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New Toyota Helps You Yell At the Kids 205

Posted by samzenpus
from the scream-better dept.
An anonymous reader writes If you're tired of yelling at the kids without the help of technology, Toyota has a van for you. From the article: "The latest version of the company's Sienna minivan has a feature called 'Driver Easy Speak.' It uses a built-in microphone to amplify a parent's voice through speakers in the back seats. Toyota says it added Easy Speak 'so parents don't have to shout to passengers in the back.' But chances are many parents will yell into the microphone anyway. And the feature only works one way, so the kids can't talk back. At least not with amplified voices. The feature is an option on the 2015 Sienna, which is being refreshed with a totally new interior. It also has an optional 'pull-down conversation mirror' that lets drivers check on kids without turning around."
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New Toyota Helps You Yell At the Kids

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  • Re:I'll add (Score:4, Insightful)

    by aristotle-dude (626586) on Monday July 21, 2014 @12:56PM (#47502243)

    The planet is overpopulated.

    No, the third world is overpopulated. Unless if you live in the third world, I don't see a problem here.

    While it is OK to have kids that you can raise, it is just as ok (and serves the greater good) to abstain from having children.

    How about telling that to the people in the third world popping out kids faster than they can feed them? Can't they stop having too many kids for the greater good?

    Cultural institutions that deride people for remaining childless are completely misguided.

    People in rich countries who think that an ever shrinking skilling workforce from low birth rates will somehow be able to support the ageing population are completely misguided when they think not having kids will have any affect on the overall picture of population and that there are no negative economic effects for remaining childless. Tell me, who is going to look after you when you get old? Who is going to pay the taxes to support your services such as doctors and hospitals?

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