This electronic ultrasonic bug and rat repellent device has a circuit to light LEDs, but nothing else

This "ultrasonic" pest repellent just has circuit to control LEDs inside from r/assholedesign

This Adtala ultrasonic bug and rat repellent device is advertised as having an "Upgraded Smart Chip." Reddit user SoggyMonsoon opened the case and found a circuit with 2 LEDS, 2 diodes, and three resistors, but no Upgraded Smart Chip. Does it even emit an ultrasonic tone? A commenter said: "this circuit WOULD emit ultrasonic sound. It looks like it would oscillate between the lights. Of course it would be extremely quiet since there is no amplification circuit here to the point that I highly doubt any living thing would be affected by it, but this circuit would in fact make 2 different pitches based on the light that was currently on / diodes in use. All electric circuits have a frequency. So along those lines any electronic device would be about as effective as this thing."

Below, a video of a test with a Bell and Howell Ultrasonic Rodent Repeller. It didn't work. In fact, rats seem to be attracted to it:

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Toilet designed to be uncomfortable to sit on, aimed at boosting employee productivity

A Staffordshire company called StandardToilet has designed a toilet with a seat that tilts downward, making it painful to sit on for more than a few minutes.

From StandardToilet's website:

It is estimated that in the United Kingdom alone, extended employee breaks costs industry and commerce an estimated £4 billion per annum. Moreover, medical studies have suggested that using the traditional WC can cause swollen haemorrhoids and weakening of pelvic muscles.

Our unique Patent Application, applicable UK and worldwide, offers the ability to increase business efficiency and profits through reductions in social media usage.

I hope this is a consciousness-raising joke about institutional cruelty.

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How Disney teaches kids to be suspicious

It's important for kids to learn that the world is replete with charlatans, mountebanks, rascals, rogues, hustlers, flim-flammers, tricksters, and con artists.

Disney is doing its part by selling a kit of "1001 Stickers" of famous Disney princesses like Ariel, Jasmine, etc. But when kids open the package, they'll see that 768 of the stickers are, as one disappointed Reddit user put it, "useless fucking squares. Thanks Disney."

Thanks, indeed! It's a cheap way to learn a valuable lesson.

1001 stickers and 768 of them are useless fucking squares. Thanks Disney. from r/assholedesign

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A glossary of dirty tricks websites use against their readers

Dark patterns are sneaky tricks websites use to fool users into doing things they don't want to do. This video and glossary describes a number of the manipulative ruses and gives some examples.

Confirmshaming The act of guilting the user into opting into something. The option to decline is worded in such a way as to shame the user into compliance.

Forced Continuity When your free trial with a service comes to an end and your credit card silently starts getting charged without any warning. In some cases this is made even worse by making it difficult to cancel the membership.

Sneak into Basket You attempt to purchase something, but somewhere in the purchasing journey the site sneaks an additional item into your basket, often through the use of an opt-out radio button or checkbox on a prior page.

Roach Motel You get into a situation very easily, but then you find it is hard to get out of it (e.g. a premium subscription).

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The worst of modern websites, in one short video

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Welcome to the World Wide Web of 2018!

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Deceptive packaging makes it look like you are getting 3 pens, but there's only one in the box

It beggars belief that this packaging wasn't designed to trick people into thinking there are three pens in the box instead of just one. Read the rest