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CaseyHardman    2765
Bravo, froop, that's what I was really looking for.

I still don't understand what's wrong with the faucets without touch sensors. Even if you've been sticking your hands into someone's open chest at the hospital, you still have your elbow to push up the knob. The faucets I use (kitchen sink and bathroom sink) both have handles that go forward/back towards the user to control pressure, and left/right to control the temperature. I think [url="http://www.google.com/imgres?q=faucet&um=1&hl=en&sa=N&biw=1280&bih=677&tbm=isch&tbnid=o1CV6Sc8LhE-lM:&imgrefurl=http://www.allproducts.com/household/trafalgar/16-r.o._drinking_faucet.html&docid=8_6jRjW3perB5M&w=550&h=550&ei=dRN4Tv2lG465tgfV8sn8Cw&zoom=1&iact=hc&vpx=1015&vpy=298&dur=543&hovh=224&hovw=224&tx=160&ty=151&page=5&tbnh=147&tbnw=141&start=72&ndsp=20&ved=1t:429,r:6,s:72"]this is the one my bathroom sink has[/url].

I can't imagine surgeons and such would have bloodied elbows.

And as for the soap pump, why is the cook who's handling raw chicken breasts pushing the pump down with her hand? Why doesn't she (she because it was a girl in the commercial, not because I think "all women belong in the kitchen") push it down a few inches past the wrist of one hand while her other hand is under the opening? It seems like obvious tactics such as this replace the need of motion/touch sensors.

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Cornstalks    7030
Page two and we haven't had this one yet??? I... can't... RESIST!


[img]http://images.cheezburger.com/completestore/2009/10/25/129009584135671824.jpg[/img]

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tstrimp    1798
[quote name='Cornstalks' timestamp='1316493667' post='4863688']
Page two and we haven't had this one yet??? I... can't... RESIST!


[img]http://images.cheezburger.com/completestore/2009/10/25/129009584135671824.jpg[/img]

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[img]https://s3.amazonaws.com/uploads.hipchat.com/1916/6205/99ynexdh6ky1wir/babysnuggie2.jpg[/img]

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zedz    291
[quote]A remote power control button? I could see it being extremely useful if the layout of the work area made it less than handy to reach the normal power button on the case. [/quote]
wait, so do you turn off your PC with the power button (OK if it crashes yes I do that) but its windows/mac/linux aint happy if you do that! hell you will lose unsaved work.

A/ turning off a PC is easily done already with a few keypresses already
B/ Its not a frequent activity thus doesnt require a special key

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cowsarenotevil    3005
[quote name='zedz' timestamp='1316497415' post='4863706']
wait, so do you turn off your PC with the power button (OK if it crashes yes I do that) but its windows/mac/linux aint happy if you do that! hell you will lose unsaved work.
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Wait, is it 1997 again?

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ChaosEngine    5185
[quote name='Yann L' timestamp='1316475009' post='4863580']
[quote name='frob' timestamp='1316471275' post='4863543']
Many "homeopathic medicines" are legitimate herbal combinations with very good results. Others, less so.
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Frob, what you are talking is herbal medicine. And I agree, it can indeed be very effective. A lot of modern pharmaceutical research is about extracting and synthesizing the active substances of naturally occurring organisms (often toxins, ironically).

But this is not [url="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Homeopathy"]homeopathy[/url]. There is no active substance in homeopathy. The very principle of this concept is that you don't even ingest a single molecule of the remedy, but only water. The supposedly occurring effects are explained by new-age ideas (energy fields that were left by the active molecules before dilution and such nonsense) that completely lack any scientific basis. It has been proven again and again that under controlled conditions, homeopathy has the same effects as a pure placebo. Which seems logical, since it's just plain water (or ethanol or whatever is used for dilution).

So yeah, homeopathic 'remedies' classify indeed as useless and dangerous. They should be made illegal.
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There is no such thing as herbal or alternative medicine. There is only that which has been tested and found to work (we call this medicine) and that which has not (homeopathy, crystals, vitamins to cure aids, reflexology, acupuncture and so on).

As stated earlier, Aspirin is a prime example. Willow bark was tested, proved to work, and is now in common use. No-one would call aspirin "herbal medicine".

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Talroth    3247
[quote name='zedz' timestamp='1316497415' post='4863706']
[quote]A remote power control button? I could see it being extremely useful if the layout of the work area made it less than handy to reach the normal power button on the case. [/quote]
wait, so do you turn off your PC with the power button (OK if it crashes yes I do that) but its windows/mac/linux aint happy if you do that! hell you will lose unsaved work.

A/ turning off a PC is easily done already with a few keypresses already
B/ Its not a frequent activity thus doesnt require a special key
[/quote]

Does the keyboard button allow you to turn the system [i]on[/i]? If so, then yes, it is very useful.

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mdwh    1108
For canned vegetables - even for people who eat them often, not everyone has big freezer space (especially say in shared accommodation).

