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Useless or absurd applications of technology to simple problems.

Having spent a good part of yesterday afternoon, dismantling and cleaning out pipes connected to a partially blocked sink, it has been brought home to me how much effort and technology has been applied to providing an inefficient, blockage prone and unhygienic replacement for the common sink plug.

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To replace this:




It does not stop there. Of course there are many other examples. Even as a one time tie wearer, I would never have dreamed of installing this gadget in my wardrobe. It is a battery operated tie rack which works on a sort of juke box principle.



Of course, I have nothing against technology per se where, on balance it provides a quantifiable benefit. But really, some things are extremely ridiculous. What's more, it Friday.
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Old 05.06.2020, 11:28
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Re: Useless or absurd applications of technology to simple problems.

I had a similar experience a few years ago with the bath bit getting clogged with long hair, I understand it looks slightly neater than an unsightly bath plug on a chain but its a pain to clean.

Mind you a sink plug is a step up from the student days of a milk bottle cap wrapped in a torn up plastic bag for an interference fit in the sink.
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Re: Useless or absurd applications of technology to simple problems.

I immediately thought of this:

How to lose millions building an crazily over-engineered juice maker. I love this guy. He is so knowledgable and full of enthusiasm. What the Internet was made for.

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Old 05.06.2020, 11:35
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Re: Useless or absurd applications of technology to simple problems.

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.....It does not stop there. Of course there are many other examples. Even as a one time tie wearer, I would never have dreamed of installing this gadget in my wardrobe. It is a battery operated tie rack which works on a sort of juke box principle.
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Re: Useless or absurd applications of technology to simple problems.

i know not what you meant but
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Old 05.06.2020, 16:30
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Re: Useless or absurd applications of technology to simple problems.

Of course there are also example of technological developments which are made in the full knowledge that they have no commercial application and are unlikely to be inflicted on the hapless, buying public, but are made purely for pure fun, competition or an educational purpose. A couple have appeared already in this thread. Ranking high in my favourites in this category are the "Beer can crushing" inventions. Here is one example: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DYM9kJFZgmg but there are stacks of these out there, some very professional, some with massive throughput, some with highly sophisticated control systems and some very crude and dangerous.
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Just have a look at this website:www.unnecessaryinventions.com
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Re: Useless or absurd applications of technology to simple problems.

Unnecessary and typical for CH, signs that a roundabout is coming in 13 meter. I mean dont think they we can see that ? In Holland they go in 100m increments, but here any number is possible. Ive been thinking to go keep records and try to find the closest one. Somewhere therw must be a sign, roundabout in 1m, but where...?
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Re: Useless or absurd applications of technology to simple problems.

They sell these handy-dandy drain-unclogging sticks at Migros now. They are excellent for removing hair from sink and tub drains. And as an added bonus, they are simple and uncomplicated.

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Re: Useless or absurd applications of technology to simple problems.

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Unnecessary and typical for CH, signs that a roundabout is coming in 13 meter. I mean dont think they we can see that ? In Holland they go in 100m increments, but here any number is possible. Ive been thinking to go keep records and try to find the closest one. Somewhere therw must be a sign, roundabout in 1m, but where...?
That is not an application of technology. But on a similar line, I found this funny
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Re: Useless or absurd applications of technology to simple problems.

I was chatting to someone recently about this sort of thing. We decided that microwave ovens were a good innovation but that the best everyday invention we could come up with was GPS technology. Anyone older than about 35 will remember the hell of trying to read a paper map to find the address of a hotel (say) in an unfamiliar city, especially late in the evening. Not just the exact location (difficult on a long road) but how to navigate round the one-way systems etc. How many relationships, I wonder, foundered during such tetchy episodes?

There's obviously extraordinarily tech like mobile phones and computers to consider but it's easy for someone of a contrarian disposition (like me) to argue that most of these leaps forward are mixed blessings, with plenty of downsides to think about. But the humble sat-nav is a genuine massive improvement over what we had before, without any obvious disadvantages to the law-abiding citizen.
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Re: Useless or absurd applications of technology to simple problems.

As a recently retired engineer, in the later stages of my career I used to mention such implements as slide-rules to my younger colleagues. When I started working, we didn't even have calculators and used log tables for more complex calculations. Both of these had the huge advantage that they forced you to think about what you were doing, so had to understand the basic principles behind everything.
Of couse today you hardly even find standalone calculators, you just use your mobile phone. As for slide-rules, they're museum pieces.
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As a recently retired engineer, in the later stages of my career I used to mention such implements as slide-rules to my younger colleagues. When I started working, we didn't even have calculators and used log tables for more complex calculations. Both of these had the huge advantage that they forced you to think about what you were doing, so had to understand the basic principles behind everything.
Of couse today you hardly even find standalone calculators, you just use your mobile phone. As for slide-rules, they're museum pieces.
Agree. Hard to believe they got us to the moon.
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Just have a look at this website:www.unnecessaryinventions.com
Fabulous! Some if it is ok, the giant backpocket on jeans looks great if I want to have breakfast on my way to work I
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