1. A lot school books and supplies. When I went to school we had world maps that still contained countries that hadn't existed for a decade.

  2. In the office at my last job, we had a world map on the wall that still had the USSR on it. It was framed and hung essentially as art.

  3. My first time teaching English as a second language, I was at a severely under-funded community center that had been converted from a factory. My classroom didn't have heat. (This was in Massachusetts, where winter has been ongoing for 400 years.)

  4. My high school German text book was 20+ years old. Everyone was still still using Deutsch Marks, and all the teens were throwing homework parties and seeing Cool Runnings. This also meant that all the audio components for the course were also on very worn casettes, so the teacher eventually just started reading manuscripts aloud for listening tests.

  5. The US ACH (automated clearing house) electronic funds transfer system. The same architecture that was used to build the system in the 70s is still in use today. And it still closes down for the weekends to coincide with bank hours. Modern computers don’t need to close on the weekends...

  6. It seems to me that the banks LIKE this arrangement so they can use the money over the weekend. In other words, it's for the bank's enrichment and no benefit to the consumer. If they could figure out how to make more money than this scheme on a 24/7 system, they'd do it immediately.

  7. OSX having 2.7 as the system python that you cannot remove/upgrade and forces Python 3 to be executed as “python3” is infuriating.

  8. What's annoying is that we have to learn about semaphore signals as metro drivers in central london and kent even though we never come across them

  9. After graduating in 2010 I was desperate for work and looked on my alma mater’s jobs page. There was a huge photo of me and my friend that heavily implied we were employed and happy graduates.

  10. This really put me off when I was applying for universities in NA. The websites are just awful. There were pages at MIT of all places detailing current research that hadn't been updated for 6 years and the projects since ditched.

  11. I teach high school math and we're still having students get the TI 8whatever models. I use Demos a lot in class, which is free and easier to use and looks better and runs on basically every electronic device in the Universe as well as some varieties of potato. But of course the tail of standardized tests wags the dog of my classroom.

  12. The way we apply to jobs online. Everyone is using a different system to do the same thing. You'd think there would be a better system for applying to jobs by now than to be filling out an endless amount of the same forms and multiple choice questions.

  13. Omg as someone is job searching this is infuriating! I’ve applied to 80+ jobs in 6 weeks. I’ve had to keep track of over 30 log ins for different companies and I’m not even applying for high level jobs. They are admin type jobs! It takes forever when I have a good resume that I should just be able to attach to an email. Or upload to their website.

  14. And they all want you to make an account to, like you'd be wanting to apply to more than just the one position.

  15. Oh damn, this is so true. I just finished job hunting last week, and the steps to apply to a lot of places are just mind-numbing.

  16. The amount of hospital computers that use it and older versions of windows is crazy, and sometimes they don't have a choice because some medical devices are only compatible with like windows 2000 or some other OS from the '90s.

  17. Can confirm. I've worked with scientific instruments with OS as old as Win 98' because the software they use was fully redesigned rather than updated. The instruments can be $10-250k so you aren't in a position to just scrap them and buy a newer system, so they're stuck running on old slow computers because they can't be upgraded.

  18. The most widely used they seem to be are on Vanity Fair promotional youtube videos for actors/famous people. That one guy is being kept in a job.

  19. My grandma watches Steve Wilkos every day, where they give people accused of rape/molestation polygraph tests. It's fucking horrifying.

  20. Polygraph doesn't measure if you're lying, it measures if you are nervous. It assumes that honest people would be nervous if they are lying to the police.

  21. Jumping onto this comment to add: gendered shoe sizing. It's incredibly stupid. Ladies shoe size = mens shoe size + 2. So, for example, a mens size 7 shoe is a womens size 9.

  22. Also jumbling up women's pants into a simple size whereas men's are based on width and height. Plus, a size 2 in women's pants at one store could be a size 6 somewhere else.

  23. If there’s any justice, the noises fax machines make are the tortured screams of Giovanni Caselli as he burns in Hell.

  24. Absolutely. I could almost forgive the technology itself, even if it is rather dated and insecure, but I cannot stand that fax is so frequently used an obstacle between an average person versus some bureaucracy. Usually when money is play - if you want it to go your way, gotta have fax access.

  25. It's mostly because the security features are second to none, because nobody wants to hack a fuckin fax machine.

  26. Fun fact the Fax was invented 20 years before the civil war in 1846. Long before the telephone which was 1876. It’s long past time to retire the Fax machine.

  27. This is on purpose. The time used to be a happy necessity for them as transferring and cataloging thousands of paper checks took time and human labor. To compensate this effort, the central banks (banks for banks) would give a higher deposit interest rate, accrued daily, so they would make money off of holding your money for that 3-5 day period. Now the transfers happen in milliseconds but they hold onto the money and profit from the interest.

  28. In the UK it's literally seconds. Government realised there was no real reason for it not to be instant so demanded it to be instant. It's now instant.

