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Old 16th Feb 2022, 03:28
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Modern Flawed Designs

I have just visited my parents house and they have a fairly new kitchen with new sinks.
They look attractive, modern and are deep but I have realised when using them that their design is flawed and they are a simple barometer of how modern designers take well evolved concepts and ruin them in the name of "modernisation" or asthetics.

Flat bottom sinks with square corners look modern but dont drain efficiently and leave all of the bits on the pan and take 4 times the effort and water to clean.

There should be a special place in hell where modern designers have to live in eternity with the crap they have come up with.

The washing machine that beeps incessantly and unendingly when the cycle is done, the toaster that has an alarm when the toast pops up, the dishbrush with soap dispenser that leaks liquid soap from.the refill point, the expensive plastic vacuum cleaner that snaps the moment you lean into your work, the car that has no room in the engine bay to reach in to change an oil filter, the phone where the headset jack is in the most inconvenient location or removed altogether.

Yes, I can imagine a special place in hell where they get to live with their little gems for eternity........

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Old 16th Feb 2022, 06:06
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Spouse purchased a Sunbeam food processor, first time using it neither of us could get the lid off to access the contents. Back to store to see if problem could be fixed, but it's full of carrots was the store assistants observation, yes, as we've said we can't get the lid off, nor could they. Given a replacement and guess what, same issue. A look on the net found it to be a common complaint. A bit of a look could see the problem, forced the lid off, hoping nothing broke in the process, and a bit of quick judicious filing solved the problem. Why couldn't the manufacturer fix the obvious quality control problem?
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Old 16th Feb 2022, 08:17
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Spouse purchased a Sunbeam food processor, first time using it neither of us could get the lid off to access the contents. Back to store to see if problem could be fixed, but it's full of carrots was the store assistants observation, yes, as we've said we can't get the lid off, nor could they. Given a replacement and guess what, same issue. A look on the net found it to be a common complaint. A bit of a look could see the problem, forced the lid off, hoping nothing broke in the process, and a bit of quick judicious filing solved the problem. Why couldn't the manufacturer fix the obvious quality control problem?
Not much they could do after they'd had 100,000 delivered from China.
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Old 16th Feb 2022, 08:39
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Can I add the tyre pressure warning light on Volkswagen Audi Group vehicles. The number of times I had had a false warning is now so great that I ignore it (the crying wolf syndrome) unless I can feel changes in the way the vehicle is handling. The thing is almost totally pointless. And then there is the ACC cruise control that applies the brakes when you're exiting the motorway up a slip road and passing a slower vehicle on your right. If that is as good as self driving cars ever got they'd be a total liability.

Cars generally have far too much tech, and far too many warning systems nowadays.
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Old 16th Feb 2022, 09:05
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I have a photo album of wierd and impossible to understand hotel bathroom shower/bath taps. The worst ever was in a hotel in Mexico DF - just could not figure out how to turn on the shower and eventually had to get help from reception.

Maybe I should make a website of wierd hotel taps and make a fortune from advertising.
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Old 16th Feb 2022, 09:09
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Function before form. It's got to do it's job first before looking pretty or fashionable.
My wife loves pots for plants in the garden, but why do so many have such a small diameter base such that they will blow over with the slightest gust of wind. I try to get her to buy the parallel sided ones that stand a chance of staying upright.
Same with coffee mugs, glasses, vases, etc.
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Old 16th Feb 2022, 09:10
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A lot of 'innovative' design tries to solve problems that don't actually exist.
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Old 16th Feb 2022, 09:13
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Hot air hand dryers in toilets.
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Old 16th Feb 2022, 09:50
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Any house for sale with the strap line "Architect Designed"
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Old 16th Feb 2022, 09:57
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Apple Magic Mouse II. A slim, smart-looking Bluetooth device, looks great on my desktop. What's not to like? Well, the fact that recharging its battery means plugging a lead into its underside thereby rendering it useless for the duration and necessitating me having a rummage in a desk drawer for a wired USB mouse...
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Old 16th Feb 2022, 09:59
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Originally Posted by ATNotts View Post
Can I add the tyre pressure warning light on Volkswagen Audi Group vehicles. The number of times I had had a false warning is now so great that I ignore it (the crying wolf syndrome) unless I can feel changes in the way the vehicle is handling. The thing is almost totally pointless. And then there is the ACC cruise control that applies the brakes when you're exiting the motorway up a slip road and passing a slower vehicle on your right. If that is as good as self driving cars ever got they'd be a total liability.

Cars generally have far too much tech, and far too many warning systems nowadays.
And an MOT fail if warning lights are showing at test.
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Old 16th Feb 2022, 10:00
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Friend has a house that is "architect designed" - it was as a home for the architect himself. It is delightfully quirky and my only quarrel with it is there was no attempt to capture the arly morning sun. My friend has got round that by adding a balcony.

Modern flawed designs? Ergonomic handled toothbrushes, get covered in used toothpaste which I forget to rinse off when in a rush (as I usually seem to be at 7am) and which is then a pain to scrub off next time. Must make sure I get plain ones next time... if one still can!
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Old 16th Feb 2022, 10:56
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Bought a new Subaru a couple of years ago, great car but live in fear of when all the superfluous systems and warnings go berserk and they will in time.
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Old 16th Feb 2022, 11:05
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Old 16th Feb 2022, 11:05
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Tech that defaults to "beep" mode. Tech that you can't turn off. My personal one is the smart engine stop ("i-stop") on my Japanese SUV. Stop at the lights, then edge forward, lights go "green" and you try to pull off, and the engine has stopped. There is a button on the dash to disable it, but every time you shutdown it defaults to "active". I assumed that a software-thing could default it to inactive it, but the franchise-garage said no. Googled it and found that other infuriated owners have resorted to the following to try and introduce a not-gate into the logic:
1. Jam the dashboard disable button with a wedge of carboard.
2. Jam the "bonnet/hood" microswitch in unlocked position (downside - also disables the airbags).
3. A post-engine start checklist.
4. Jam the driver's seat-belt microswitch in the "unlocked" position.
5. Seriously; someone has actually removed the switch module from the dash, purchase a pair of corresponding plug/sockets and manufactured an interfacing pcb module.
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Old 16th Feb 2022, 11:21
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When (too often) guilty of the signal/mirror/manoeuvre sequence, I cancel the indicator promptly after observing a problem in the mirror, BUT the software says it must give at least 3 flashes after any trigger, SO I assume I failed to cancel it and move the stalk (from neutral) the opposite way, thus triggering at least three flashes on the other side, and so on. Grrr! And v sorry if I confused you.
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Old 16th Feb 2022, 11:25
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When (too often) guilty of the signal/mirror/manoeuvre sequence, I cancel the indicator promptly after observing a problem in the mirror, BUT the software says it must give at least 3 flashes after any trigger, SO I assume I failed to cancel it and move the stalk (from neutral) the opposite way, thus triggering at least three flashes on the other side, and so on. Grrr! And v sorry if I confused you.
Only last week I found that on my car (Volvo), I can turn that damn thing off. I did!

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Old 16th Feb 2022, 11:28
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Old 16th Feb 2022, 11:34
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Old 16th Feb 2022, 11:43
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Other more useful instructions seem to be:
Push Button
Rub hands together in airstream
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