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Online andersenappliance

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Appliance Hackers, Unite!!
« on: August 15, 2013, 11:33:38 PM »

We're gonna be like the guy from Brazil and have to fix peoples stuff outside of the 'normal channels.'   :D

http://www.activistpost.com/2013/08/internet-of-things-one-step-closer-with.html

"Virtually any appliance you can think of will be part of an expanding network of Smart Homes tied directly into the Internet via low-powered computer chips. And, unlike computing via the traditional Internet where you can choose not to participate, there will be little chance at escaping ..."


Offline go400

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Re: Appliance Hackers, Unite!!
« Reply #1 on: August 16, 2013, 03:21:19 AM »
I am a pessimist. Nothing is said about security from hackers/terrorists who can change a code to make your washer flood the house. Also
 nothing about self diagnostics as it will be needed.

Online andersenappliance

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Re: Appliance Hackers, Unite!!
« Reply #2 on: August 16, 2013, 12:41:29 PM »
It is all completely unnecessary.  It adds costs, but no real benefits, but maybe I'm a luddite.

I really don't want my appliances, or lights, or furnace/AC, water, etc accessible through the internet.

You can probably disable or make work-arounds on this stuff at the moment.

But what happens when your "approved" appliances have to log on to the power grid in order to get permission to run.  Or to be run according to the whims of the energy-rationers?

Isn't that where this is all headed?

Instead of rolling brown -outs, or public service announcements that encourage use in 'off-hours,' they'll just stop individual appliances, or ration according to their view of your needs.

Offline theoldstoveguy

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Re: Appliance Hackers, Unite!!
« Reply #3 on: August 16, 2013, 01:48:31 PM »
Then when we service the machines it has to be when they have power? Wish I made enough to retire.

Online andersenappliance

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Re: Appliance Hackers, Unite!!
« Reply #4 on: August 16, 2013, 01:57:03 PM »
Don't worry, 

I'm sure that if you are of a certain age, and are properly vetted, your application for a provisional license as a certified appliance repair technician will be approved for conditional override, in limited, pre-authorized, circumstances.  Or, of course, you can simplify this by being an employee of the Corporation (hand salute & reverent nod of the head).

Or, am I being a pessimist?