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New Keyboard Accessory Shocks Users When They Try To Go On Facebook

timothy posted about a year ago | from the new-sense-of-shock-site dept.

Hardware Hacking 125

cartechboy writes "Two Ph.D. students from MIT have created a keyboard accessory, the Pavlov Poke, that shocks you every time you go onto Facebook. The project comes as a result of the students finding the waste over 50 hours a week combined on the social network (instead of working on their dissertations) So the pair created an Arduino-based keyboard hand-rest that shocks computer users who spend too much time checking the social network. The hack is 'intended to generate discussion' — not actually turn into a business." Inventor Robert Morris describes it as "something of a joke," but I'm sure there's a market out there.

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The real market (3, Funny)

gewalker (57809) | about a year ago | (#44688261)

The real market is for sado-masochists that are addicted to farmville (or is that redundant). If you just want to stop wasting your life, give up or moderate your FB (and slashdot) usage.

Re:The real market (3, Insightful)

neminem (561346) | about a year ago | (#44688363)

The real market is for overly controlling bosses who would love to install these on their employees' desktops.

Re:The real market (2)

X0563511 (793323) | about a year ago | (#44688395)

Sorry boss, I didn't mean to link that up to your keylogger software, honest!

Re:The real market (0, Troll)

BitZtream (692029) | about a year ago | (#44688485)

No need for this device, you just fire the fucks who are Facebooking on the companies dime.

You're at the office to work, not post pictures of what you did last night and chat with your friends. Its not play time, its not fun time. Its work. Do your damn job and go play on the Internet on your own fucking time asshole.

Re:The real market (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44688643)

Now, commenting on Slashdot on the company dime, on the other hand...

Re:The real market (2)

neminem (561346) | about a year ago | (#44688739)

Says someone who is almost certainly posting that from work. :p

Re:The real market (1, Interesting)

BitZtream (692029) | about a year ago | (#44688951)

2 things.
A) Privilege of owning the business, I get to decide whats acceptable and whats not.

B) My employees don't read Facebook at work, slashdot is not the same thing is it? Having a bunch of geeks spend 5 minutes a day on slashdot isn't really a bad thing, the gains far outweigh the 5 minutes of cost. You can't waste that much time on slashdot, its not that kind of site.

Facebook on the other hand offers no benefits to my business and can certainly become a massive time sink for those with no self control.

I do not ban Facebook however, it makes my life much easier. You get hired, if during your first 90 days I see Facebook opened on your machine, you get released on the spot. Facebook is an easy one to pick on because its easy to spot, but its not the ONLY one that triggers termination.

End result: My employees (all 5 of them, we're tiny :) do not Facebook at work and I don't have to go bitch at them about it or block it or anything else, I just don't deal with those kind of mooches. It simply doesn't come up.

Re:The real market (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44689239)

Having a bunch of geeks spend 5 minutes a day on slashdot isn't really a bad thing, the gains far outweigh the 5 minutes of cost. You can't waste that much time on slashdot, its not that kind of site.


No, but seriously


Re:The real market (1)

Frosty Piss (770223) | about a year ago | (#44690197)

Having a bunch of geeks spend 5 minutes a day on slashdot isn't really a bad thing...

5 minutes a day? Yes... Of course...

Re:The real market (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44690247)

You sound like a real treat to work for.

Re:The real market (4, Insightful)

bmk67 (971394) | about a year ago | (#44690343)

I do not ban Facebook however, it makes my life much easier. You get hired, if during your first 90 days I see Facebook opened on your machine, you get released on the spot.

So, what you're saying is that you DO ban Facebook, you just don't tell your employees that you do, until you fire them for it.

While it's certainly your right as an employer to act like a complete asshat, I feel sorry for your employees.

Do you put them on double secret probation as well?

Re:The real market (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44690505)

At first I thought you were going to say that you weren't on Facebook at the time of this posting because your shift to deliver pizzas didn't start until 4pm but I can see that you're a much lower form of life. Total scum, in fact. I just wish you'd be open about who you are and what your business is so that I never work for you or buy any of your crap. You're a jerk in the worst of ways.
Oh, and the 5 minute thing? First off, nothing technical comes from Slashdot anymore. It's little more than a Facebook for nerds without all the Instagram crap. Secondly, you have no concept of time or you're just such an anti-Facebook asshat that you're willing to make up crap to make your stance look legit. Either way you've failed.

