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+ - Nest halts sales of high-tech smoke detector, cites fire alarm glitch->

Submitted by SternisheFan
SternisheFan (2529412) writes "Nest is halting sales of its Nest Protect fire alarm and smoke detector, citing a problem with the hand-waving feature that could delay an alarm in case of a real fire.
The company, which discovered the problems through its own internal tests, is offering to refund customers. The much-hyped Nest Protect was rolled out last year at a price point of $129.
In the next 24 hours, the company said that the Nest Wave will be automatically disabled, though the smoke and carbon monoxide alarms will continue to work."

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Comment: Re:The whole point of advertising... (Score 1) 303

by SternisheFan (#46648207) Attached to: Ad Tracking: Is Anything Being Done?

... is to sell us shit that we do not need. If we 'needed' something, we would find a way to get it.

It's possible that wants sell better than needs.

Well, I've learned to seperate my 'needs' from my 'wants'. While I may want that flashy $60,000 car, what I 'need' is just a decent reliable car. So instead of going into hock and having to make large monthly payments for the car I want, I got a used 99 Ford Taurus from off of Craigslist for $1300. Threw a new tire on it, replaced the fuel pump, and it has served me well for almost a year now, and I'm damned happy with it. I don't think I'd be so happy with a new car with all the latest bells and whistles in it.

My point is, my needs are small, a roof over my head and enough food to eat. Anything else is a 'want' that I don't 'need' to live. I don't need 1000 channels of cable tv (that I don't have time to watch anyway). Needless to say, any attempt by advertisers to sell me something I don't need falls on deaf ears. If you cant prove to me that I have to have it, chances are I will not be buying it (so sorry admen).

Comment: The whole point of advertising... (Score 3, Insightful) 303

by SternisheFan (#46647701) Attached to: Ad Tracking: Is Anything Being Done?
... is to sell us shit that we do not need. If we 'needed' something, we would find a way to get it.

Advertisers try to sell 'happiness', trying to convince us that if we buy their product (car, soda or laundry detergent), we will be happy. It's all a con job.

I lost interest in internet ads back when they started inserting 'flashing strobe lights' to get my attention, totally annoying! The ad people haven't gotten any better at not annoying me since.

Comment: Re:Legalize all the drugs . . . (Score 1) 120

by SternisheFan (#46640389) Attached to: Social Media Becomes the New Front In Mexico's Drug War
Kids/teens here in Long Island, N.Y. start off by stealing legal opiate pain pills from their parents medecine cabinet. Parents lock away the pills, which are quite expensive to buy on the street, so kids have no choice but cheaper heroin. Big Pharm is the big drug dealer now, making billions.

Teach kids in middle/high schools about drug addiction along with English, and stop making our own kids into addicts, thieving to support their habit.

Alcohol makers don't want the competition of legal drugs, and alcohol is the most destructive drug in the world! Combine all other drug use, and it still doesn't match alcohol's social, physical and societal damage.

Alcohol lobbyist pay lots of $$$ to our politicians to keep alcohol the only legal recreational drug.

Comment: Re:Same as the US TLAs (Score 1, Insightful) 120

by SternisheFan (#46637279) Attached to: Social Media Becomes the New Front In Mexico's Drug War
So true, sadly this is the U.S. govt. From 'Contragate' when crack cocaine was allowed to flood American cities in order for Col. Oliver North to pay for his little wars. Our own government created the 1980's crack epidemic, then made money as it prosecuted the addicts. Courts and lawyers had plenty of work, a lot of money changed hands all around while the addicted citizens and their families suffered. All 'approved' by those in power.

Just legalize all drugs already. Take the profit motive away, and soon we won't have to hear any more of these drug gang stories.

Comment: Re:Viva USA (Score 1) 440

by SternisheFan (#46622895) Attached to: Million Jars of Peanut Butter Dumped In New Mexico Landfill
Thank you for that excerpt, quite an illuminating read. I saw the Henry Fonda movie, now I will make a point of reading the book that inspired it.

Some things don't change, it seems. Corporate thinking stays the same, very sad. I hope fhat the future generations reading this finally 'get it'.

The first version always gets thrown away.

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