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OnHub Router -- Google's Smart Home Trojan Horse? 120

An anonymous reader writes: A couple weeks ago, Google surprised everybody by announcing a new piece of hardware: the OnHub Wi-Fi router. It packs a ton of processing power and a bunch of wireless radios into a glowy cylinder, and they're going to sell it for $200, which is on the high end for home networking equipment. Google sent out a number of units for testing, and the reviews are starting to come out. The device is truly Wi-Fi-centric, with only a single port for an ethernet cable. It runs on a Qualcomm IPQ8064 dual-core 1.4GHz SoC with 1GB of RAM and 4GB of storage. You can only access the router's admin settings by using the associated app on a mobile device.

OnHub's data transfer speeds couldn't compete with a similarly priced Asus router, but it had no problem blanketing the area with a strong signal. Ron Amadeo puts his conclusion simply: "To us, this looks like Google's smart home Trojan horse." The smartphone app that accompanies OnHub has branding for something called "Google On," which they speculate is Google's new hub for smart home products. "There are tons of competing smart home protocols out there, all of which are incompatible with one another—imagine HD-DVD versus Blu-Ray, but with about five different players. ... Other than Bluetooth and Wi-Fi, everything in OnHub is a Google/Nest/Alphabet protocol. And remember, the "Built for Google On" stamp on the bottom of the OnHub sure sounds like a third-party certification program."

Comment Crayola and crayons (Score 0) 102

AFAIK Crayola failed to defend the name and it became synonymous with a wax colored stick rather than a specific product produced by a specific company. Windows is much the same, prior to M$ windows, if you can remember back that far referred to a virtual window on an IBM mainframe, but M$ failed to vigorously defend the term and it became an industry wide term used by all.

Comment A service is a service (Score 1) 250

Either regulate UBER just like you would the competing service, in this case a Taxi service, or DON'T regulate the taxi service and let them openly compete with UBER. It seems foolish to have 2 standards. After having ridden in a cabs frequently, on a regular schedule I worked out a deal with the drivers myself and was never disappointed, as I headed out the door at 06:30 every morning to find one waiting at the end of my drive way.

Comment Re:The street will become half as wide (Score 1) 258

Wish I had mod points... Where I live in the SF Bay area there are bike lanes on nearly every street, excluding the freeways which are off limits anyways, the problem is the bikes won't stick to one medium. They go from Peds on the side-walk, to bikes in the protected space, to deciding to share the space my car is CURRENTLY occupying within 30 feet without a pause or even a look many times. I like riding my bike, and if my employer would provide a shower, and someplace to put my bike I would ride often, but bikes need to either observe the same rules of the road constantly or get off the road into protected lanes, and the rules need to be enforced...

Comment Ever sat in the middle seat ? (Score 2) 373

I recently flew from Phoenix wedged between to women who both weighed close to 300 lbs. if they weighed a pound. I couldn't get my elbows un-wedged from my ribs for 2 days following the flight. I can see being embarrassed if you weigh that much and still can't see over the top of the seat, but why should I be forced to suffer the invasion of the seat I pay for because of someone else's' health/size issues ?

Comment cloud computing ?? (Score 2) 70

Do these patents actually cover 'cloud computing' or do they refer to the abortion that has become the next great marketing term/buzzword following green ??

Cloud computing used to refer to a developing technology that allowed a virtual work environments to be cobbled together from varied technologies and hardware platforms. Then suddenly storing data in someone else's server farm or data center was putting your stuff in "the cloud" and any true meaning was lost under the avalanche of marketing and salesmanship.

Comment Re:It's coming. Watch for it.. (Score 0) 163

OOOOooo I wish I had mod points for you...
I live in the SF bay area and rabid retards on bikes are prevalent. They ride on the sidewalk, the bike lanes, any car lane in any direction at their "own" discretion, obeying or ignoring whichever set of laws applies to them at the moment, and somehow the car following strict road rules is always at fault according to the bike riding douchebags...

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