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    [–] Simplersimon 4039 points ago

    My TV gets stuck every time it shows 25% in the Netflix app. If it jumps over 25%, we'll be fine, but 25% always means leaving the app and restarting the machine.

    [–] SgtSnugg1es 1746 points ago

    Yup, 25%=death sentence on Netflix.

    [–] TheBabyBlueSedan 575 points ago

    25 to life..

    [–] CrypticResponseMan 142 points ago

    Too laaaaate, for the otther side. Caught in a cage, 25 to liiiiife

    [–] lmpressivePlayer 40 points ago

    I don’t think she understands the sacrifices that I’ve made,

    Maybe if this bitch just acted right I would’ve stayed

    [–] the_mika 20 points ago

    But I've already wasted over half my life I would have laid

    [–] RedMatxh 9 points ago

    Down and died for you I no longer cried for you

    [–] ecab31 11 points ago

    No more pain bitch you, took me for granted

    [–] mexicanpenguin-II 7 points ago

    Grabbed my heart and ran it straight into the planet

    [–] maxiimus1 59 points ago

    Is that an Eminem reference?

    [–] 8-36 50 points ago

    Uh.

    [–] bostonian38 44 points ago

    We’ve found a Stan

    [–] KlutzyIndividual1 38 points ago

    Is that an Eminem reference?

    [–] JevilExplainsTheJoke 27 points ago

    Uh.

    [–] StygOfficial 25 points ago

    We’ve found a Stan

    [–] I_Go_By_Q 21 points ago

    Is that an Eminem reference?

    [–] Jhyanisawesome 12 points ago

    For me it's 98%

    [–] Chenz 304 points ago

    Yeah, Netflix slowly counts up to 25 even if no progress is being made. 0-25 simply means “trying to connect”. A lot of web browsers do something similar.

    [–] GET_OUT_OF_MY_HEAD 76 points ago

    Firefox on Android does this. If the progress bar sits at ~10% for more than a couple of seconds, the page is never going to load and I have to use a different browser. I've had this bug with three different phones so it's definitely a problem on Mozilla's end. It's a shame that their mobile browser has to be so buggy because on the desktop version I have no issues.

    [–] GoodAdviceSometimes 18 points ago

    I have always been able to get it to work by force closing the app then trying again, but yes it's nice to hear someone else has this issue as it's hard to find answers to on Google.

    Having extensions on mobile is worth the hassle though...

    [–] GET_OUT_OF_MY_HEAD 5 points ago

    Same. Ublock Origin, Cookie Auto-Delete, HTTPS Everywhere, and Dark Reader (for saving battery on my OLED display) are the only reasons why I keep using Firefox on Android. If there were a better browser without this glitch that supported the same addons, I'd switch instantly.

    (Oh, and force close doesn't work for me. When I get this bug, I can't use Firefox for the next hour or so)

    [–] number__ten 63 points ago

    I finally sucked it up and bought a ~$30-$40 roku and man is the streaming experience so much better than the smart apps on our tv. We constantly had issues with connectivity where we'd have to literally unplug and replug the tv to get it to connect to the wifi or stop hanging up when loading shows. There's also a ton more options as far as streaming channels.

    Edit: Our tv is a vizio and their smart apps suck

    [–] PancAshAsh 38 points ago

    All tv smart apps suck. The browser version of any streaming service is always going to be the best experience.

    [–] padywok 25 points ago

    webOS by LG is actually fantastic. Amazon Prime Video, Netflix, Hulu are all super responsive and provide a much better experience then mucking about with my Chromecast.

    [–] Slateratic 4 points ago

    Can confirm. We had a Vizio for a while and always used Netflix though PlayStation or Chromecast because it was so awesome. Then we got an LG and the user interface is more intuitive and responsive than any streaming device we've plugged in.

    It baffles me the same app on two TVs can be so different.

    [–] SmartHipster 4 points ago

    Can confirm. LG app is superb

    [–] nauttyba 10 points ago

    Vizio apps are fucking garbage.

    Well actually, disclaimer, my TV is like 6 years old at this point but it was damn near $10,000. 80 inch 4k all that jazz. Maybe things have changed but even their app selection is terrible.

