To see such errors on some smb wordpress site or digital advertising panel in a bus stop is one thing, but to see them in utility and stock management software is seriously worrying. Who knows what else have they rushed through testing like that?
Welcome to another in our series of systems suffering from iffy coding or dirty data in the form of a Bork left hanging out for all to see. NaN's the word this time around, after a Register reader found himself confronted with a decidedly dodgy British Gas account balance after persuading the utility's system to allow the …
Thursday 9th July 2020 09:34 GMT ciaran
Salesforce upload attachment progress bar has a lot of decimal digits
Just this morming I uploaded a document to salesforce to attach it to a case, and I marveled at the % completion information Somethng like "69.123456789%", if not more digits.
A few years ago I took a photo of a price in the supermarket saying the price per kilo was 123.666666666667 euros.
Thursday 9th July 2020 13:38 GMT Anonymous Custard
Re: Salesforce upload attachment progress bar has a lot of decimal digits
I still smile at my WD elements drive, connected to a WD MyCloud NAS box on my network.
Every time my mouse rolls over their system tray app, it reports that the drive is 217% full. Now that's what I call data compression...
Thursday 9th July 2020 17:13 GMT Mike 16
Re: Salesforce upload attachment progress bar has a lot of decimal digits
Clearly, they put Spock in charge, while he was time-travel slumming in whatever that movie was.
Meanwhile, those who are fans of floating point and/or absurdity might want to watch
this talk, (about 10 minutes) about the Secret Life of Not-A-Number:
Thursday 9th July 2020 09:39 GMT tin 2
Thursday 9th July 2020 09:58 GMT UCAP
Thursday 9th July 2020 10:22 GMT Simon Ward
Its British Gas. I never expected less, and am surprised that there is not more.
Oh there is, soooo much more - you have no idea. Their website is a clusterfuck of epic precautions - the login process is painful enough and it just gets worse from there.
The British Gas website pretty much sums up everything that is wrong with modern software 'development', to whit: spaghetti coding: chuck stuff at the wall and keep the stuff that sticks, irrespective of whether it works or not[*].
Is $FRAMEWORK or $METHODOLOGY new and shiny? If so, crowbar it in there and fuck the consequences - form triumphs over function eleven times out of ten.
Why pay for QA/testing when your long-suffering customers will do all of that for free.
[*] - I would say that the Hive website was the Ur-example of this, but it seems to have settled down a bit of late, both in terms of 'style' and stability.
Thursday 9th July 2020 09:58 GMT Aristotles slow and dimwitted horse
Many moons ago I had a summer job working to support the preparations for a round the world yacht race. Part of the victualling for the yachts was providing them with catering sized packs of Angel delight. Once the race got underway I managed to snaffle a couple of spares to keep me going once back at Uni.
I did eventually manage to eat my way through it but with the downside that I've not ever been able to face it since.
Thursday 9th July 2020 10:01 GMT Robert Grant
Thursday 9th July 2020 10:03 GMT Hans Neeson-Bumpsadese
A shame, because an alternative pud option, butterscotch Angel Delight, is a thing of glory (although we're slightly concerned that happy childhood memories of decades ago might be sullied by the adult experience of today).
Last year I was shopping in my local supermarket and noticed that Angel Delight is still a thing, so bought a packet out of nostalgic curiosity. I'm happy to confirm that time hasn't dulled the culinary experience, although as an adult I'm more aware of how many unnatural ingredients I was consuming and how it probably wasn't that healthy a thing to do. Childhood was a far happier time, when I could eat pretty much anything without a care (or an expanding waistline)
Friday 10th July 2020 21:42 GMT William Towle
Re: "still a thing"
I don't particularly like milk, so getting some in just to follow a recipe that needs a small amount feels quite wasteful. I can just drink it*, but while not particularly recently I have revisited Angel Delight on a biscuit base as a sort-of cheesecake from time to time and can "+1, confirm" the above.
Google suggests that for a less frugal experience you could flavour full-fat cheesecake with AD should you so wish.
