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(The New York Times)   It's this guy's fault your phone is so hard to use   ( divider line
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2013-02-10 09:54:40 AM  
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Actor_au: This is the dick that make phone buttons the opposite of calculator buttons?

 The rectangular design of the keypad, the shape of its buttons and the position of the numbers - with "1-2-3" on the top row instead of the bottom, - all sprang from empirical research conducted or overseen by Mr. Karlin.

Yeah, the dick who instead of going along blindly with the way things always had been done, did the hard work of researching the best way to do it instead of sticking with some arbitrary decision made by god knows who, for heavens knows what reason.
2013-02-10 02:32:03 PM  
2 votes:
"One day I was at a cocktail party and I saw some people over in the corner," Mr. Karlin recalled in a 2003 lecture. "They were obviously looking at me and talking about me. Finally a lady from this group came over and said, 'Are you the John Karlin who is responsible for all-number dialing?' " Mr. Karlin drew himself up with quiet pride. "Yes, I am," he replied. "How does it feel," his inquisitor asked, "to be the most hated man in America?"

Wow, them's some definite first world problems right there...
2013-02-10 11:37:11 AM  
2 votes:
Was he the inventor of the touchscreen?
2013-02-10 09:01:10 AM  
2 votes:
It's good for pretty much every thread.
2013-02-10 04:15:08 PM  
1 vote:

robohobo: And the pussifying of the world continues.

robohobo: oops, wrong thread.

Given the butthurt in this thread, I'd say you were in exactly the right place.
2013-02-10 11:34:44 AM  
1 vote:

That's the character who forced us to 10 digit dialing. Seriously? I have to dial the area code even when I'm in the same one? Stupid.

The consequence of using what I guess would be called a Big-Endian growth strategy. Need more numbers? Divvy-up an existing area and create a new prefix.

Back in the day, a local call was usually five digits (the last digit of the three-digit office code plus the four-digit "phone" number) or, in the instance of a single small exchange, just four digits. The MBTA had (still has?) its own exchange so a call to any of its facilities from any of its other facilities, regardless of their location, was a four-digit call. Probably doesn't work that way anymore.
2013-02-10 10:47:16 AM  
1 vote:
Because this would be better?

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2013-02-10 10:37:44 AM  
1 vote:
Social scientists?!

Clearly this is socialism related and therefore Obama's fault
2013-02-10 10:31:45 AM  
1 vote:
No he isn't. That's the character who forced us to 10 digit dialing. Seriously? I have to dial the area code even when I'm in the same one? Stupid.
2013-02-10 09:43:36 AM  
1 vote:
John E. Karlin, Who Led the Way to All-Digit Dialing

When I moved and got a new number, I requested that my phone number have no ones or zeroes so I could spell something with it.
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