• (nodebb)

    The Air Force's new $ 2 billion toy gag goes over my head too. So at least I am not the frist one!

  • Foo AKA Fooo (unregistered) in reply to nerd4sale

    No, you're the zreoth one. (How could you miss that?)

  • rosuav (unregistered)

    I wonder if the thousand-dollar shipping fee is to stop people from ignoring the error and clicking through... Maybe the system can't actually prevent you from selecting the option, or maybe blocking the option altogether would mean people wouldn't even see it, so they came up with this elegant way to force people to notice the address error?

  • Jonathan Lydall (google) in reply to rosuav

    Maybe the website integrates with a shipping company and if it's using an older API it uses this "fallback mechanism" for showing the problem.

  • Gautier (unregistered)

    ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn

  • Just another Embedded Designer (unregistered)

    Nah the Air Force Toy obviously needs the standard software answer of a larger CPU, SSD and more RAM.

    In their case just a bigger engine(s) will always solve the problem. Cue Weight, Energy, Power circle problem.

  • Scott (unregistered)

    Maybe Joel and anonymous are using the same site, and Joel's suburb hasn't been built yet in that site's timeline.

  • Neveranull (unregistered)

    Boeing isn’t taking any chances on having this model fall out of the sky.

  • (nodebb)

    I'll agree with those that consider the insane shipping to be an attention-getter.

    I've done something similar when I couldn't figure out the volume of a shipment--a failed volume calculation returns a volume of 9999 cubic feet, thus ensuring it can't fit any truck.

  • GoogleMapsMaybeWrong (unregistered)

    I would rather not check my address on Google Maps. They plot it in the middle of nowhere. Admittedly it is in a small village. But: they got it wrong.

  • Foo AKA Fooo (unregistered) in reply to rosuav

    For certain definitions of "elegant". An error shouldn't be an option in the first place.

  • NoLand (unregistered)

    Sometimes, the air is armed, at other times, arms are apparently turned into air. There's definitely a biblical vibe to this. But, no plows though.

  • Kent Nashton (unregistered)

    If a real shipping company named "Shipping Address Error" existed... their slogan would be "we'll always deliver --- even if we don't know where!"

  • Worf (unregistered)

    The Air Force toy one was easy - the photo attached showed something big and definitely land-based, not something you'd expect the "Air" Force to really be playing with as the vehicle in the photo did NOT fly.

  • Simon (unregistered)

    I imagine the erroneous (?) dates for swissinfo.ch occurred because someone wrote a date-handling routine forgot that the adoption of the Greogorian calendar happened in most of Continental Europe in 1582. the Swiss (noted for their chronometry) prevaricating for 200 years, while Great Britain and her Colonies swatched over in 1753.

    That's just my guess of course, but the "1754" here is very suspicious... File as "off-by-one error"...

  • Simon (unregistered) in reply to Worf

    That is not really true about any military. The Army have aircraft, so do the Navy, and the Air Force have places on the ground (gives them somewhere to get down-diddly-down-down after they've gone up-diddly-up-dup). To some extent all forces collaborate or should do, and what these days would be called "cross-cutting concerns" is an attempt to get around Conway's Law. This is simply a bad caption nothing else. I am sure the military know what they are BAAAANG my window just went out.

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