*recommended vessel the Guinness pint glass ... how I imagine the inspiration for https://adland.tv/adnews/guinness-declares-its-introducing-guinness-white came about
Thursday 9th July 2020 10:13 GMT S4qFBxkFFg
More like "Mortal Dismay"
"an alternative pud option, butterscotch Angel Delight, is a thing of glory"
We all have our preferences, but I can't understand how anyone can even tolerate, let alone like, this - maybe it was ruined by the way our school did it (the pink version, and everyone had to finish, unless they had a doctor's note), but as soon as it was in my mouth I felt the stomach muscles start considering expulsion - it's like it's in the uncanny valley of cuisine - the texture is nearly like food, the flavour is nearly like food... If that wasn't enough, butterscotch - another thing irrevocably ruined, in this case because, somehow, the smell was often present in the dirty nappies I was changing up until a couple of years ago.
It's a good thing I'm trying to lose some waistline, that's put me off lunch, at least.
Thursday 9th July 2020 10:32 GMT cosymart
Thursday 9th July 2020 13:57 GMT Anonymous Coward
@cosymart - Re: Sainsburys Have It
Holly c@#@$p! You need an academic degree in chemistry to try to understand what's in it. Couldn't it be done with normal ingredients like those usually found in my grandmother's cuisine ?
When I was a child, silicon dioxide got in my food after picking it up from the floor (rest assured, 5 seconds rule was not enforced back then) but now I have to pay for it in my food ? That's progress for sure.
Thursday 9th July 2020 11:47 GMT John Brown (no body)
The current state of education?
"We realise this message isn’t very customer friendly, so while we fix, we ask that if any of our customers receive to please get in contact so we can check to why it has happened and provide the correct balance."
My English teach would be turning in his grave if he read that piece of poorly constructed word-smithing. Clearly this problem extends to their devs too.
Thursday 9th July 2020 11:58 GMT Alister
butterscotch Angel Delight, is a thing of glory (although we're slightly concerned that happy childhood memories of decades ago might be sullied by the adult experience of today).
Recently, in a fit of nostalgia, I bought and consumed some, and it is still as I remember it from childhood, truly a glorious thing.
I also bought some sardine and tomato paste for sandwiches, and that too was a nostalgic trip round the tastebuds.
Thursday 9th July 2020 13:52 GMT Anonymous Coward
"Please get in contact"
Good luck with that when it comes to British Gas. No email address, web links which run you round in circles, web chat which doesn't, phone queues of an hour or more. And it has been worse during this coronavirus crisis than it is at the best of times.
They used to have quite good customer services before they decided that was eating into profits.
Thursday 9th July 2020 14:16 GMT Anonymous Coward
Thursday 9th July 2020 14:23 GMT BenDwire
As a teen of the 1970's I have mixed memories of the food back then. I used to live on a diet of Angel Delight, baked beans and Smash (in separate bowls!) as my usually absent mother left me to fend for myself - ironically she was a social worker! But butterscotch? Nope. Any other flavour was fine, but butterscotch was too foul for words. Remember / Be aware that the 1970's gave us Vesta curries, pot noodles, liver sausage and spam fritters, so I had adapted to eat most things when required.
The standard of cuisine was so low it is considered a trip hazard these days.
I generally avoid anything that passed my lips in those dark days, and have so far lived to tell the tale...
Thursday 9th July 2020 15:19 GMT heyrick
Re: Butterscotch? Nope.
I hanker for it. Everything is so bloody green and wholesome these days. If I was supposed to stuff myself on lettuce (*), I'd have been born with floppy ears and a tail...
* - Lettuce has practically no nutritional value and may be loaded with one or more of pesticides, bleaches, traces of excrement, and various gastropods. I'd rather take my chances with a Pot Noodle.
Thursday 9th July 2020 17:51 GMT John Savard
The pudding was marked "2 x 150" rather than "2 x 150g", so apparently somebody didn't know the 150 meant 150 grams, failed to input the net weight of pudding in the product... and so, lo and behold, instead of 83 new pence per 100 grams (one third of 2.49 pounds) we get what was shown in the photo.
At least this shows that it isn't because decimalisation has made the arithmetic more complicated rather than less!
Thursday 9th July 2020 17:52 GMT Anonymous Coward
I have a little collection.
Most recent added is some raw duck hind labelled as "ready to eat!!!" because they needed a spare box to keep them all tidy in on the fresh meat shelf. I was hankering for some rosin duck when I saw it, but was not gonna risk nibbling on it without cooking it first!
If I had a penny for each error I saw, I'd be rich.