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Microsoft Wrongly Gives Britain the Day Off

samzenpus posted more than 2 years ago | from the should-have-slept-in dept.

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Barence writes "An error in Outlook's public holidays calendar has incorrectly given Britons the day off work. Today was originally meant to be a Bank Holiday in Britain, but the holiday was postponed for a week to coincide with the Queen's diamond jubilee next week. However, Microsoft Outlook and Windows Live services are still reporting today as Britain's Spring Bank Holiday, potentially tricking Britons into believing they have the day off work."

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This is what happens with kings/queens (3, Insightful)

MrJamas (2649435) | more than 2 years ago | (#40135515)

Cancel or post-pone some actual holiday because their kings/queens have done something else. It's hardly Microsoft's fault. And this would not be mentioned in news if it wasn't USA or UK Kingdom.

Re:This is what happens with kings/queens (1)

Joce640k (829181) | more than 2 years ago | (#40135665)

Microsoft has people working in the UK and the USA...

Re:This is what happens with kings/queens (-1, Offtopic)

homey of my owney (975234) | more than 2 years ago | (#40135825)

Not for nuthin, but how is the OP a troll? Admittedly unnecessary to defend Microsoft, but absolutely correct. Where's the meta moderating that's supposed to correct insipid assessments?

Re:This is what happens with kings/queens (2)

NoSleepDemon (1521253) | more than 2 years ago | (#40135865)

If you look at his user profile he's only got two posts, the first one being the GP of this thread.

Re:This is what happens with kings/queens (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40136109)

Not for nuthin, but how is the OP a troll? Admittedly unnecessary to defend Microsoft, but absolutely correct. Where's the meta moderating that's supposed to correct insipid assessments?

Apparently sometime when I wasn't looking (so I didn't metamod in a couple of years, it happens) meta-moderating just lets you choose if a comment is good or bad [slashdot.org] instead of moderating the moderations themselves, I'm not sure that would do a lot of good.

Actually, I'm not even sure how marking a comment "good" or "bad" really helps that much to begin with, and I can't really find an explanation on how this thing works anymore, all the docs point to the old system.

Re:This is what happens with kings/queens (0)

MacGyver2210 (1053110) | more than 2 years ago | (#40136161)

So what? In coding the system to determine holiday dates, how would they at the time of encoding know that the queen would feel like throwing a party next week?

Being from a certain family means you can just change holidays at will? Fuck that.

Between excessive surveillance and governmental nonsense like this, I am so glad I don't live in the UK.

Re:This is what happens with kings/queens (5, Funny)

Beardo the Bearded (321478) | more than 2 years ago | (#40136185)

Microsoft has people working in the UK and the USA...

Not today.

Re:This is what happens with kings/queens (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40136073)

UK Kingdom? You mean the U Kingdom, otherwise it would be the United Kingdom Kingdom

And creating a fictional holiday for a president is better how?

The holiday has not been moved FOR the queen but for the festive activities, to enable people to watch the diamond jubilee of HRH Elisabeth II.
It's a huge thing on that quirky little island in the middle of the north sea.

FSM save the queen!

Re:This is what happens with kings/queens (1)

arisvega (1414195) | more than 2 years ago | (#40136201)

And this would not be mentioned in news if it wasn't USA or UK

Well, this prediction is probably correct, but what I see here as news is what can happen when you outsource your clocks/calendars. Microsoft is not that influential in that matter, but an iPhone bug like this one [osxdaily.com] that affects when your morning alarm goes off, will probably end up with you arriving at work one hour late.

Not that it matters too much, because your boss, along with a fair share of the rest of your country, will be affected as well.

Re:This is what happens with kings/queens (1)

loufoque (1400831) | more than 2 years ago | (#40136289)

UK Kingdom

Are those the friends of the USA of America?

meh (5, Insightful)

larry bagina (561269) | more than 2 years ago | (#40135521)

"potentially"? How about you find some git that skipped work because of it.

Re:meh (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40135529)

The British are a lazy people, so it shouldn't be too difficult.

Re:meh (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40135599)

yep, we sure are... just like people who come up with lazy stereotypes

Re:meh (1)

JockTroll (996521) | more than 2 years ago | (#40136217)

Oh, come on, admit it. Britain has gone down the drain the moment the Indians stopped slaving away for you and opened their own call centers. God bless the curry.

