I am annoyed by poor engineering. I can only think of two glairing examples right now because I have not had enough coffee. Incidently, coffee timerâ€¦good engineeringâ€¦push button digital clocksâ€¦bad engineering.
#1 The Check Engine Light. How stupid is this? It is the Russian Roulette of status lights. Ours came on over the weekend. Why? Jenn had not screwed the gas cap on tightly and vapors were escaping. But the same light comes on if your car is about to explode. Why not just give an numbered display or plain text messages that say, â€œthe following condition has been encountered:â€ I will tell you whyâ€¦because they want to charge you $50 for plugging in their stupid meter. The engineer who agreed to this design should be tortured. Just prior to the torture being applied, a light should come on saying check torture. The tortures could vary from applying burns to listening to Gilbert Godfrey singing Perry Como songs. You just never know.
#2 The left lane exit on the highway. Any highway engineer who thinks this is a good idea should be shot. Period.
I will add to the list as my brain wakes up. What poor engineering solutions tick you off?