WTF Bites



  • @Tsaukpaetra said in WTF Bites:

    @PJH said in WTF Bites:

    getting corrupted.

    Speaking of corruption, I'm surfing the data on the company NAS and finding that a not insignificant portion of the files are essentialy files filled with 1 bytes.

    Unary encoding?

    @Tsaukpaetra said in WTF Bites:

    The AntiVirus on ReadyNAS doesn't give you that option, and instead, when it detects a "threat" it (apparently) just silently replaces all the bytes in the file with 0x01, popping an alert into the notifications menu that very few probably bother to read until the next email update (if that's even set up).

    Or that.



  • @anonymous234 said in WTF Bites:

    @atazhaia 100 results, divided by zero results per page, equals MAX_INT pages.

    Computer math checks out!

    Is it 100 results? Or is it more than 100 results?


  • Notification Spam Recipient

    @tsaukpaetra said in WTF Bites:

    I create and destroy billions of files in %temp% every day, yet going to it doesn't exhibit this problem.

    You murderer!


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    @pie_flavor said in WTF Bites:

    @tsaukpaetra said in WTF Bites:

    I create and destroy billions of files in %temp% every day, yet going to it doesn't exhibit this problem.

    You murderer!

    One does not shed tears for the phage.



  • @tsaukpaetra No, but a billion files a day works out somewhere north of 11k per second. You probably should shed a tear for the drive your %temp% is on.


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    @cvi said in WTF Bites:

    @tsaukpaetra No, but a billion files a day works out somewhere north of 11k per second. You probably should shed a tear for the drive your %temp% is on.

    Nah, it's exercising the disk and ensuring no bad sectors crop up! :D (Yes I know the reverse is likely true)


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    @tsaukpaetra said in WTF Bites:

    it's exercising the disk

    And how.


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    One of our clients has an HR person that I want to drown while they kick and gurgle. She sends an email this morning about a supposed issue with some security cameras. There was a lapse in the video. This lapse occurred while a person was sitting within view of the camera, but while they were looking at stuff on their phone. In the video clip in question the person is sitting basically perfectly still, reading on their phone, then there is about a minute of video missing and then they get up and the video resumes.

    The system is working as expected. It is dropping video when there is no motion or noise. Why would you want that video anyway?



  • @polygeekery said in WTF Bites:

    Why would you want that video anyway?

    To spend $$$ of company money on "Zoom! Enhance!" to shoulder-surf what the person was reading for personal reasons.


  • Notification Spam Recipient

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    This is supposed to be showing a slideshow of various advertisements for different university programs and events. This appears for about three slides, two in a row and one later.


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    @pie_flavor said in WTF Bites:

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    This is supposed to be showing a slideshow of various advertisements for different university programs and events. This appears for about three slides, two in a row and one later.

    Prediction: it's trying to play things like .ds_store


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    When I use the google IM thing (I think they call it Hangouts now...?), I normally use an external client - but that's been pretty buggy lately, so I went to GMail to message someone. And hey, maybe the small chat window is tiny and wastes massive amounts of space compared to even facebook's chat, but at least I can pop it out and resize it!

    And then I close the main tab since I'm not using it anymore, and the popped-out window closes too.

    WHY? WHAT IS THE POINT OF POPPING OUT THE MESSAGE WINDOW IF IT DISAPPEARS WHEN I CLOSE THE PARENT TAB?! I'VE DONE IT OUT OF HABIT LIKE 5 TIMES IN 2 MINUTES, FUCK YOU GOOGLEEEEEE


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    @blek said in WTF Bites:

    (I think they call it Hangouts now...?)

    Yeah, they have for four years.


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    @blek said in WTF Bites:

    When I use the google IM thing (I think they call it Hangouts now...?), I normally use an external client - but that's been pretty buggy lately, so I went to GMail to message someone. And hey, maybe the small chat window is tiny and wastes massive amounts of space compared to even facebook's chat, but at least I can pop it out and resize it!

    And then I close the main tab since I'm not using it anymore, and the popped-out window closes too.

    WHY? WHAT IS THE POINT OF POPPING OUT THE MESSAGE WINDOW IF IT DISAPPEARS WHEN I CLOSE THE PARENT TAB?! I'VE DONE IT OUT OF HABIT LIKE 5 TIMES IN 2 MINUTES, FUCK YOU GOOGLEEEEEE

    :man_shrugging: I expect child windows to die when the main window closes.

    Granted, it's probably more done because the popup window is actually using callbacks to the "main" GMail window and therefore wouldn't work after it was closed anyways, but there you go.


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    @tsaukpaetra Yeah, I know, and I know, but it's still dumb.

    Also, bonus :wtf:: when someone sends me an image and I open it in the popped-up window, there doesn't seem to be a way to close it and go back to the conversation. The back button doesn't work (I mean on my mouse, there are no controls in the UI), backspace, escape, nothing. All you can do is close the popup and open it again.