On homeopathy, it depresses me to see this listed as medicine on sale (here in the UK, and I've seen it in the US too). If I sold water as "medicine", I'd be arrested for fraud - why should it be a different rule for homeopaths?

[quote name='frob' timestamp='1316471275' post='4863543']
One medicine may claim to help with gas and bloating to be taken at meals, and contain some crushed fennel. Others may be a supplement containing ginseng for virility, or ginkgo for memory, or a mild antidepressant containing St. John's Wort. All these are simple herbs, and all have been shown clinically to have very real results.[/quote]Yes, these are medicines. Homeopathy has been tested to show it doesn't work; it is not medicine. It's not even clear how it could work, without violating a lot of what we know about physics.

If you want to suck from willow trees to avoid paying a small fortune to the big corpororations, great, but that's nothing to do with what anyone was talking about.

And on the contrary - the problem here *is* that homeopathic medicine is something natural (water, sugar etc) being sold in a manufactured pill form for a small fortune. The homeopaths are on the same side as corporate money grabbers, not the side of traditional free natural methods - with the added problem that their product doesn't even work.

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Yann L    1802
[quote name='ChaosEngine' timestamp='1316500924' post='4863715']
There is no such thing as herbal or alternative medicine. There is only that which has been tested and found to work (we call this medicine) and that which has not (homeopathy, crystals, vitamins to cure aids, reflexology, acupuncture and so on).
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Herbal medicine = informal way of saying that you eat the freaking plant/fungus/whatever directly instead of taking the extracted or synthesized compound as a pill.

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DigitalShadow    136
No one has mentioned the shake weight yet. I have no idea if it's effective or not (I would guess not), but I don't think it's possible to use one without looking like a complete idiot. I saw a late night commercial with a guy using one and couldn't stop laughing for 5 minutes.

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zedz    291
[quote]Wait, is it 1997 again? [/quote]
I dont understand
[quote]
Does the keyboard button allow you to turn the system [i]on[/i]? If so, then yes, it is very useful. [/quote]
thats been available since last century, perhaps not all bios's allow it though, eg on one PC in the 90s I set it up so all I need to turn on the PC is to press any key on the keyboard, yes that can be handy.
Im talking about the when the PC is going youre typing and accidently press the power button (on the last one I had it was the same place as the pause/break button & same shape/size as any other button) and the PC instantly switches off,
Im still waiting for a single reason why this key is a good idea? :D

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cowsarenotevil    3005
[quote name='zedz' timestamp='1316542670' post='4863920']
[quote]Wait, is it 1997 again? [/quote]
I dont understand
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The power button doesn't immediately cut power to the machine, nor does it cause you to lose unsaved work. It also doesn't make Windows (or any other operating system that I've used) unhappy. In fact, it's the same as doing Start->Shut Down. It's been that way since old computer cases where the power button was physically connected to the power supply stopped being used (you know, with the "It is now safe to turn off your computer" message).

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BeanDog    1065
[quote name='phantom' timestamp='1316473780' post='4863568']
There is also a significant difference between using a plant to cure something and using a 'cure' which is something which has been dilluited to an insane degree and apprently still works because 'water has a memory'... The first is science, the second is what we call 'magic' or 'bullshit' depending on your frame of mind :)

To summerise;
- clove oil = science
- magic water = bullshit
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This. My wife came home from Wal-mart the other day, happy to have finally found something in the pharmacy section that would treat a 6-month-old's cold symptoms safely. When I explained to her how homeopathy really works, she was pretty seriously pissed (and of course returned the product).

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Talroth    3247
[quote name='zedz' timestamp='1316542670' post='4863920']
[quote]
Does the keyboard button allow you to turn the system [i]on[/i]? If so, then yes, it is very useful. [/quote]
thats been available since last century, perhaps not all bios's allow it though, eg on one PC in the 90s I set it up so all I need to turn on the PC is to press any key on the keyboard, yes that can be handy.
Im talking about the when the PC is going youre typing and accidently press the power button (on the last one I had it was the same place as the pause/break button & same shape/size as any other button) and the PC instantly switches off,
Im still waiting for a single reason why this key is a good idea? :D
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As Cowsarenotevil said, the power button on modern computers are actually 'soft keys', that can be programmed to do different things, and even be context sensitive. I think windows defaults to "Pressing this button turns the system off", and most hardware is configured to have "Holding this button will eventually force a hard reboot" as standard. But you can also usually configure it to "Pressing this button brings up the shutdown" menu, or the sleep menu.

Poke around in your computer's power settings and change it to something else.

One of my classmates even configured his computer to take input from the power button for startup reasons. (A hardware hack) So anyone who just pressed the power button to start up got a very limited user account in a sandbox, but tapping it in the correct code booted into the real OS.

