Thursday, June 24, 2021

Texas Crappy Electric Grid Solution To Prevent Overload
How your power company can remotely control your smart thermostat
"Texas’s power grid is unpleasantly surprising its users again. After last winter’s storm disabled parts of the grid for several days, causing potentially hundreds of deaths, a summer heat wave is once again threatening the grid. One potential solution Texas power companies have found is to turn up the temperature on some customers’ smart thermostats. Problem is, some of those customers weren’t aware that their power company could and would do such a thing — until their homes got uncomfortably warm."

I don't like any of these so-called "smart" devices. Not home lighting controls, cooking ranges, thermostats, refrigerators washer/dryers, cars, mobile telephones or anything else these guys cook up. Usually it is a means to spy on users mainly for their own purposes for who knows what. One of the nasty side effects to these things, programmers are able to update them. This includes changing your settings mostly unbeknownst to the user. Same goes with cloud storage and end user programs which can only be enabled through accessing their servers.

Uploaded January 6, 2017

Imagine how apps and algorithms have advanced since then!

As if knowing everything on your computer and cell phone (bank accounts, transaction, buying habits, locations, etc.) weren't enough, now corporations want to learn your sleeping, cooking, washing heating cooling, driving habits at home when you're not on your cell phone. Who knows what other information they can derive through algorithms about yourself. What's next, smart underwear?

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