Re:The real market (2)

MrBigInThePants (624986) | about a year ago | (#44691233)

Let's rewrite the PR a bit there. I don't know what the actual situation is so I am going to just talk as much BS as the original guy, but the other way round.

Let's begin:

I have such an easy solution for FB: Tyranny.

Primarily because of years of union hating and political apathy by the middle class, workers right are so shite in this country I can just fire people on the spot for having the wrong website open even once when I happen by. (Ed's note: Seriously america...WTF?!) This makes me feel like "a real man"(TM) because there is nothing like reasserting your alpha male status deeply rooted in the primitive parts of your brain from your biological origins like shitting on staff.

I don't "BAN" FB (but actually I do in an even worse way) and allow slashdot (Mostly because I don't understand how it is used by intelligent people) because that helps me sleep at night and provides a wonderfully believable cover story (as least in my sociopathic mind) that I am a "good boss"(TM) and so very smart and on the money and with it and up with the play and trending.
Even though none of the above makes any sense at all to anyone rational.

No one complains of course. That would make them "disruptive" and they will have to be similarly dealt with. Mostly they just say "Yes MEIN FUHRER!!!!" and then goose step to their desks to pretend to be productive. Because there is no better measure of productivity than looking at someone's screen! KPI's, modern management theory and piles of research to the contrary be damned!

This creates a culture of fear (and loathing...are you based in las vegas per chance?) and since I am the monkey at the top of the tree all I see when I look down are happy, smiling and productive workers. (when they look up however....)

End result: My small and insignificant company has 5 bootlickers and/or slaves who 9-5 their jobs and are very great each day when they are finally allowed to go home and leave their shitty jobs and boss behind them.

My business is going to be sooooo successful and rich one day.....

Re:The real market (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44691403)

Let me guess. Your so called business is really an all male brothel and you let your boys on Slashdot because you know the Linux culture is so heavy with the gays that you think it may help them keep up with current fag events. Right? And I be you're still active as a prostitute yourself. How many dicks did you take in the ass today? Based on your salty remarks I'd guess it was about 12.

Re:The real market (1)

MalachiK (1944624) | about a year ago | (#44688811)

I was going to mod you up. But /. is lacking a +1 Righteous option.

Re: The real market (2)

techprophet (1281752) | about a year ago | (#44688963)

Thankfully, there is +5 funny for posts like yours.

Re: The real market (0)

MalachiK (1944624) | about a year ago | (#44689469)

I'm here all week. Try the fish!

Re:The real market (5, Insightful)

Charliemopps (1157495) | about a year ago | (#44688895)

better yet, fire people who don't get their work done and not worry about the details of "Why"

I don't care if you're running a nail salon and a tattoo parlor from your smartphone while you're at work as long as you're getting quality work done on time for me. The idea that an employer can monitor and badger a bad employee into a good one is one of the oldest, most idiotic myths I've ever heard. Enough already.

Re:The real market (3, Insightful)

Archfeld (6757) | about a year ago | (#44689801)

Are you hiring ?? That kind of enlightened attitude intrigues me.

Re:The real market (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44691719)

No need to fire them, just redirect to the company site :)

They will get the message.

Re:The real market (1)

MickyTheIdiot (1032226) | about a year ago | (#44688491)

do ettttttt

if only for the lolz that the personal injury trial will generate.

the possibilities are endless! (1)

Thud457 (234763) | about a year ago | (#44688661)

EVEN BETTER, it can submit a task to Amazon's Mechanical Turk [] to have random people call you up on the phone and chastise you!

Re:The real market (1)

ah.clem (147626) | about a year ago | (#44688547)

Over-controlling bosses as in "I pay you to work, not spend your day surfing and looking at cat videos and chatting up your friends"? Those kinds of bosses? Yeah, I hate those guys,those over-controlling douche-bags.

Re:The real market (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44688471)

adjust it so it kills people first posting on slashdot.

Re:The real market (1)

linear a (584575) | about a year ago | (#44688769)

Upgrade it so it kills them *before* they complete the firstpost. Then the next firstposter comes along ....

Re:The real market (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44690451)

Looking for customers? Try Chinese ministry of education, anti-western-values-inducing-gaming department.

Re:The real market (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44690831)

No, not really.

Use it long enough, whenever people get shocked they'll automatically think of FB without having to actually get on the internet. I can just see it now, "Officer! Officer! I need to access my FB account!" *Zzzt*
Regular people will get their FB fix in the form of electric shocks, and only the sado-masochists would continue to use the real thing.

shut up and take my money! (4, Funny)

tekrat (242117) | about a year ago | (#44688271)

And I need a second one for my sister!

so... (2)

andrewleung (48567) | about a year ago | (#44688279)

the rivalry continues! so harvard, how do you respond?!