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zedz    291
[img]http://anarchistsunited.com/crap/keyboard.jpg[/img]
ok I dug out the old keyboard (hence the dust) if you accidentally(*) press the power button it will shut off the machine (just like the power supply has been turned off) i.e. it wont save things first

(*)& with it being so close to other keys I done it ~3x before I got a new keyboard, a little switch on the corner or something that youre accidentally not going to touch is a far better idea

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tstrimp    1798
[quote name='zedz' timestamp='1316557800' post='4863987']
[img]http://anarchistsunited.com/crap/keyboard.jpg[/img]
ok I dug out the old keyboard (hence the dust) if you accidentally(*) press the power button it will shut off the machine (just like the power supply has been turned off) i.e. it wont save things first

(*)& with it being so close to other keys I done it ~3x before I got a new keyboard, a little switch on the corner or something that youre accidentally not going to touch is a far better idea
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If we're just talking about poor design decisions... there are millions of examples of those floating around. I agree with the others that the concept isn't necessarily useless however.

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cowsarenotevil    3005
[quote name='zedz' timestamp='1316557800' post='4863987']
ok I dug out the old keyboard (hence the dust) if you accidentally(*) press the power button it will shut off the machine (just like the power supply has been turned off) i.e. it wont save things first
[/quote]

I don't see how that's possible provided that the keyboard isn't more or less directly connected to the power supply. I mean, maybe a special homeopathic keyboard that has an infinitesimal amount of electricity mixed into the plastic, but otherwise, not so much.

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BeanDog    1065
How about those fake "collector" coins they sell on late-night TV? You know, like the ones that look like Civil War-era coins, but are three times bigger and stamped out of iron rather than silver. Do people buy those things?

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zedz    291
[quote name='cowsarenotevil' timestamp='1316563858' post='4864017']
[quote name='zedz' timestamp='1316557800' post='4863987']
ok I dug out the old keyboard (hence the dust) if you accidentally(*) press the power button it will shut off the machine (just like the power supply has been turned off) i.e. it wont save things first
[/quote]

I don't see how that's possible provided that the keyboard isn't more or less directly connected to the power supply. I mean, maybe a special homeopathic keyboard that has an infinitesimal amount of electricity mixed into the plastic, but otherwise, not so much.
[/quote]
perhaps it is homeopathy at work or perhaps its magic! :blink:
I mean how on earth can you explain the fact that the PC turns on just by pressing the power key (or whatever key combination you have it set to in the bios) on the keyboard. :D

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way2lazy2care    790
[quote name='BeanDog' timestamp='1316564040' post='4864018']
How about those fake "collector" coins they sell on late-night TV? You know, like the ones that look like Civil War-era coins, but are three times bigger and stamped out of iron rather than silver. Do people buy those things?
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I think it's funnier that most of those fake coins are minted in small poor countries so they can say that they are "legal tender".

For example, [url="http://www.nzmint.com/starwars/millennium-falcon-coin-set"]these[/url] are $2 legal tender in Niue, which I did not even know was a country until I found the coins.

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FableFox    699
[quote name='zedz' timestamp='1316557800' post='4863987']
[img]http://anarchistsunited.com/crap/keyboard.jpg[/img]
ok I dug out the old keyboard (hence the dust) if you accidentally(*) press the power button it will shut off the machine (just like the power supply has been turned off) i.e. it wont save things first

(*)& with it being so close to other keys I done it ~3x before I got a new keyboard, a little switch on the corner or something that youre accidentally not going to touch is a far better idea
[/quote]

Remind me of my old keyboard where power / sleep / wakeup replaced the delete / end / pagedown, and print screen / scroll lock / pause break was shifted up along with other keys.

Statistically I understand the design, people all over the world does not keep their PC in vampiric mode, although some people does so that they doesn't have to go through the reboot mode. and most people put their cpu under the desk. and when was the last time a person press scroll lock or pause break. So I do use print screen here and there to write tutorials, but for most people? So some genius move all that key up, insert / home / page up shifted up with all the rest.

While it easy for people to shut down / sleep / warm up their pc, the problem it that those key replaced a well used and remember key (delete / end / page down). if nothing was shifed and instead they replace the upper key where print screen / scroll lock / pause break, it would have been ok.

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benryves    1999
[quote name='FableFox' timestamp='1316609829' post='4864179']and when was the last time a person press scroll lock or pause break.[/quote]
Programmers will likely use the "Break" key quite a bit when debugging, and the "Pause" bit was used in several games (DOOM, for example). As for Scroll Lock, the only widely-used piece of software I know of that still supports it is Excel.

However, Print Screen is used a fair amount and there are few things as irritating as pressing what you thought was Print Screen only for your PC to start shutting down.

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Tachikoma    575
[quote name='tstrimple' timestamp='1316495398' post='4863699']

[img]https://s3.amazonaws.com/uploads.hipchat.com/1916/6205/99ynexdh6ky1wir/babysnuggie2.jpg[/img]
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"Quaid... Quaid... start the reactor... free Mars..."

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way2lazy2care    790
[quote name='Tachikoma' timestamp='1316610345' post='4864183']
"Quaid... Quaid... start the reactor... free Mars..."
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[img]http://moviecultists.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/07/colin-farell-total-recall.jpg[/img]

buzz immediately killed.

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