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Sonos Alarms Are Waking Users a Day Early (engadget.com) 38

Waking up to your favorite music is always nice, but it becomes rather annoying when you can'' turn off said alarm. From a report on Engadget: That's exactly what Sonos users are experiencing and one editor on our staff dealt with the headache first hand. In fact, the alarms are also going off a day early, meaning Saturday wake-up calls were playing this morning. The company posted in its forums this morning that it's looking into the issue and recommends users delete all alarms from the Sonos app for right now. As our editor and many others have experienced, deleting the alarms is the only way to make them stop. We'll have to wait for official word on the cause, but alarms set for December 31st going off on December 30th could be a New Year's or Leap Year bug. Back in 2011, Apple had a problem with iPhone alarms not working correctly on January 1st.
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Sonos Alarms Are Waking Users a Day Early

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  • by Anonymous Coward on Friday December 30, 2016 @04:43PM (#53581021)

    Waking up to your favorite music is always nice, but it becomes rather annoying when you can'' turn off said alarm.

    Just because the internet killed the curly quote, doesn't mean you need to overcompensate...

  • but it becomes rather annoying when you can'' turn off said alarm.

    Because sloppy editing is never annoying.

  • Sonos... (Score:2, Insightful)

    by Frosty Piss ( 770223 ) *

    ...Sorry, not a clue. Off to Soylent News I go!

    • Re: (Score:1, Troll)

      by thegarbz ( 1787294 )

      If you, a reader of a tech site, doesn't know who Sonos are then frankly I'll hold the door for you on the way out and wish you on your merry way.

      Bye-bye.

      • Re: (Score:3, Interesting)

        by Khyber ( 864651 )

        I don't know who Sonos is, primarily because now that I see what they build and due to the fact I'm a huge fucking electronics geek, I see I've already got a solution I built myself and don't need their crap, thus I've never had a need to look up a company providing such a product.

        • Well Soylent could use more than the readership of 30 people it has right now.

          • by Khyber ( 864651 )

            SoylentNews proved it was shit by chasing away its more ardent beginning supporters. I was one of them.

  • It's like a Portlandia sketch [youtube.com] come to life

  • Basically it says they aren't doing proper boundary testing. Stuff like that should be easy to automate.

  • There are plenty of libraries available that have worked pretty much all the date-time functions out. They are open source too, so you can freely use them in your projects.

    I don't know how people still fail at this.

    • by Rhys ( 96510 )

      I had the same initial reaction, but I thought about it a bit more.

      Sonos may have had to write their own library. They need measured-in-milliseconds audio synchronization between speakers for their product to work (and it does, we have a set and love them). Remember that they first released this back in what, 2005? Yes, these days they can get a lot of CPU power in a PLAY:N speaker for cheap because of the smartphone revolution. 2005? Not so much. They may have had to write their own library (though why it

      • by guruevi ( 827432 )

        Synchronization does not rely on accurate date/time representations. You may use a synchronized clock signal and for audio you also need to know location/distance so you can insert appropriate delays but you're not converting time stamps back and forth, even if you had an accurate NTP source, you're going to be skewing way too fast for NTP to accurately correct.

  • I was to stuck on this messed up heading

    Waking up to your favorite music is always nice, but it becomes rather annoying when you can'' turn off said alarm.

    It made no sense because it never even occurred to me that they were trying to say can't. I mean what kind of alarm can't you turn off? Day early or not you should always be able to turn off the alarm? Any how even once an alarm was constant to the point where I couldn't turn it off is the day I stop using that device forever.

    In fact, the alarms are als

    • by Rhys ( 96510 )

      Proof that slashdot isn't "real" journalism: a newspaper would have had a headline more like 'Alarming bug wakes sonos users early' or maybe 'Sonos says "no quick fix" for alarming bug' ... ?

  • Back in 2011, Apple had a problem with iPhone alarms not working correctly on January 1st.

    Really? Apple had an issue with iPhone hardware causing alarms to go off early? Or do you mean there was an iOS issue, but you really wanted a reason to say "iPhone" in your story somewhere?

  • My wife has 3 alarm apps on her LG phone to make sure she wakes up because invariably they will not work all of the time. Ridiculous.

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