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Old 02-20-2020, 08:13 PM
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I read some of your foolish scree, then just skimmed the rest.
 
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It amazes me how many things people are willing to tie to a single device that requires an internet connection.

Just the other day a rent a car via an app company stranded a woman along a california mountain road because it lost internet connection and a bug in the system turned the car off and she couldn’t get mobile signal to turn it back on. She was apparently told by the company she could sleep in her car until the internet got better. Instead she called a tow truck to move the car 3 miles into signal range and it started back up. She later admitted she would probably use the app again because ‘convenience’ and that she just wouldn’t drive anywhere she couldn’t Uber home from. Which :facepalm: is convenient?

I can’t wait till the police are sent to someone’s house because their ring camera caught them trying to break in after their phone battery died, preventing them from unlocking the door.
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Old 02-20-2020, 10:20 PM
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Just the other day a rent a car via an app company stranded a woman along a california mountain road because it lost internet connection and a bug in the system turned the car off and she couldn’t get mobile signal to turn it back on.
Sometimes I forget how stupid technology companies can be and get startled by things like this.
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She was apparently told by the company she could sleep in her car until the internet got better.
Sometimes I forget how stupid company service people can be and get startled by things like this.
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She later admitted she would probably use the app again because ‘convenience’
Sometimes I forget how stupid consumers can be and get startled by things like this.
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You're really getting your money's worth out of the copy and paste commands today, aren't you. It's what he would have wanted. :unnod:
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Just the other day a rent a car via an app company stranded a woman along a california mountain road because it lost internet connection and a bug in the system turned the car off and she couldn’t get mobile signal to turn it back on. She was apparently told by the company she could sleep in her car until the internet got better. Instead she called a tow truck to move the car 3 miles into signal range and it started back up. She later admitted she would probably use the app again because ‘convenience’ and that she just wouldn’t drive anywhere she couldn’t Uber home from. Which :facepalm: is convenient?
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Automatic internet connected pet feeder has starved pets (not to death, as far as I can see from the BBC article).

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Automatic internet connected pet feeder has starved pets (not to death, as far as I can see from the BBC article).
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"As we go towards a more automated home you have to acknowledge that, somewhere along the line, things will fall over," said Stuart Miles, founder of the tech site Pocket-Lint.

"Robots and automated systems have hiccups along the way, it's something we need to get used to.
Oh well. Nothing to be done about it I guess. :shrug:
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It's almost as if people are deliberately sabotaging centrally-controlled systems to see how much consumers will put up with until there's a more widespread realisation it's a bad idea.

Or am I thinking of UK and US politics?
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Amazing! The plug in timer things I have around the house don't know when the time changes twice a year, but they never randomly get bricked or suffer outages!
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