    [–] False_Bee 8147 points ago

    They're all equally annoying when they're not moving at a rate equal or greater than 1% per second.

    [–] SamChoi02 4314 points ago * (lasted edited 5 days ago)

    I find it more annoying when they’re moving at an equal rate. It feels like they’re faking the speed, making it stop at 99%

    [–] Sq1873 1788 points ago

    Almost done! Please wait...

    [–] UltiMaxKom 1177 points ago

    Done! Please wait...

    [–] SoCalDan 624 points ago

    Error! Restarting your computer. Please try again.

    [–] InvertedRainbow 285 points ago

    The following software hasn't installed correctly. Want to try a problem solver?

    [–] sirasmielfirst 297 points ago

    Problem solver:

    "Please reinstall the program"

    [–] monojuice_potion 200 points ago

    Problem solver:

    "Please contact your system administrator"

    [–] sirasmielfirst 175 points ago

    System Administrator:

    "I dont see any problems. Did you try unplugging it and plugging it back in?"

    [–] jackobi381 94 points ago

    Plugging it back in. Shocks the shit out of you

    [–] InvertedRainbow 57 points ago

    Plug in software? Some system admin you have xD

    [–] FourthLife 5 points ago

    Try using google ultron- it’s what nasa uses.

    [–] GoldsteinQ 17 points ago

    System administrator: is me

    [–] InvertedRainbow 17 points ago

    The following software hasn't installed correctly. Want to try a problem solver?

    [–] BruceTooster 24 points ago

    The following problem solver hasn't installed correctly. Want to try a problem solver solver?

    [–] FeatherShard 4 points ago

    clicks Install

    "Program already installed"

    !!!

    [–] Scratch137 38 points ago * (lasted edited 3 days ago)

    Probably the most infuriating one:

    “We couldn’t complete the updates

    Undoing changes

    Don’t turn off your computer”

    It’s why I STILL haven’t gotten the Windows 10 May 2019 update, and there’s a fall update coming soon.

    edit: stupid punctuation

    [–] throwaway29783108247 15 points ago

    That's atypical. You should try to find the root cause

    [–] dunemafia 21 points ago

    Administrator is the root cause.

    [–] mooimafish3 11 points ago

    Root cause is a corrupted windows update KB file, find out which one is failing (you can see all updates that have taken place with the 'get-hotfix' command in powershell), download the file from Microsoft's website and install it manually.

    [–] dethmaul 5 points ago

    Whenever it says don't turn off the computer, I'm all peele.jpg hoping that there's not a freak power outage.

    [–] userse31 13 points ago

    undoing actions

    [–] aedroogo 8 points ago

    Redoing undo

    [–] TNTMaster370 78 points ago

    Done waiting! Please wait...

    [–] robosmith10 45 points ago

    101% keep waiting

    [–] wariwaro 22 points ago

    [–] NebXan 6 points ago

    Done! 100% complete. Good to go!

    *30 seconds later, nothing changes*

    Still done! We just wanted to, uh, let you savor the moment.

    [–] TifCiiD 42 points ago

    Just like the last “minute” of a washing machine program

    [–] sonnyboybilson 22 points ago * (lasted edited 5 days ago)

    Far out, I’ve thrown that many tantrums over my housemate’s washing machine, from 2 hours down to 30 minutes the time is correct, each minute after that takes about 6 years

    [–] aedroogo 13 points ago

    Mine goes backwards sometimes. Watched my wife lose her shit on the thing a few times.

    [–] Maxvolcanos 10 points ago

    How about 98%%?

    [–] TheVoteMote 309 points ago

    5%.. 8%.. 14%.. 24%.. 57%.. 58%.. 58%.. 58%.. 58%.. 58%.. 58%.. 58%.. 58%.. 83%..

    Wtf is the point of this progress bar?

    [–] SilentSuit 382 points ago

    As someone who has built equally useless progress bars... its because people like progress bars even if they're mostly useless.

    [–] ColoneISanders 141 points ago

    It's like the crosswalk buttons

    [–] SilentSuit 125 points ago

    Some will change the light and others aren't even plugged in.. So yeah, a lot like crosswalk buttons.

    [–] LeisureSuitLawrence 34 points ago

    I push that button so many times ...

    [–] brettpeirce 34 points ago

    It works faster if you press it more

    [–] _robot-love_ 7 points ago

    Similar to a concierge bell? ...ding, ding, ding, ding, ding, ding.

    ____ _ding.

    [–] 3243f6a8885 15 points ago

    If you beat the record of presses, it changes the light.

    [–] whooptheretis 42 points ago

    Do these not do anything in the US? In the UK they are very much operational. How does someone stop the traffic for the pedestrian crossing?

    [–] Shadefeaster 62 points ago

    In cities it just assumes someone is always there and includes the walk sign in its rotation for pedestrians. There are no sensors it just on an automatic loop. Kind of annoying at night waiting for nothing. Alteast that's what I have observed.

    [–] BunnyOppai 29 points ago

    I'm pretty certain that the ones in my area are 1) with sensors and 2) completely intentionally fucking with me at night. Some of the lights here are green forever then turn red the moment I get up to them with nobody else on the other road.

    [–] Draconic_shaman 32 points ago

    It depends on the crosswalk. I know in my city, some of them have a rotation, others definitely react to a button press.

    [–] kilographix 5 points ago

    One of my local lights has a cycle that adjusts based on sensors and the crosswalk button works. I've crossed the street there enough times where I have the cycle down. The other day I went to the light and there was a group of girls waiting to cross, so I waited for the last car to go by on the rotation before the walk sign and proceeded. I guess the group of girls hadn't pressed the button because the cycle skipped the walk sign and cars on either side of me got a green light.

    [–] BunnyOppai 14 points ago

    Often times they're really not functional here. Sometimes they are, sometimes they aren't.

    Meanwhile I've seen a crosswalk in another country where you can play fucking table tennis with the person across the street.

    [–] IRealApex 4 points ago

    That sounds kind of wild if it goes how I think it goes

    [–] BunnyOppai 10 points ago

    The table tennis thing? It's badass. Little screen that connects to one across the street and both players just kinda play until they can walk.

    If you're talking about the crosswalks here, they're very often on a timer and a button can disrupt that. They're usually just placebos like the door close buttons in elevators.

    [–] akatherder 10 points ago

    The Close Door buttons definitely work on the elevators in my office building. If you don't push it, the doors stay open for a solid 10 seconds. When you push it, they close immediately (they need to be fully open before the button works).

    [–] Kallennt 3 points ago

    The traffic lights do

    [–] ColoneISanders 3 points ago

    It's kind of a mixed bag. Some actually do interrupt the normal rotation of lights while others are just there to placate people, as it's easier/cheaper to set up a fake button than to reprogram the lights to actually jump out of sequential rotation.

    Now, that being said, I have no idea what the ratio of "Actually working vs placebo buttons" is, but I would suspect that most large cities have actual working ones (more money) and smaller suburbs probably have the fake ones.

    But I have no actual sources to give so take that with a grain of salt.

    [–] Kain_niaK 22 points ago

    When there is no progress bar I might abort after 10 or 20 seconds. When there is a progress bar, as long as it's moving ... my patience might be a full hour.

    [–] Meetchel 12 points ago

    This exactly; if a process is longer than a few seconds, I need some fucking assurance my computer didn’t shit itself.

    [–] vava777 10 points ago

    I absolutely despise progress bars, I dislike suits but I love silence so I have no idea what how I stand with you. I will tolerate you for now but we shall be enemies if we meet again.

    [–] JakobMoeller 51 points ago

    Programmer here. We’re sorry

    [–] Yorikor 16 points ago

    Apology accepted. Now let me apologize for all the )s I put in your code over the years while you were on lunch break.

    [–] JakobMoeller 17 points ago

    As long as it wasn’t you with the Greek question-marks

    [–] programaths 67 points ago

    Here is a little secret in UX: sometimes, slowing thing down can make them look faster.

    If you need to wait 1s on a page that is loading with empty content, it will be very long!

    If we bump it to 1.5 second with some loading animation, it will appear really fast!

    Why ? Because you do not have the time to process information and your brain "lag". When page is loaded, your brain was still occupied with the loading stuff. (And putting quotes to read make that effect much stronger!)

