• (nodebb)

    Re: country-name drop-down...

    Well there are two general WTFs about this. The frist is the general tendency of websites to use "choose your country" to mean "choose your language", which is wrong. Fedex does it right, with one dropdown for the country whose information you want to see, and another next to it for the language you want to use to read about it.

    The snecod WTF is sites that have some sort of regulatory need to ask for the user's nationality. I haven't seen many of these, but none of the ones I've seen allow me to actually select my nationality. In all cases, I have to lie and imply that I have only one nationality, but in fact I have two.

  • European (unregistered) in reply to Steve_The_Cynic

    Even for language selection, “Europe” is an interesting choice.

  • thurfir (unregistered)

    So many movies warned us about this moment: zombies incoming!!

  • (nodebb)

    Funny that the password message knows (or expects users to know) the names of the punctuation characters but apparently not "ampersand".

    Also: *Apennines

  • Pabz (unregistered)

    Two people have died from Covid 19 but then recovered from death? That is good news.

  • Scott (unregistered)

    When this first started (before we realized how serious it was), I was jokingly telling the neighbors that I was disappointed we're not going to get mutations or zombies of somethin out of it.

    Guess I was wrong.

  • DQ (unregistered)

    At least the password validation tells you what characters not to use. I recently kept getting errors saying that the password should be at least ten characters long and contain uppercase, lowercase, digits and one or more from of a list of special characters. Tried multiple password that all were correct until I realized that the list of special characters given was also a restrictive list. :(

  • Long Time Lurker (unregistered)

    re: Daniel's Country drop-down

    I first thought it odd that the empty entry appeared between Europe and Falkland Islands, then I realized, no, that's the right spot for FILE_NOT_FOUND.

  • J (unregistered)

    That missing country is probably Espana with the funny 'n'.

  • Prime Mover (unregistered) in reply to Long Time Lurker

    TDWTF memes aside, in order to be consistent with accepted conventional alphabetical order, it would ned to be


  • (nodebb) in reply to Pabz
    Two people have died from Covid 19 but then recovered from death? That is good news.
    This is not without precedent; I have a document written during Ancient Roman times that described similar events, for men named Lazarus and Jesus, just not on the same day.
  • (nodebb)

    "an unorthodox date ordering" - What's unorthodox with it? Just common alphabetical ordering. That happens when people don't know the difference between a "DateTime" and a "String".

  • DateTF (unregistered) in reply to BernieTheBernie

    Yeah, people who use such date formats don't deserve a better ordering.

  • AmpersandMan (unregistered)

    ..and that one character... uh, what is it called... eh, nevermind, I'll just put character '&'

  • (nodebb)

    Uh oh... is the covid pandemic now turning into the zombie apocalypse?

  • Bratmon (unregistered)

    I count five things in that "Country" list that aren't countries.

    A continent, an empty string, an overseas territory, an autonomous territory, and an overseas department.

  • Officer Johnny Holzkopf (unregistered)

    Invisible country: select when you live in Wakanda.

  • Geri (unregistered) in reply to Pabz

    Or two babies were born due to SARS-COV-2 virions having fertilized the egg cells.

  • Geri (unregistered) in reply to Prime Mover

    It could be either of them. 'A' and 'I' are both lower than 'a' in ASCII.

  • Some Ed (unregistered) in reply to Pabz

    Net. People we thought died due to COVID on a prior day were found on this day to not be dead from COVID. Either they died from some other cause or they're not actually dead. Possibly some of one and some of the other. In any event, on this day, there were two more of those than there were people who were thought to have died from COVID on this day.

    This is fallout from the same sort of logic that doesn't care about when people died of COVID, just when they were reported dead of COVID.

    I do recognize that it'd be much more complicated to have the data updated for the right dates, but I feel like the numbers would be much more useful overall if you actually update the data for the days when the events happened, rather than when the COVID deaths recording office finds out about it. Sure, there would be some people who would question the reliability of the data since the numbers are now fluctuating. But the answer is, of course, "Of course we only have the quality of data that we have. We're presenting all of the data we have, but we don't have instant diagnosis, we sometimes find problems with diagnoses, and this is true for postmortems as much as it is for people who are still alive. You know this, it's universal. Having stable numbers would be more indicative of a conspiracy than the fact that we actually update our numbers when we get more data."

  • golem (unregistered) in reply to Pabz

    Wouldn't it have to be x people died, but x+2 came back to life?

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