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Comment Re:The Homer! (FP?) (Score 1) 412

One "toy" might not be worth getting a new car or paying a pile of cash for it to be added as a factory option, but a whole slew of them all put together in one nicely-bundled package might.

Not for me. Those toys are anti-features that reduce the desirability of the car. The more of them there are, the less desirable the car becomes.

Comment Re: The Homer! (FP?) (Score 1) 412

So what we have here is a bunch of people who do not want to drive, but are forced to.

This is me. I would love to be able to get rid of my car and all of the hassle and expense it brings, and to not have to actually drive. I live in the city, and in the city, driving just sucks.

Comment Re: The Homer! (FP?) (Score 1) 412

It wasn't freedom for me. I got freedom when I got a bus pass. For me, getting a driver's license was a rite of passage, a signpost on the way to adulthood. Rites of passage change over the generations, though, and for my 20something child, getting a license wasn't one. She still has no interest in getting one.

Comment Re:Actually great UX for everyone else (Score 1) 258

It's a dark UX pattern: Take away user's options, present it as "simplifying," and then set the defaults to the expensive ones.

Indeed. You've explained very well why I consider the current UX trend of "simplifying" everything to be Very Very Bad: it's only simplification if your usage matches the preprogrammed one. If it doesn't then all that's happened is that everything has been made more complicated.

Comment Re:Customers and value propositions (Score 1) 258

It might benefit the seller more but customers don't buy anything that doesn't have a value proposition.

This is demonstrably untrue. Customers buy things all the time that have no value proposition to them. We even have an entire industry devoted to convincing people to do this. It's called marketing.

Comment Re:That's all that consumer-oriented businesses do (Score 1) 258

it's just that it's so obviously a massive oversimplification that maybe people don't quite believe that it's generally true in practice.

This is 100% my stance. I engage in transactions every day that leave me poorer in one way or another and that I would prefer not to engage in, but have no real choice about.

Case in point: my broadband. I have a choice of exactly one provider, who is drastically overpriced and I despise. Buying broadband from them is not a statement that I think they're doing a good job or that I approve. It's a statement that I would suffer an even greater loss by going without broadband entirely.

The nicest thing about the Alto is that it doesn't run faster at night.