Re:meh (3, Funny)

wildstoo (835450) | more than 2 years ago | (#40135607)

Obvious troll is obvious.

Then again, I'm reading Slashdot at work, so you're "potentially" correct.

Re:meh (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40135657)

As an American, I have a hard time believing there are people anywhere that are significantly lazier then a lot of my fellow citizens.

I know people that will get in their car and drive a block away to the corner store to buy a 20 oz. soda and a candy bar, even now (which is extremely amusing considering many of them bitch about gas prices whenever given the opportunity, either without making the connection between their own ridiculous behavior and the high demand which keeps those gas prices high or refusing to acknowledge it outright).

Re:meh (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40135767)

Considering that in your country the odds of being blown away if you go to the corner store to buy an iced tea and a bag of skittles are pretty high, I say they do well to drive... /troll

Re:meh (1)

SteveFoerster (136027) | more than 2 years ago | (#40135807)

Yeah, that's why it doesn't even make the news when something like that happens... /trollfeeding

Re:meh (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40136125)

Just goes to show what a mess the American media is in /troll x2

Re:meh (1)

MacGyver2210 (1053110) | more than 2 years ago | (#40136187)

that's why it doesn't even make the news when something like that happens

If it's not an unarmed teenager, it doesn't. You would probably be shocked by the number of homicides in the US not deemed newsworthy on any given day.

Re:meh (2)

camperdave (969942) | more than 2 years ago | (#40135787)

Yeah, but driving a block and picking up soda and candy can be done during a commercial break. If you had to walk it, the commercials would be over by the time you got back and you'd miss some of the show. There's no commercial break long enough for that... Yet!

Re:meh (2)

NoSleepDemon (1521253) | more than 2 years ago | (#40135873)

Some of the ads on youtube are starting to get to about the right length!

Re:meh (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40136107)

Well, the most amazing fact about you glens is that SOME of you are able to speak without opening the mouth or heaven forbid, move the jaw in any way.
It's astonishing to squeeze entire words trough closed teeth always sounding like being still asleep. Lazy to the max.

Re:meh (4, Funny)

Inda (580031) | more than 2 years ago | (#40135811)

The British are a lazy people, so it shouldn't be too difficult.

We're so lazy, our smoke alarms come with a snooze button.

Jokes aside, it's called Minimum Effort Efficiency.

Re:meh (2)

bobamu (943639) | more than 2 years ago | (#40136255)

Well, I'm going to write a treatise on how you just offended 60+ million people. Ah, on second thoughts, too much effort, *reaches for cup of tea*

Re:meh (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40135773)

pard'n me govnor, what the bloody hell is a "git"?

Re:meh (1)

andsens (1658865) | more than 2 years ago | (#40135819)

Linus Torvalds is... or so he says.

Re:meh (1)

SuricouRaven (1897204) | more than 2 years ago | (#40135877)

It's a generic insult with no more specific meaning than that the subject of the insult is an unlikeable person.

Re:meh (1)

oPless (63249) | more than 2 years ago | (#40136023)

*raises hand*

I skipped work today.

Google listed today as a day off too, and at some point redacted it. But my iPhone (and android devices) held on to the notion that it was still a bank holiday.

Still better than the error (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40135539)

That sent us back to 1792. I couldn't even have toast since sliced bread hadn't been invented yet.

Re:Still better than the error (2, Funny)

damien_kane (519267) | more than 2 years ago | (#40135799)

That sent us back to 1792. I couldn't even have toast since sliced bread hadn't been invented yet.

You could have invented it yourself, and then been the inventor of the greatest thing until [insert cool thing here].

Seems a bit late to post this! (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40135547)

Seems odd to post this *after* normal work hours in the UK. Did someone actually complain about this?

Re:Seems a bit late to post this! (5, Informative)

Richard_at_work (517087) | more than 2 years ago | (#40135715)

Normal work hours in the UK are 9am to 5.30pm, with an hour for lunch (this is typical of every job I have worked, non-retail). This was posted at about 5.15pm - just before the end of the normal working day for most people.

Re:Seems a bit late to post this! (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40135763)

What a pointlessly pedantic post. Thanks for your "contribution" to the conversation.

