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(Washington Post)   Power company tries to upgrade electricity meters. Texans react as you'd expect, with such classics as "It's Gestapo. You can't do this," and drawing weapons on confused installation technicians   (washingtonpost.com ) divider line
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2012-08-25 04:39:29 PM  
Ahh Texas. You're forever trying to get your own tag because you're jealous of Florida.
 
2012-08-25 04:43:29 PM  
They might be idiots, but ya gotta give em credit for being passionate
 
2012-08-25 04:52:45 PM  
The article doesn't do a very good job of explaining what it is that has people so upset.
 
2012-08-25 04:56:38 PM  
This has already been greened at least twice.
 
2012-08-25 05:04:46 PM  

Weaver95: The article doesn't do a very good job of explaining what it is that has people so upset.


dangerous radio waves

Seriously

These morons think they are gonna get cancer from these smart meters. Of course they have no problems with putting a cell phone to their ear or operating a Wi-fi network, but they are scared shiatless of this
 
2012-08-25 05:09:22 PM  

cman: They might be idiots, but ya gotta give em credit for being passionate


Yes, of course. And I'm a big fan of Hitler's dedication to his cause.

/there, went i
 
2012-08-25 05:13:30 PM  

gameshowhost: cman: They might be idiots, but ya gotta give em credit for being passionate

Yes, of course. And I'm a big fan of Hitler's dedication to his cause.

/there, went i


Godwined at 6?

Why I ought ah.....
 
2012-08-25 05:22:50 PM  
People should look on the bright side of smart meters. You can hack them to get free electricity!
 
2012-08-25 05:24:33 PM  
Is there nothing a Texan can't Derp?
 
2012-08-25 05:33:08 PM  

Weaver95: The article doesn't do a very good job of explaining what it is that has people so upset.


Two words: Gub. Mint.
 
2012-08-25 05:35:28 PM  

Weaver95: The article doesn't do a very good job of explaining what it is that has people so upset.


Neither do the people who are upset.
 
2012-08-25 05:43:42 PM  
Secede, you farking retards.
 
2012-08-25 05:50:43 PM  

cman: Weaver95: The article doesn't do a very good job of explaining what it is that has people so upset.

dangerous radio waves

Seriously

These morons think they are gonna get cancer from these smart meters. Of course they have no problems with putting a cell phone to their ear or operating a Wi-fi network, but they are scared shiatless of this


This and ZOMG HACKERS?!? Never know what kind of sensitive confidential information is contained in your power consumption patterns.

And it probably has a teensy bit to do with the fact that the Obama administration provided the money for this program, so it MUST be some kind of nefarious scheme.
 
2012-08-25 05:51:57 PM  

fusillade762: cman: Weaver95: The article doesn't do a very good job of explaining what it is that has people so upset.

dangerous radio waves

Seriously

These morons think they are gonna get cancer from these smart meters. Of course they have no problems with putting a cell phone to their ear or operating a Wi-fi network, but they are scared shiatless of this

This and ZOMG HACKERS?!? Never know what kind of sensitive confidential information is contained in your power consumption patterns.

And it probably has a teensy bit to do with the fact that the Obama administration provided the money for this program, so it MUST be some kind of nefarious scheme.


These folk have been against this before Obama was in office.

Alex Jones, for example, has called it a tool of the beast since, what, 2006?
 
2012-08-25 05:53:15 PM  
Wait, I find it hard to believe that the power companies do not have easements and or customer contracts/agreements in place that allow them to upgrade equipment as needed/as they see fit.

Also, couldn't the power companies refuse to distribute power to those without the new "smart meters," thereby forcing an upgrade?
 
2012-08-25 05:53:35 PM  
Easy fix, you don't let us install a new meter, we turn your power off.
 
2012-08-25 05:55:52 PM  
Little do they know these are GPS markers for the Death Squads.
 
2012-08-25 06:00:54 PM  

Weaver95: The article doesn't do a very good job of explaining what it is that has people so upset.


Progress.
 
2012-08-25 06:15:40 PM  

shopball: Easy fix, you don't let us install a new meter, we turn your power off.


This is why we have laws governing public utilities.
 
2012-08-25 06:17:41 PM  

shopball: Easy fix, you don't let us install a new meter, we turn your power off.


By removing the meter?
 
