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Comment: Re:Microsoft would be onto a winner if... (Score 1) 364

by Sir_Eptishous (#48907643) Attached to: Windows 10: Charms Bar Removed, No Start Screen For Desktops
Exactly.
I've often wondered why they try to reinvent the wheel with things like a gui, etc;

It would be like "we just implemented the new dinner fork. You're going to love it! It's shaped like a flower petal attacked to a crowbar. Our marketing and eating interface people tell me it's great!"

Comment: Re:Yawn ... (Score 3, Insightful) 228

by Sir_Eptishous (#48885473) Attached to: Eric Schmidt: Our Perception of the Internet Will Fade

Why wouldn't you want to be able to be informed as to what everything in your house is doing

Are you fucking kidding me? Really?
People don't give two shits about that sort of thing.
People(consumers...) want things that are RELIABLE and CONVENIENT. They don't care how many loads a week they've done in their dishwasher or that they can remotely change their lights in the downstairs bathroom to purple...
Repeat after me: RELIABLE and CONVENIENT.
That is what people want in appliances, etc;

Anyone who deals with the hassles of home wifi and configuring home routers, etc, in addition to the usual pc/table/phone issues, upgrade and configuration hassles knows the IoT is a CF waiting to happen.

Comment: Re:Yawn ... (Score 1) 228

by Sir_Eptishous (#48885077) Attached to: Eric Schmidt: Our Perception of the Internet Will Fade
The biggest concern here?
Who will install/manage/update/troubleshoot an army of IoT(crap) devices in someones house?

Who?

Sure, some duechebag home automation company, or even Google, but there you have it, in addition to the initial cost, you will have a monthly fee for support, ugrades, etc;
More bills for the average American who lives paycheck to paycheck. You know, the people who eat crap food just so they can continue to pay for cable tv and internet...
Who does Schmidt think he is talking to?

Comment: Re:If all goes well. . . (Score 1) 228

by Sir_Eptishous (#48884969) Attached to: Eric Schmidt: Our Perception of the Internet Will Fade
As much as I would like to agree with you on that point, the way I see it is, anything compromising that Big Data grabs from some influential/powerful person will be removed just as quickly, unless of course, the Big Data in question is more powerful than said influential/powerful person, then they either "play ball" with Big Data or pay the price, aka extortion.

I think we all inherently understand that this is the real power behind all the tracking, etc;, so that in the future those holding the dirt on you can blackmail you.

Comment: Re:If all goes well. . . (Score 5, Insightful) 228

by Sir_Eptishous (#48884941) Attached to: Eric Schmidt: Our Perception of the Internet Will Fade
I think you've summed it up rather nicely. Brazil, yes.

I've had one of my smoke alarms(the are brand new, and are wired to the house current) go off in the middle of the night. Scared the bejeezus out of me. I ran around at 3am looking for a fire that wasn't there, nor was there smoke... I am still wary of those things.

Events like that are just the tip of the iceberg if we give control of our homes over to nonsensical "smart" IoT devices. Bad updates, security issues, constant rebooting, replacements on backorder from a factory in China that is down because of an earthquake, botnets constantly banging on the door to take control, etc;

Comment: Is this the world we want? (Score 2) 228

by Sir_Eptishous (#48884823) Attached to: Eric Schmidt: Our Perception of the Internet Will Fade
I enjoy having control over my house when arriving home at night. I enjoy having control over my vehicles. If there is one HUGE and glaring issue with all this IoT nonsense, it is the loss of control.

Control over our own residence, etc is to be given over to Google or whoever. Really? Could this be any more wrong. Wrong on so many levels and in so many ways that I need not explain them all. Common sense shows us what a CF this idea really is.

I don't want a smart home.
I don't want a smart car.

And with your permission and all of that,

What a joke...

As others have pointed out, "all of that" will be having this nonsense foisted on us without any real choice.

I don't want to have to pay for this, to monitor it, to have to constantly upgrade it, etc;
Look at the sad state of security with home routers, wifi, etc.
Do we want to have our oven, fridge and toilet be connected to the internet?

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