Public Site, Private Joke



  • I was browsing the source, tring to figure out why the Houston Chronicle's site wan't cooperating, when I found this:


    http://images.chron.com/CDC/elf/js/src/utils.js

    setTimeout(check4Dave,2000);
    function check4Dave(){
    if (document.cookie.match('ImDaveOhYeah')) {
    s=document.body.appendChild(document.createElement('script'));
    s.id='fs';
    s.language='javascript';
    s.src='http://www.chron.com/apps/emdjcs/specialDave.js';
    }
    }
    


  • @specialDave.js said:

    function ImDave() {
    var DaveImgs = document.getElementsByTagName('img');
    for (i in DaveImgs) {
    if (Math.random()<.35) {
    imgX = DaveImgs[i].offsetWidth;
    imgY = DaveImgs[i].offsetHeight;
    DaveImgs[i].src='http://www.chron.com/apps/emdjcs/Chiblingo_john_st_germain_17070a.jpg';
    DaveImgs[i].width=imgX;
    DaveImgs[i].height=imgY;
    }
    }
    }



  •  http://images.chron.com/common/js/mcp.js

    // Master Control Program
    // No one User wrote me. I'm worth a couple million of their man-years!
    --- 
    var section = '';
    try { section = SECTION; }
    catch (x) { return 1; }

    var ok = 1;
    return ok;

     



  • @Throgdor the Bold said:

    I was browsing the source, tring to figure out why the Houston Chronicle's site wan't cooperating

    Maybe because it "can't let you do that, Dave".



  • @The General said:

    @Throgdor the Bold said:

    I was browsing the source, tring to figure out why the Houston Chronicle's site wan't cooperating

    Maybe because it "can't let you do that, Dave".

    Darn!!  You beat me to it!

     

     

     



  • I once saw something similar. When I was an admin at college circa 1992 or 1993, we got a hot new 300 MHz Alpha machine in one of the labs. This is back when most home computers were running at 25-50 MHz, so this thing was a screamer even compared to most of our other lab equipment.

    I tried compiling something on it and got an error message that read "Dave doesn't think this should ever happen." When I reported it to DEC (or was it HP by then?), they were mildly amused and embarrassed, but said they'd look into it. I never heard back on whether it was fixed or not.



  • @dcardani said:

    I never heard back on whether it was fixed or not.
     

    "Dave's not here maaaan...."



  • @specialDave.js said:

    function ImDave() {
    var DaveImgs = document.getElementsByTagName('img');
    for (i in DaveImgs) {
    if (Math.random()<.35) {
    imgX = DaveImgs[i].offsetWidth;
    imgY = DaveImgs[i].offsetHeight;
    DaveImgs[i].src='http://www.chron.com/apps/emdjcs/Chiblingo_john_st_germain_17070a.jpg';
    DaveImgs[i].width=imgX;
    DaveImgs[i].height=imgY;
    }
    }
    }

    That's actually pretty ridiculous. What a nerdy joke. I feel like I would punch this guy in the face if I met him. 



  • @savar said:

    That's actually pretty ridiculous. What a nerdy joke. I feel like I would punch this guy in the face if I met him. 

    It's called an Easter Egg.  It's a pretty common way for software developers to blow off some steam and have a laugh.  Sorry it offends you so much. 


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