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    Slouching Toward Idiocracy

    That this is news is astonishing. It's only new, or news because nobody had considered people so utterly mind numbingly stupid before. And so, it makes sense Microsoft came along to solve this problem.

    Microsoft tech lets batteries load in either direction

    The company said Thursday it has a patent for designing devices so that batteries can be inserted either way, regardless of polarity. Dubbed InstaLoad, Microsoft said, the technology is now available for license to other companies.

    Further, the company said it will offer the license royalty-free to companies making products for people with hearing, vision, or learning disabilities.

    Battery maker Duracell and flashlight manufacturer AE Light are among the first companies to license the technology, Microsoft said.

    The technology appears to work simply enough, including both positive and negative contacts at both ends. A center contact at the top supports a positive charge, while the wider bottom contact supports negative polarity.

    Still, it would seem to be a big time saver. Microsoft bills it as particularly useful for devices that use a lot of batteries, that need to have batteries changed frequently, or that can be damaged if the batteries are inserted improperly.




    "Seems kinda handy, what's the downside?" First of all, MS is offering this royalty-free for people with physical challenges. Nice. Except, not so much. More like pandering, insulting even - but it gives great PR cover to charge on the other 95% of devices.

    That they get to charge licensing at all for this circuit anyone could write up after 10 minutes of studying electrical circuits is a FARCE. Shame on whatever enforcement agency that would back that.

    Big time saver? Bigger waste of time to challenge that point. And while yes, there is the occasional device that can be damaged by inserting the batteries backward, this "solution" won't solve that. That only happens on devices where an even simpler fault circuit is left out to save cost. A car produced so cheap there are no seatbelts is going to get airbags instead? That's how BS that bit of PR is.

    Before this I could almost imagine a toilet with arrows pointed on it showing "Shit goes this way", but I now see that's already outdated thinking. I need to imagine a toilet that allows you to unleash in any direction and expect it to clean up after you.

    Whata world.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Odd View Post
    [COLOR="Green"]That they get to charge licensing at all for this circuit anyone could write up after 10 minutes of studying electrical circuits is a FARCE. Shame on whatever enforcement agency that would back that.
    You didn't think of it.

    Seriously though, I don't even know why this is news, or who cares. It's a solution to a problem that doesn't exist. How often do you hear about explosions or house fires resulting from consumer electronics with reversed batteries?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Xiphos View Post
    You didn't think of it.

    Seriously though, I don't even know why this is news, or who cares. It's a solution to a problem that doesn't exist. How often do you hear about explosions or house fires resulting from consumer electronics with reversed batteries?
    I did go to a disturbance the other day where an idiot was screaming at the clerk they needed to replace his tv remote since it was the batteries fault that he put them in the wrong way and broke it
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    Quote Originally Posted by pgg View Post
    I did go to a disturbance the other day where an idiot was screaming at the clerk they needed to replace his tv remote since it was the batteries fault that he put them in the wrong way and broke it
    The technology to fix that problem existed right after someone figured out the right size stick.
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    I figured the little picture of what way to put the battery in was good enough technology apparently not. Lol.
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    Hmm, the title made me think this was an Obama thread
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