A swift kick in the ass. What are inventions that make you want to smack the crap out of the guy who came up with it? Right off the top of my head and near the top of my list would be the subscription cards that fall out of the pages of magazines. Those things irritate the hell out of me. A guy deserving of two swift kicks is the guy who invented the PBX phone menu system. You know, the fifteen or twenty "click '#' to..." questions that stand sentinel between you and a human, when you call almost any company today. Deserving of two swift kicks to the can and maybe a good donkey-kick to the crotch is the innovator that added voice interaction to the other guy's phone menu system. The only thing that irritates me more than being caught in the middle of phone menu hell, is having to speak to my damned automated captor. So, who makes your list?