Re:so... (1)

paiute (550198) | about a year ago | (#44688461)

the rivalry continues! so harvard, how do you respond?!

Not sure if serious.

Re:so... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44688545)

Vivian from Scumbag College sneaks by for the win.

Re:so... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44690103)

604. Toxteth O'Grady. USA.

Re:so... (1)

mynameiskhan (2689067) | about a year ago | (#44690863)

Harvard invents insulating rubber gloves to protect people against MIT invention.

First the came for Facebook... (4, Funny)

rsborg (111459) | about a year ago | (#44688297)

Seriously, I only see this sort of thing being useful for a) folks who want to discipline themselves or b) sadistic overlords who think users need to not just be blocked, but punished for succumbing to their weaknesses.

In short, the target market is your average Megachurch.

Re:First the came for Facebook... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44688607)

That market is filled, though, because Facebook comments themselves are more punishing than your average Megachurch.

Re:First the came for Facebook... (1)

Seumas (6865) | about a year ago | (#44688715)

I'm baffled as to who spends so much time on facebook that this matters. I mean, seriously, is watching your idiot "friends" make idiot updates really that fucking fascinating?

Re:First the came for Facebook... (1)

cusco (717999) | about a year ago | (#44690189)

You've never had a family member addicted to Farmville, have you? By all the gods above and below, whoever invented that game should be taken out and shot, and their estate charged for the gazillion hours wasted on that Pavlovian hamster wheel.

Re:First the came for Facebook... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44689313)

Or your average cold heart-ed Hippocratic idiot liberal.

Facebook says: (1)

jargonburn (1950578) | about a year ago | (#44688305)


Wonderful idea! (2)

WillAffleckUW (858324) | about a year ago | (#44688319)

I'll just ignore the fact that everyone has smartphones and tablets, which all have FB on them, shall I?

Re:Wonderful idea! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44688559)

And how about the fact that you use a mouse rather than a keyboard to navigate Facebook on a desktop?

Re:Wonderful idea! (1)

WillAffleckUW (858324) | about a year ago | (#44688969)

Um, actually, I don't use FB on my iPhone. Removed it.

I think you'll find tab navigation works as well, depending on your OS.

Thank Heavens (4, Funny)

camperdave (969942) | about a year ago | (#44688329)

Thank Heavens this is for Facebook. I'd hate to see the burn marks on my hands from my Slashdot habit.

Re:Thank Heavens (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44689781)

Seriously, I found an easy way to quit a slashdot habit was to give up my accounts and only post as AC.

Re:Thank Heavens (1)

GodfatherofSoul (174979) | about a year ago | (#44690535)

If you have a raging pr0n addiction, this'll save you from the friction burns elsewhere.

How one for Slashdot, Fark, Digg, Reddit, etc ... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44688345)

I have no self-control.

Anyway, time to go Troll the Libertarians ... Ayn Rand was a Slut - she couldn't control herself when she fucked around but yet rationalized her behavior.

Fuck up and rationalize

The Ayn Rand - Libertarian way!

Kidding aside, it is interesting how I'm drawn here - and why I won't register. Being an AC limits my posts here - unless on many occasions when I get mod'ed +5.

Re:How one for Slashdot, Fark, Digg, Reddit, etc . (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44689335)

You do realize Ayn Rand wasnt a Libertarian and considered them a greater threat than communists, right?

Not just Facebook (2)

PPH (736903) | about a year ago | (#44688353)

This could be extended to sites like Slashdot. And be used as a sort of aversion therapy for people who read posts by timo....[Ouch!]

MIT? (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44688357)

Last I heard Facebook was only open to Harvard students.

Instructions unclear... (3, Funny)

wbr1 (2538558) | about a year ago | (#44688373)

...penis stuck to electrocuting device.

So... (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44688437)

...these guys spent all their time surfing Facebook, instead of working on their dissertations.

To prevent this, they spent all their time designing and building a shock keyboard...instead of working on their dissertations.

I'm thinking the problem here is not Facebook (for once).

Re:So... (2)

HaZardman27 (1521119) | about a year ago | (#44688551)

Holy crap, do you not see the part in the summary(seriously, you don't even have to go RTFA) where it quotes one of the creators suggesting that this was a joke?