Re:Seems a bit late to post this! (-1, Flamebait)

Richard_at_work (517087) | more than 2 years ago | (#40135785)

Fuck off, and I guess its you that I can thank for the downmod - the original parent posted information and got it wrong, its not pedantic to correct woefully incorrect information, so you sir can go fuck yourself.

Re:Seems a bit late to post this! (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40135809)

It's pedantic because you give a shit about the 15 minutes, so you come off as an annoying asshole correcting him for the hell of it. Fuck off good sir.

Re:Seems a bit late to post this! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40135841)

Personally I think he comes off just fine. Most people would consider 5pm to be a nice early finish. Hell, I don't finish until after 8!

Re:Seems a bit late to post this! (-1, Offtopic)

Richard_at_work (517087) | more than 2 years ago | (#40135889)

Ahh so wrong information should stand uncorrected simply because correcting it is ... somehow wrong? No. Thats a stupid world to live in - if you are going to post information in a public forum, make sure its correct first.

If you think thats pedantic, then I don't really care for you at all.

Re:Seems a bit late to post this! (-1, Offtopic)

Richard_at_work (517087) | more than 2 years ago | (#40135983)

Oh look, more down mods - seems someone has an attitude problem...

I can't believe that some people think that wrong information should simply stand because it might be "pedantic" to correct it....

Re:Seems a bit late to post this! (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40135985)

No, it's not about an internet war and the fact that you absolutely have to be correct you dumb git. His comment is about how silly it is to post this story after the normal work hours. It's still silly 15 minutes before the end of working hours, it would've been pretty silly even an hour before. THAT is the needlessly fucking pedant part. If you want to be a pedant fuck about trivial details like 15 minutes that don't even matter to the subject matter at hand, go edit Wikipedia.

Re:Seems a bit late to post this! (1, Insightful)

Richard_at_work (517087) | more than 2 years ago | (#40136033)

Now who is being the pedantic asshole...

You just cant leave alone, can you? I'd go get that seen to if I were you - you have the larger attitude issue here.

Re:Seems a bit late to post this! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40136245)

If you didn't want me to reply to you, why reply to my comment in the first place? Couldn't you just ignore it? I simply responded after seeing you clearly did not understand why a few people are finding you to be pedant. And on top of that, you declare that I have an attitude problem simply because I pointed out what I believe is a flaw in yours. If you want to leave this alone, then just don't reply. Don't cover your own inadequacies by pushing them onto others.

Re:Seems a bit late to post this! (1)

horza (87255) | more than 2 years ago | (#40136055)

It's pedantic because it's unlikely anybody will be working in an empty building with the lights off until 5.15pm, then read on Slashdot ir's a bank holiday and suddenly feel a bit of a fool and realise they can go home instead of waiting 15 more minutes.

Phillip.

Re:Seems a bit late to post this! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40135999)

I work 8:30 to 4:30, I've never had a job where I was expected to work past 5 on a normal day. Maybe it depends where you are, or what area you work in, but I wouldn't say 9-5:30 was normal.

Re:Seems a bit late to post this! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40135855)

Everyone was probably keeping quiet until the end of the day in case anyone noticed they'd left and were sunning themselves in the park. (Britain currently having a rare heatwave so our sky is a delightful Blue instead of Gray).

Re:Seems a bit late to post this! (1)

rufty_tufty (888596) | more than 2 years ago | (#40136071)

Blue,
Blue,
Ah! so that's what that colour is called. I had been beginning to worry.
Unfortunately wikipedia has nothing on "That strange yellow ball in the sky".

Re:Seems a bit late to post this! (1)

Gonoff (88518) | more than 2 years ago | (#40136239)

We never have gray skies.

We often have grey ones.

Re:Seems a bit late to post this! (1)

Chrisq (894406) | more than 2 years ago | (#40135875)

Seems odd to post this *after* normal work hours in the UK. Did someone actually complain about this?

If they posted it before we would have had a great excuse not to turn out

Why not bill Microsoft... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40135551)

Why not bill Microsoft for all those "lost" work hours?

Re:Why not bill Microsoft... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40135653)

Because they're unrelated to the stupidity of some of the people of England.

Microsoft CAN do this. (5, Funny)

nurhussein (864532) | more than 2 years ago | (#40135553)

After all, Microsoft does own England [jmitchell.me] .

