Technological/practical "backward steps" we all just accept now

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kinder, Tuesday, 13 August 2019 22:41 (eleven months ago) link

at my gym i have to log in on a giant touch screen to run on the fucking treadmill. the other day it asked me if i wanted to install updates. hl;kjalkjh;asgdhl;kasgd

cheese canopy (map), Tuesday, 13 August 2019 22:44 (eleven months ago) link

My own personal bugbear is how you used to be able to change the TV channel with a remote instantaneously rather than having to wait a couple of seconds after pressing the button and now that's seemingly impossible.

― kinder, 14. august 2019 00:14 (thirty-four minutes ago) bookmarkflaglink

Wait, what?

Frederik B, Tuesday, 13 August 2019 22:51 (eleven months ago) link

oh god please just go away

cheese canopy (map), Tuesday, 13 August 2019 22:54 (eleven months ago) link

iPod clickwheel RIP

Come and Rock Me, Hot Potatoes (Old Lunch), Tuesday, 13 August 2019 23:00 (eleven months ago) link

Audio fidelity/quality was better with landlines too

Right? It used to actually be enjoyable to talk on the phone (not to mention that handsets were much more ergonomic/comfortable/seemed less likely to induce brain cancer), no wonder phone calls seem like an intrusive nuisance now.

change display name (Jordan), Tuesday, 13 August 2019 23:06 (eleven months ago) link

I realized too when I got an iPhone for xmas how much it suffered from an absence of the trackball on my old phone.

Come and Rock Me, Hot Potatoes (Old Lunch), Tuesday, 13 August 2019 23:12 (eleven months ago) link

The iPad was a bit of a stumble
-techno beaver

calstars, Tuesday, 13 August 2019 23:13 (eleven months ago) link

remote control thing is a great example. that drives me crazy any time i'm in a hotel or something and just want to enjoy the mindless zone-out of channel surfing. related: TVs coming with "motion smoothing" turned on by default and sometimes with no option to turn it off.

* many websites/apps/etc. have gotten slower and junkier as they've added features, loaded up with data-draining graphics and videos and scripts. like, just trying to see what the hourly weather forecast for tomorrow is involves a lot more clicking and waiting than it did a few years ago. google maps is another one that's gotten a lot shittier.

* new laptops with only USB-C ports so that to make this sleek, elegant thing fully functional and do basic things you need to buy an expensive dongle and have it hang awkwardly off the apple lust object.

* also in general, laptops replacing desktops for a computer that remains at a desk at all times --- massively worse ergonomically and less computer for your money.

* not to make this a physical media thread but def all the downsides of the streaming world belong here. but obv there are many tradeoffs.

* general trend of offloading labor onto unpaid customers (self check out, surveys, pressure from amazon to answer support questions for products you've bought, etc.).

* death of big-budget 2D animation (in hollywood anyway).

history is littered with these of course, cf. invention of agriculture and human health/life expectancy/society. or cars replacing transit networks, all of those stories. or at a pettier level, all the changes in shaving since idk the 1960s or 70s.

Good morning, how are you, I'm (Doctor Casino), Tuesday, 13 August 2019 23:26 (eleven months ago) link

Audio fidelity/quality was better with landlines too.

i hung onto my landline for longer than most people and in the early days of cellphones it was infuriating talking to anyone on theirs because the audio quality was terrible. it's better now but still not as good as landlines were.

visiting, Tuesday, 13 August 2019 23:50 (eleven months ago) link

the substitution of plastics for paper, cloth, wood, and metal (not as acceptable as it used to be but never more pervasive)

Brad C., Tuesday, 13 August 2019 23:58 (eleven months ago) link

Color printer/scanners are a now an everyday cheapish appliance but their rate of malfunction makes them barely worth the trouble.
A black and white laserjet that couldn’t scan shit would cost you an arm but you could be sure that sucker would turn out pages for ages, iirc.

El Tomboto, Wednesday, 14 August 2019 00:02 (eleven months ago) link

A lot of fast fashion type stuff bugs me, like having to actually look for cotton underwear.

sarahell, Wednesday, 14 August 2019 00:08 (eleven months ago) link

as someone who lives in a country where you wear gloves several months out of the year, i daily cursed the engineer who introduced thumbprint unlock as the default on the iPhone

the ghost of tom, choad (thomp), Wednesday, 14 August 2019 00:10 (eleven months ago) link

the default of ‘pick up your phone and look at it before we reveal the content of a text’ on the iPhone ten also a v stupid idea

the ghost of tom, choad (thomp), Wednesday, 14 August 2019 00:11 (eleven months ago) link

A black and white laserjet that couldn’t scan shit would cost you an arm but you could be sure that sucker would turn out pages for ages, iirc.

