Offer lots of money with very little oversight and greedy people will abuse it?
Could have never predicted that.
Things would have to be pretty dire to drop frequency by a detectable amount on a consumer electronics device (to get that accuracy you need test equipment with TCXOs, etc.), and the idea would be to control devices BEFORE that the frequency starts dropping.
I say that first hand as a electric distribution utility operator. Everyone cooling their house down in late afternoon (16:00 was just an arbitrary time I picked, around the time people start coming home from work/school and the thermostat senses there are people in the home) add to the late afternoon peak that already "organically" occurs, from the overlap of people doing things at home and businesses still running. When peak generation needs to be dispatched quickly, it comes from thing like gas turbines and diesel engines, which add to emissions produces by electricity generation.
People who use the phrase “back in the day” should be punched.
As my high school social studies teach would say..Those who fail to study and learn from history will be repeating it.
Rural electric coops in North Dakota and Minnesota have been doing this since the 1970s as a way to manage demand peaks to save wholesale costs and also encourage electric appliances so they can pay for the miles of lines between customers.
In fact, the municipal electric utility I work for used to install time clocks on certain loads in exchange for bill credits in the 1970s. That moved to remotely controlled relays (via power line carrier messages) in the 1980s and now is part of the meter mesh network.
In fact, smart thermostats without utility directives actually add emissions and grid instability.
If everyone has their smart thermostats cool down their house before they come home from work, all of a sudden there is a large number of air conditioners (or electric heat in winter time) at 4:00 PM, which is coincident with the "natural" daily peak demand period, causing more "dirty" peak generation to be used and stressing transmission systems.
They signed up for a program with their utility where they get an incentive to allow the utility to control their AC during peak demand periods. It's called Demand Side Management (DSM), Load Management (LM), or Demand Response (DR) depending on utility. Essentially instead of dispatching x watts of gas turbines or diesel engines (i.e. generation that can be quickly turned on/off) to meet the peak demand, x watts of load is shed to meet current generation capability.
They did not have their air conditioners turned off, but rather they were set to 78-80 degrees F for the few hours. This was the first time they had this level of control in 6 years. Not as dire as they are making it out to be.
I implement, operate, and maintain such systems for an electric utility. We don't currently have a smart thermostat program but do offer air conditioning and water heating programs where install a remotely controlled relay and we cycle the load during high demand periods (so only like 25% of them are active at any one moment), and our customers seldom notice we are even controlling. I wonder how many of Xcel's customers would have noticed if there wasn't a message on their thermostat.
I hate to say it, but I have to be on Disney's side on this one. How may fictional characters are developed taking traits from real people? Pretty secure to say most of them. If the set precedent that anyone can sue for being an "inspiration" for all or part of a fictional character, it will stop creation of new literature, screenplays, etc.. There are 7 billion people on this earth, to create a truly original character that has zero likeness to any of them would be an impossible feat.
The whole idea of services like HBO+ is to sell access to shows and episodes they own rights to, correct? So if they cut out access to shows and episodes, they've just cut a selling point to consumers.
Next quarter, they'll be confused as to why subscriptions are dropping...
yea..the whole electronic communications infrastructure thing that made the original AT&T is going the way of the buggy whip...oh wait...You mean they could have stuck to that and still been one of the largest, most profitable companies in the world?
They've actually lost money trying to broaden their business beyond their core?
Has to be a team of MBAs behind that...
"growth for growth’s sake"
That has killed more companies than anything. Instead of sticking to their core business and doing it well, after MBAs (who usually are clueless to the core business, even though they'll say they are "experts" in that sector) take over it all becomes about quarter over quarter gains and making news on the financial pages, especially after a company becomes publicly traded in our automated, daytrading era..
No mention of the billions of taxpayer money essentially given to the major telecoms on the promise to build out fiber to the premise going back to the 1990s, and the telecoms not following through...rolling out things like DSL instead and pocketing the remainder of the cash for C-suite bonuses and not replacing aging infrastructure. - cable in the ground or on a pole has a lifespan of about 50 years, by the 1990s, a good portion of that was well beyond that at that time and still hasn't been replaced today. One of our business partners has a T-1 line coming into our operations center, and the last time it went down, it took the CenturyLink tech over a day to find two good pairs back to the CO, about a mile away (partner still won't do a VPN off our redundant fiber connection to a CLEC, with a WISP and cable backups).
They keep picking on the "main stream media", isn't ATT, etal. part of what they are against?
Pretty much every TV sold today is a "smart" TV, why don't they throw all their eggs into direct streaming and encourage people to dump traditional media distribution entirely?
When you make a unicast IP connection across the Internet, both endpoints are paying bandwidth at their end. No one is getting free bandwidth.
Like I pointed out before, when you get electricity (or gas or water), you only pay the company making your connection, it is their responsibility to pay for the generation and transmission along the way. You don't hear electric transmission utilities complain that large users are getting a free ride on their wires....
If AT&T thinks they are getting unfair deal, they need to renegotiate their peering agreements with the other carriers - but they know that the other carriers will then want more for AT&T traffic carried on their networks also.
I remember in the early 2000's I help a couple of people setup a wireless link so a farmer could get Internet from a friend in the City who had "fast" DSL at the time (the 750kbps throughput wireless link was much faster than the 28.8K or 14.4K the rural phone line could do at that time for dialup) ....
Now we're at the point I want to build the system for the reverse reason. I want to get the connectivity the rural farmers are getting.
The telcos have been getting government handouts since the 1990s to bring broadband everywhere. First they were supposed to migrate to ISDN (late 1980s), but that never happened. Then they got money to migrate from copper to fiber in the 1990s, but decided instead of do DSL on top of 50+ year old copper instead. They have received numerous "broadband expansion" program dollars since, and really no significant improvements.
The telco coops and small ma/pa operations in small towns around us used their grant dollars to actually replace their systems and all have had fiber to the premise for a decade now, most have retired their copper plants. They also have built dedicated facilities to major peering points like micemn.net , so their service is good throughout. People in farms miles outside of town get 1G/1G service for less than $100 a month. Here in the "hub" city of the area (largest city in the county), CenturyLink can only deliver 1.5Mbs DSL (for $40/month! - and their copper plant is literally rotting away, take a tech a good day to find good pairs to the CO now) and Midco can only do Docsis at like 200M/20M (like $150/month) to typical residential customers. What did CentruyLink (and its predecessors Qwest and USWest) do with all the tax money they've received over the decades to expand/improve their service?
I really don't think anyone is getting a free ride. Even large companies that don't have their own infrastructure are paying for their bandwidth at their interconnection points. Smaller businesses and individuals are paying service fees to access the Internet. ..
What happens behind the connection is the carrier's responsibility, not the end customer's..I pay my electric utility a connection fee plus the cost of energy used (sometimes demand, based on customer class). I don't need to make agreements with the all the electric transmission and generation providers, my local distribution utility does that with the fees I pay them. (Yes I know VERY large customers play the power market themselves)..
But I am sick of top executives getting over the top pay because of the "risk and responsibilities" of their positions, but also get a golden parachute if they are fired, which basically nullifies the reason they supposedly get over the top pay to begin with....