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Comment I've been forced into the IoT (Score 1) 59

First the Electric company put a "smart meter" on my house. At least they told me it was coming*.

The other day, I noticed I had less clearance on my narrow side path of my house, to roll out my trash cans... all of a sudden, my gas meter has gotten "smart" on me - and its readout panel now an inch or so thicker thicker than it was before...

Come to think of it... the Borg Logo looks a lot like a gas utility logo...

* - letter said they would come out at such and such a date, knock on the door, then change out the meter. Nope, just working from home, as usual, 3 computers running. Woomp! power outage. Hardly had time to save my files I had been working on before my crappy UPS went out. No warning, just yanked the meter and replaced it. Files saved, shutdown started, I went downstairs to see what happened - no circuit breakers blown, just a shiny new meter. The installers were off to the next house and I never even saw one.

Comment Re:Offering data to the public Internet (Score 1) 127

Ok so how about somebody standing on a public street and looking into a house through a window that has a large opening and a person getting undressed on the other side. I'm fairly sure you can't get arrested for that, nor can the "exhibitionist". So why is there a problem for consuming data from an open internet service?

Comment waste (Score 1) 133

Never mind how you feel about the mission itself, just think of all the man-hours wasted doing the paperwork for a logo on the side of a rocket that is going to burn up in the atmosphere.

And the cost of the design and execution of the artwork, the paint or decal or whatever it is.

Then add more time for someone to redact a bunch of stuff to comply with the FIA request.

Comment If only they WOULD email the bill (Score 3, Insightful) 68

I wish they would email the bill. Alas, most just email you telling you that you HAVE a bill... then you have to go to their site to see it. (What? it's a security issue if my email gets intercepted and someone learns I need to pay the gas company $16.49?)

What a hassle - another site to sign up at, more ridiculous and changing password rules to make you pick "good" passwords (if your favorite characters are even allowed).

At least some of them DO send the bill to my e-bank, so that I can see the bill on the same site I am paying it.

That said, I do auto-charge some to a credit card, like the land-line (wife needs it for FAX), toll road, couple of others. And guess what? As long as the amount looks about right, I never look at the bill. It's diabolical, they could be slamming me with small amounts that they no nobody will bother to quibble about, and now, I never even see the details.

(And it does happen. The Long Distance carrier for that land-line comes to $3.68 per month, with Zero services used. That's right, $0.00, plus Federal universal service fund + Fed Telecom relay service + Federal regulatory recovery +Property Tax recovery +interstate services fee. Most if Federal, but CenturyLink has found a way to steal a penny here, a nickle there, every month, from every customer. I am sure it adds up.)

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