> 'Woke up sweating': Some Texans shocked to find their smart thermostats were raised remotely
something, something the future is now
@trickster wow and I was scared that smart ovens would let them cook you but I guess we don't even need an oven for that
@trickster They literally gave an energy company permission to remotely control their thermostats. What'd the energy company naturally do? Raise their bills with no regard for the health and safety of their customers.
Makes you think about how maliciously capable a smartphone can be. I already know the answer.
> The agreement states that in exchange for an entry into sweepstakes, electric customers allow them to control their thermostats during periods of high energy demand.
I wonder if there had been the inverse situation, too much energy in the grid, and this was a stabilizing measure. Though many power plants can scale up and down fairly quickly. Such a stabilizing measure should not be necessary for longer than a few minutes, i reckon. Also a stupid way to do it.
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