  • Discourse touched me in a no-no place

    @tsaukpaetra said in WTF Bites:

    Prediction: it's trying to play things like .ds_store

    Hmm. The two in a row might be the pseudo-entries . and .., which are virtually always next to each other in the raw listing… :laughing:


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    @dkf said in WTF Bites:

    @tsaukpaetra said in WTF Bites:

    Prediction: it's trying to play things like .ds_store

    Hmm. The two in a row might be the pseudo-entries . and .., which are virtually always next to each other in the raw listing… :laughing:

    And would most likely be first or last, and the two in a row are right before the title screen. :thonking: Could it be?

    Edit: That rules out .DS_Store, but what about Thumbs.db? If this is what's actually happening, I'll laugh so hard.


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    @blek said in WTF Bites:

    @tsaukpaetra Yeah, I know, and I know, but it's still dumb.

    Also, bonus :wtf:: when someone sends me an image and I open it in the popped-up window, there doesn't seem to be a way to close it and go back to the conversation. The back button doesn't work (I mean on my mouse, there are no controls in the UI), backspace, escape, nothing. All you can do is close the popup and open it again.

    Protip: https://hangouts.google.com



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    Bit late for that, Microsoft...



  • @Tsaukpaetra said in WTF Bites:

    Nah, it's exercising the disk and ensuring no bad sectors crop up! :D (Yes I know the reverse is likely true)

    After that kind of exercise, you might need to exorcise it.



  • @blek said in WTF Bites:

    The back button doesn't work (I mean on my mouse, there are no controls in the UI), backspace, escape, nothing.

    If you're using Chrome, they recently changed the "back" keyboard shortcut to be Alt+. Does that work?


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    @djls45 said in WTF Bites:

    @Tsaukpaetra said in WTF Bites:

    Nah, it's exercising the disk and ensuring no bad sectors crop up! :D (Yes I know the reverse is likely true)

    After that kind of exercise, you might need to exorcise it.

    Hmmm maybe? You know those programs that intentionally issued seek commands in order to make your hard drive "make music"? Yeah, mine sounds like Brown noise....


  • Grade A Premium Asshole

    @djls45 I'm using Vivaldi right now, and nope, it doesn't work. (Back seems to be just Backspace in Vivaldi)



  • @blek Reminds me of a similar misadventure with the French tax website. For some reason I had to manually copy and paste (or even possibly read-and-type, I don't remember) some ID from a digitalized document to a form. Both opened in a pop-out window, and both were accessible from different pages... and leaving one page closed all popped-out windows it had opened.



  • @Tsaukpaetra said in WTF Bites:

    Brown noise

    TIL





  • ATT's Visual Voicemail app for Android has some hilariously bad voice recognition:

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    Thank your shoes and change that the app easily lets you play the audio of the voicemail.





  • @lb_ that's not a WTF, that's freaking amazing. If I ever met the programmer who did that I'd buy them a beer just to hear them talk about it.



  • @lb_ When Electronic Arts was preparing Command And Conquer: The First Decade game bundle, which came on DVD and removed the CD checks the original games had, they also patched Red Alert 2:YR this way instead of recompiling it. Because a friend of mine and I were working on a bugfixer/enhancer tool which hooked into the game at known offsets, and we asked their Community Manager to not break all our work.

    That tool we made also counts as another example of this wizardry :D


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    @polygeekery said in WTF Bites:

    Something has happened with my Win10 lock screen. The little tidbits of information have nothing to do with the actual photo being shown. This morning it was something like: "In ancient Rome a lb of these flowers would have cost you a month's wages". It was a photo of some cliffs with waves crashing in to them.

    A reboot would probably fix it but I kind of like it. It is a warning about how broken everything will be inside and to all of the needless shiny stuff.

    I get that occasionally. The tidbits don't always update at the same time the screen does, although I'm not sure if it typically goes away the next time I lock it, or the next time the background changes.



  • @polygeekery @Dreikin I've seen an example of that on Reddit and then I actually got the same experience as the example - I'm pretty sure it's an issue with the metadata on MS's end.




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    @djls45 said in WTF Bites:

    @blek said in WTF Bites:

    The back button doesn't work (I mean on my mouse, there are no controls in the UI), backspace, escape, nothing.

    If you're using Chrome, they recently changed the "back" keyboard shortcut to be Alt+. Does that work?

    That's not new. That's worked in Firefox and Chrome for as long as I can remember. I don't think I've ever (intentionally) used backspace for page navigation.



  • These Twitch notifications:
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    They're not my videos, I don't care about the viewer numbers. And for some reason these notifications (12 of them according to the number that was on the bell before I opened it), apparently from "last month," started showing up this morning.



  • @LB_ said in WTF Bites:

    The comments brought up a topic I hadn't really considered much, but I think both sides make sense, for different reasons, and so I'm curious to know what you all prefer.

    When comparing and/or editing two versions of source code, do you put the original on the left and the modification on the right, or vice versa?
    Original on the left and mod on the right follows the idea of timelines (and most languages) flowing left-to-right, but original on the right and mod on the left lets the work being done be in the side of the screen/window we're used to looking at while coding, and the original can sit out of the way on the right side like a reference. Do you have any other reasons for (or against) either one?


