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Mauser96 said something very interesting a few days ago, but it got buried in the middle of a thread and I think it deserves more attention. He(?) said this:

I wish I knew what were even some of those opportunities to innovate. Real innovation usually requires a broken failing process, something that works so badly (or doesn't work at all) that people are willing to venture into the unknown to fix it. In retrospect mobile phones were that way before the iPhone came along. They were difficult to use with a maze of menus and multiple buttons, something only an engineer could love. I hated my Nokia. But since I had never seen an iPhone I thought that the Nokia was something I would just have to put up with, a necessary but unwanted complication in my life.

So what are some areas of technology (or life) that are broken and frustrating, but we are (for now) stuck with them?

- NailThatJello suggested self checkout in stores and/or iWallet
- I suggested cable TV
- Goofyhoofy suggested print media

Can people think of others?
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