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posted by n1 on Saturday July 30 2016, @08:55PM   Printer-friendly
from the in-the-dog-house dept.

Humans have been forced to temporarily interact with their dogs or cats -- perhaps both -- after PetNet's internet-controlled smart feeder system suffered a blackout.

For $149, the company provides a web-enabled dog/cat feeder that is pre-programmed to dispense food stuffs at certain time and portion sizes.

But PetNet warned customers [...] that all was not well in its virtual animal kingdom as it was "experiencing some minor difficulties with a third party server. This is being investigated."

[...] "You may experience a loss of scheduled feeds and failed remote feedings. Please ensure that your pets have been fed manually until we have resolved this issue."

Source: The Register .

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  • (Score: 3, Insightful) by butthurt on Saturday July 30 2016, @09:23PM

    by butthurt (6141) on Saturday July 30 2016, @09:23PM (#382057) Journal

    This reminds me of Ray Bradbury's short story “There Will Come Soft Rains” in which an automated house continued with its housekeeping after its occupants perished.

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  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday July 30 2016, @09:50PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Saturday July 30 2016, @09:50PM (#382070)
  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday July 30 2016, @10:04PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Saturday July 30 2016, @10:04PM (#382076)

    There's a Soviet short movie [] based on that story. Kinda depressing, but at least the house kept on going. With modern tech it would stop as soon as it lost cloud access.

  • (Score: 2) by Hyperturtle on Sunday July 31 2016, @05:06PM

    by Hyperturtle (2824) on Sunday July 31 2016, @05:06PM (#382320)

    It didn't remind me of that.

    In Ray Bradbury's future, nuclear war killed that family. The house worked. It was self-contained. The dog persisted until it died of complications from radiation, but it's actual feeding needs had been met. Then the cleaning robots swept it away.

    In our future, a virtual server becomes unresponsive and the humans don't notice their pets are starving unless the humans think to check their email for an alert from the robot dispsensor manufacturer.

    Even in Fallout, the Mr. Handy still can walk little Muffy -- or comment on the corpse. In our future... we're doomed if this is our future.

    For the record, X10 stuff doesn't have this drawback.