Re: Please, I don't want your cool hack
"Engineers like to do clever hacks and show them off..."
Not at all. Speaking as a Chartered Engineer, real engineers attempt to fulfil societal needs by creating products that are robust, cost effective and maximally simple to use.
In an age when any guy who services your boiler is called an "engineer" and software developers and "UX" (funny, not to say illiterate, way to spell 'experience') "designers" are entirely self-taught it's not surprising that impractical nonsense is the output - "garbage in - garbage out".
The problem is so engrained that the European authority for design registration officially considers "design" to be a purely aesthetic phenomenon, whereas in reality the design stage of engineering is the crucial process of converting a concept into a usable product.