Re:Microsoft CAN do this. (1)

advance-software (1770510) | more than 2 years ago | (#40135939)

> two of the world’s leading universities, Cambridge & Manchester.

LOL Monarchy (-1)

gumpish (682245) | more than 2 years ago | (#40135563)

n/t

Re:LOL President (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40136207)

no text

Oh, dear... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40135565)

...well, luckily in GMT the work day is over by now.

Re:Oh, dear... (1)

History's Coming To (1059484) | more than 2 years ago | (#40135635)

We're on BST at the moment, it's 16:30 here.

My Dilbert Calender (3, Funny)

tmosley (996283) | more than 2 years ago | (#40135585)

My Dilbert calender says today was a holiday in the UK as well. DAMN YOU SCOTT ADAMS!

Re:My Dilbert Calender (1)

M1FCJ (586251) | more than 2 years ago | (#40135953)

Dilbert has stopped being funny about 5 years ago, I'm surprised the calendar only now caught up with being useless.
Of course, probably the calendar has the best-of series. Last one I had contained some really old strips.

When I want to remember how awesome Dilbert was, I go back to 90s strips.

Real story: people are stupid (0, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40135591)

So the real story here is that people are so stupid that they believe whatever a computer tells them.

Re:Real story: people are stupid (1, Redundant)

camperdave (969942) | more than 2 years ago | (#40135981)

Standing there alone
The ship is waiting
All systems are go
"Are you sure?"
Control is not convinced
But the computer
has the evidence
No need to abort
The countdown starts

So what? (3, Insightful)

tehlinux (896034) | more than 2 years ago | (#40135593)

If the brits don't already know their holiday was moved, why should they expect MS to be on top of that?

Re:So what? (2)

_0x783czar (2516522) | more than 2 years ago | (#40135641)

I agree, I mean... I love to laugh at Microsoft blunders as much as the next guy, but I don't see this as anything to write home about...

Re:So what? (1)

Sir_Sri (199544) | more than 2 years ago | (#40136199)

If anything this is more the fault of the government for making the change without enough time for software makers to fix it, or at least not deciding to make the change well enough in advance so they don't have to change it at all.

Though I can't find anything that lists when exactly this change was made.

Littered throughout the comments are other tech having the same problem.

Finally, a real.. (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40135605)

Windows Genuine Advantage

Lessee here.... (4, Insightful)

CajunArson (465943) | more than 2 years ago | (#40135621)

1. Google calendar has the same issue which is more embarrassing since Google calendar is online by definition and can be fixed more easily than outlook.

2. Apparently you can download an updated holidays file and patch Outlook.

3. Now that we've had our daily Microsoft-is-the-stupidest-and-evilest-company-on-the-planet-for-not-accurately-predicting-an-arbitrary-holiday-date-change-years-in-advance post, I'd like to see some more stories about how Americans are stupid and evil and some scientific studies showing that Christians are genetically inferior to the Atheist master race.

Re:Lessee here.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40135711)

3. Now that we've had our daily Microsoft-is-the-stupidest-and-evilest-company-on-the-planet-for-not-accurately-predicting-an-arbitrary-holiday-date-change-years-in-advance post, I'd like to see some more stories about how Americans are stupid and evil and some scientific studies showing that Christians are genetically inferior to the Atheist master race.

You might want to get that persecution complex looked at. I realize you're trying to be funny, but.. you've got a chip on your shoulder about something here.

Re:Lessee here.... (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40136045)

Oh, great, you're persecuting someone with a persecution complex about their persecution complex? That doesn't usually help.

Re:Lessee here.... (2)

itsdapead (734413) | more than 2 years ago | (#40135817)

1. Google calendar has the same issue which is more embarrassing since Google calendar is online by definition and can be fixed more easily than outlook.

Google's getting it right for me - of course, I didn't check this morning so they may have fixed it at the 11th hour...

In their defense... (4, Funny)

MobyDisk (75490) | more than 2 years ago | (#40135633)

but the holiday was postponed for a week to coincide with the Queen's diamond jubilee

In their defense, I must point out that the Queen of England writes terrible VBScript code. It probably is still being reviewed. If she wants to postpone a national holiday, she needs to get her changes committed at least 2 weeks prior to the hotfix release date.

