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    It was just a cuppa tea......

    An article aout using SMS to turn on a kettle spawned a rather amusing page of letters at the Register.

    Letters here.

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    Damn, that's one stupid idea

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    Everyone does seem convinced that the kettle lacks a thermal diode and would be unable to prevent a meltdown when the water boiled out. I could only hope that a kettle with an IC complex enough to respond to a text message would include so simple a safety feature.

    But, as far as the usefulness of this device? I agree with the letter-writers. This one ranks up there with doggy slippers and toilet seat covers.
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    Now that is something different. I never could imagine that one could use an SMS to turn on a kettle. Wait a minute .. SMS messages can actually go through the air right? Which means one day we can indeed envision such a device - why not?

    SMS turning on the kettle, turning on the TV, turning on the car even? When will those inventors stop? :P

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    I haven't read the article yet, but
    -my kettle takes less than 5 minutes to boile, why would I start it by SMS ?
    -people who are too fat to turn on their TV themself and would pay for something to do it should wonder what sort of cow they have become.
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    I think it's more a "just to show it can be done" thing. Like the SNMP-enabled toaster:

    http://www.savetz.com/yic/YIC11FI_6.html
    http://www.internode.on.net/images/toaster2.jpg
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    ... or DVD rewinders.
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    I think it's more a "just to show it can be done" thing. Like the SNMP-enabled toaster:
    I have actually been frustrated in the past waiting for water to boil. But toast toasts too bloody fast already. I typically use a frying pan to make toast (bachelor, obviously), and it takes longer to break eggs than to make toast. Heck, I'd probably take longer to text message your toaster than it would to just walk over and make the toast.
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    that's totally insane.

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    welcome to hwc, erica.

    Come on guys, to me its not the fact of being lazy, thats the selling point. but rather, are there not coffe makers that already have timers? do you not know when you need to get up? maybe good for the weekends but otherwise you can already have your coffe made before you wake.

    and if anyone has gone through the bs of making coffe, or lunch, or anything before you go to work it ****s. it plain ****s. (go language filter, new nickname baby patriot act) when i wake all i want to do is go straight to my truck and leave, otherwise if i have time before i want to rest.

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    since when were toilet seat covers a bad idea? if u saw the funky azz bathroom i have at work u'd be a believer

    now those auto battery vacuum cleaner thingys...now thats for lazy folk
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