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So at work today we were dealing with a tricky localization issue. Basically, in Swedish, if you enter 20,00 (ie $20.00), our program strips out the comma and reads it as 20000, which causes the user to get a message along the lines of, "You don't have enough money to do that." There are all sorts of side errors associated with this and other problems, and we spent a lot of time today trying to work out the variations of it, the locales where it reproduced, and the method to fix it.

Asking my boss about how plans to deal with this issue, I said to him , "It really is a divine comma-dy, don't you think?" And there were groans.

In other news, I'm reading the fourth Harry Dresden novel, and I find it extremely ironic that I'm using a Metro Transit Authority card as my bookmark.

For my American friends who need laughs: there's this comedian, Catherine Tate, that someone sent me a video to last week. Here's a sample of her stuff. I think she's supposed to be what they call a "chav" here but I'm not quite sure as I don't have the different local slangisms down quite right. She's definitely playing this character as trashy and poor. I can't quite figure out whether or not she's funny, but I do really get a hoot out of the way she and her comedy co-stars talk.

I get really irritated by her going off on her "I'm not bovvered" bit - how sad to be a comedian with a catch phrase! - but I did get a laugh out of the first four minutes of the wedding skit (Amber, you must watch this) and the cheerleading one. Anyone want to explain who finds her uniformly funny, and why?

Work has been very dull otherwise but I don't want to pollute you all by complaining about it. I'll just read my silly novel and call this a night.


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Jun. 19th, 2007 10:05 pm (UTC)
i first saw her in a Doctor Who special, where she was delightful. i'm not too into her regular schtick. fangirl likes this one.
Jun. 20th, 2007 02:28 am (UTC)
Girl no she didn
The wedding skit was funnier than the cheerleading skit however, they were both cute. The Titanic song will never sound the same to me anymore. What is funny are the people at Kareoke whom try to sing that song and forget how high gets near the end. Drunks are entertainment.
Jun. 20th, 2007 08:31 am (UTC)
Coo, someone needs their bot smacking for writing code like that. Even within the countries that use '.' as a separator rather than a decimal point, not everyone uses them every three digits.
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