Why do those who engineer modern automated items assume that the public is not that smart? I think it all started with Microsoft Windows asking "Are you sure you want toï¿½" every time something is deleted or a program closed etcï¿½ Here are some others that I run into day after day: My car chimes when I leave the key in it. I park it in a garage and I always leave the keys in it so I always have to listen to the beeping as I unload stuff. My older car I can pull the keys half way out and I don't hear the chime. Lawn mowers that cut off the motor if you put it in reverse while the blades are running. Who still needs instructions with leaving voice mail messages? Why do we have to listen to minutes of instructions each time someone doesn't answer the phone? The dumbest option is the "If you want to page this person" option. If they didn't answer the phone, why would they answer a page? Then there is Bell telephone co. They play that awful screeching noise before "Were sorry. It is not necessary to dial a 1 or the area code before dialing this number. Please hang up and try again." If the automated computer knows that I don't need the "1" or area code, why doesn't it just ignore it and connect the call anyway? Why is there Braille writing on drive up ATM keys? The final straw today was the automatic checkout at Wal-Mart. The overly friendly voice walking me through every step. Then it didn't register my bagging over half the time. If the assistant is needed so frequently, why not just keep the checkout person? Video games that force you to go through the "training levels" with each new character. I feel that all items should have either a "I am an idiot" or "I am a know it all" options so we don't have to have our hands held all the time as we go through life. I feel better now that I have vented. I am sure there are more to add to the list. But before you reply to this post, ask yourself "Are you sure you want to reply?"