― El Tomboto, Tuesday, August 13, 2019 5:02 PM (fourteen minutes ago) bookmarkflaglink

Brother still makes products of this caliber and they aren't disturbingly expensive.

president of deluded fruitcakes anonymous (silby), Wednesday, 14 August 2019 00:18 (eleven months ago) link

at a pettier level, all the changes in shaving since idk the 1960s or 70s.

― Good morning, how are you, I'm (Doctor Casino), Tuesday, August 13, 2019 4:26 PM (fifty-two minutes ago) bookmarkflaglink

development of laser hair removal is a big improvement tbh

president of deluded fruitcakes anonymous (silby), Wednesday, 14 August 2019 00:19 (eleven months ago) link

Color printer/scanners are a now an everyday cheapish appliance but their rate of malfunction makes them barely worth the trouble.

Not to be a commercial but after years of having problems with inkjet printers and generally feeling like they were the most unreliable piece of technology in existence, I bought an Epson Eco-tank and it has been life-changing. I actually love my printer now and wouldn’t trade it for anything. 100% reliable, scans and prints great, I haven’t had to refill it yet and I’ve had it for... 2 years? No more of the seemingly constant cartridge replacements. /commercial

epistantophus, Wednesday, 14 August 2019 00:22 (eleven months ago) link

Of course, that’s the opposite of what this thread is about.

epistantophus, Wednesday, 14 August 2019 00:24 (eleven months ago) link

I just had a 1958 Grundig tube radio repaired, it sounds amazing; finding someone who could work on it was the hard part

it wasn't really so long ago that devices like radios, TVs, stereo components, and even personal computers were designed to be repaired and kept in service for many years; now the same kinds of devices go directly to the landfill as soon as they fail, if not sooner; the fact that the replacement devices are cheaper and more capable than the junked ones is not a particularly impressive sign of progress

Brad C., Wednesday, 14 August 2019 00:37 (eleven months ago) link

The loss of institutional knowledge about how to build heavy-duty, reliable liquid propellant rocket systems has had a massive impact on space programs around the world.

Now somebody tell me they have a way to get to the moon just fine.

El Tomboto, Wednesday, 14 August 2019 00:45 (eleven months ago) link

I’m gonna be really anxious when the time comes to buy a new TV because the one I have has been so good for so long *raps on wooden table*

El Tomboto, Wednesday, 14 August 2019 00:47 (eleven months ago) link

i was curious about buying a new tv - i haven't had one since the mid 90s, a portable black-and-white model from the 80s passed on to me from my parents - and the enormous variations in crazy features and too-good-to-be-credible prices just made me give up

j., Wednesday, 14 August 2019 00:53 (eleven months ago) link

I started with the knowledge that I wanted a Sony of a certain size with a certain number of HDMI inputs and went with that, I think?

El Tomboto, Wednesday, 14 August 2019 00:59 (eleven months ago) link

i recently had ceiling fans installed, and we got the ones with lights built in

too late i realised that to turn the lights on and off we now need to fumble around with a dinky battery powered remote

curse a society that no longer understands that light switches should be easy to find in the dark

(also every button press is accompanied by an annoying beeping sound that can't be muted)

umsworth (emsworth), Wednesday, 14 August 2019 01:00 (eleven months ago) link

that everything has a remote is ridiculous.

Yerac, Wednesday, 14 August 2019 01:02 (eleven months ago) link

Wait, I've never turned lights on or off with a battery-powered remote. That is not a backward step I accept!

Landlines, though. Still had one until 2011. I sometimes wonder if I'm the only person who finds it physically difficult to converse satisfyingly on a smartphone.

All along there is the sound of feedback (Sund4r), Wednesday, 14 August 2019 01:08 (eleven months ago) link

i hate talking on the phone now, it makes me antsy and eager to get off the phone. but i don't know if that is something abt the phone itself, or how my expectations and practices around phones have changed, esp thru texting taking the place of calls for almost all the things i used to make calls for. and the ppl on the other end feeling the same way and distracted and eager to get off the phone too.

Good morning, how are you, I'm (Doctor Casino), Wednesday, 14 August 2019 01:24 (eleven months ago) link

everyone hates talking on the phone now.
it's social anxiety and because we have so many job related activities where one is on the phone all the time.

