Really though, are you going to trust a photo supplied by ISIS? This is Islamic propaganda.
Good god man, with the protocol fully in the hands of hackers they can reverse the bluetooth polarity flow - either shifting it to red through acceleration to burn your wrist, or even worse with the reversed flow affecting the heart rate monitor the hackers have full control of your heart rate!
Think everyone wearing a FuelBand as now living either a Logan's Run or Running Man scenario...
Yes, the idea is that this time has come.
The idea behind IoT is that it's a desirable goal to have in the first place. I don't think it is -- it's just another vector for attacks, just another target for malware, and another way for things to draw steadily more power over time.
I mean, none of us were remotely able to find and get jobs back in the dark ages of the late 90's and early 2000's. Yep, we all lived in caves, some with the luxury of landlines, and almost no internet connectivity for most.
Yep, we were all pretty agrarian, farm families at home with no hope of finding a job outside, nor communicate with anyone further than the end of the block.
Seriously, this wireless and instant communication is a very recent thing....while it makes things MUCH more convenient, it isn't a necessity. If you're very poor, you get your ass out and find out what you need to do. The unemployment office will help you too these days still.
The gas giants of our solar system aren't habitable (to our knowledge)
Pfft! You obviously haven't seen Jupiter Ascending yet! Then again neither have it, but that's beside the point.
I think the big issue is the potential to use this as a vector to introduce malware to the phone or PC the owner interfaces the device with. Not sure how practical that is.
The big issue will be that people will use this to display rude things on random people's armbands.
Well, big companies, like MS, Apple, Oracle, etc.
When you run a small (or more local) business, one of the nice things is being able to avoid certain markets and customers. In fact, unless your future growth (and corresponding funding) aren't a lock, you have to avoid them because all they'll do is destroy your business.
So if the big boys have to jump through ridiculous hoops in order to keep those profit margins sky-high, fuck 'em. That's how the game works.
What is your point? Roads and taxes are one of the few constitutionally authorized roles of the federal government and the state doesn't need authorization. Legitimate Government services have always been paid for by people who do not use them or use them as much as others since well before the USSR or any concept of what formed it ever existed.
It would be different if all roads were private and you owned them but that is not the case. Even when some roads were privately owned, it was up to the owners to set pricing which often overcharged sone and under charged others.
It is really no different than the pokice and fire which both are legitimate government uses. You pay to support both and likely never use either as much as the rich guy tryong to protect his store or the trailer trash that have the cops break up a domestic situation every other weekend. That was the economic system of the USSR too. Do you want to make police and fire availible only to those yhat can pay for the costs they impose? Here is a hint. You wouldn't like it.
And even if the three letter agencies don't take an interest, when we discuss our building a better mousetrap in e-mails and meeting schedules, I'd prefer it if we didn't get bombarded with ads for pest control.
You think that's bad? Ever since our last project went bad, and I said we were screwed, I got all sorts of condom ads!
I haven't looked at beta in a while... does it still have the pointless generic stock photos on every story?
I bet you were a hit at parties in the late 80s when it came time to debate the relative merits of Captains Picard and Kirk.
Seriously, though, you have a point.
Yeah, it will be great to get the experience of 30 seconds of hourglass every time you click on an e-mail on your phone.
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They wasted their time on games, social media, and entertainment
When my daughter gets to use computer, her only toys will be: