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Bad Inventions

David578 Wrote: Jan 03, 2013 11:39 AM
Hmm, I am a big fan but that was a stupid article. Silent diswhashers are really just quiet. Hand dryers have been ridiculed for years. No touch bathroom stuff is to avoid germs, not save energy. The phone one is a good point, but such a non issue that it really didn't deserve mention. Sorry.
SpaceVegetable Wrote: Jan 03, 2013 1:56 PM
Not just phones. I really hate when my electronic gear has to be unplugged to "hard boot" it via power cycle. Is it really that expensive to put an on/off swtich on the darn things? Not to mention quality issues. I bought my nephew a remote-control truck for Christmas and the controller came out of the box half-crushed and broken, even though it was brand new in the box and wrapped in bubble wrap. We've gotten used to everything being poor quality and replaceable here, so is it any wonder we keep electing these losers to our government?
Colonialgirl Wrote: Jan 03, 2013 1:39 PM
Sorry, but even the Mythbusters found hand driers spread more germs than SINGLE USE paper towels.
And you're wrong about the no touch hand stuff too; it was to "save water" and are about as stupid as those old faucets that required you to hold them "ON" with one hand while trying to wash the other hand or face.
Lardo2 Wrote: Jan 03, 2013 1:22 PM
"No touch bathroom stuff is to avoid germs, not save energy."

Don;t tell my boss that. Saving energy & "natural resources" was precisely why he installed the touchless faucet & aito papper towel dispenser. He felt employees (mostly me) were wasting water & paper. (Dern hayseed me insisted on returning to my desk with dry hands. Go figure.)
Celebrate Homogeneity Wrote: Jan 05, 2013 8:41 AM
I work for an engineering house that does energy and resource usage assessments. Hands-free water appliances (sinks, toilets, urinals) save NOTHING over their hand-operated counterparts, and if anything, use more due to false triggering. They are strictly a sanitation step.

I am bored with politics, refuse to pay attention to the news and am watching only True Crime TV shows and Turner Classic Movies these days. With the Democrats controlling the Senate and presidency, nothing good can possibly come out of Washington for at least another two years. So I thought I'd start the new year with something useful, like a short list of bad inventions.


Are people installing dishwashers next to their beds? I've checked my "Top 500 Daily Irritations" list and dishwasher noise is not on it.

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