Yerac, Wednesday, 14 August 2019 01:28 (eleven months ago) link

although my mom still chats away like she is teenager of the year.

Yerac, Wednesday, 14 August 2019 01:28 (eleven months ago) link

It used to be that after CRT and plasma declined, televisions were a forced compromise: backlit LCD or nothing, which suck for watching films (bad shadow levels, motion smoothing, etc etc). I white-knuckled the gap between plasma and OLED by self-repairing my plasma when the power supply failed, and then buying a used plasma which got me through (barely, with lines on the screen and driver failures) just until the OLEDs came down enough for me to consider an end-of-line clearance price.
Now of course I have the best TV of my life - it's kind of ironic because my film library is worth probably 5-10 times as much as the screen I watch them on.

an incoherent crustacean (MatthewK), Wednesday, 14 August 2019 02:05 (eleven months ago) link

Landlines were easier to have a conversation on because it was in real time. Cellphones have gotten better, but they're still bouncing audio off of metal towers like a pinball machine. Landlines were the technological final product of an evolution that began with two cans and a piece of string, and worked just fine.

I have the same tv remote problem with my microwave.

Are there really cars out there that combat drowsiness by not letting itself drift over any white or yellow line unless the blinker is on?] Because I will lose my shit, that's all there is to it.

pplains, Wednesday, 14 August 2019 02:45 (eleven months ago) link

things have gotten a bit better, but even as the early playstation era was happening i remember thinking "wow it sucks that i have to wait 15 seconds for every other screen to load". that was in stark contrast to the near-instant load times of the cartridge based systems at the time and of the recent past.

of course, we were all more than willing to wait as long as it took to gedda load of them polygams

https://i.imgur.com/KKf0O1X.jpg

Karl Malone, Wednesday, 14 August 2019 02:49 (eleven months ago) link

When you buy a new video game and it has to spend an assload of time downloading "updates" before you can play the fucking thing.

Also Denny's getting rid of the Breakfast Dagwood

i'd rather zing like a man, than FP like a coward (Neanderthal), Wednesday, 14 August 2019 04:00 (eleven months ago) link

like, just trying to see what the hourly weather forecast for tomorrow is involves a lot more clicking and waiting than it did a few years ago”

(since you’re not opposed to using google:) google “(city) weather” once, ctrl+h “wea” for every instance after

quelle sprocket damage (sic), Wednesday, 14 August 2019 04:04 (eleven months ago) link

P much any form of watching tv now.

i'd rather zing like a man, than FP like a coward (Neanderthal), Wednesday, 14 August 2019 04:23 (eleven months ago) link

Are you guys saying landlines don't sound as good as they used to, or that cellphones don't sound as good as landlines? I agree with the latter, but as for the former, my landline still sounds great. I would never have a conversation on my cellphone unless I was away from home.

Guayaquil (eephus!), Wednesday, 14 August 2019 04:30 (eleven months ago) link

We have a landline so we can put the number on paperwork, and for “just in case.” I think we turned the ringer off two years ago. It sits behind the dehumidifier in our master bedroom.

El Tomboto, Wednesday, 14 August 2019 04:55 (eleven months ago) link

xp saying that cellphones don't sound as good as landlines.

visiting, Wednesday, 14 August 2019 04:56 (eleven months ago) link

Coca Cola Freestyle machines. Ok...i love em. But...

Soda fountains in the past, usually your biggest problem was the soda came out flat because the bag needed to be changed. So maybe your number one choice isn't available, but other stuff is. Also, multiple people can fill their shit at the same time.

But with these fuckin machines, if you are unlucky enough to go to a store with only one machine, you gotta wait behind the dummy who can't figure it out.

Then when you get there, sometimes they're out of like every diet product, but you don't find out until you click on it and try to pour it, it stops, and greys out.

And then sometimes the shit just malfunctions and nobody in the restaurant knows how to fix it because they gotta call some help line. And if none of the machines work, you gotta wait in kine and get someone at the counter to pour you a drink

i'd rather zing like a man, than FP like a coward (Neanderthal), Wednesday, 14 August 2019 05:23 (eleven months ago) link

iPod clickwheel RIP

iPod classic RIP, I am just never going to be one of those people who wants to listen to music on their phone (it doesn’t sound as good and I can’t anticipate what I want go listen to at any one time enough to have stuff downloaded on Spotify. Maybe I like the misery of separate devices.)

