Re: Touch screen emergency shut off?
Reminds me of one of my favourite Gary Larson cartoons - "Wings stay on, Wings fall off" one:
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...which then makes in customers pissed-off by the lowering of support/service standards so they take their business elsewhere resulting in lower sales, resulting in lower staff requirements, resulting in a whole new raft of redundancies, ad inifinitum (well, until the last person there turns out the light)
My first Epson was the FX-80, which was attached to my Commdore PET 2001-8 (yes, the one with the chiclet keyboard) via an IEEE-488 to parallel interface box. Worked fine for about 3 years and then blew its internal power regulators up requiring a quite expensive repair. The FX-80 limped on for another couple of years before it got traded in for an HP DeskJet Plus - this was back in the days when HP printers were still good workhorses and not just crappy devices for marketing ink at gold bullion prices. Nowadays I wouldn't touch either Epson or HP printers having been stung by their more recent (i.e. anything post 2000) pieces of utter shite!
A school local to me found out the hard way that their electronic door locks (the only type they had on them at first) were "fail safe". When they did have a power outage, they discovered (to their surprise), that all and sundry could just walk in and out of the school with no problem. They rapidly "downgraded" to proper old fashioned locks after that.
As reported by the BBC, a guy on Twitter said: "I’m sitting here in the dark in my toddler’s room because the light is controlled by @Google Home. Rethinking... a lot right now."
And THAT is why I don't have anything essential in my house controlled via the internet in any form or fashion. But you just can't tell people that - they have to experience the downsides for themselves before they get the clue!
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With thanks to Derek who came up with the above back in the 1980s when we both worked for a company called CHIPS which, at the time, stood for something like Computer Harmony & Information Processing Services (I might be wrong but it was a long time ago). We all thought it was a bit naff so there was an in-house "competition" to think up a new bunch of words for it. Once Derek's suggestion was submitted, the whole thing was dropped like a hot potato (sorry!).
Giving a shit only occurs after some major disaster has befallen them, whether it's ransomware, disk failure, phishing attack, virus infection or the secretary watering the houseplants plants on top of the "hard disk". Then they will do a bit of (but probably not enough) shit giving, though many of them will almost certainly try to find a scapegoat to blame first.
...run a 16-bit Windows 2 program on Windows 3.1, which is installed on top of DOS 6 that is running in a DOS emulator running inside the Amiga emulator, WinUAE, on a 32-bit Windows 10 install that is, itself, running on the 32-to-64 bridge in Wine/CrossOver on top of macOS Big Sur, on an ARM CPU that is emulating x86.
Or is that a bit ambitious?
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