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Technology is amok... - Mongologue
July 26th, 2005
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Technology is amok...
...when the LCD panel on my microwave tells me to 'enjoy my meal'. I don't need that. Who needs that? Who needs this equipment from the Sirius Cybernetics Corporation to cook a frozen burrito and then display a chipper 'Enjoy your meal'?? You aren't my waiter, you aren;t my personal chef, you're an appliance. SHUT UP and just cook my Hot Pocket!

*argle, grumble*

--Chiaroscuro

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From:shirotenshi
Date:July 26th, 2005 05:13 pm (UTC)
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LOL. XD I love you mongoose.
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From:paracoon
Date:July 26th, 2005 05:20 pm (UTC)
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When the computer encourages you to enjoy your meal, you had better comply, citizen.

The computer is your friend.
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From:spotweld
Date:July 26th, 2005 05:22 pm (UTC)
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Sounds like it has a prototype "Real Person Personality". I suggest you nickname it Marvin.
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From:dellway
Date:July 26th, 2005 05:30 pm (UTC)
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I'm sure there must be a space saved for you here.
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From:murakozi
Date:July 26th, 2005 05:39 pm (UTC)
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The microwave here at work says that, too. The one at home just says FOOD IS READY. The snack vending machine at my old job used to scroll 'HAVE A NICE DAY' when it wasn't being used. The one in this office insists I "ENJOY A SNACK"

Seems like food related machines in general are insisting on telling us what to do. At least my microwave at home doesn't order me around. It just subserviently reports that it's done what I requested of it.
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From:chefmongoose
Date:July 27th, 2005 03:38 am (UTC)
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FOOD IS READY, I can cope with. That's a status report. HAVE A NICE DAY is at least so banal nowadays that it's near meaningless. ENJOY A SNACK... what about the 45-cent gum? It's telling me that's a snack?

Technology run amok, it is.

--Chiaroscuro
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From:buran
Date:July 26th, 2005 07:21 pm (UTC)
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My DVD player likes to say "Welcome to Pioneer!", whereever the heck that is.
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From:koogrr
Date:July 26th, 2005 10:12 pm (UTC)
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Eh. Everytime I turn of my iRiver it displays Thank You for choosing iRiver and I think, "Yeah, I had a choice, I didn't have to get you, but I did and I'm glad you appreciate it."

Technology that understands it serves me, and isn't some inflexible thing I have to adapt to, now that I like.
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From:chefmongoose
Date:July 27th, 2005 03:44 am (UTC)
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Of course, what if someone got you the iRiver as a gift? And you didn't really like it, but had to put up with it? That ?Thank you for choosing.." would gnaw at your every nerve while you went "I wish I'd got an iPod."

Still, that's a nicely subservient appliance, which is how it should be. My microwave going "ENJOY YOUR MEAL" is trying to put itself on a par with me conversationally.

--Chiaroscuro
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From:drakegrey
Date:July 27th, 2005 03:12 am (UTC)
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... and now you know why my interest in Magnus, Robot Fighter, is far more practical than academic. We may need his help in whacking the heck out of that thing, after all. ;)

--Drake
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From:haystack
Date:July 29th, 2005 04:36 am (UTC)
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"It is my satisfaction to cook this food for you, and to open my door with the knowledge of a job well-done." Gotta love GPPware. NOT! :D
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