Best use for Mechanical Turk... (1)

Jawnn (445279) | about a year ago | (#44688441)


Morris Worm to Shocker (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44688469)

First there was Robert Morris that did the Internet worm and now another Robert Morris with a Facebook Shocker......

BlockSite (for Firefox) worked for me (2)

Neil_Brown (1568845) | about a year ago | (#44688515)

I realised I was wasting far too much time on Facebook a couple of years ago, along with other forums, and found it hard not to browse there - often, I found that I was just typing the URL without thinking about it, and loading the site without giving it any thought. A friend recommended BlockSite [] to me, and, whilst I felt a bit stupid at needing this crutch, I took it, and managed to get things back under control.

Just add in the URLs of the site in question, and it blocks access to the pages (and elements at those URLs from loading as part of other pages). Editing a hosts file is probably just as suitable, but this worked for me...

Re:BlockSite (for Firefox) worked for me (1)

intermodal (534361) | about a year ago | (#44688745)

it's only as useful as one's willingness to hold to the restrictions you set for yourself. But it definitely cuts down on the incidental, half-conscious drift onto such sites.

Re:BlockSite (for Firefox) worked for me (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44689005)

StayFocusd is a great little tool too (if you browse solely with Chrome). You can set a time limit per day to allow you a certain amount of goofing off (slashdot, facebook, ebay, etc) and then it clamps down until the next day. At the least, it will let you know how much time you just wasted, before you pop open a different browser to finish trolling on slashdot as AC (ahem)

I made one too! (4, Funny)

Arancaytar (966377) | about a year ago | (#44688531)

It shocks me whenever I waste time on Slashdaaarrrrgh

Re:I made one too! (0)

AioKits (1235070) | about a year ago | (#44689797)

It shocks me whenever I waste time on Slashdaaarrrrgh


"It shocks me whenever I waste time on Slashdaaarrrrgh."

What is that?

He must have died while carving it.

-Come on!
-That's what it says.

Look, if he was dying,
he wouldn't bother to carve "Slashdaaarrrrgh."

-He'd just say it.
-That's what's carved in the rock.

-Perhaps he was dictating it.
-Shut up!

-Does it say anything else?

Just "Slashdaaarrrrgh."


Do you suppose he meant the Camargue?

-Where's that?
-ln France, I think.

-lsn't there a St. Slashdaaarrrrgh's in Cornwall?
-No, that's St. Ives.

St. Ives.

No, "Slashdaaarrrrgh." At the back of the throat.

No, in surprise and alarm!

-You mean a sort of a "Ah!"
-Yes, that's right.

My God!

It's the Legendary Black Beast of Slashdaaarrrrgh!

Mod Parent Up!!!! (1)

sconeu (64226) | about a year ago | (#44690283)

That's the exact thought I had while reading GP.

Why stop there? (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44688553)

Tumbler, twitter, slashdot, reddit, 4chan, etc.
Facebook is only one.

Just silly (2)

Ravaldy (2621787) | about a year ago | (#44688569)

Let them fail in school. If they can't control their addictions to Facebook, what kind of focus will they have once they hit the job market. Like a friend of mine said the other day: "Darwinism is dead". If they are too dumb to realize what they are doing, let them fail. Self elimination.

Skinner's spellchecker (1)

seoras (147590) | about a year ago | (#44688589)

I wonder how good it is at improving spelling, grammar and sentence construction? I'd be willing try it out for a laugh.
Of course the real money is always in sleaze so I can see women buying this keyboard to keep their husbands, and sons, off porn.

Use the hosts file (1)

wiredlogic (135348) | about a year ago | (#44688659)

When they graduate they might have learned enough to use the hosts file instead.

SelfControl app (1)

jonyen (2633919) | about a year ago | (#44688755)

I've used this before, and it's been pretty helpful: []

It blocks off certain sites for a specified limit of time, and there's no way around it other than to wait for the timer to finish. Free, and much less painful.

Low Level Shock (1)

agrisea (877522) | about a year ago | (#44688767)

Why can't this type of technology be adapted in to a car's steering wheel? After all, falling asleep while driving is still a problem.

Re:Low Level Shock (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44691785)

Could be dangerous for people with heart problems...

Electroshock S&M facebook page (1)

linear a (584575) | about a year ago | (#44688799)

What about my updates to the Facebook Electroshock S&M site?

Genital adapter not included (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44688847)

I suppose you could get them to create a plug-in adapter that allows you to hook it up to your genitals.

