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London Energy Apr. 18th, 2006 07:20 pm
Incompetent Twats.

20 minutes on hold to be told that the \d{4}/\d{4}\.\d{5} number I have on one piece of paper *is* in fact the \d{3}\s\d{3}\s\d{3}\s\d{4} number requested by a web form, but I have to enter it as \d{13}

Usability, anyone?

This episode of "confusing readers with regexps" was brought to you by the letters [n-za-m] and the numbers [0-9]


Today just hit a state of complete "meh" at about 2:30 and hasn't recovered since...



(I think this post kinda illustrates an essential truism about LJ - it doesn't really matter if more than 2 people understand what you're on about, just so long as you've whined...)

From: dennyd
Date: April 18th, 2006 - 06:41 pm (Link)
Bizarrely I initially read it as something to do with D&D dice :)
From: wechsler
Date: April 18th, 2006 - 07:04 pm (Link)
Which raises a fascinating (well ok, not really) question about how to annotate non-sequential or non-unity-based dice.
I have a set of Sicherman dice:
1d[1|3|4|5|6|8] / 1d[1|2|2|3|3|4]
plus two sets of non-transitive dice; all of these are nominally d6 but would probably get you lynched if you tried to use them for any RPG.

Far less boringly, many congrats on the new job; I'd have commented earlier but Things Happened...
From: dennyd
Date: April 18th, 2006 - 07:48 pm (Link)
Ta... hopefully it'll be a bit more interesting than the way the current one had settled out.

Of course, $current_employer is now talking about shifting to standard open-source technologies, and hiring lots of new developers to cover our workload. There's some phrase about stable doors which I think applies here...
From: mattp
Date: April 18th, 2006 - 07:49 pm (Link)
I'd probably use a CSV list of ints and ranges as appropriate - e.g. as would be generated by Set::IntSpan

(Though that doesn't allow duplicates, the point remains)
From: thekumquat
Date: April 18th, 2006 - 09:32 pm (Link)
I figure any string of digits appearing on any paperwork is fair game for entering in boxes on websites - if it's your customer number, it appears in about 10 different formations by the time you've been with LE for a couple years!
From: shadowdaddy
Date: April 19th, 2006 - 06:15 am (Link)
So, should I be more concerned that you've posted this, or that I understood it?

Actually, I think I know the answer to that.
From: mooism
Date: April 19th, 2006 - 07:51 am (Link)
I was more worried that he uses London Energy, but then I remembered he’s just moved in recently.
From: babysimon
Date: April 19th, 2006 - 09:12 am (Link)
Are they particularly bad then?
From: mooism
Date: April 19th, 2006 - 09:43 am (Link)
Not bad as such, just expensive. They are the privatised London Electricity Board.
From: wechsler
Date: April 19th, 2006 - 09:15 am (Link)
As soon as LE actually send me a correct bill, I'm moving to Good Energy anyway.