Archive for the Loss of control Category

More reasons to halt UK smart meters – Surprise – You can’t trust energy suppliers to do anything, says Engerati member Nick Hunn

Engerati – September 09, 2016 https://www.engerati.com/article/more-reasons-halt-uk-smart-meters (….In the light of this latest exposure of their incompetence, I call on the Government and Theresa May to start an urgent review of the smart metering programme. On this evidence, the energy suppliers are not fit to run it or […]

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Smart Meter Battery Failure Leaves Home Without Gas

From today’s Daily Mail’s Letter’s page (28th March 2016) – “NONE-TOO-SMART METERS” “I had a neighbour who was without gas for a few days because his smart meter battery failed.  With my new smart meters only 6 months old, I recently decided to switch gas & electricity suppliers, […]

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Chair legs it from UK govt smart meter installation programme • The Register

The chair of the government’s controversial smart meter programme, Baroness McDonagh, has left her post after recently criticising the roll-out of the widely hated scheme. Current costs of the scheme are expected to reach £11bn, while total lifetime costs were recently pegged as high as £19bn – […]

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The Internet is on Fire – Mikko Hypponen, CRO of F-Secure – TEDx video + transcript

“Let me tell you a secret: when you hear that the machine is “smart”, what it actually means is that it’s exploitable.  “Smart” means “exploitable”.  “Smart TV” means an “exploitable TV”; “smart phone” means an “exploitable phone”, and so on.  That’s what it means.” ~ Mikko Hypponen, […]

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The Smart (Meter) Agenda – Mike Mitcham, AV5

In this presentation from the AV5 conference in May, Mike exposes the massive downsides of the so-called “Smart” Meter programme and sheds light on exactly why Big Energy/Utility cannot afford to tell you the facts about them. Uploaded with the kind permission of AV5’s organisers.  Book your […]

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EDF Offering Customers Ability to Remove ‘Smart’ Meters

*EDIT – the link below no longer works, so it unfortunately looks like EDF has now changed its mind on this policy.* We have already shared this good news on our Facebook page but, in case you missed it, energy giant EDF is now telling customers that […]

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“Not-so-smart meters” – What Doctors Don’t Tell You magazine exposes Smart Meter threats

Our thanks go to What Doctors Don’t Tell You magazine and columnist Guy Hudson for their excellent article this month on the dangers of Smart Meters. You can pick up a copy of the magazine – published monthly – in WH Smiths, or subscribe at www.wddty.com. To […]

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Google’s Nest halts sales of its fire alarm – because waving your hand switches it off

Google’s Internet-of-Things wunderkind Nest is disabling a software feature called Nest Wave, citing safety concerns. In this letter to customers, Nest Labs CEO Tony Fadell writes: “During recent laboratory testing of the Nest Protect smoke alarm, we observed a unique combination of circumstances that caused us to […]

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Human Microchipping, ‘Smart’ Grid and The Internet of ‘Things’

“Here we have companies that are basically hunting you, hunting your family and your lineage and your next generation and the average person… does nothing.” ~  Greg Nikolettos Direct link on YT for reference: http://youtu.be/H6wWb6nea5g This presentation, by Greg Nikolettos, was filmed at AV3 in the UK […]

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Got a ‘Smart’ Meter? Get ready for your home to be turned into a public Wi-FI hotspot!

Imagine this. You get an official letter from your local government authority notifying you that the government has decided to provide a free Wi-Fi network throughout the municipality and as part of the roll-out you are going to have a Wi-Fi transmitter installed on your home without […]

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Who controls the [Smart Meter] ‘off’ switch? ~ Prof. Ross Anderson, Cambridge University

[Ross Anderson is a Professor of Security Engineering at the University of Cambridge Computer Laboratory. He has persistently argued that, by their nature, large databases will never be free of abuse by breaches of security.  He has said that if a large system is designed for ease […]

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“The Australia Coincidence”: Power Companies to Begin Switching Off Appliances During Peak Periods

[Dear Australia.  Kinda’ funny that you’re having this thrust upon you at precisely the same time as us, no?  Almost comedic timing (but without the funny bit)?  Or are you in the EU now as well?  With love from the (colder, wetter, less sunny, different energy profile, […]

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Big brother to switch off your fridge: Power giants to make millions – but you must pay for ‘sinister’ technology

Computer chips will take control of home appliances when energy is low Sensors will detect spikes in demand for power and when grid struggles to meet it, will temporarily shut off appliances Can shut down supply without warning – or your consent Mail Online :: By Russell […]

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Smart metering will disrupt weather forecasts, warns Met Office

The Met Office has warned that Ofcom’s planned deregulation of radio spectrum for Home Area Networking kit risks disrupting radar-based weather forecasts. The airwave regulator’s recent public consultation into opening up new spectrum garnered overwhelming industry support for releasing the proposed bandwidths into the public domain, so […]

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Family with young children forced to live in the cold, without power, for refusing a Smart Meter

LOS ANGELES- Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) has terminated electricity to the family of a middle school teacher, her husband, and their six children for refusing to have a smart meter on their home, which they say caused their family serious health problems. In […]

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Clairvoyant Shows Incredible Ability to Access Private Thoughts

If you think this is scary, just imagine what Dave could see in the ‘Smart’ Grid.

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Smart Meters – Engineering a Virtual Panopticon

Our thanks go to the UK Column newspaper for featuring an article written by us this month: www.ukcolumn.org.  Please share widely. LONDON, March 7, 2013, Stop Smart Meters! (UK) If you are the average Internet and telephone user, 736 pieces of personal information are collected about you […]

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Stop Smart Meters! (UK) – We Are Being Censored

On Thursday this week (21-Feb-13), we were alerted to a BBC Radio 4 “You and Yours” programme featuring Smart Meters.  As disappointed as we were not to be invited to appear on the show, we still took the opportunity to tweet a few contributions under the #YouAndYours […]

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Lou Collins Radio Show 11/2/13 – Mike from Stop Smart Meters! (UK)

Interview starts around 7 minutes in after Lou played the trailer for Take Back Your Power.  Mike covered quite a lot of ground in this interview. Download available here (155Mb): http://stream15.mixcloud.com/cloudcasts/originals/3/e/5/6/bea4-64c4-47f8-91c1-9ad0f9402b68.mp3 via Lou Collins Radio Show 11/2/13 Mike from Stop Smart Meters UK by Lou Collins on […]

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Telegraph article reveals true nature of Smart Meters – Households to be asked to wash when it’s windy

[SSM UK]  The veil of “ending estimated billing” is finally starting to be lifted, revealing the true nature of the Smart Meter agenda.  As we have maintained from the start, Smart Meters will disempower you as an energy consumer (as well as irradiate you), and put someone […]

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