  29. I lived in the US for a few years, moved from Canada and using the banks there was like going back 10-15 years in time, it was pretty brutal

  30. What sucks is that the cameras likely support better quality, but because they're skimping on the storage space they're forced to use low res and low framerate.

  31. The phrase "Catch you on the flipside". It's an old phrase back from when DJ's would let a vinyl play all the way through so you wouldn't hear them talk again til they had to flip it.

  32. The DJ would then say “What’s up everybody if you liked that album be sure to like and subscribe” for 20 minutes straight

  33. Ah, the nostalgia. Eye-breaking contrast in the text colors, a sparkly background to make everything harder to read, and a warning that the movie trailer is a giant 7.5 mb QuickTime file.

  34. Incandescent lights. If I'm doing my math correctly, LEDs use 1% of the energy of them, and they last much, much longer.

  35. Conventionals (all types of filimant bulbs) will dim all the way down to zero percent and not cut off towards the bottom. Some very expensive dimmers (theatrical and architectural) are getting better at LED dimming, but still kind of suck.

  36. Social security numbers. Why do I have a static generated number that is given to me that I am told not to give out, but at the same time anyone that pays me needs it to report taxes. O top of that you can't get a bank account, house (rental or mortgage), phone, or any line of credit without it. If anyone gets their hands on it, which is easy, then you are fucked. That person basically has your life's password.

  37. It used to be just as a number assigned to you for social security benefits then it got morphed into what it is today. In some states it used to be your driver's license number, in the military it's on your dog tags as an I'd number.

  38. To your last point, make a list of fake answers. You'll reuse them so you remember them, but they aren't real so no one can guess.

  39. The problem isn't the number. The problem is that it is being misused both as an identifier and as authentication. You only need extremely basic IT security to understand that the same number can't be both of those things.

  40. It drives me up the wall how 95% of security questions for financial and medical accounts are things most people's parents, siblings, or maybe even friends could answer: Name of high school, Street you grew up on, Mother's maiden name, dog's name.

  41. My grandpa has one, it's 25 years old, works pretty well. He's very proud. It's going to explode one day, no doubt.

  42. Really any two-stroke engine. Lawn equipment, bikes, ATV's, paramotors, etc. They're just so easy to work on, and parts are cheap to come across

  43. The US Military still uses 8 inch floppy disks on outdated IBM computers to run the nuclear missile systems. It's because they are incredibly hard to hack. The computers are essentially air-gapped and the old IBM computers are reliable. If the military has extra parts and 8 inch floppy disks to transfer the data to avoid degradation then theres no reason as to why they cant use the same tech to run the system for another 40 years.

  44. And also, updating carries risks of bugs. In 1983, the Soviets had a new radar system that reported U.S. nuclear missiles bound for the USSR. Turns out it was an error caused by sunlight bouncing off clouds. If the radar operator hadn’t figured out that it wasn’t real, we might all be dead.

  45. It's not so much because they are hard to hack (it's actually easy enough to make a secure computer, depending on what you want to use it for), but rather because of your second reason; it's more reliable. Those old mainframe style computers are designed specifically for reliability, even going so far as to have redundant systems to ensure that there is no downtime.

  46. AA. The program is like 70 years old and in that time we have learned SO MUCH about addiction and proper treatment but AA has essentially stayed the same. Normally I wouldn't care if AA was some tiny niche thing but in the states we treat it like is the best/only way for alcoholics and drug addicts to recover but its success rate is about 8% and the WHO doesn't even place AA in the top 25 for recovery programs. I don't really care that AA is behind the times, but I would like it to be seen for the ineffective program it is. Watched too many of my friends and family relapse or die and go in and out of AA rooms thinking that was the only way to stay sober.

  47. I couldn’t agree more, the 12 step approach has absolutely no basis in science for being an effective program of recovery from addictions. However the vast majority of rehabs use it as a basis for their programs. It is completely ridiculous, telling someone they have to have a “spiritual awakening” and belief in a higher power in order to recover. Then you have people who are completely unqualified and maybe have way too many of their own unresolved issues sponsoring the newcomers. It’s a big shit show. You walk in and the majority of the members are chain smoking, guzzling coffee, some have gained like 60 pounds or more, and some are totally working the room having affairs with every new member they meet, yet they are talking about how they are now free from their addictions. If anyone gets upset at what I have written I spent quite a few years in those rooms trying to “get it” and help myself, because I was told it was the only way out of my addiction. Oh I could go on and on with what’s wrong with those 12 step programs.

  48. Worse, courts sometimes mandate it, and the AA widespread influence of AA really holds back more effective addiction treatment in the USA. It's almost cultlike really.

  49. In one year all my hardware will be a decade old. I dread the day where stuff will stop working. I bought my PC for a bit over 1K and now it feels like a similar build would be double that if not more

  50. It was decided that from 2021 all EU member states will stop participating in daylight savings "clock turning". Each country can choose to stay in summer time or winter time.

