Half a croissant, on a plate, with a sign in front of it saying '50c'
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Dog toilet / treat dispensor

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This is a platform installed near public parks - or in other other public place where dog excrement is causing problems.

1. Dog walks onto the platform

2. Dog's weight is stored in the computer

3. Dog urinates or deficates into a separate platform

4. The weight of dog's excrement is stored in the computer

5. The computer calculates the amount of treats to give the dog as a reward. Higher ratio of excrement weight to dog weight is rewarded.

6. The treat dispensor gives the dog the treat and the computer says: "good boy/girl ... see you soon"

Note: The computer also has an anti-cheating algorithm since some of the smarter/rebelious dogs may cheat and ask their dog friend to stand on the excrement weight scale instead of urinating into it. Without such countermeasures the dispensor would go into a "jackpot" condition and incorrectly empty 2 months worth of treats in one session. On top of that, I'm pretty sure these dogs will urinate right next to the pristine grass next to the machine just for the heck of it.

I'm sure there are more ways to hack this (think: division by 0 gives infinite treats). But we'll make it secure in a throrough code review before it goes live.

See image.

ixnaum, Jul 22 2010

Image http://img180.imageshack.us/f/dogov.png/
lot of effort went into this drawing... [ixnaum, Jul 22 2010, last modified Jul 25 2010]

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ixnaum, Jul 28 2010

       Well, (ahem)... Uh, I really hate to bring it up and all (however, due to a malformed sociopath gland I am still able to eke out the following doggy behavioral observation) but I have known many dogs in my checkered history, and a fair number of them might completely miss the point and [urinate on/hump] the computer.
Grogster, Jul 28 2010

       I see ... well I've never had a dog so that's why. On paper it looks pretty cool though.
ixnaum, Jul 28 2010

       usually - it's yellow on paper...
xandram, Jul 28 2010

       I think the usual purpose of proffering an image is to better the mental image that your reader may possibly generate. My impression of your device was far more generous than your illustration lets on. However, I will provide you with positive reinforcement for effort.
rcarty, Jul 29 2010


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