as the base price.

    Actually, that's pretty much a WTF no matter how small the increase in price.

    Actually dual channel RAM (2 half-size sticks on a dual channel mobo rather than one full-size stick) is more efficient and has a faster access time.

  • mauhiz (unregistered)

    Warning

    Be commented!

  • BlueCollarAstronaut (unregistered)

    The real WTF is that that "Help Me Choose" didn't direct the user to the second option.

    On second thought, maybe that's the gimmick. Now, Dell, can boast that by guiding the user through the component selection process they saved him about $90,000...on his memory selection alone! That's pretty awesome. I wish someone had shown me there was an alternative to that $50,000 stick of 512 I bought from the guy on the street corner the other day.

  • Texdex (unregistered)

    The real WTF is not that you can choose to spend more for a single stick of RAM rather than two sticks half the size. Some people want to have a free slot, in case they decide to add RAM later. Not the greatest idea IMHO, esp. given memory prices nowadays, and the fact that having matched pairs of DIMMs improves performance, but .

    The real WTF is that the cost for that option is £44,346.00.

    Honestly I've kind of gotten bored with all the "there's an impossibly large/small numerical value" error'd submissions. It happens all the time, the local TV station will show the temperature as 783 degrees, it'll get posted here with a smart-aleck quip, and everybody will yawn. The impossible CAPTCHA is funny (especially because I've been frustrated by slightly less ridiculous but still impossible CAPTCHAs), the IP address as a flight destination is funny, because of the juxtaposition of IRL and virtual "locations". I even think most of the poorly worded or unexpectedly informal error messages are amusing, but seeing a number out of reasonable range just isn't all that funny anymore.

  • Texdex (unregistered) in reply to Texdex

    Make that "The real WTF is that the cost for that option is £44,346.00".

    The OTHER real WTF is that I forgot to use BBCode instead of HTML. The one time I don't bother to preview...

  • Laurie (unregistered)

    The Dell one is normal. They price things at £44k when it means "don't let a customer buy this" when you order something from Dell business. Their system sucks huh? Guess that shouldn't have made it onto the site ;)

  • rawsteak (cs)

    what a day to forget everything i learned about polar coordinates!

    curse you evil limo company!

  • Thief^ (cs) in reply to Corey
    Corey:
    ... dual channel RAM (2 half-size sticks on a dual channel mobo rather than one full-size stick) is more efficient and has a faster access time.
    ?? It has a faster transfer rate than a single stick of ram, but the access time depends entirely on the ram you use. It's true that larger memory strips are often double-sided, which increases latency, but then the difference is because you've used single/double sided ram strips, not because you've used single/dual channel.

    As for "more efficient": in what way? It will use more power and generate more heat to run two ram strips.

  • s. (unregistered)

    Definition of Captcha: Software gadget to keep automats and drunk people away.

  • GF (unregistered) in reply to Foo
    Foo:
    Just look at the second image (the "value between 8 and 8"). I often wonder how people make these screenshots. They obviously resize the image down just slightly enough to blur the text, then they compress it with JPEG. Why do they bother with the resizing? The original image would have been 10-20 pixels wider without resizing. Do they do it to satisfy the 3 users still are using the 800x600 resolution?

    Daily WTF is not the only place I've seen people do that. For example Gamedev.net has "image of the day" section where users can post screenshots from their current projects. More than often I see picture of some Windows program (level editor, etc.) that has been resized 10-20 pixels down just to blur all the texts.

    Erm... have you tried clicking on the image, or disabling the auto-image scaling function of your browser?

  • Disgruntled DBA (cs) in reply to tray
    tray:
    An OCR would read it easily and much faster than I would. Maybe it's a CAPTCHA to let robots in, keep humans out.
    Robot1: Adminster the test! Robot2: Which would you prefer: A flower from your sweetie, a puppy, or a properly formatted data file?
  • James (unregistered)

    Am I the only one that clicked through to the limo site? I don't know how old the submission is, but their current CAPTCHA image looks just fine -- it's almost as easy to read as the ones here. It looks nothing like the submission -- I wonder if maybe they were pulling them from a 3rd party site, and the site changed algorithms?

    BONUS: My CAPTCHA here is "plaga" -- somebody's been playing too much Resident Evil 4.

  • Richard Bronosky (unregistered)
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  • silent d (unregistered) in reply to Pope
    Pope:
    Richard:
    Geez, where is the WTF with the captcha - everyone knows the answer is 42!

    Well done! Now... what's the question?

    How many roads must a limo company drive down?

  • Foo (unregistered)
    Erm... have you tried clicking on the image, or disabling the auto-image scaling function of your browser?

    Firefox is smart enough not to resize images that are smaller than the browser window... and there is nothing to click on those images, they are resized by the users when they are uploaded. That is what I don't understand. WHY do they resize the image just enough to blur the text?

  • Peter The Pirate (unregistered)

    The SIM card editor software is obviously pirated (as everything SIM card related) - and hence it speaks in pirate!

    Arrrr, Be Modified! Ya scurvy Sim Card!

  • CynicalTyler (unregistered) in reply to Peter The Pirate
    Peter The Pirate:
    The SIM card editor software is obviously pirated (as everything SIM card related) - and hence it speaks in pirate!

    Arrrr, Be Modified! Ya scurvy Sim Card!

    WINNER!

  • Andrew (unregistered)

    I know it, It's 42. The answer to everything is 42.

  • Anonymous (unregistered)

    TRWTF is VB40016.DLL

  • Herohtar (unregistered)

    Hmm... was that CAPTCHA one real? The site has a normal boring CAPTCHA now if it was.

  • dkf (unregistered) in reply to Richard Bronosky
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  • Hamstray (unregistered) in reply to tray
    tray:
    An OCR would read it easily and much faster than I would. Maybe it's a CAPTCHA to let robots in, keep humans out.

    Duh, you can't trust any input into the field labeled "query" unless you make sure it's not filled in by a human.

  • NAM (unregistered)
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  • Alistair (unregistered)

    so David thought he'd just fuck around with the customer's settings, how nice of him! I'd be pretty pissed of if someone fixing my computer went around messing about with my software settings, I don't WANT my browser to store loads of crap on my harddrive, begone you stupid so called expert.

  • Fraggle My Rock (unregistered) in reply to s.
    s.:
    Definition of Captcha: Software gadget to keep automats and drunk people away.

    ... Looked it up ... found:

    Computational Algorithm Presented To Create Horrible Anarchy

    and also:

    Cabbage Ass Pleasantly Tempting Criminals Hugging Apes

    Remember, if it's on teh internets - it must be true.

  • Lain_13 (unregistered)

    Captcha answer: 2309868

    Numbers on image is answer... But two of them almost unreadable. I zoom page and look closely.

    Damn, crazy captcha.

  • Donald Duck (unregistered)

    Another real WTF is the use of a (probably) CGI based interface using a 13 years old, 16 bit, VB 4.0 program...

  • Blank (unregistered)

    Well if the password have to bee 0 characters then my password is ""

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