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Rev   4/17/2014 3:36:55 PM
I am having a lot of problems with the IoT. 


Right now, my home network passes http://www.grc.com's "True Stealth" analysis. This means that if some creep is looking for a home network to hack into, mine does not respond, indicating its existence.  It also means that I have to go to the store to buy coffee and filters.  How valuable is an internet enabled coffee machine anyway?  If I am not in the house, the coffee machine has no business being on.  This goes double for appliances like my stove.  If my burners are up more than a quarter of the way, I do not leave the kitchen.  If something starts to burn, I am standing right there to observe it and deal with it.


How good is an average home owner at securing their internet connection?


Your vending machine creates similar problems.  If I am running an enterprise with a computer network, I will not be plugging in your vending machine.  I do not know how well configured your machine is.  I do not know whether or not your machine is a nuisance or a security hazard.  I do not want to provide it a communication port.  I suppose you can do wireless.  


Candy and chips vending machines have to be restocked regularly.  Coffee machines require restocking and cleaning by a compent worker with people skills and good hygiene.  If the IoT does not eliminate this activity, then there is no savings.  The worker can report back and tell you what is selling.  

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