Who's your ISP?



  • I used to work for a small IT company. We did everything from web hosting to network administraton to custom programming. One day we finally convinced a certain client to get rid of their aging server and replace it with a Windows SBS 2003 system. We would be going to exchange and so would need to reroute their DNS and MX records to their in-house server. Therefore, my co-worker sent out a simple letter that went something like the following:

     

    "We're going to need a static IP and we're going to have to make some DNS changes. What's your ISP? If you can get me that information, I'll call them up and get the changes scheduled."

     

    About a day later our client replied. His letter went something like this:

     

    "Dear ---

        Internet service provider is a company or business that provides access to the Internet and related services.

     

    Thanks for your work on this, 

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  •  wow, you learn something new everyday



  •  Sounds like a (long) while back when I was still dating, I took a date to a restaurant. We went to order, and I paused and asked the waitress: "What is the soup du jour?" (obviously expecting to find out what kind of soup it was today). And she replied with a straight face: "It is the soup of the day".

    Thanks lady. At least we both got a good laugh out of that, and it broke some first date tension.



  •  Yeah, so what?  Not everyone speaks French...



  • @Dude said:

     Yeah, so what?  Not everyone speaks French...

     

    Well, the waitress obviously does.



  • @Dude said:

     Yeah, so what?  Not everyone speaks French...
     

    1) WTF are you talking about? There is this button called 'Quote'. Use it so we know what you are referring to.

    2) WTF are you talking about? (assuming you are replying to my story) How does that make any difference in my story?



  • @Juifeng said:

    Well, the waitress obviously does.
     

    Not to mention, you don't need to speak french to know what 'Soup du jour' means... it is pretty commonplace in every restaurant...



  • @MasterPlanSoftware said:

    @Juifeng said:

    Well, the waitress obviously does.
     

    Not to mention, you don't need to speak french to know what 'Soup du jour' means... it is pretty commonplace in every restaurant...

    It's also not french, it's franglais. 'Potage du jour' would be correct. TRWTF is Franglais. Passez le fucking beer s'il vous plait.



  • @MasterPlanSoftware said:

    @Juifeng said:

    Well, the waitress obviously does.
     

    Not to mention, you don't need to speak french to know what 'Soup du jour' means... it is pretty commonplace in every restaurant...

     

     

    WTF?!  You can't just assume that everyone knows what that means...



  • @Dude said:

    WTF?!  You can't just assume that everyone knows what that means...
     

    I really fucking hope you are kidding.

    Either I am missing a HUGE layer of sarcasm, or you really failed to read my post.



  • @MasterPlanSoftware said:

     Sounds like a (long) while back when I was still dating, I took a date to a restaurant. We went to order, and I paused and asked the waitress: "What is the soup du jour?" (obviously expecting to find out what kind of soup it was today). And she replied with a straight face: "It is the soup of the day".

    Thanks lady. At least we both got a good laugh out of that, and it broke some first date tension.

    Was this incident before or after "Dumb and Dumber" came out?  That's the first thing I thought of when going through the mental checklist of ways to figure out how she could be joking around.  It's a long shot...I've come to find out that most people don't like fitting in random movie quotes into everyday conversation as much as I do.



  • @MasterPlanSoftware said:

    I really fucking hope you are kidding.

    Either I am missing a HUGE layer of sarcasm, or you really failed to read my post.

     

    My money is on "no sarcasm" with a heavy side of "very limited life experience."



  • @Digitalbath said:

    Was this incident before or after "Dumb and Dumber" came out? 
     

    Your guess is as good as mine, I never watched that movie.

    @Digitalbath said:

    to figure out how she could be joking around

    Best I could tell, she wasn't joking at all. This was a nice restaurant, and it seems pretty clear that either she herself had just learned this, and decided to share, or she figured I looked like someone who was not up to the whole 'culture' thing. Of course, it was a nice restaurant and we were both very well dressed... but oh well.



  • @MasterPlanSoftware said:

     Of course, it was a nice restaurant and we were both very well dressed... but oh well.

     

    WTF does that have to do with anything?  Just because you were well dressed doesn't mean you speak french.  You know, some of us learned english as our 2nd language.  Now we're expected to know french, too? 



  • @Dude said:

    WTF does that have to do with anything?  Just because you were well dressed doesn't mean you speak french.  You know, some of us learned english as our 2nd language.  Now we're expected to know french, too? 
     

    You are definitely far from funny.



