[conspire] HP Melt Down

Paul Zander paulz at ieee.org
Fri Aug 26 12:33:48 PDT 2011

I'm not bothered by appliances with processors. They should be cheaper for the manufacturer and potentially offer more functions.  For example using a sensor in place of a 24 hour mechanical clock to initiate the defrost cycle.

Even as i was typing my my message, I was thinking about the appliance company have a partnership that connected my refrigerator to a particular grocery store and maybe even attempting to place an order.

Some might call me old fashioned, but I like things under my control.

--- On Thu, 8/25/11, Rick Moen <rick at linuxmafia.com> wrote:

> From: Rick Moen <rick at linuxmafia.com>
> Subject: Re: [conspire] HP Melt Down
> To: conspire at linuxmafia.com
> Date: Thursday, August 25, 2011, 2:00 PM
> Quoting Ruben Safir (ruben at mrbrklyn.com):
> Elsewhere in this thread -- and relevent, so bear with me
> -- Paul Zander
> expressed an understandable lack of comfort about the
> prospect of
> Internet-connected refrigerators with RFID readers and
> automatic
> shopping list generators (as an example of 'smart'
> appliances not
> necesssarily being your friend).  Yes, quite, _but_
> the problem is much
> less that of 1950s hardware suddenly sprouting CPUs and
> network
> capability than it is of those functions not being under
> _your_ control.

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