We can hardly blame the engineers when it's simple marketing and economics: they are designing for what are common (mis)perceptions of what constitutes "quality". I feel there is a trend now towards quieter and more efficient/lower power products, and ultimately it's us as consumers that drive these trends. However...If the customer isn't sure, then engineering companies should take pride in selling them what they need, not in pulling funfair-grade chicanery on them for a petty increase in share value
You can use that to your advantage if you are aware of it. I tend to look specifically for small print, hidden items, etc... and the political parties last in the list of the "Wahl-O-Mat", since the electronic "decision" helper prior to our elections is made by the government, which heavily "nudges" into the direction of the corrupt parties currently in power by putting them in the first places and limiting the number of parties you can compare your stances with to 8. That has been rated unconstitutional just now btw, I'll put that into the politics thread though, which is kinda an absurdism corner as well.We are also manipulated on every turn. Look up 'nudging'.
I wish... People tend to flock to big cities everywhere, but that doesn't seem to change anything in the USA or Europe when it comes to noise pollution.Incidentally, in Japan, products like hairdryers and vacuums tend to be much quieter, probably to do with density of population.
Easy answer: The sociopaths in expensive suits. There are lots of those fighting for a place at the top.Sadly, it is most-likely impossible to build a large-scale culture that doesn't attract deception - but we must try. The alternative is to leave inexperienced and uneducated members of society vulnerable to every sociopath in an expensive suit. That's only one step better than leaving every invalid vulnerable to thugs with brass knuckles. Who wants a nation like that?
Most consumers aren't "stupid", but perhaps misinformed.Blaming the stupid consumer for making poor decisions (and dancing away with the profit) is a gross abuse of that
I saw that the source code for Elona, a fun japanese roguelike was available online and decided to take a look. It turns out it is a single, 14mb text file with 444000 lines of code, completely devoid of comments, written in 'Hot Soup Processor', a japanese basic like language.
http://ylvania.org/en/elonaThe code that determines what monsters can spawn is 30000 lines of this (7% of the total game code), which checks for every monster, where if it fails it goto's the next monster, for all 1000 monsters in the game.