Not to say it didn’t happen before, because it did, but I have to browse online through various plugins and stuff to block all the shitty little trackers so I don’t have to be followed around online by anything I looked at. Facebook login pages on everything are definitely a step backwards.

On that note, the continuing erosion of anonymous/pseudonymous space online. This is bad and people will realise how bad when it’s eventually gone.

And the reduction in diversity of websites/content in general - seems like most people hang out on the same spaces/apps and that’s a big reduction in choice and handing over control to a few large companies.

gyac, Wednesday, 14 August 2019 05:26 (eleven months ago) link

Oh and inspired by Neanderthal’s post just now! Automated airport bag drops - just an awful scourge and take far more time than having someone check the suitcase and slap the sticker on it for you. Goes double if you’re stuck behind people who are confused by this (naturally). Waited fifteen minutes behind a family checking in three suitcases the other day - there should have been staff to help them.

gyac, Wednesday, 14 August 2019 05:29 (eleven months ago) link

I am terrible at affixing the tag that prints out to my own bag. They always have to redo it.

i'd rather zing like a man, than FP like a coward (Neanderthal), Wednesday, 14 August 2019 05:31 (eleven months ago) link

Neanderthal otm re soda machines. I hate those things to the point where I won’t eat at places that use them. Or if I do then def pass on a drink. I think they change the flavor of the drinks too.

big city slam (Spottie), Wednesday, 14 August 2019 05:55 (eleven months ago) link

I will never forget the day I dropped a newly fully loaded 256gb ipod classic between a Montreal subway car and platform, instantly assuring its doom

Simon H., Wednesday, 14 August 2019 06:09 (eleven months ago) link

Flat screen TVs all sound terrible and require a sound bar or audio system

𝔠𝔞𝔢𝔨 (caek), Wednesday, 14 August 2019 06:30 (eleven months ago) link

The smartphone/battery issue annoys me so much (especially as an IPhone user).
If you’re out for meetings/conferences etc a half day, you’re basically done.
I like their design and all (although I don’t like the big ass big screens, circa iPhone 5 it was fine for me) but it requires to also carry a power plug/alt battery at all time so not really an improvement ...

AlXTC from Paris, Wednesday, 14 August 2019 06:48 (eleven months ago) link

I really miss those trackballs that bolted onto the side of a laptop and which you controlled with your thumb. I am hopeless at pointing and clicking with a trackpad.

Also, trains with doors that can only be opened when the driver releases them and windows that can't be opened at all.

van dyke parks generator (anagram), Wednesday, 14 August 2019 07:08 (eleven months ago) link

Flat screen TVs all sound terrible and require a sound bar or audio system

not mine - Sony A1E uses actuators so that the screen is a speaker and there is a small subwoofer in the stand, it sounds pretty excellent (and I am fussy)

an incoherent crustacean (MatthewK), Wednesday, 14 August 2019 07:25 (eleven months ago) link

I don't know how Amazon's lackadaisical shrugging in response to what's basically a burgeoning black market of third-party sellers is going to benefit them in the long run. Like you'd think the faith of the casual consumer would start to erode after the third or fourth bogus POS they bought by mistake. I mean, I don't know how frequent an occurrence it is, but I'm generally pretty careful about these things and I've still wound up accidentally buying stuff from rogue Amazon listings whose true nature was not as advertised.

Children Devouring Their Cronuts (Old Lunch), Tuesday, 17 December 2019 20:27 (seven months ago) link

I've recently a noticed a new one -- one of the nice things about gmail is that it will filter most promotional emails into the promotions tab. ... now I'm getting a lot of them categorized as updates. Undoubtedly the marketing people have probably worked out how to "beat the filter" .... idk.

sarahell, Tuesday, 17 December 2019 20:40 (seven months ago) link

xxxp the headphones subreddit is a decent place to search brands / get cheap recommendations. There's some legitimately nice so-called "Chi-fi" stuff.

I resorted to Amazon for one gift recently... one of those that is from a third party seller but "fulfilled by Amazon" from their warehouse domestically (fully third party you never know what the hell you're getting into or where it is going to come from - and how taxed you'll be - it seems). It was fine.

Today I got a email from the seller (directly... I don't know why they should even have my email address) saying that if I buy this other certain $30 product and give it a good review, they will refund me for it. I'd heard about this method of pumping up product ratings but it's the first time I've been approached to do it. Email contained this gem: "We're sincere and honest, you could trust us."

maffew12, Tuesday, 17 December 2019 21:21 (seven months ago) link

there is a solution to these amazon issues

Li'l Brexit (Tracer Hand), Tuesday, 17 December 2019 21:35 (seven months ago) link

I definitely should've shopped around earlier for that person, for one thing, aye

maffew12, Tuesday, 17 December 2019 21:40 (seven months ago) link

one month passes...