  • @Dude said:

    WTF does that have to do with anything?  Just because you were well dressed doesn't mean you speak french.  You know, some of us learned english as our 2nd language.  Now we're expected to know french, too? 
     

    Maybe I should stay out of this as its not directed to me, but just so you know:  the term "soup du jour" is a very common in restaurants, and even more so in up scale ones. Being dressed like a hobo could give the waitress the impression you are someone who genuninely hasn't been to exposed to the term, but being well dressed (conveying experience in somewhat upscale dining) and due to the sheer popularity of the term, it would be exceptionally rare to run into someone who doesn't actually know what the term means.  
    Tacking "du jour" onto the end of titles is even commonplace in everything from the news to magazine articles.   

     Try checking google for "du jour" and "software" which has over a million results (mostly english and not relating to soup)

    http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q=%22du+jour%22+%2B+software

    try changing "software" to "sports" and you get almost half a million results.

    The phrase "[blank] du jour" has come to mean "emphasized today, but likely of little importance tomorrow" to a degree, as a tongue in cheek way of conveying something experiencing its "15 minutes of fame" before fading from the spotlight.  It is still used at times to communicate geninue praise though, just this use is less common. 

     

    To wrap up:  no one expects you to know French.  You should have an idea of terms that have become commonplace, regardless of the language of origin.  Of course - if you live in a country where this isn't common (I can only verify its common in the US and Canada) I can't fault you for knowing this... but in that case try to be more open minded as you come across as rather ignorant when you "WTF" someone for "expecting people to know French" when your argument is completely and totally out of context.



  • @MasterPlanSoftware said:

     Sounds like a (long) while back when I was still dating, I took a date to a restaurant. We went to order, and I paused and asked the waitress: "What is the soup du jour?" (obviously expecting to find out what kind of soup it was today). And she replied with a straight face: "It is the soup of the day".

     

    "Mmmm, that sounds good.  I'll have that." 



  • @MasterPlanSoftware said:

    1) WTF are you talking about? There is this button called 'Quote'. Use it so we know what you are referring to.

    Yes. What kind of an idiot would assume that the context could be found in the post directly above?



  • @Faxmachinen said:

    Yes. What kind of an idiot would assume that the context could be found in the post directly above?
     

    What kind of an idiot would constantly dredge up this argument?

    It is very simple: Use the quote button when not referring to the OP, and to provide context to your post.

     

    Also: Stop arguing about the same shit over and over just to be a dick and waste everyone's time.



  •  Uh.....  normal conversation is made by replying to the last thing said.  Therefore it would be better to not quote when you are refering to the last post, and do quote where you are replying to the OP.  Of course, the fact that he mentioned that not everyone spoke french made if pretty damn obvious who he was replying to. 

     

    Also: stop posting bullshit like "Who are you replying to", when you know full well who he was talking to.  Obviously you are the one that isn't worried about being a dick and wasting everyone's time.



  • @tster said:

    Also: stop posting bullshit like "Who are you replying to", when you know full well who he was talking to
     

    Ok, so it has nothing to do with his statement making NO FUCKING SENSE. I asked him to quote for CONTEXT. Just because you and one other person feel it necessary to constantly derail threads with your garbage rants about your definition of quoting that no one else accepts, doesn't mean you will ever be correct.
    @tster said:

    Obviously you are the one that isn't worried about being a dick and wasting everyone's time.

    Right, it couldn't be the multiple retards who feel it it necessary to cry about it anytime someone asks for some context.



  • @MasterPlanSoftware said:

    @tster said:

    Also: stop posting bullshit like "Who are you replying to", when you know full well who he was talking to
     

    Ok, so it has nothing to do with his statement making NO FUCKING SENSE. I asked him to quote for CONTEXT. Just because you and one other person feel it necessary to constantly derail threads with your garbage rants about your definition of quoting that no one else accepts, doesn't mean you will ever be correct.
    @tster said:

    Obviously you are the one that isn't worried about being a dick and wasting everyone's time.

    Right, it couldn't be the multiple retards who feel it it necessary to cry about it anytime someone asks for some context.

     

    Man, you really are the biggest POS i've ever encountered! 



  • amazingly you knew that I was talking to you even though I didn't quote anything...  If it's obvious who you are talking to you don't need to quote.  Period.  It seems to me that you can't handle people posting in a way that you don't approve of.  Anyways, the thread wasn't derailed until you decided to personally attack Faxmachinen.



  • Thread locked. Get a life, guys.


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