I know some people who have their TV connected to a switched outlet because TV's draw current even when switched off. (Anything with a remote control that can turn it on MUST be drawing current when it is supposedly off.) However if you turn off the power to your VCR as well, it can lose the time or even the channel setup information; I'm not sure if that applies to the new generation of TV's. So using BOB on your TV might not be that disastrous.
But having BOB kill the power to your computer? Sheer idiocy! (I could always tell when users were just switching off their computers rather than going through the proper shutdown procedure because their temporary folder would fill up with undeleted files... to the point where they were running out of hard drive space!)
There could be computer version of BOB that plugs into a USB port. They already make USB security devices to prevent you from logging on or powering up, so the technology is already there. BOB would simply be the interface that the users deal with, although it would require power from somewhere- possibly batteries, since plugging it into the wall would add more one cable. (I don't think that USB ports are powered when a computer is shutdown.)
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"When my daughter has slumber parties, I can go to bed without worrying that the girls are staying up until all hours of the night watching TV." --Lovie from TX
Thank you for sharing that with us, Lovie. It's obviously okay with you if they stay up all night smoking crack, but heaven forbid that they might be watching a Three Stooges marathon... ever heard of the expression "parental supervision"? I guess not.