2012-08-25 06:19:35 PM  
Let em opt out...

then double their rates/

/native Texan.
 
2012-08-25 06:28:28 PM  
I think the evolving solution is a good one. Let the objectors pay for traditional in-person meter reading, and for replacing smart meters already installed.
 
2012-08-25 07:02:04 PM  

Endive Wombat: Wait, I find it hard to believe that the power companies do not have easements and or customer contracts/agreements in place that allow them to upgrade equipment as needed/as they see fit.


They do, but it's hard to upgrade equipment when there's some crazed sexigenarian waving a pistol in the air and screaming about lizard people.

Endive Wombat: Also, couldn't the power companies refuse to distribute power to those without the new "smart meters," thereby forcing an upgrade?


I doubt it, but it would be interesting if they could.
 
2012-08-25 07:04:20 PM  

Endive Wombat: Wait, I find it hard to believe that the power companies do not have easements and or customer contracts/agreements in place that allow them to upgrade equipment as needed/as they see fit.

Also, couldn't the power companies refuse to distribute power to those without the new "smart meters," thereby forcing an upgrade?


I dont know how they do it in other states, but in Maine, a power box is considered to be the property of the home owner.

In 1998 we had one hell of a storm. It became known as the Icestorm of 98. People learned quickly that those who had their powermeters ripped off of their house they were the ones who had to repair it, not the power company
 
2012-08-25 07:16:48 PM  
Mark of The Beast! Mark of The Beast!
 
2012-08-25 07:16:57 PM  

GleeUnit: Secede, you farking retards.


It would be funny to see if they did, and the rest of the US didn't fight to try and keep them.
 
2012-08-25 07:17:16 PM  

Kome: Weaver95: The article doesn't do a very good job of explaining what it is that has people so upset.

Progress.


FTA third paragraph: A nationwide effort to upgrade local power systems with modern equipment has run into growing resistance in Texas, where suspicion of government and fear of electronic snooping have made a humble household device the center of a politically charged showdown over personal liberty.
 
2012-08-25 07:18:40 PM  
Cut their power off. Problem solved, and it helps conserve energy!
 
2012-08-25 07:19:11 PM  

cman: Weaver95: The article doesn't do a very good job of explaining what it is that has people so upset.

dangerous radio waves

Seriously

These morons think they are gonna get cancer from these smart meters. Of course they have no problems with putting a cell phone to their ear or operating a Wi-fi network, but they are scared shiatless of this


Don't forget how they're completely against any sort of environmental regulations. They're completely fine with oil companies fracking down the street and dumping the radioactive and highly toxic wastewater right back into their groundwater, or coal plants billowing out tons of CO every second, or..... you get the picture.

It's almost as if this isn't really about their health and safety.... as if some other thing is driving them.
 
2012-08-25 07:21:26 PM  

cman: Weaver95: The article doesn't do a very good job of explaining what it is that has people so upset.

dangerous radio waves

Seriously

These morons think they are gonna get cancer from these smart meters. Of course they have no problems with putting a cell phone to their ear or operating a Wi-fi network, but they are scared shiatless of this


They also believe in chemtrails and fluoride, so that sounds just about right.
 
2012-08-25 07:21:38 PM  
Next they'll come for your horse and buggy! They'll call them "cars" and tell you they go faster and are safer, but don't you believe 'em. They're just the new weapon of the Obama socialist, communist, a-rab, muslim, lefty, pinko united nations plot to abort your babies before they're even conceived. Reload, patriots, the new civil war is comin' to us this time.
 
2012-08-25 07:21:49 PM  
Our local power monopoly installed smart meters without telling anybody they were installing smart meters until they were practically finished. Now we have people coming down with all kinds of illnesses who blame the smart meters, and tons of proof that the damned things do spy on you.
 
2012-08-25 07:23:36 PM  

Don't Troll Me Bro!: It's almost as if this isn't really about their health and safety.... as if some other thing is driving them.


These are the same people who protest power lines being too close to their houses and where copper bracelets with magnets in them. In other words, morans.
 
2012-08-25 07:24:09 PM  

Endive Wombat: Wait, I find it hard to believe that the power companies do not have easements and or customer contracts/agreements in place that allow them to upgrade equipment as needed/as they see fit.

Also, couldn't the power companies refuse to distribute power to those without the new "smart meters," thereby forcing an upgrade?


