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  • First of all, this was a story i was told by my boss, so I can't guarantee how genuine it is, but i would guess that it is.



    I'm working in a convenience store in a certain company, known only by numbers that don't match their business hours. When I was hired my boss (the franchise taker of said store) told me the story of their cash registers.



    In Denmark PBS, the company that manages the so-called Dankort, a national system of payments, like a Visa, except it's free and PBS is run by the banks, changes their systems a couple of years ago to new chip-based credit cards. Promising increased speed, reliability and security. Of course in the beginning nothing was working. It was slow and buggy and the few companies that had started out using it soon went back to the old magnetic swipe cards instead. One of these companies was the franchise I'm working for.

    When PBS first put the system into use my company had developed a new cash register. They had spent months on it (since the old one is crap), and in the same run had bought new chip based terminals. When they had finished the system they put it into use in a couple of stores for a test run. Of course it failed miserably.

    They then sent it back to the development company, who worked on the system for another 4months before sending it in another live test in a couple of stores. Of course, again, it failed miserably.
    For some reason the corporate offices didn't want to spend any more time or money on the new system so they did what: Scrapped the entire thing, throwing approximately 400,000kr ($83,572 according to Google) out of the window, and returning to the old magnetic card readers.

    So where does that leave us now?

    With an old system, that doesn't support discounts, is in Norwegian (for some reason) and is slow as hell.

    So now, the company that was first in line in Denmark with the new chip based cards, are still using the old cards, as probably the only ones in Denmark, and we have no idea when we'll get new terminals, or cash registers.

    sigh



  • Is it in bokmål or nynorsk? I just have to ask! The former doesn't seem like it'd be that big of a deal, some Ds and Ts switched around, but the latter would be a real nightmare -- I hate nynorsk.



  • @helpfulcorn said:

    Is it in bokmål or nynorsk? I just have to ask! The former doesn't seem like it'd be that big of a deal, some Ds and Ts switched around, but the latter would be a real nightmare -- I hate nynorsk.


    Oh don't worry, it's bokmål. But only some places, I really have no idea why they didn't translate the system.



  • @MHolt said:

    @helpfulcorn said:

    Is it in bokmål or nynorsk? I just have to ask! The former doesn't seem like it'd be that big of a deal, some Ds and Ts switched around, but the latter would be a real nightmare -- I hate nynorsk.


    Oh don't worry, it's bokmål. But only some places, I really have no idea why they didn't translate the system.
     

    For the first: Nynorsk er mykje lettare for nordmenn, svenskar, islendingar og færøyingar. Bokmål er mye lettere for dansker.

    And second: Could it be too hard to translate it yourself. Sed the binary executable and hope it starts.



  • @Gnonthgol said:

    @MHolt said:

    @helpfulcorn said:

    Is it in bokmål or nynorsk? I just have to ask! The former doesn't seem like it'd be that big of a deal, some Ds and Ts switched around, but the latter would be a real nightmare -- I hate nynorsk.


    Oh don't worry, it's bokmål. But only some places, I really have no idea why they didn't translate the system.

    For the first: Nynorsk er mykje lettare for nordmenn, svenskar, islendingar og færøyingar. Bokmål er mye lettere for dansker.

    And second: Could it be too hard to translate it yourself. Sed the binary executable and hope it starts.

    Well first of all: Det hjælper ikke mig at nynorsk er nemmere for svenskere og islændinge. Og havde ikke indtryk af at nynorsk var særligt populært i Norge heller.
    And second: I don't think my boss, or corporate management would appreciate me translating their system, when I don't work in development ;)


  • @MHolt said:

    And second: I don't think my boss, or corporate management would appreciate me translating their system, when I don't work in development ;)
    And that right there is the real WTF. Because he's "not a developer" he can't do something helpful.



  • @TwelveBaud said:

    @MHolt said:

    And second: I don't think my boss, or corporate management would appreciate me translating their system, when I don't work in development ;)
    And that right there is the real WTF. Because he's "not a developer" he can't do something helpful.


    See the thing is, I don't even work at corporate, I work in one of the stores. I simple don't have access to the software other than using it, and cursing over it.


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