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(Some Guy)   Smart Meters are safe, reliable, hackable, accurate. Wait, what?   (krebsonsecurity.com) divider line 6
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2012-04-09 05:06:53 PM
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Mikey1969: meat0918: mongbiohazard: Mikey1969: See, THIS is a logical anti-Smart Meter complaint. I have no problem with this one. It's the jackasses trying to blame their tinnitus on Smart Meters that make me pull out my hair... Yeah, them and the ones who claim that smart meters burned down their house.


Smart meters are how the guvment plans on eavesdropping on the listening devices in my fillings!

Ever feel that there is nothing you can do against the sheer amount of conspiracy bullshiat out there? Even people I would consider normal have picked up some taint of it, from UFOs to birtherism to magic nose goblins...

I'm not all that worried about the meter reader jobs, I'm sure there aren't that many people, and all they do is drive around. If they have skills, they can work on install and service, if that's all their skillset is, then they can get pizza delivery jobs. I'm betting on the former though. I've met some of the utility employees over the years, and these types have never come across as stupid. I'm sure they can be cross-trained.

The stupid 'Wireless radiation' thing annoys the ever-loving shiat out of me. I'll go ahead and concede that with something like 7 billion people on the planet there 'might' be one or two who are particularly sensitive to EMF, but the Smart Meter isn't going to change that. I can guaran-damn-tee that there is more EMF in their house just form the wiring than this thing will ever put out...

Too bad that 'bansmartmeters.org' site is down still, they were usually good for a laugh or forty on a slow day.



CSB:
OK, I actually had a client about 2 months ago who was one of those "I am sensitive to wifi" types and was complaining that it was bothering her. I explained to her that if our dinky little wireless router was going to cause her a problem then the cell tower a couple buildings over from the building I had her in would have pretty much killed her, and that it utterly dwarfs the output from that little Netgear wireless router.

I then further explained to her that there are all sorts of other "EM radiation" being used to communicate here in DC and that somehow she didn't seem to notice any of that, and especially that nearby cell tower, so she should really consider that she might just be scaring herself for no reason. I then further explained that her body had no structures which could even interact with that energy - making her transparent to it like a pane of glass is to visible light - and that if the antennas in her cell phone or her wifi card in her computer weren't made of the right materials in just the right way they wouldn't even be able to pick up these signals themselves - which is why every electronic device in her apartment isn't rendered unusable by having her wireless router.

And shockingly enough.... that did it. She actually thanked me for making her feel better about it and told me that no one had ever put it that way to her before. She told me she wouldn't worry about it any more. I felt like I'd performed a farking miracle by accident.
2012-04-09 10:51:09 PM
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profplump: hint a lock wouldn't stop someone with a key

People with keys aren't hacking, they're intentionally misusing their authority.


imgs.xkcd.com

The human element is ALWAYS the weakest link in any reasonably-secure computer system. It's also the one over which you have the least control.

Smart meters have a password protection system. On 99.9% of installed meters, this password is disabled or set to factory default. Why? Ease of service. You don't want your tech sitting on the jobsite twiddling his thumbs while an admin locates the password for that one weird meter.

Just ask the designers of the Minuteman nuclear missile launch system (new window)
2012-04-09 04:29:15 PM
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mongbiohazard: Mikey1969: See, THIS is a logical anti-Smart Meter complaint. I have no problem with this one. It's the jackasses trying to blame their tinnitus on Smart Meters that make me pull out my hair... Yeah, them and the ones who claim that smart meters burned down their house.


Smart meters are how the guvment plans on eavesdropping on the listening devices in my fillings!


Ever feel that there is nothing you can do against the sheer amount of conspiracy bullshiat out there? Even people I would consider normal have picked up some taint of it, from UFOs to birtherism to magic nose goblins...
2012-04-09 04:17:42 PM
1 votes:
A legitimate concern about smart meters!

Hooray!

The woo police have been out in force in my area harping about "unknown harmful effects from the extra radiation exposure...."

The lost meter reader jobs? Not a peep. The hackability, only a minor threat.

But EMF radiation!!! WIRELESS COMMUNICATION?!?!? HOLY FARK! Stop everything. Say no to smart meters!
2012-04-09 04:09:44 PM
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The record of your electricity usage they send out kind of freaks me out. The chart shows you getting up, coming home from work, and going to bed among other little points of information, and their worried about themselves getting ripped off.

I'll bet they are working on tracking every flush...

counting every corn kernel.
2012-04-09 03:54:56 PM
1 votes:
The only way to secure a computer is not to use one.
 
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