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NIST Standard Idiot

"Any (standard) idiot can run this machine safely!"
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This standard would specify a set of behaviors and assumed levels of understanding that would define an idiot. Using this standard it is possible to define levels of "idiot proof". For example the actor must not display knowledge of any training that has not been given twice, at least once in the form of a picture of a given simplicity. A standard idiot must push every button, pull every lever, and twist every knob he has not been trained on when and how to operate. He must use precisely 40 pounds of force when attempting to open any door or hatch. And so forth.

By making use of the NISTSI, a company can robustly prove product quality in the face of idiocy.
Voice, Jul 07 2022

"Idiot proof" pressure relief valve. https://www.elcosh....on.html?show_text=1
[doctorremulac3, Jul 07 2022]

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[RayfordSteele, Jul 08 2022]


       Idiot proof? Challenge accepted.
doctorremulac3, Jul 07 2022

       The real world invents far superior idiots, rendering the standard model a poor test. Maybe creating a spec for "Highest Known Level of Idiocy" (HKLI)? The sort of idiot that can throw switches HALF way leaving it between detents and sending intermittent signals to two separate circuits at the same time. The sort of resourceful idiot that can weaponize inrush current with an imaginative switching order. The sort of prepared idiot who happens to be able to apply huge amounts of force because he's carrying his lucky 18" adjustable wrench.   

       My favorite recent example of idiocy, was an epoxy filled pressure valve on an autoclave (essentially a big pressure cooker). If I find out who did it, I'm reporting them for bomb making. If you see something, say something, I definitely saw an alternate reality with a lot more shrapnel.
bs0u0155, Jul 07 2022

       Like the previously mentioned guys who closed up the pressure relief valve on a liquid oxygen tank. (link)   

       Do you have to die to win a Darwin Award? These guys amazingly survived.
doctorremulac3, Jul 07 2022

       Ha! Blown across 5 lanes of traffic, surviving the force is one thing, the traffic is another.
bs0u0155, Jul 07 2022

       [bs0u0155], wow. Glue in the keyhole is one thing, but gluing a relief valve is a whole nother level of stupid.
neutrinos_shadow, Jul 07 2022

       Making a threaded plug for a pressure relief valve truly is inspired idiocy.
Voice, Jul 07 2022

       Halfbaked as a concept already.
RayfordSteele, Jul 08 2022


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