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Things that make you go "huh?"

 
Bear Bibeault
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I don't know if this will stick or not, but I figured I'd start a topic on things that make you:
  • shake your head
  • raise your eyebrows
  • baffle you
  • annoy you
  • or otherwise make you say "Wait... what?"
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    Bear Bibeault
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    I'll start: I just visited a site I go to often, only to be presented with:

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    Error 200 OK

    OK


    Guru Meditation:

    XID: 724787620

    Varnish cache server

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    Huh? "Error"? "200 OK"? Which is it? (Obviously the former.)
     
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    It't not a FORTH‑based app is it?
    And who is varnishing the server?
     
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    Well, a few months ago, I had to create a batch that analysed all the changes made in a certain system every day and sent it over SFTP where another application picked up the change files and processed them. Formerly, this system was synchronized manually by government officials.

    I finished development relatively quick and so far I've had no bugs reported.

    Then a few weeks ago, I got a requirement to disable most of the application, because the government officials preferred to do it manually.
     
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    Did you know that "sweaty runners pose a safety threat and are a distraction to a park's tranquility"?

    Me neither. But that's exactly the argument used by a clique of walkers against a coterie of joggers at a small scenic lake near my home.

    When I read it in the papers, it made me go "what the hell?!" early morning!
     
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    A co-worker got a sampler pack of Numi Organic tea in, what I would consider, strange-ass flavors*. They smell horrible as tea but actually pretty good as soup. Beet Cabbage flavored "tea" definitely made go, "Wait... what?"

    * This XKCD comic
     
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    Bear Bibeault wrote:Guru Meditation:

    Must have been programmed by someone who had an Amiga in the 1980's or 1990's: Guru Meditation.
     
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    Dieter Quickfend wrote:
    Then a few weeks ago, I got a requirement to disable most of the application, because the government officials preferred to do it manually.


    Why ?
     
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    Ali Gordon wrote:
    Dieter Quickfend wrote:
    Then a few weeks ago, I got a requirement to disable most of the application, because the government officials preferred to do it manually.

    Why ?


    Drawing on my own experience working as a contractor for government institutions, I have witnessed two reasons people prefer a manual process:
    1. Nobody ever got a promotion for saving money. Promotions come from empire building (acquiring staff, responsibilities and budget).
    2. An automated process offers few opportunities for data manipulation, which directly interferes with #1.
     
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    And something that makes me go "Huh?": web sites that ask you to pick the "closest mirror" site but list the mirror sites by continent or country. Can you narrow that down a little for me?
     
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    Joe Ess wrote:
    2. An automated process offers few opportunities for data manipulation, which directly interferes with #1.


    another (obvious) reason could be saving jobs. I don't understand point 2 though. Can you please tell me more about that ?
    Thanks.
     
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    Ali Gordon wrote:
    Joe Ess wrote:
    2. An automated process offers few opportunities for data manipulation, which directly interferes with #1.


    I don't understand point 2 though. Can you please tell me more about that ?


    It might be that the users needed to edit the data before it was sent to the target system. An automated submission would prevent them from being able to do that.

    A cynical person might infer that the users were editing the data for fraudulent purposes. There are other possibilities; for example there might be undocumented political purposes (the users were a government department).
     
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    Bear Bibeault wrote:
    Guru Meditation:

    I just ran into this error message when accessing a web page. I had no clue what "Guru Mediation" was supposed to mean. It has a funny origin http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guru_Meditation#Origins

     
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    Years ago when I very actively played Subspace / Continuum (Trench Wars) I had a squaddie named Guru Meditation, he was a programmer. I never really gave it much thought, but I guess I now know how he came up with it.
     
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    In almost every context, the Mac OSX version is referred to solely by its code name (Snow Leopard, Mountain Lion, Mavericks) except in the About This Mac box, which lists the version number, but not the code name. It wouldn't be such a head-scratcher in another OS, but OSX generally insulates you from niggling annoyances like that.

    (Disclaimer: I"m not trying to start a holy war here. I'm definitely closer to the fanboy than the hater side of the Apple spectrum.)
     
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