back to article OpenBSD website operators urged to fix mind-alteringly bad bug

Someone has offered* OpenBSD's maintainers an important peace-of-mind patch for the operating system's HTTP daemon. It's not a security exposure they've fixed, but something vastly worse: the daemon defaulted to Comic Sans for its 404 “page not found” messages. You think that's not bad? Here's how Peter Krantz, who fixed the …

  1. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Coming out of the closset

    I like the Comic Sans Serif font. Anon... because of the shame.

    1. Chika

      Re: Coming out of the closset

      The whole Comic Sans thing has been blown out of proportion. It isn't even funny anymore. It's just a font, guys - get over yourselves!

      1. Will Godfrey Silver badge

        Re: Coming out of the closset

        That's just what they want you to believe.

    2. LaeMing

      Re: Coming out of the closset

      Comic Sans is fine. When used the way its designer intended (which certainly wasn't for large blocks of text!)

      1. Michael Wojcik Silver badge

        Re: Coming out of the closset

        Comic Sans is fine, when used for absolutely nothing, ever.


        There are plenty of attractive typefaces. For that matter, there are plenty of ugly ones. We didn't need another.

    3. Crazy Operations Guy

      Re: Coming out of the closset

      I've used it a couple times recently; I use it to relay sarcasm in text. Its a good font for conveying less-than-serious messages.

  2. Anonymous Coward

    Closet? The psychiatric ward, I say.

    Try to read De Raadt's and all the psychophant choir, er, I mean the core team's slide presentations of the last two decades. Comic Sans each and eveyone ot them. The tool they NIHed to create those presentations (mmg, if memory serves right) is hard-wired to the damn font. That's not a joke but abnormal communication skills. Blech!

    1. /dev/null

      Re: Closet? The psychiatric ward, I say.

      What's a "psychophant"? - a psychopathic sycophant?

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      2. Anonymous Coward
        Thumb Up

        Re: Closet? The psychiatric ward, I say.

        Old spelling, but.... Right on!

      3. Michael Wojcik Silver badge

        Re: Closet? The psychiatric ward, I say.

        What's a "psychophant"? - a psychopathic sycophant?

        He is talking about OpenBSD, so ... yes, probably.

        (Don't get me wrong. De Raadt and crew have done a lot of good. But lawks are they obnoxious. KNF alone is a crime against code aesthetics.)

      4. JLV

        Re: Closet? The psychiatric ward, I say.

        Maybe he meant psychophont?

  3. choleric

    This space intentionally left

    From t'article: *The patch isn't official, and by misattributing it even humourously to OpenBSD maintainers, Vulture South has apparently committed a breach of Ethics in OpenBSD journalism.*

    Well, then I should have thought Vulture South ought to be making some heartfelt apologies and attempting to smooth things over because we all know what level-headed, accommodating, nice and reasonable people those OpenBSD maintainers are when it comes to public communications and taking a joke at their [slight] expense.

    In fact, why doesn't El Reg publish itself in Comic Sans for the rest of the day to make up for it?

    Actually, I would quite like to see that. Maybe not for a whole day though.

  4. Eddy Ito

    Could have been worse

    They could have used the Kristen font.

    The horror, the horror.

  5. Palpy

    I hate this.

    Now nothing is pure, nothing is undefiled. Even OpenBSD -- "security by coding perfection" -- has been found wanting.

    Surely this is a nation-state level attack. An insertion of Comic Sans in OpenBSD could only be the result of some vile but wily hacksters supported by a clandestine national agency.

    J'accuse ... TUVALU!

    1. David 132 Silver badge

      Re: I hate this.

      J'accuse ... TUVALU!

      San Seriffe, surely?

      Or possibly Phaic Tăn.

      1. Alan J. Wylie

        Re: I hate this.

        San Seriffe, surely?

        For the benefit of younger readers: April Fool

      2. lesession

        Re: I hate this.

        Tuvalu? A Pointless favourite, although South Sudan seems to be gaining traction

  6. Dan 55 Silver badge

    Some people are never grateful

    They get OpenBSD for free and are still stamping their precious feet over the font...

  7. David 132 Silver badge

    Just in time.

    They narrowly avoided the Helvetica scenario. [00:40]

  8. David Pollard

    Robert Norton's Legacy?

    His gravestone will probably be rocking from his laughter.

    I can't imagine that Robert's decision to include this face in Microsoft's Font Pack1, which is the main reason for its widespread use, was other than to poke fun. He didn't have much time for single-minded commercialism, nor for those whose sense of style failed to notice when something was crass or tacky.

    1. Loud Speaker

      Re: Robert Norton's Legacy?

      I have found, over a large number of years, that Comic Sans is useful for two reasons:

      1) to indicate that the content is not to be taken seriously

      2) because on some seriously crap hardware, it is actually the most legible font from the MS kit.

      Sure there are other, better, fonts, but are they available at the other end of the comms line?

      Su*7^$%eeee... No Career

    2. Crazy Operations Guy

      Re: Robert Norton's Legacy?

      Comic Sans was developed for Microsoft Bob and was patterned off of the text used in comic books. The objective was to make the OS child / amateur friendly.

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