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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 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.

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