I believe this is the right board for it, because of recent news in the media, bailouts, etc. Also because this particular section of MR gets a lot of traffic, and it is an off-topic section, another reason to post it here. If this is the wrong board, Mods, please move to the right section. Anyways, below are only my opinion on what certain industries are doing wrong. These really bug me, and probably will always bug me until something gets done about it. This is just a rant, if you do not have anything nice or constructive to say, please do not say it at all. I just want to see what others think about this however. The CAR industry They are always the last to get features that many other foreign car manufacturers get first. iPod integration and the like I have noticed went to foreign cars before they were mainstream on American cars. This is only based upon personal observation. New technologies were always largely being ignored, and instead they rather reshape cars from the past and call it the "NEW 2009/2010" Model! Same principle from 1960s though, Turn the key, engine starts, combustible engine still present. DVD based nav is a joke, and map updates are not worth $300. I can just buy a whole new GPS for that price. The cell phone industry Up until the Apple iPhone, they were pretty much in the same boat as the car industry, reshaping phones into different shapes, and then selling it off as new models. Thank you iPhone! Smartphones existed, but they were hard to use, and had numerous issues. Windows Mobile had and still has a task manager, that isn't even easy to get to. However, look at the trend we are seeing with this, since the iPhone came out, the others still fail to innovate, instead they insist of copying the iPhone. The GAMING INDUSTRY This one is a huge one, Look at the processor speed of a new Nintendo DS, PSP, or the Wii. Is there any reason my iPhone has a faster processor than these when these are supposed to provide an excellent gaming experience? The gaming industry, up until the recent years, have been spewing out nothing but proprietary crap, right down to the fact that you can't even plug in regular RCA cables into the back of a PS2. Thank god for HDMI, because now after many eons, we are finally starting to see the actual connector on the back of the console, rather than some proprietary crap. The computer industry Known to innovate A LOT, but to me, I do not see much happening. Even Apple seems to be toning down the new features a bit. Educational institutions Is there a reason why most schools, you can't look at your child's grades online? A few school districts in my area are doing it, but the system is so unreliable, and a joke, you are lucky if you can even log in. IT administrators of these schools barely even know how to keep their Macs/PCs updated with the free update software. Software seems to be in "testing" for MONTHS to a YEAR before being deployed on network computers. Nothing is "mission critical" about student computers, IMO, so there is no reason why this software could have not been deployed earlier. GOOD EXAMPLE: A local high school here bought brand new computers with licenses for the latest OS, Vista, it comes with Vista Business, but instead they downgrade it not to XP, but to Windows 98! Because there were no new drivers for the Video card, they were stuck at 800x600 resolution. They basically jury-rigged this setup to make it work with 98. This is inexcusable....I notice this a lot in educational institutions, making dumb decisions such as this. State laws Go through a dumb laws book, and I was able to crosscheck with real laws, and these laws actually exist. No one bothered to purge these old laws? Women can't wear jeans on Wednesdays? You kidding me? The Government Not even going to say much about this one, but because the politics involved, any progress made will be the smallest step possible! The ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRY Just look at whats going on. Forcing physical media, and going against digital legalized downloads. If they have a download available, it is DRMd to all hell, only fighting against people who legally purchased the item to begin with. Suing a woman for millions of dollars to download 24 songs. Greed is heavily present. Digital downloads that come packed with DVDs don't even work with the Macs, because of stupid DRM.