The thing where counter-service restaurants give you a little buzzer to summon you up when your food is ready: at best a mixed bag, and at worst, a backward step. They're greasy and gross to handle, the vibration itself is teeth-rattling and a noise nuisance in the restaurant, plus you have the nervous anticipation of that moment overlapped with an awareness that it might not actually work and you'll fall through the cracks. But also, lately, I find that they buzz a little bit in advance of your order actually being ready, so if you try to comply with them you just end up milling around like a dummy (in an area not really sized to take on a population of buzzer-clutching loiterers) for one to two minutes. On the whole it seems like a pointless and expensive reinvention of the wheel, and a Dud.

Doctor Casino, Thursday, 30 January 2020 23:33 (six months ago) link

hah yeah I find them annoying. Fuddruckers uses them

... that's Traore! (Neanderthal), Thursday, 30 January 2020 23:36 (six months ago) link

If you choose to eat at Fuddruckers they assume you're a masochist

A True White Kid that can Jump (Granny Dainger), Thursday, 30 January 2020 23:39 (six months ago) link

Haha I was gonna say

mom tossed in kimchee (quincie), Thursday, 30 January 2020 23:41 (six months ago) link

I hate those things. Just use a bell and shout out the number.

Οὖτις, Thursday, 30 January 2020 23:42 (six months ago) link

I like the flaws of all of the systems of calling out orders, most of which are the fault of the customer.

If you call out someone's order number off their receipt - everybody stares blindly at you not knowing where to find it, half of them threw away their receipt moments after getting it, then you wind up screaming what the order is and the same three people ordered the same thing so they all go up to the front.

if you call out someone's name, you get two people with the same name come up and now you gotta figure out which one is the right one. one time I placed an order at a Firehouse and went to pick it up and they gave me this gigantic order that was way more than I ordered, cos the guy who went to pick up an Uber Eats order also had the same name as me so they gave him mine, and me his. it was funny.

if you use the buzzer, people get annoyed like stated above.

If you scream BITCH GET YOUR GODDAMN FUCKIN' FOOD, you get fired.

in conclusion fast food should not exist.

... that's Traore! (Neanderthal), Thursday, 30 January 2020 23:45 (six months ago) link

in britain everybody just apologises and starves

BSC Joan Baez (darraghmac), Thursday, 30 January 2020 23:46 (six months ago) link

those buzzers buzz REALLY HARD.

Yerac, Thursday, 30 January 2020 23:49 (six months ago) link

also people put them in their pants

... that's Traore! (Neanderthal), Thursday, 30 January 2020 23:50 (six months ago) link

The proliferation of potato chips as a side is my personal consumer fraud crusade

Paul Ponzi, Friday, 31 January 2020 00:39 (six months ago) link

When I waited tables in the late 90s, at one restaurant they made us carry those buzzers in our aprons so we’d know when our orders were ready. Regardless of how alert I was (it varied) I was always caught off guard by the intense sensation of that buzz.

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Friday, 31 January 2020 00:40 (six months ago) link

fan of the buzzers. It’s ideal when places are loud and buzzy and have multiple stalls. You can go wait wherever you want and claim a table instead of standing around listening.

dan selzer, Friday, 31 January 2020 00:50 (six months ago) link

Some just light up and don't buzz

A True White Kid that can Jump (Granny Dainger), Friday, 31 January 2020 00:55 (six months ago) link

Feel like the buzzers came in right around the same time diners started waiting outside since they couldn't smoke at the bar any more.

pplains, Friday, 31 January 2020 01:00 (six months ago) link

I also don't like places that take your number and text you when your table is ready. I don't want to have to keep checking my phone. We went to a restaurant with my mother-in-law and she got there first so she gave them her number. They said it would be about half an hour. After sitting in a waiting area inside the restaurant for about 25 minutes I went up to the front to see how much longer it would be, and they told me they texted us 10 minutes ago. My mother in law is not the most tech savvy person but there were no texts on her phone. Maybe they had the number wrong.

o. nate, Friday, 31 January 2020 01:06 (six months ago) link

I remember them from a long time ago at Outback?

