Bug releases prisoners early...for 13 years



  • This is a good one, unless you live in Washington I guess:

    The best bit of the article is that it has been going on for 13 years and was known about since 2012.
    The article says they have only just started using manual calculations after being ordered to do so :wtf:


  • area_can

    Sounds reasonable.



  • Let me guess, somebody rolled their own DateTime...



  • Add the mix of "'yy-MM-dd", "MM-dd-yy" and "dd-MM-yy" into the game probably helps too. :stuck_out_tongue:

    One of our clients use CSV exported from time card attendance recording system to import attendance record to the system. When someone open it with Excel, the date column changed from "yyyy-MM-dd" to "MM-dd-yy" (or whatever order setting in their regional settings) If we don't use TryParseExact() in the import function we would have some "fun" time picking out garbage data.



  • I live in Washington and I'm perfectly ok with this.



  • And that, dear friends, is why we have a fucking standard. Of course, none of this would be as much of a problem if it weren't for a certain ex-colony...



  • the fucking standard

    Calendar date representations are in the form shown in the box to the right. [YYYY] indicates a four-digit year, 0000 through 9999. [MM] indicates a two-digit month of the year, 01 through 12. [DD] indicates a two-digit day of that month, 01 through 31. For example, "5 April 1981" may be represented as either "1981-04-05"[5] in the extended format or "19810405" in the basic format.

    UK dates

    Most style guides follow the DMY convention by recommending d mmmm yyyy (sometimes written dd/mm/yyyy) format in articles (e.g. The Guardian '​s).[173]
    However, some newspapers remain using the traditional historical MDY (e.g. mmmm d, yyyy – or similar) specifically in their banner print date only but use DMY in articles,[174] some use MDY for both the banner and articles,[175] while others stick to DMY for both.[176]



  • I thought prisoner release dates were tracked with tally marks etched into the inmate's wall according to Hollywood so it must be true


    Filed under: Also, anything can be cured if you just do chest compressions HARD enough


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    @xaade said:

    the fucking standard

    The fucking standard: :smile:

    Date:
    2015-12-28

    Combined date and time in UTC:
    2015-12-28T20:03:10+00:00
    2015-12-28T20:03:10Z
    20151228T200310Z

    Week:
    2015-W53

    Date with week number:
    2015-W53-1

    Ordinal date:
    2015-362



  • @bugmenot said:

    The fucking standard

    @Deadfast said:

    weren't for a certain ex-colony

    @xaade said:

    UK dates
    written dd/mm/yyyy) format in articles (e.g. The Guardian '​s)

    My point wasn't to mock the standard, but to mock the fact that the quoted post blamed a certain ex-colony when hiser Majesty doesn't follow the standard linked anyway.



  • I think his point is that the "certain ex-colony" produce most major software we use, therefore they use their standard as the default and it causes problems.



  • @xaade said:

    hiser Majesty

    Who gives a fuck if the quiseen uses the correct date standard? Since when is the queen of England an authority on what Microsoft Excel should use for date formats in the USA?



  • @cheong said:

    produce most major software we use

    I think you have your solution then.

    Go and produce software that doesn't do that.

    @ben_lubar said:

    quiseen

    Trying to be a little more timeless, or do you anticipate them always having a female figurehead.

    @ben_lubar said:

    what Microsoft Excel should use for date formats in the USA

    Who makes anyone an authority.

    What gives one the capacity to bust down Microsoft's doors and say, "We have a standard, bitch?"

    As I indicated above, you could.... I don't know.... develop software...

    Maybe people will be pissed off enough at dates to just use your software.

    And if enough people switch, Microsoft will do what it has always done, adopt the reason they are switching.



  • @xaade said:

    Trying to be a little more timeless, or do you anticipate them always having a female figurehead.

    Trying to be a little more timeless, or do you anticipate them always having a stupid date format.



  • @ben_lubar said:

    do you anticipate them always having a stupid date format.

    YES!



  • Dwarf Fortress uses a variant of the ISO date format for backups of save files where you get a five-digit year. And then in the game, the EU format is generally used, because you can't sort month names the same way you would sort an ISO date, so they went with something that humans already use and then picked the variant that is in an order.



  • @xaade said:

    Go and produce software that doesn't do that.

    I will, but I'm neither Microsoft, IBM nor Oracle. Therefore EDI modules still need to handle these quirks at least in foreseeable future.



  • @blakeyrat said:

    I live in Washington and I'm perfectly ok with this.

    Because else you’d still be in prison?



  • Opening csv files before import with excel is nasty. There was this one version who insisted on inserting a few hundred blanc lines



  • @Luhmann said:

    a few hundred blanc lines

    That's a lot of white space.



  • @Luhmann said:

    a few hundred blanc lines

    What's up, Doc?
    What a maroon.
    Nobody's going to pull one over on this little black duck.
    That's a joke, son. Joke, I say.
    Shhh....be vewy, vewy quiet...we're hunting wabbits...
    Oh Goody! My Illudiom Q36 Explosive Space Modulator!
    .
    .
    .
    That's all, folks.


  • Winner of the 2016 Presidential Election

    @xaade said:

    I think you have your solution then.

    Go and produce software that doesn't do that.

    H, @blakeyrat, you forgot to switch from your alt



  • @Jaloopa said:

    you forgot to switch from your alt

    LOLOL....



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