Meanwhile... (1)

Exeunter (1147233) | about a year ago | (#44688839)

The students discovered an unintended side effect of the keyboard, manifesting as a significant increase in the volume of emails from their thesis advisors asking them why they haven't made any progress on their dissertation. So they set out to create a modified version of their keyboard that shocks thesis advisors who spend too much time emailing their Ph.D. students.

Pavlov..Interesting... (4, Interesting)

SuperCharlie (1068072) | about a year ago | (#44688871)

A while back I realized that the most social sites are actually Pavlovian driven drool buckets where you get a "treat" for every like, or comment or whatever.. so this little device is somewhat like putting a humidifier and a dehumidifier in the same room and letting them fight it out..

unintended consequences? (2)

stenvar (2789879) | about a year ago | (#44688925)

Socializing via Facebook is probably a lot faster and more efficient than socializing in the numerous ways that past graduate students used. So I'm not sure that this actually achieves what aims to achieve.

Re:unintended consequences? (2)

femtobyte (710429) | about a year ago | (#44690731)

Jevon's Paradox [] : greater efficiency leads to greater resource use. Walking across campus to socialize with a friend over coffee: 20 minutes. Only going to do that once a day. Quickly glancing at your Facebook page, and firing off a one-liner response to a comment? Takes just a minute. Done hundreds of times per day...

How about... (1)

sl4shd0rk (755837) | about a year ago | (#44688975)

Just not go on facebook? It seems like there is an entire generation which has developed the inability to focus an anything for more than.... Oh look! shiny...

Browser Extensions instead (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44689033)

Just use StayFocused to limit the amount of time on certain sites.

(Really slashdot, you don't turn my links into clickable links automatically? This website is more outdated than I though...)

all ya gotta do (1)

Ralph Spoilsport (673134) | about a year ago | (#44689103)

is BLOCK the url. How hard is that?

Re:all ya gotta do (1)

Minwee (522556) | about a year ago | (#44690041)

But how is that better than having someone call you on the phone and yell at you?

Re:all ya gotta do (1)

DNS-and-BIND (461968) | about a year ago | (#44691633)

I don't know. How do I block it?

Hosts file? But then all I have to do is go in and edit the file to let me back in. How do you block yourself from your own computer?

Perfect (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44689307)

Need this to get my kids off minecraft!

1000 please (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44689381)

We need about 1000 or these pronto! (can we make it work for slashdot as well?)

Competitiveness. (1)

Richy_T (111409) | about a year ago | (#44689579)

Take that, Yale!

Won't that just make the problem worse? (1)

mark-t (151149) | about a year ago | (#44689627)

I seem to recall a (probably unethical by today's standards) animal psychiatric study where they subjected animals to mild electric shocks to try to discourage them from forming particular familial bonds, and discovered that not only were the shocks ineffective at discouraging those bonds, but they actually *enhanced* the bond so that it became abnormally stronger than was typical.

How quaint. (0)

VortexCortex (1117377) | about a year ago | (#44689733)

"New Keyboard Accessory Shocks Users When They Try To Go On Facebook" -- Oh look, the humans have finally invented brains.

What's really cute is watching you silly apes marvel at the invention of a global decentralized near instantaneous peer to peer communication system, and just piddle with it, like ameobas happening upon a Rubik's Cube.

The story thus reads something like: "Amoebic Scientists have discovered how to attach their displeasurable waste product to the red squares of the Rainbow Monolith that others have began congregating around." Completely ignorant of the thermal reasons metabolic processes are easier near its specific color...

Everyone's fascinated by just how popular some places on the Internet are that allow rapid exchange of ideas and mating status, only vaguely aware of the nagging sensation that there's maybe something a bit off about using a decentralized network in a centralized fashion. The names "client" and "server" are accepted and widely used while the foundational network layers make no distinction at all... "DNS" Pah! What rubes!

You ignore the wordless shouts of your ancient ancestors within your minds, and label the primal logic irrational even though evolution proved the timing of those feelings to be rational on average through millions of years of testing -- Even as the most important decisions of your lives, and nearly every one of your obsessions especially in entertainment are all ridiculously revolving around, "Monkey Mating Mischief". Your "greatest thinkers" kneel at the alter of conscious "rational" thought and utilize only half their heads, ignoring the fact that the other base instincts can be honed and utilized as well... You scoff at fear mongers and wonder "why are they so damn effective?" You hilariously assume, "Everyone must be stupid but me", instead of becoming self aware of your literally ignorant folly...