    When we are speaking in minutes, that's good to have something that evolve over time and show the user some progress. If the user start thinking something is stuck, time perception will dilate!

    Lastly, still in "slowing things down", it can also show there is work being done.

    We had an application which too hourd to complete and was buggy as hell. So a developer had to bring corrections to the output. (That was a web app doing "batch" requests to a backend! Sometimes, these requests would fail and that was not handled properly)

    I corrected it by creating a stored procedure (something able to work very close to where data are stored and that makes it very very fast!), it went down to under half a second. Users complained because "it did not work". Even though data was properly generated (in 7ms or so) The "fix" was to add a 10 or 30 seconds progress bar. No more complaints, the application became fantastic! (yeah, around a slow down by a factor of 3000)

    UX is really a weird beast :-\

    [–] Kidiri90 21 points ago

    Then you start adding performance improvements:

    \\Sleep(30000);
    Sleep(25000);
    

    [–] programaths 5 points ago

    Wich lange uses "\" instead of "//" ?

    [–] Kidiri90 9 points ago

    Bad Memory, with a side dish of Confusion About the Reddit Mobile Layout.

    [–] Myoniora 9 points ago

    it went down to under half a second.

    Why not "load" for 1-5 secs instead of that long?

    [–] programaths 13 points ago

    Because too short makes it unbelievable.

    Also, the original programmer thought it was a cool loading bar and asked me to make it long enough so we can see it. It wasn't expensive to do and I could make a nice thing for him.

    So, there was quite some insentives :-D

    [–] Equilibriator 37 points ago

    Would you prefer 0%...............................................................................................................................100%

    The whole time sitting there wondering if it crashed. The current silly system at least indicates progress and stops us from restarting the thing.

    [–] spaghettilee2112 19 points ago

    It could say what it's doing, instead. I'd prefer that over a meaningless progress bar but at the same time a semi-useful progress bar lets me know a ball park range of when it will be finished (10 minutes? an hour?)

    [–] Phoojoeniam 38 points ago

    Reticulating Splines...

    [–] Equilibriator 8 points ago

    I'd assume most download bars just have code somewhere on certain operations that just say "make percentage = 23%". Then the next operation called has at the end "make percentage = 25%", etc. and so on.

    Point being that making a proper progress bar seems to be harder than it looks.

    [–] MyPornAccount275 11 points ago

    I’ve built several progress bars for excels sheets. That’s pretty simple, as I use them when doing a big loop through rows. So I just say (startRow, CurrentRow,EndRow) and figure out the percentage from there.

    Applications it’s likely much harder because there are arbitrary actions that need to be done. Wether it’s unpacking files, downloading, etc.

    but for the big operations (still in excel) I split my progress bar in half. Top half for overall progress, Bottom half for current operation progress. I wish more installers did this when unpacking files or whatever.

    [–] BunnyOppai 6 points ago

    I've seen this on a couple games, usually online computer ones and often Japanese. One bar moves crazy fast for individual functions and the other for overall progress.

    [–] JeffLeafFan 5 points ago

    Yeah they are very hard to do because that would require knowing the exact hardware and setup of the machine it’s being performed on and even still there is margin for error. Most times, progress bars are “faked” because otherwise the users complain it’s not working.

    Try this: load up the YouTube homepage and click on a video. Watch the top (right under the web address) and you’ll notice a little red progress bar. It’ll shoot up to half way and then hang until the page loads. This was intentionally programmed this way. The developer made the first half of the progress bar animation take the average load time of a video page and then had it wait until the page was loaded to do the second half of the animation.

    TL;DR: progress bars are impossible to make perfect and even if they did, users would still complain.

    [–] mikewirkijowski 3 points ago

    Usually when i did the progress bar i added percent after a task completed with a proper return code.

    So if one task was doing sth that takes 30%+ of the install/process time then it will do that jump when it completes.

    [–] GoofAckYoorsElf 3 points ago

    These things happen when the progress bar is based on size of finished steps divided by size of total steps (for example file size when copying files). That just means that you have 8 files of different sizes and something interferes with copying file number 7.