  51. And pretty much all EMS personnel. Has to do with the frequency at which they operate. Penetrates into deep concrete labyrinths. Unlike cell phones.

  52. We have upgraded to cellphones at all the hospitals I have worked in but we still have this "alarm pager" for cardiac arrests. They are neat because one button activates all the alarms and you usually need to call a team of 3-4 and we are in each our department.

  53. A lot of places still use them because they can receive a signal in places a cell signal won't reach them. All the maintenance guys I've worked with had them because a cell won't ring in lower levels of many buildings.

  54. The current educational system was developed in the 1940s based on Dewey's educational philosophy. With only some modifications (like gender equality in coursework and a larger focus on STEM and getting away from home ec/woodshop), it's functionally remained the same in the last 75+ years.

  55. Isn't the standard toilet like more than 100 years old? I think with our technology now it could get a lot of upgrades.

  56. It’s a chair you connect to a pipe what do you wanna do shit into a drone that flies your poop up to the sun?

  57. Towels, man, what the fuck. We've been using this shit for fucking millennia and no one has come up with something better. The only alternative right now is those weird warm air domes (I don't know what to call them) rich people have but I'd guess they're pretty expensive. Fuck I hate being forced by the towel monopoly.

  58. Fax machines. It's still mainly how hospitals and health centers send patient data. People think it's secure, but faxes are very often sent to the wrong fax/phone number and are often left there for days. The wrong people often pick up the fax and leave them in unusual places.

  59. Their tax system in general is like looking at a cross section of an archaeology dig. Just layers of weird codes and dated 'wtf were they thinking ' laws.

  60. Well. Eisenhower saw the German highways and said, that he need to bring this to the us. But he also introduced speed limits. You could drive on dirt roads in the 20s faster than on modern day roads. And this with modern cars. By the way. Germany’s highways are pretty safe, even though in most parts there is no speed limit. More accidents happen on German country roads.

  61. There's lots of musical forms. If you want something different, listen to something that isn't (or wasn't) top 40. Song form just works really well for pop.

  62. There’s actually some pretty prevalent variation on this— for instance it’s pretty common to have the first two verses stacked together, so the song would go Verse 1, Verse 2, Chorus, Verse 3, Chorus, Bridge, Chorus. It’s also common to start with a chorus or have bridges repeat.

  63. My music studio Mac OS. If I connect to the internet, it'll make me update my software. But in order to upgrade my software I need to upgrade the OS! And my computer is too slow for that! However, currently everything works fine, and runs with the same features I've always had. I will never be plugging this thing into the internet ever again.

  64. I've heard this topic referenced when talking about guitar gear quite a bit recently. (Vacuum) Tube based amps are still widely favored and still in production. For guitar pedals, germanium transistor technology is considered by many to be favorable as well, though essentially no other industry uses them, and germanium transistors are no longer being manufactured.

  65. Traditional forms of punishment, like behavior charts and corporal punishment. Literally over 50 years of neuroscience research has shown that this is super ineffective in teaching kids life skills like problem solving or impulse control.

  66. Exactly. If you hit or humiliate a person for doing something bad they will usually learn how to do the thing without getting caught or come to dread the thing. Making behavioral charts waters a person’s actions in a variety of fields down to black and white terms. The people will do exactly what they are graded on in the behavioral chart and then not put any effort into learning anything extra. There are countless pages of research that are telling us to change the way we teach people not to do things, but so many people just go for what is easy instead of what is the most beneficial.

  67. Not everyone using a toll road lives in that area, or even that state (in the US). There needs to be a way for "out of towners" to pay the toll (although the camera system in Texas seems to work)

  68. Stop charging me an annual fee for ezpass or ipass or whatever transponder. Standardize on one and drop the BS fees. I don't mind buying a transponder, but having to pay yearly to have it negates any savings from normal tolls for me. I'll pay the worker for the three times a year I need to.

  69. Whatever it is that says things such as Postal Service and Banks HAVE to close on Sunday. Would it really be that difficult to just hire people to work that shift and get off on a different day? That way no one is inconvenienced by them being closed and if anything it creates more jobs. I can't express how many times I've been waiting for a package only to have it delayed due to It's expected arrival being on a Sunday.

  70. Half the software I use is still on FORTRAN specs from the 70s. Still, for some scientific computing, a 5% improvement in runtime efficiency means half a week saved.

  71. The polygraph. It’s been thoroughly debunked as junk science, and yet it is still widely used to screen applicants for law enforcement and intelligence jobs, and to conduct criminal investigations. It unfortunately leads to many good quality candidates being disqualified from these jobs over false accusations of dishonesty, as well as people with no conscience getting these jobs because they have no remorse about lying, and thus don’t react to people questioning them.

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