Time to take back tech control
WHAT happened to the term “user-friendly”?
The rapid development of new technology leaves many floundering.
As columnist Karen Brooks suggested ( C-M, Jan 14), the market and its gadgets control us.
As they evolve, we are in danger of unravelling. died on our roads last year. Many of those fatal accidents were due to drink-drivers.
Hence we all can accept the message: “If you drink and drive you are an idiot.”
Well, if you ingest an illegal substance when you have no idea what it is and you also paid a stranger money for it, then surely you should also classify yourself as an “idiot”.
Your dollars enrich criminals who care as much about the effects of their drugs as a hyena would about its kill.
Your decision and indulgence adds to the harm of illicit drugs in this country.
I have no problem if people want to test pills, but I object if the taxpayer is to foot the bill.
If you want your pill tested, pay for a proper laboratory assessment and blame them if it does you harm.
Take responsibility for your own behaviour, rather than blaming the Government or
You could associate labour-saving inventions such as washing machines and vacuum cleaners with convenience and contentment.
They don’t confuse and deplete pockets like some of today’s mind-boggling devices.
On the positive side, technology has unknown society for your unwise decisions. Bruce Lanham, Yeronga FAR too many people have fallen victim to their own stupidity by consuming drugs.
Of recent instances, they have taken their drugs/pills at music festivals and several have subsequently died. Will they ever learn? Pill testing is not the answer as this tends to condone drug use.
Abstinence is the only solution.
Perhaps one answer is to send those who recover from their drug (ab)use the bill for the ambulance, treatment and hospitalisation.
Regrettably, there will always be those who succumb to peer pressure or a desire to try a little “lift” in their life, which in most cases is to their detriment. If in doubt, don’t. Peter Johnson, Robina potential to revolutionise health, education, communication and save the environment.
It is up to the most intelligent life on the planet, mankind, not to put the brakes on progress, but to exercise discipline and influence the way we manage it. Ros Smith, Middle Park KAMIL GRZYWKA 32, lawyer, Brisbane City For a period of time, yes. Once the migrants have their independence they can move. Cities are a great place to start a new life. FREAR ALDERSON 31, maintenance scheduler, Jabiru, NT I really don’t know. If the town has job opportunities, then yes. If not, no. Small towns are already suffering because there aren’t enough jobs. ANA JORGE 35, student, South Brisbane I guess the population could be better spread. Smaller cities are nice and migration could help develop them. CARLA PALENZUELA 22, cleaner, Spring Hill Small towns have fewer job opportunities for foreign people. I studied journalism in Spain, now I’m cleaning at a hotel. 24, chef, New Farm It’s all about getting permanent residency. If it helps them get permanent status they’ll go regional, but the best jobs and lifestyle are in the city. 29, roofer, Meridan Plains That’s a hard one. We don’t force current city dwellers to move to the bush. We should welcome migrants in any town they choose to make their home.