I worked at an Olive Garden in high school. When I hosted we always had waits of 30-45-60 minutes. I would've killed to have had buzzers. Instead we would have to come up with bland descriptions of people to later try to find them for their table. Because of course people had used completely offensive descriptions of people before and the people had seen it written down.

Yerac, Friday, 31 January 2020 01:07 (six months ago) link

Somebody wrote "Tattoos" to describe me on a check one. Before i had ink it was probably "Ugly".

... that's Traore! (Neanderthal), Friday, 31 January 2020 01:15 (six months ago) link

*once

... that's Traore! (Neanderthal), Friday, 31 January 2020 01:15 (six months ago) link

i mean i'm navigating the virgin media phone call decision tree and am now in a queue listening to Niall Horan forever after having been transferred twice between departments. somehow this feels... not good. i mean i recognise the cost savings, though let's say i'm not convinced these are passed on to the customers.

Fizzles, Saturday, 1 February 2020 09:52 (six months ago) link

but you know, what else would i want to do with a saturday morning.

Fizzles, Saturday, 1 February 2020 09:52 (six months ago) link

Tom Walker now - Heartbeats apparently. This is vile.

Fizzles, Saturday, 1 February 2020 09:53 (six months ago) link

give me vivaldi any day tbh.

Fizzles, Saturday, 1 February 2020 09:54 (six months ago) link

ooh, they're going to transfer me again. he can do some of what i need but doesn't have the right cost code for the rest of it. hopefully more tom walker coming up.

Fizzles, Saturday, 1 February 2020 09:58 (six months ago) link

virgin media are not my favourite people to phone

Wuhan!! Got You All in Check (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Saturday, 1 February 2020 10:00 (six months ago) link

on hold. not sure what this music is.

Fizzles, Saturday, 1 February 2020 10:03 (six months ago) link

it's sort of nondescript electronic. not too bad for hold music actually.

Fizzles, Saturday, 1 February 2020 10:03 (six months ago) link

it would be quite good if more hold music was vaporwave, to close the circle a bit.

Fizzles, Saturday, 1 February 2020 10:04 (six months ago) link

he's going to send an engineer round! direct action! 35 minutes and counting on the actual call.

Fizzles, Saturday, 1 February 2020 10:05 (six months ago) link

i've got fucking Heartbeats by Tom Walker in my head now. They will pay for this.

Fizzles, Saturday, 1 February 2020 10:06 (six months ago) link

I'LL BE THERE IN A HEARTBEEEAAAAT.

Fizzles, Saturday, 1 February 2020 10:06 (six months ago) link

and finished. time for a cup of tea. shout out to the last guy who I spoke to who was lovely and very helpful. i said so, and he said he was very grateful to me letting him know that and he appreciated it. little tear in my eye now. we had some good times.

Fizzles, Saturday, 1 February 2020 10:10 (six months ago) link

John Lanchester picked up his bespoke mobile phone device and dialled the number for Virgin Customer Services...

Ngolo Cantwell (Chinaski), Saturday, 1 February 2020 10:28 (six months ago) link

... using the electronic keypad the digital display of the phone provided.

Fizzles, Saturday, 1 February 2020 10:54 (six months ago) link

fizzles calling VM CS easily merited being the 200k thread tbh

BSC Joan Baez (darraghmac), Saturday, 1 February 2020 10:55 (six months ago) link

one month passes...

“ I feel like there isn’t enough attention given to the fact that all these high tech, self driving transportation options are ultimately going to translate into restriction of movement. “Firewalls” that can’t be crossed and “regions. Seems like it should be a bigger concern.

― Manitobiloba (Kim), Wednesday, September 4, 2019 3:27 PM (six months ago)”

When I wrote that six months ago, I wasn’t exactly sure what the triggers for such a thing might be, but I sure have been thinking about it again in the past week or so.

Manitobiloba (Kim), Wednesday, 25 March 2020 01:56 (four months ago) link

I was gonna comment on the audio issues of Zoom conference calls -- but damn, that sounds super prescient, Kim!

sarahell, Saturday, 28 March 2020 17:38 (four months ago) link

I’m half waiting for the call in coming months that my car needs a software update. Actually heck, I’m not sure the car even needs to physically go in for these things anymore.

Manitobiloba (Kim), Sunday, 29 March 2020 02:44 (four months ago) link

My car can access the home WiFi from the driveway. Oh brave new world etc

I met a strange baby, she made me nervous (Ye Mad Puffin), Sunday, 29 March 2020 14:06 (four months ago) link


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