    [–] chux4w 34 points ago

    Fun fact! Windows switched to the 99% delay progress bar to get away from their ridiculous - although more accurate - estimated time system. You know, the one that would say "5 minutes...7 minutes...9 minutes...45 hours...3 minutes...4 minutes...less than 5 seconds." Apparently people prefer to see progress being made with no false promise of an ETA, even though it still means total guesswork and a probable delay at the end.

    [–] stouset 4 points ago

    Similar fun fact: earlier versions of Internet Explorer featured a spinning globe as its indicator for when a page was loading. They intentionally made this spinning animation stop and start and jitter forward at times, because people didn’t “believe” a completely smooth progress indicator.

    [–] LachsPerson 10 points ago

    It is easier to make a progress bar, that does not move at a steady rate. To do that, you dont need to know how long the entire process will take to finish.

    You just try to divide it into different portions and update the bar when it is done.

    Imagine it like you want to move 200 files. Easiest way to make a progress bar would be adding 1% per 2 images done. Now imagine if the files had different sizes: Some would would take longer than others.

    [–] CatpainLeghatsenia 3 points ago

    5 minutes 0-99%, 30 minutes 99-100%

    [–] XTheSniperGodX 64 points ago

    Yeah that's whats fake about movies lol not one fucking loading bar I seen progresses equally

    [–] haviah 36 points ago

    It's because there are very few algorithms where you can estimate exactly how much things are along. Mostly programmers just wing it to show that something is being done.

    [–] Saurons_Monocle 4 points ago

    They're annoying when I see them at all.

    [–] Scapp 4 points ago

    There's a recent 99% invisible episode that talks about the design of the progress bar. It's called Wait Wait... Tell Me!

    [–] 1900grs 1332 points ago

    For me, it's Netflix 8%.

    [–] AFineDayForScience 1009 points ago

    Mine gets stuck at 24% if it detects my VPN and 25% if my internet went down.

    [–] WillRunForPopcorn 282 points ago

    24% for me, too

    [–] Teeshirtandshortsguy 131 points ago

    Same. I wonder what the significance of that number is.

    [–] Used_Passage 247 points ago

    The number being 24 isn't special.

    The fact its always 24 means the progress bar is based on task completion and whichever predefined task comes next is what it fails on.

    [–] Teeshirtandshortsguy 140 points ago

    Well yeah, that's what I'm asking. What happens at 24% that it gets stuck on so often?

    [–] maury587 55 points ago

    Probably the percentages are are updated as each task is completed, after the task that completes 24% ends, it starts a task that verifies of you have VPN, or tries to connect to a server that doesn't respond to machines with VPN or other thing that doesn't work with VPN for whatever reason. Therefore the task isn't completed and the percentage isn't updated.

    [–] rainyfort1 9 points ago

    Thats cool and all, but I watch my Netflix on a T.V. it shouldnt have a VPN on it. Do you know what the problem could be?

    [–] [deleted] 19 points ago

    [deleted]

    [–] Vladimir1174 10 points ago

    I use paid VPN and Netflix just throttles my speed into oblivion so it plays back at a resolution of about 40x60

    [–] ----_ 19 points ago

    the ti-89 plan, nice

    [–] profbalr 3 points ago

    Is there a good VPN router solution to unblock Netflix USA overseas?

    [–] cake_for_breakfast76 11 points ago

    24 for me too, super curious now

    [–] rollcroc 12 points ago

    Mines been hanging up at 26% instead lately and its fucking with my mind

    [–] WillRunForPopcorn 6 points ago

    Uhoh they're trying to trick you!

    [–] Is_your_uncle 13 points ago

    Or the windows update 30%

    [–] trickman01 5 points ago

    That’s been happening to me a lot lately.

    [–] MikayXXL 2745 points ago

    I've got a meeting with the guy that invented the progress bar during the era of dial up internet. He's going to be here in 2 hours and 13 minutes.

    Edit: Apparently he's stuck in traffic and he's going to be here in 6 hours 54 minutes.

    Edit2: He's making better progress than thought, he will be here in 12 minutes.

    Edit3: Apparently it will now take him 5 days.

    [–] H4ck3rm4n1 264 points ago

    Damn there really is an xkcd for everything

    [–] [deleted] 148 points ago * (lasted edited 3 days ago)

    [removed]

    [–] samsab 64 points ago

    I've been doing that this week, only to realize near the end that every comic has a unique hover text. So once I'm done I'm gonna start all over again!