Re:In their defense... (1)

iserlohn (49556) | more than 2 years ago | (#40135723)

England no longer exists as a Kingdom ever since the 1707 Act of Union. The Kingdom is of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, and so the Queen should be more accurately called informally the Queen of Britain or the Queen of the United Kingdom.

Re:In their defense... (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40135881)

Or even more accurately...
Queen Elizabeth the Second, by the Grace of God Queen of this Realm and of Her other Realms and Territories, Head of the Commonwealth, Defender of the Faith.

But that's a bit of a mouthful.

Re:In their defense... (0)

norfolkboy (235999) | more than 2 years ago | (#40135993)

Or even more accurately...
Queen Elizabeth the Second, by the Grace of God Queen of this Realm and of Her other Realms and Territories, Head of the Commonwealth, Defender of the Faith.

But that's a bit of a mouthful.

She is not Queen Elizabeth the Second, no matter how much she may wish to be.

She is Queen Elizabeth the Second of England, or simply Queen Elizabeth.

In Scotland, we have never had a Queen Elizabeth the First, as QE I was queen of England only, long before the Act of Union. This is why Royal Mail postboxes in Scotland show ER and not ERII. Following incidents in the 1950s that saw postboxes with the EIIR cypher being attacked by militant Scottish nationalists who objected to the term Queen Elizabeth the Second on the basis that Scotland had never had a Queen Elizabeth the First, the then GPO undertook to use only ER in Scotland.

Re:In their defense... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40136105)

Your missing the point Did they give the SERFS an extra holiday to celebrate the event oh no that costs money. They just reused an existing one and told us to be greatfull!

cue popcorn (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40135637)

Oh, this will be interesting. So far nobody ever got fired for believing Microsoft...

Re:cue popcorn (1)

Noughmad (1044096) | more than 2 years ago | (#40135973)

IIRC, there were some guys at the stock exchange, coincidentally in London.

Excuse (0)

hemo_jr (1122113) | more than 2 years ago | (#40135655)

Let us thank those who maintain calendar apps for giving us a quasi-plausible excuse for staying home on a Monday.

Is it actually a problem? (2)

king neckbeard (1801738) | more than 2 years ago | (#40135667)

How many people actually rely on Outlook to tell them what days they have off, particularly something like "Spring Bank Holiday"?

Re:Is it actually a problem? (1)

brusk (135896) | more than 2 years ago | (#40135747)

I sort of do. I rely on Outlook's holidays to know, for example, whether to expect banks and government offices to be open or when my trash should be put out a day later than usual. My employer (a university) provides an .ics calendar of its schedule--it follows some official holidays but not others. So I need to be aware of both, and generally assume that Outlook's holidays are reliable (though an unusual change like this would likely have been well-publicized).

And.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40135713)

It's Memorial Day and not everybody gets the day off work. It's up to you to know which holidays, if any you get off work from.

To err is ... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40135737)

I was going to write a long diatribe about human error and consequence in our tech. connected world, but I'll just leave it to this sentiment: if you rely solely on Outlook Calendar for when you have days off, you deserve to look like an idiot for taking off the wrong day.

2038-2039 & 32-bit UNIX has a "problem" (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40135743)

See subject, & about MS having date problems? They're not alone.

Re:2038-2039 & 32-bit UNIX has a "problem" (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40135815)

The difference here is that Unix fixed the problem 53 years before it became a problem. [wikipedia.org] , contrasted with MS not actually fixing the problem. See the difference?

UK isn't England (5, Interesting)

norfolkboy (235999) | more than 2 years ago | (#40135759)

I don't pay any attention anyway.

Microsoft insists in referring to England as the UK when in fact they mean England.

Scotland has different holidays to England, but these aren't available to Scottish users according to MS.

Last year Windows UK had a UK tour, which only toured English cities. Nothing in Wales, Scotland or Northern Ireland.

A peeved UK citizen in Scotland.

Re:UK isn't England (5, Funny)

Nethead (1563) | more than 2 years ago | (#40135821)

A peeved UK citizen in Scotland.

Isn't that statement redundant?

Re:UK isn't England (4, Funny)

gbjbaanb (229885) | more than 2 years ago | (#40135851)

not so, not all Scottish UK citizens are peeved, most of them are just drunk.

Re:UK isn't England (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40135895)

I think we can agree that all Scots are pissed.