They probably do, but are you going to take your life in your hands while some redneck decides to put a few holes in you with their gun while trying to do the upgrade?

I'm beginning to think there is a large portion of Texas that had frontal lobotomies done. That's the only way I can see this level of UltraDerp.
 
2012-08-25 07:24:19 PM  
These loons probably have a cache of incandescent bulbs they are hoarding for Jesus, too.
 
2012-08-25 07:24:34 PM  
It can shut off my A/C? fark no.
 
2012-08-25 07:25:13 PM  
Nobody watches TV any more, so they need a new device to spy on the population.
 
2012-08-25 07:25:48 PM  
Shut their power off if they dont want the meter. Let them go back to candles. Morans.
 
2012-08-25 07:25:51 PM  
FTFA: The devices would also promote conservation, such as cycling air conditioners on and off during peak demand periods.

Depending on how this is implemented, that would bug me. If it's a feature I can turn on or off, fine, but if the power company wants the ability to turn my AC off without my consent, I would protest a meter that allowed that.

As it is FPL keeps trying to entice me to sign up for some new billing method where I don't actually pay per month based on what I use, but on what they estimate I would use, and they just check the meter every few months instead of every month to settle up. Maybe it's paranoia but part of me thinks that they'd have no problem sending me a bill for any electricity I used over what they estimated, but wouldn't be so quick to return money if I used less than they expected.
 
2012-08-25 07:25:59 PM  
you know, if i worked for a utility and someone did this, i'd send out a work crew to remove the old meter, and roll up the wires


sometimes folks take it a bit too far
 
2012-08-25 07:26:13 PM  

Weaver95: The article doesn't do a very good job of explaining what it is that has people so upset.


It would be much more efficient to list those things which do not enrage conservatives.
 
2012-08-25 07:27:00 PM  
Dumb texans rejecting smart meters.

Whodathunkit?
 
2012-08-25 07:28:08 PM  

loonatic112358: you know, if i worked for a utility and someone did this, i'd send out a work crew to remove the old meter, and roll up the wires


sometimes folks take it a bit too far


The problem with that is the home owner would still try and take a few shots at you. If they do anything, they need to just cut the power from the road, away from their houses.
 
2012-08-25 07:28:38 PM  
Each meter contains a key that lets black people sneak into your house while you're out having a nice evening at Olive Garden.
 
2012-08-25 07:29:53 PM  
Make fun of those Texans all you want, but Im embarrassed to say some people in my Victoria BC are behaving the same way (minus the guns, of course)
 
2012-08-25 07:30:14 PM  

Ed Finnerty: Each meter contains a key that lets black people sneak into your house while you're out having a nice evening at Olive Garden.


this is texas, if you're gonna racebait you have to include the latino population
 
2012-08-25 07:30:32 PM  

TuteTibiImperes: FPL keeps trying to entice me to sign up for some new billing method where I don't actually pay per month based on what I use, but on what they estimate I would use, and they just check the meter every few months instead of every month to settle up


I've never had electric or gas bill which did NOT work like that.

It's actually very simple, but I take a picture of the meter from time to time to check the results. I actually hold a newspaper in the frame for the date stamp, like a kidnapping picture.
 
2012-08-25 07:31:07 PM  

atomic-age: These loons probably have a cache of incandescent bulbs they are hoarding for Jesus, too.


Hell yes! I have several lights on dimmers and dimmable CFL lamps are very expensive.
 
2012-08-25 07:31:15 PM  

cman: In 1998 we had one hell of a storm. It became known as the Icestorm of 98. People learned quickly that those who had their powermeters ripped off of their house they were the ones who had to repair it, not the power company


As someone who has worked for a power company, I admit to feeling a bit of schadenfreude when the, "It's on my property, it belongs to me," folk suddenly turn into, "the power company installed it, and therefore it should belong to them! They should pay for it," the moment ownership actually costs them something other than a monthly power bill.

Not that the people of Maine were necessarily that kind, but it reminded me of how fun rural Oregonians are in that regard. The problem customer symbol, a big black X with a red outline, usually with the note ("Will pull gun, call before coming or notify police," for example), will always be dear to my heart.
 
2012-08-25 07:31:25 PM  
Do they have a "right" to power? Don't want to upgrade, fine, no electricity for you.
 
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