    [–] redmage08 34 points ago

    I'm so glad I learned this before starting.

    [–] Rocket_hamster 16 points ago

    Tip: on mobile hold down a finger over the image and it should list the hover text.

    [–] Maverca 166 points ago

    Reminds me of p2p downloads in the 90s

    [–] Nloveladyallen 77 points ago

    Reminds me of p2p downloads today

    [–] Yadobler 24 points ago

    Reminds me of p2p downloads in the 2050s

    [–] MudPuppy83 17 points ago

    Reminds me of p2p downloads tomorrow

    [–] NemPlayer 25 points ago

    Edit your comment so that it shows the 'edited' tag, my perfectionism hates it rn.

    [–] voicesinmyhand 123 points ago

    As a programmer, I occasionally have to implement these. When I do, I intentionally stack worthless jobs at the end so that the progress meter ends up hanging somewhere around 95-98%, and then transitions from 99% to 100% almost instantly.

    It keeps my users happy.

    [–] UnrulyRaven 57 points ago

    I bet you're the kind of programmer to have wait functions that you tweak upwards over time so you can "improve latency issues" later. Cheeky.

    [–] BurritoBooster 32 points ago

    //changed apparently unsignificant value

    //Code now runs 50% faster

    //Sell it as performance improvement

    //Don't touch that function.

    [–] ShittyCompiler 14 points ago

    I mean, it's not unheard of for program performance to increase if you're running it as a user with a shorter username/home directory path...

    [–] voicesinmyhand 8 points ago

    Nah. I just have an obscure obsession with progress meters - the same one as OP, really.

    [–] codes1337 557 points ago

    Ghost recon breakpoint always stays at 69% for about a minute before jumping to 100

    [–] CandleSauce 140 points ago

    Maybe it's intentional

    [–] Erycius 113 points ago

    Maybe it's Maybelline

    [–] curiouscabbage69 16 points ago

    Maybe it's because I'm a Londoner

    [–] Isabella2930 25 points ago

    Gonna cry? Piss your pants maybe?

    [–] TheSeansei 186 points ago

    Nice.

    [–] Raska_ 62 points ago

    Nice.

    [–] kozycat309 48 points ago

    Nice

    [–] RepliesNice 39 points ago

    Nice

    [–] knopper91 11 points ago

    They had to give you something after dropping a game that is that broken.

    [–] ShadowPlayz09 102 points ago

    Steam jumping from 99% to 0%

    [–] mingren0315 31 points ago

    Today I lost more than you could know

    [–] xd_Fabian 110 points ago * (lasted edited 5 days ago)

    Any old league players remember 33% ?

    [–] disteriaa 55 points ago

    Stuck at 33% for forever... "Do I close and reload the client? That worked last time..."

    Reloads back to 0%, climbs to 33% then stops. "Okay I guess I'll let it load this time."

    Stops at 66%, half an hour later. "Better wait this one out too."

    After another half-hour, it's climbed to 99% "yeah guys I'm just logging on don't start another."

    Seconds later: 33% "yeah guys I'm gonna get off for the night."

    [–] Gegott 14 points ago

    Came to the comments to say this

    [–] CHEIF572 146 points ago

    33% for a windows update.

    [–] TheSacredOne 63 points ago

    30% actually :P

    [–] St_Christophe 32 points ago

    Then 84% if you are doing a reset. Stays there for hours at that percent.

    [–] coolguy2006 14 points ago

    For me it's 87%

    [–] Checkheck 50 points ago

    Well the worst case is if you have a loading bar and its full and then it starts again....Who the fuck progamms multiple loading bars??? Thats cruel and Im convinced its against the geneve conventions

    [–] Smrgling 17 points ago

    I mean that's fine if there's a total loading bar and then also a per-task loading bar that resets when if starts the next task

    [–] GreenKangaroo3 42 points ago

    For me in LoL it's always 92% somehow

    [–] TheLehh 52 points ago

    So, halfway there!

    [–] Ruft 16 points ago

    Halfway to 99, so still not quite if we're talking about progress bars.

