Finally! I understand now how bass players master finger technique. I'ts nothing to do with hours of practice and stubborn resistance to the temptation of those little plastic things. Rejoice for the hour of enlightenment is upon us! Simply, start playing with a pick and you will notice that everytime you put the little plastic triangle down lo, it will disappear. Eventually, you will get so sick and tired (or bankrupt) of replacing them that you will simply not bother and think "shag it, I'll just play with my fingers instead". Does wonders for motivation!