Re:UK isn't England (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40136083)

Ehh... Stop your whining, They are technically correct. Any time they are in England, they are officially in the UK. If I live in a state in the US and they don't tour my state, I don't get pissy that they didn't hit ALL of the United States. You can always solve that by taking your sovereignty. We did it. Seemed to work well for us. Become sovereign, see the world, get some respect. You may even be able to do it without killing anyone. That would be better than when we chose to do it. Other than that, quit complaining, they are technically correct, whether you like it or not. They are a company operating under a sovereign and they need to show it ALL DUE RESPECT; not just what makes you happy. The Queen is still your ruler, and hence theirs as well. They have no choice but to refer to it as the Queen's government wants it to be referred to as. Don't like it, sorry, the only option is to take your sovereignty. Get that and then you get a chance to bitch; but only if the new government you set up for yourself lets you have that right.

Re:UK isn't England (1)

anlprb (130123) | more than 2 years ago | (#40136101)

Ehh... Stop your whining, They are technically correct. Any time they are in England, they are officially in the UK. If I live in a state in the US and they don't tour my state, I don't get pissy that they didn't hit ALL of the United States. You can always solve that by taking your sovereignty. We did it. Seemed to work well for us. Become sovereign, see the world, get some respect. You may even be able to do it without killing anyone. That would be better than when we chose to do it. Other than that, quit complaining, they are technically correct, whether you like it or not. They are a company operating under a sovereign and they need to show it ALL DUE RESPECT; not just what makes you happy. The Queen is still your ruler, and hence theirs as well. They have no choice but to refer to it as the Queen's government wants it to be referred to as. Don't like it, sorry, the only option is to take your sovereignty. Get that and then you get a chance to bitch; but only if the new government you set up for yourself lets you have that right.

day off? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40135761)

the only legal implications of a bank holiday is that you cannot be held to pay a debt on that day. there's nothing about a day off. that's a contractual matter between you and your employer. My employer doesn't automatically grant a day off on a bank holiday, if I want it off I have to book it as part of my annual vacation time.

Re:day off? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40135935)

Where do you work? The USA? In the civilized world we get statutory holidays off...

Re:day off? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40136013)

England you retard.

"tricking"? (2)

nurb432 (527695) | more than 2 years ago | (#40135775)

if you cant think enough for yourself and don't know when a holiday really is, you have bigger problems.

Same sorts of people that will drive into a brick wall when the GPS says to turn right.

can't be! (1)

dittbub (2425592) | more than 2 years ago | (#40135777)

No way are we that dependent on MS Outlook.

MS Creates Holidays? (1)

wile_e_wonka (934864) | more than 2 years ago | (#40135789)

Wait--who relies on Microsoft to tell when they have off work? Since when is Microsoft the authority? Whatever MS may or may not say about holidays, it's your own fault if you listen to anyone other than your employer as to when you've got off work.

Re:MS Creates Holidays? (2)

busyqth (2566075) | more than 2 years ago | (#40135979)

Wait--who relies on Microsoft to tell when they have off work?

Microsoft employees.

Re:MS Creates Holidays? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40136155)

Wait--who relies on Microsoft to tell when they have off work?

I rely on Microsoft to tell me if my foreign clients have holidays and I can procrastinate another day.

Even if MS had caught the error and issued a patch (1)

SlithyMagister (822218) | more than 2 years ago | (#40135837)

So following the announcement of the postponement, MS decides to include the updated calendar info in a patch.
Since the patch isn't a critical or security patch, a large portion of end users -- and a larger portion of systems administrators would not install the patch.

Still not a news item.
I gave up on the holidays calendar years ago due to an overabundance of errors -- primarily inclusions of US holidays in the Canada calendar.
I suspect most Outlook users in the UK did the same.

Re:Even if MS had caught the error and issued a pa (1, Funny)

busyqth (2566075) | more than 2 years ago | (#40136115)

I gave up on the holidays calendar years ago due to an overabundance of errors -- primarily inclusions of US holidays in the Canada calendar.

Wait, what's the problem with that?

There's no way we could be tricked by this... (2)

shippers (1100005) | more than 2 years ago | (#40135905)

It isn't raining.

They need the extra day (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40136231)

People could use an extra day off from work to futz around trying to get Winbloz to work properly and to run those virus scans.

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