How to Point Out a Design Error

And there it is, the ultimate first-world-problem. "My iPad is showing me that I'm fat."

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Reader Comments (27)

October 14, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterCernael

Reminds me of Charlie Brooker's "Black Mirror"

October 14, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterFlense

-People buy electronics so they'll have something to look at instead of their lives.

so true

also, how long should it take to receive our emails with the superhero comics? I sent an email a few days ago.

Note from Scott: It should have come immediately. I will resend.

October 14, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterwestin

You're not fat, Scott.....just big boned

October 14, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMick from Melbourne

First new art in a while? (not criticizing)

October 14, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMister Hill

Ha, screw you Apple BS patents!

It really does look like that in the last panel. Nicely done :)

October 14, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJerodast

I hate when I'm playing something and the screen goes black to a loading screen and I can see myself there all ugly. I close my eyes during load times, now.

October 14, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAdam

I may be the only person with this dirty of a mind, but when I glanced at the last panel, I expected the white, gloopy 'enterprise' to be...something else.

October 14, 2012 | Unregistered Commenteranon imus

http://misterfweem.blogspot.com/2010/07/paul-yarrow-news-raider.html Paul Yarrow, news raider (not that sissy singer) approves, and will likely be photobombing iPads everywhere very soon, striking back for all the unsightly on the Earth!

October 15, 2012 | Unregistered Commentermisterfweem

I carefully angle my netbook screen to avoid this very problem. Or, failing that, I go read Basic Instructions.

(Btw, I also sent my email--today--but haven't received a reply ... hope nothing's wrong.)

I'll have Scott check out what's up with his Gmail auto-reply; it should have bounced a response straight back to you. The filter is pretty uptight about the subject line being exact. ~Missy

October 15, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterRebekah

Watching old episodes of Star Trek:TOS is really the only use I have found for my tablet also. :)

October 15, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterjh

Reason #16,934 why I'm happy not to own a devilbox or satanslate.

October 15, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterkhereva

Mine shows me that I'm ugly, too.

October 15, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterResuna

Yes, it's long past time for the pendulum to swing back away from glassy screens to matte anti-glare surfaces. Even if you're not ugly, don't you want to see the movie you're watching, instead of the open window behind you?

October 15, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterResuna

"WORST DESIGN EVER"

totally read it in CBG's voice

October 15, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDr. Dust Cell

There is a slightly interesting story of evil as to why every device is an unusable mirror. Electronics companies used to coat every screen with an expensive anti-scratch, anti-glare paint. Someone invented better screens that do not scratch nearly as much, and are equally hard to coat. During testing of new coatings, someone noticed that people invariably picked up the shiny, reflective, unreadable, uncoated control units more than any of the the others. A couple sales tests followed, and it was confirmed. Coatings hurt sales, and making the screen more reflective increases sales. The competition picked up immediately, and bean counters everywhere concurred. Cheaper IS better, at least in the eyes of morons who buy things in stores. Whether people like to look at themselves, or whether they are just magpies doesn't matter. We are stuck with it now, because the bean counters will not allow the cost back into the devices.

October 15, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterdavid taylor

The last panel was so funny that it made me spit out my coke. You owe me a coke, Scott!

October 15, 2012 | Unregistered Commentertoshistation

Well the screen could have been made with a matte finish. Like some laptops have. But then the iPad would be 42% less shiny and thus, 42% less attractive!

October 15, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterPlasticQuit

Hah! Another one that I think should rank up their with your very best work, Scott! The line, "People buy electronics so they'll have something to look at instead of their lives." is pure genius (and pure truth, I think as well).

When I encounter a blank (black) screen that is mirroring my face, I end up purposefully making goofy faces.... perhaps in a subconscious effort to avoid thinking about my many flaws.

You are both a philosopher and scholar today sir! Bravo!

PipeTobacco

October 15, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterPipeTobacco

Totally read "Worst Design Ever" in Comic Book Guy's voice, immediately followed by the TOS sound found here: http://basicinstructions.net/ask-capt-pike/

October 15, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterTheMortallyWounded

I get the joke, and it's funny, but the first thing I thought when I saw the last panel; "Which Enterprise is that? The curvature of the nacelle pylons and the size of the deflector dish make it appear to be The Abram's version."

I am a Trekkie.

October 15, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKevin

LoL now that you've said it, I won't be able to forget it. Nice one Scott.

October 15, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterRaestloz

Heh, I'm watching Star Trek as I read this, although not on my tablet...

I also have not gotten my e-mail after donating last week :<

Just sent you the link. Sorry about that! (Not sorry that you're watching Trek, though.) ~Missy

October 16, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLythande

I bet they could make a killing if they put up ads for nose-hair clippers when the screen goes dark.

October 16, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterRick

Panel four reminds me of this comic.

June 11, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterGorm

Halliburton actually does own the patent on patenting things. It's just not enforceable. The patent office will patent anything if you pay the fee these days, since they need fees to operate without government funding. It's up to the patent holders to try to defend them. One guy patented the act of using a laser pointer as a cat toy. Another patented sticks. Like, dead tree branches.

October 10, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBill S.

Panel 1 makes me think of this comic:

http://ars.userfriendly.org/cartoons/?id=20030301&mode=classic

March 4, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJoey

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