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    @djls45 said in WTF Bites:

    @LB_ said in WTF Bites:

    The comments brought up a topic I hadn't really considered much, but I think both sides make sense, for different reasons, and so I'm curious to know what you all prefer.

    When comparing and/or two versions of source code, do you put the original on the left and the modification on the right, or vice versa?
    Original on the left and mod on the right follows the idea of timelines (and most languages) flowing left-to-right, but original on the right and mod on the left lets the work being done be in the side of the screen/window we're used to looking at while coding, and the original can sit out of the way on the right side like a reference. Do you have any other reasons for (or against) either one?

    Slight preference for left-to-right :: old-to-new when I'm doing it (just be consistent for each session), but definite preference for it when it's automatic (e.g., VCS diff).


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  • @hungrier you're following those channels, no?

    @djls45 said in WTF Bites:

    When comparing and/or two versions of source code, do you put the original on the left and the modification on the right, or vice versa?
    Original on the left and mod on the right follows the idea of timelines (and most languages) flowing left-to-right, but original on the right and mod on the left lets the work being done be in the side of the screen/window we're used to looking at while coding, and the original can sit out of the way on the right side like a reference. Do you have any other reasons for (or against) either one?

    If you're showing someone, original should go on left. If you're the one working on it, original should go on whichever monitor your IDE isn't open on.



  • From the Bandcamp mobile app (which is the only way to comment on posts from musicians):
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    I don't know what "Delete Message" would do since I'm not the one who posted it...



  • @bb36e said in WTF Bites:

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    Considering all the complaints about the overly convoluted UX of iOS on the iPhone X, rooting it and installing Android on it is probably the best course of action to fix that problem while still having Apple hardware. Good to see someone's already doing it!



  • @lb_ said in WTF Bites:

    @hungrier you're following those channels, no?

    I am, and maybe "this clip has been viewed x times" is Twitch's standard notification message for new video clips. But even if that's the case I've used Twitch within the past month, so I don't know why it would start showing me those as unread now, rather than say last month when they were new.


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    @hungrier said in WTF Bites:

    @lb_ said in WTF Bites:

    @hungrier you're following those channels, no?

    I am, and maybe "this clip has been viewed x times" is Twitch's standard notification message for new video clips. But even if that's the case I've used Twitch within the past month, so I don't know why it would start showing me those as unread now, rather than say last month when they were new.

    Maybe it's an "in case you missed it" thing?



  • @hungrier said in WTF Bites:

    @lb_ said in WTF Bites:

    @hungrier you're following those channels, no?

    I am, and maybe "this clip has been viewed x times" is Twitch's standard notification message for new video clips. But even if that's the case I've used Twitch within the past month, so I don't know why it would start showing me those as unread now, rather than say last month when they were new.

    Have you been on the new beta site (go.twitch) or the old site (www.twitch)? They have different notification systems for some reason, and it's likely you used one without using the other for the past month.



  • @lb_ I've been on the standard Twitch site for years and have observed the same thing. There's no rhyme or reason to when you get notifications. They just seem to be batched (I'll have 0 notifications one day then 12 the next).



  • @lb_ said in WTF Bites:

    @hungrier said in WTF Bites:

    @lb_ said in WTF Bites:

    @hungrier you're following those channels, no?

    I am, and maybe "this clip has been viewed x times" is Twitch's standard notification message for new video clips. But even if that's the case I've used Twitch within the past month, so I don't know why it would start showing me those as unread now, rather than say last month when they were new.

    Have you been on the new beta site (go.twitch) or the old site (www.twitch)? They have different notification systems for some reason, and it's likely you used one without using the other for the past month.

    I've been on the same one (www.) the whole time. Specifically I was watching one video, in chunks here and there, and it's been sitting as an open tab, getting reopened periodically whenever I would restart my browser.



  • @dreikin said in WTF Bites:

    @djls45 said in WTF Bites:

    @blek said in WTF Bites:

    The back button doesn't work (I mean on my mouse, there are no controls in the UI), backspace, escape, nothing.

    If you're using Chrome, they recently changed the "back" keyboard shortcut to be Alt+. Does that work?

    That's not new. That's worked in Firefox and Chrome for as long as I can remember. I don't think I've ever (intentionally) used backspace for page navigation.

    I think it's been like that in Windows Explorer since Win9x too?



  • @djls45 said in WTF Bites:

    but original on the right and mod on the left lets the work being done be in the side of the screen/window we're used to looking at while coding

    Did you just assume my window layout? :fire: :bus:



  • @zecc said in WTF Bites:

    @djls45 said in WTF Bites:

    but original on the right and mod on the left lets the work being done be in the side of the screen/window we're used to looking at while coding

    Did you just assume my window layout? :fire: :bus:

    Mmmmmmmaaaaayyybbeeee.......?? ???
    Do you code in a LtR or RtL language?

    Edit: Or perhaps a TtB or BtT language?

    Edit edit: Or maybe spiral or winding back-and-forth or some other variant?


  • area_can

    @djls45 said in WTF Bites:

    Edit edit: Or maybe spiral or winding back-and-forth or some other variant?

    you are neglecting the Z axis


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