You ape about scratching armpits and screeching, "Slashdot Effect", making fun of poor websites which just couldn't withstand the enormous amount of traffic funneling into it.... I can almost hear it: "Should have gotten bigger pipes! Big pipes for everyone!" -- What lunacy. Oh, you're not completely daft, but you might as well be: I can sometimes sense a few of you brighter humans cycling your sluggish gears at 20Hz, esp. those familiar with packet radio, you turn the gear time and again and only just miss the tooth labeled "store and forward" ignoring the availability of cheap RAM and storage, and not even imagining that only a fraction of your traffic should have hit such downed sites were your "marvelous" web engineered by sentient beings instead of fools.

And you've attached a zapper to a keyboard to play Pavlovian pranks like the damn brain butchers you are. You'll never solve the Fermi Paradox at this rate. I need a fucking vacation.

Re:How quaint. (1)

TeknoHog (164938) | about a year ago | (#44690649)

Also, you obviously need an Arduino to control a relay from a computer. A more direct connection just wouldn't be hipstery enough.

How about one for Slashdot? (1)

Zalbik (308903) | about a year ago | (#44689921)

I'd say they should make one for Slashdot....

...but lately reading Slashdot provides it's own negative feedback...

Sounds good (1)

Minwee (522556) | about a year ago | (#44690029)

And just like the other Robert Morris [] ' great joke, you just know that everyone will get it, have a good laugh, and then carry on with their lives.

Get back to work! (1)

LoRdTAW (99712) | about a year ago | (#44690127)

50 hours combined! So If I understand this correctly, between the two, they each spend about 25 hours on facebook per week. This would average out to just over 3.5 hours per day. Now I use facebook, sparingly, but I usually spend no more than 15-20 minutes when I check it. and that is about 4 or 5 times per week.

Re:Get back to work! (1)

MacroSlopp (1662147) | about a year ago | (#44690323)

How much time was wasted on the designing the keyboard?

ALL (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44690269)

keyboards and mice need this! FB must DIE!!

Re:ALL (1)

HornWumpus (783565) | about a year ago | (#44691515)

Needs to be across the chest. Use plenty of conductive goo.

Moral imperative (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44690481)

We put bumps in the road to stop people from going too fast, even when they're perfectly in control of the vehicle.

We can do no less but to deliver an electric shock for visiting Facebook.

Fun Sadistic Experiments! (1)

WheezyJoe (1168567) | about a year ago | (#44690553)

What's missing is remote control of the timing and strength of the shocks, and access to the computer's camera to see the user's faces.

Then, any sadistic netadmin can reproduce the Milgram Experiment [] for amusement and profit (forget about the danger... think of the fun) .

Porn (1)

mynameiskhan (2689067) | about a year ago | (#44690845)

What next? "New Keyboard Accessory Shocks Users When They Try To Go On Pornhub" ?

Do anything you can to avoid your dissertation (1)

halexists (2587109) | about a year ago | (#44690911)

So two PhD students, realizing they're wasting their time on Facebook, decide to fix their problem by... wasting their time inventing a gizmo to keep them from wasting their time on facebook.

As a fellow PhD student, seems legit!

Hopefully they consulted the handy infographic "Is It Worth the Time?" by Randall Munroe before undertaking the project: []

Facebook rocks!! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44690913)

I love facebook!

Can I have a modified version please ? (1)

Alain Williams (2972) | about a year ago | (#44691129)

Send it to all NSA operatives; will give them an electric shock when they look at someone's Internet data for whom they do not have a relevant court order.

thats just shocking (1)

Eggn (3032285) | about a year ago | (#44691343)

thats just shocking

Excellent (1)

mysidia (191772) | about a year ago | (#44691575)

Should come standard with every computer.

With a slight modification: Shock people every time they try to type up a spam (or marketing) e-mail message
Shock people every time they are about to forward a chain letter or post something stupid on a mailing list or online forum

Limited usefulness (1)

nothajan (2457380) | about a year ago | (#44691595)

Seeing as 78% of FB users are mobile ( [] ), this seems to have a limited market.
In fact, many people (myself included) would be "forced" to use FB mobile, since it is blocked by the corporate firewall.
Maybe someone could write an Android version, which activates the phone's buzzer until the browser is closed.

Pff (1)

Greyfox (87712) | about a year ago | (#44691723)

The Google Plus one just makes you feel lonely. So... very... lonely...
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