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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: 2) by JoeMerchant on Saturday July 30 2016, @10:24PM

    by JoeMerchant (3937) on Saturday July 30 2016, @10:24PM (#382081)

    This is the cloud model... it's the same reason it's so damn hard to place a point to point video chat on the internet.

    Some of it is traceable to IPV4 and firewalls, mostly, it's the structure favoring centralized businesses which retain access to all the dataflow.

    So, no, there's absolutely no reason why the pre-programmed schedule should be interrupted by a server outage, except perhaps corporate hunger for data access and control.

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