The worst technology in current use?

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  1. John Watson

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    The worst current technology in widespread use?

    No, not the PC.

    IMO, the fork - pointlessly long tines, completely lacking any bowl-shape that would help when eating peas and corn niblets. Adaptation of a fork that had some of the characteristics of the spoon would be a Great Leap Forward!

    Agree or disagree? Your suggestions?
     
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    Well, KFC offers a combination plastic fork/spoon to eat their mashed potatoes and cole slaw. [​IMG]
     
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    I would disagree on the fork because it's not designed for eating peas. That's like criticizing a scewdriver because it can't hammer nails. The spork has already been invented, I think they come with meals at KFC.

    My vote for "The worst current technology in widespread use" goes to the gasoline powered push lawnmower. About a year ago I was in Goodwill and they had one of those old school manual lawnmowers on sale for $10. I figured what the hell, it probably won't do a very good job but at that price it's worth a shot. It's easier to push and does every bit as good a job of cutting grass as my gas mower but I don't have to worry about gasoline any more.
     
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    A fork is technology already?
    As in "Use the forks, Luke"?

    Cees
     
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    Home Theatre. Movies were meant to be seen on a big screen with an audience of more then one, two or three - a communal experience. [​IMG]
     
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    It's gotta be this monstrosity, hands down! [​IMG] .......

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    Cell phones- i have yet to see a service i would consider "good" in terms of quality signal and good customer service...

    I'm always amazed at how often people on cell phones will drop calls or lose signal- and all of them will claim their reception is "usually" great.

    -V
     
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    Traffic Lights.

    Nothing is more frustrating than ripping along a city street at 55 and just missing those last 4-5 seconds of red and come to a screaching halt. I want my chance to time the space between on coming traffic to continue my hell bent journey. And for those who are not as coordinated or adept, then natural selection will root them out.
     
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    Automobile air conditioners. I haven't had one yet that the compressor hasn't crapped out on me. Because repair bills are so prohibitive, I just sweat it out until it's time for a new vehicle.

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    it is hard to believe how many viagra advertisements i see everyday in it.
     
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    AM radio- yes, it's impressive how far the signals can go at night, but sound quality is generally awful. I once visited an AM news station and got to switch between the direct network signal the show was coming from and what it sounded like on the air- BIG difference! Doesn't help that they tried AM stereo 20 years ago and got next to no support from the hardware manufacturers either (I have a component Carver tuner that gets AM stereo though!)
    Sound quality on telephones isn't too great either- doesn't have to be CD quality but should be better than what it is now.
    Cable TV- I've NEVER seen a cable service with technical quality that I'd pay for (I won't get into the program content here since that's even worse!)
     
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    Vince,

    What service providers are in your area of living? I think that's the problem. I can honestly say that I get a very good signal from Cingular, and service only drops out in dead zones, tunnels, or the subway.
     
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    fork/spoon = the SPORK, like was said earlier this brilliant invention already exists. However I have yet to see it utilized at any upscale restraunts. I just refuse to eat peas and other non-stabable food.

    Worse technology in current use - Any electronic document conrol system that requires millions of dollars and still doesn't work. While I'm not a fanboy of Windows or anything, it has a fine Document conrtol system built in. Sorry for the office rant, but at least I feel better.
     
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    The Internal Combustion Engine:

    Finding a renewable energy source that isn't a petroleum derivative would solve so many problems, from pollution to over-anxious world leaders. [​IMG]
     
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