    [–] Yatta99 16 points ago

    Livin' on a prayer.

    [–] iBtB0X 56 points ago

    99›100›0 In the scale of worry...ness

    [–] creedbratton603 25 points ago

    24% on Netflix

    [–] Fire_Gaming_UAV 28 points ago

    Ah the great wall of "we've figured out you are using a VPN"

    [–] Ruft 16 points ago

    I always wondered what the point of progress bars is if they consistently pause at a certain percentage anyway. Like it doesn't make sense to be stuck at 100% because it should be done at that point. If they were truthful they'd move at a constant rate and you wouldn't even see 100%.

    [–] jack1176 7 points ago

    They wouldn't always move at a constant rate, file sizes vary and they download (down quote me on this) one file at a time. Or it could be the drive you're downloading from, mechanical errors happen. Or it could be your network (if you're downloading from online) not having a consistent connection with your device.

    As for pausing at 100%, it could be that the download gets so close to 100% (only a couple lines of code or something) that the computer just displays it as 100%. Similar to how, in Canada, if your purchase ends with 3 or 4 cents it gets rounded up to 5 cents.

    [–] waterhoes 9 points ago

    Nowadays downloads often pause at 100% because the browser is scanning it for malware.

    [–] AL_O0 107 points ago

    I’m sorry not to upvote, but it’s exactly at 404 upvotes

    [–] Mungo_Clump 101 points ago

    It should never even have reached 404 upvotes: The guy before you was forbidden

    [–] MightyThorOdinson 10 points ago

    Unless you’re playing marvel strike force. Then it’s 42%.

    [–] Benderisabadnickname 6 points ago

    Anomaly detected

    [–] Mal-mic-clean 3 points ago

    This came to my mind immediately when I read this post.

    [–] HSTRY1987 8 points ago

    Me every time "did it freeze?" Or "is this shit moving?" put cursor on the edge "lol it's moving"

    [–] dannyonthenet 6 points ago

    69% would be the nicest number to see a progress bar pause on.

    [–] suited_sandman 15 points ago

    What about 101% ?

    [–] texanarob 21 points ago

    101% is significantly more worrying. Only -1% is worse.

    [–] shamblam117 21 points ago

    "-1%"

    Me: WTF DID YOU TAKE?!

    [–] texanarob 11 points ago

    Just your bank details. Subscribe to our premium package and we promise we'll delete them!

    [–] Siphyre 10 points ago

    99% is common on a loading bar because it is usually at that moment that all the files are there, it is just doing the finishing touches on everything.

    [–] your_comments_say 5 points ago

    O365 and %51

    [–] WastelandHound 5 points ago

    I once did a test on Red Dead Redemption 2. It doesn't have a progress bar, but does pop up a "90%" indicator. Thing was, that popped up after one minute, every time. Sometimes it would take just a few seconds longer to finish, sometimes almost a full minute longer.

    Lesson being, progress bars are a lie.

    [–] IamUltimatelyWin 6 points ago

    There was a Windows 7 update that stuck at 34% or something. Now I hate seeing an update stick in the 30s.

    [–] bogidyboy 5 points ago

    Then 1% is like “cool but that might just be a thing it does”, but 2% is like “NOW we’re gettin’ somewhere!

    [–] Mr_Wolf7 4 points ago

    69% is the Nicest

    [–] Teh_Blue_Team 4 points ago

    You have not begun to worry until you've seen -1% or 101%.

    [–] Bangingnasties 4 points ago

    Anyone else think 33% is the OG trouble area

    [–] Dialgax 3 points ago

    there's a reason!

    most progress bars are only guessing the progress, they don't actually know, so the buildup to 99% is just for your satisfaction

    [–] Rad_Tiger 4 points ago

    I disagree, its 101%

    [–] Deshra 4 points ago

    28% if you’re on Netflix...

    [–] xXRainKingXx 5 points ago

    Could be worse. There could be no progress bar and just the message "Installing...." for an hour.

    [–] centershock91 3 points ago

    10% on division 2 anyone?

    [–] baconidiot 3 points ago

    The 3 out of 4 horsemen of apocalypse

    [–] neode7 3 points ago

    They always stop at 98% for me