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Online Everything. - November 7th 2016, 10:19 PM

I just received an e-mail saying that some of the services that my University holds will become digitised next year, stuff like booking study rooms, for example, "so you no longer have to wait in line". What is the point of that? This is why I quite like Mathematics, I like the hard way of doing things. I do not mind waiting in line.

A government service requires a PIN Number, six digits, but recently they have introduced a voice recognition system, called "your unique VoicePrint". You have to repeat a phrase, and the computer compares the recitation with a control sample, to identify you, "so you no longer have to remember your PIN." I am seriously concerned that some people are impaired enough to fail to remember a six digit number.

Every time I go to my local bank, the woman at the counter just guides me to the internet banking system, I could confess a plot to kill someone, and she would respond with "do you have the app? Just log in, it's much easier....."

Forced changes in the name of convenience and safety piss me off. What is the issue with doing things the hard way, in person? It turns out that if you do not have a phone, then you have to go to the Student Central Office anyway and book the rooms via a machine INSIDE THE OFFICE, right next to the people who can just do it.

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Re: Online Everything. - November 8th 2016, 01:14 AM

Honestly, I am the total opposite of you. I want to book all my appointments online. I'd be majorly pissed if I had to physically go somewhere to book something because that's really annoying, it takes time out of my day for something I'm not even doing at that time. I avoid going to the bank unless it's a matter than can't be dealt with first online or second by phone. I deposit all my cheques in person because I *think* doing it electronically puts a few day hold on it and I prefer to make sure my money will get into my account right away.

I think people make more and more things online because it's convenient and frees up staffing resources to deal with more stuff - also it mean corporations can save money by hiring fewer "low level" or customer facing people, which can be an unfortunate drawback to the convenience aspect if the corp is like "oh la la", but realistically I think most companies prefer to employ as many people as possible if it means hey can make a larger profit by doing so, they might just restructure and expand in new ways.

I guess we've all got different views though

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Re: Online Everything. - November 8th 2016, 02:01 AM

I'm the opposite as well. Where I go to university, pretty much everything is online and has been for a while. Since I started there actually so I don't know any different. It's so much easier because I don't have to drive there and pay for parking just to make an appointment or register for classes. You can even pay online or do a bank transfer and reserve library books online as well. It saves times and is easier (for me at least).

As for the banking, our bank has an app that you can take a picture of it wherever you are and it's deposited. It saves me driving to the bank or doing the bank machine because I would prefer not to deal with people.
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Re: Online Everything. - November 8th 2016, 02:14 AM

"What's the issue with doing things the hard way, in person?"

Why do it that way if you don't have to? This kind of thing is a major godsend for someone like me with anxiety, depression, and a disability that causes social impairments and keeps me from driving. It allows me to be independent with certain things without my disability interfering unnecessarily or having to arrange a ride with someone for something that takes less time to do than it took to arrange said ride and then go to where ever place. I can and do push myself for things when this isn't possible, but why go through the extra stress and hassle if you don't have to. I'm also on my phone or laptop and the internet pretty much 24/7, so it's much faster and easier to just do it that way.

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Re: Online Everything. - November 8th 2016, 08:59 PM

Just letting you know I've moved your thread over to T&G as I think it fits better here. Feel free to PM me if you disagree.

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