Just a small sample
Of the proposed internet of things to come.
2939 posts • joined 10 Jun 2009
I have an iPod touch 2nd gen that I use in my car as a music player. That was my last iDevice. The iPod touch Gen3 was released a couple months after I got it and it was not very long before app updates were not available.
On the other hand my 20 year old speakers (with wires!) still work fine.
Maybe Apple should just buy Sonos, it sounds like they fit well together.
We got them in Toronto some time ago. The real use is so they could charge us more then double during peak period of the day so we will do our wash at night or the weekend. But once people switched to save money they started increasing the off peak rates faster then the peak rates so it's now less then double.
If you save money they just raise the rates to make up the loss.
Google is not creating a profile of someone. They don't have special access to data like a credit agency.
They don't know if you pay your bills on time, or have a mortgage, or how much you owe on your car loan, they will not know you bounced a cheque unless it went to court and became a public record. A credit agency has very specific types of data from specific known sources. Google has millions of bits of random crap, that's why you need a search engine in the first place. Your comparing apples and rocks.
Only famous people will get anything like a profile because there is so much public info available on them, but you still will not know how much they owe on there credit cards.
If you google my name there is nothing that is actually me until page 17, and you would still have a hard time telling it was me if you didn't know me. On page 19 there is a story about a guy that streaked a football game, wrong city and a few years too young but might be bad if someone thought it was me... can I request that it be removed? How would google know it is/not me?
"Google should remove links that are old, out of date or irrelevant and - significantly - found not to be in the public interest."
What is old?
Do you want Google, Microsoft and friends to decide what is irrelevant or not in the public interest?
Is there some standard test for what is in the public interest?
However, the ruling continues to be a load of crap.
How is Google the polluter?
My dad used to pickup train cars loaded with new cars being shipped from Canada down to the US, cars going all the way to Florida or Texas still had sticker prices thousands less then the same car sold across the street from where it was assembled.
When the Canadian $ went down, book prices went up (even when printed in Canada), when the Canadian $ went back up, prices didn't drop at all, but they did stop printing both the US and Canadian price on the books.
They just charge as much as they think they can.
Because large corporations wrote this thing. It's going to be setup to work for large corporations with teams of lawyers on staff. In the same way a corner shop can't assign their trademarks to a postbox in a tax haven the way Starbucks can.
They like android because they can install all kinds of crap if they want. But if you buy anything but the newest top of the line phone you can forget them providing any upgrades at all.
So Google wants to be able to upgrade more of the phones features from the app store.
They want to compete with Apple who don't let the phone companies control the upgrades. If Google upgrade android from 4.4.3 to 4.4.4 the phone companies don't give a crap, they just want you to buy a new phone every 2 years anyway. But now more stuff is part of the google blob so you can upgrade your camera from the google play store without needing an OS upgrade from the phone company.
The only thing they should be looking at is to make sure they are not pulling a Microsoft and using incentives to make sure all of a companies devices are google devices. If Amazon want to make a google phone, but keep selling the non-google fire that should be OK.
That's the same defense given against the ivory trade. "it's okay to buy it because I am not directly killing the animals"
That is a bit like the "you wouldn't steal a car" line though. Every bit of ivory is part of an elephant, and you can only sell it once. Ivory porn would be a picture of a piano. It might even be a drawing, or CGI rendering of a piano.
Yes IF they have arrested people found with actual kiddy porn... Good Job!
If they were an IP in a log file, or a couple of thumbnail images, or a cartoon that looked like she might be under age, or credit cards again. BAD. "Kill them all and let God sort them out" is not how you should run a police force.
Loads of people went from 2003, to 2010, and are not even thinking of 2013... how much more will Office 365 cost people like that? Of course that's the reason MS (and Adobe) are pushing the rental model.
And once they force every one onto the rental plan they will not even have to bother updating the software until the free software catches up at least.
"This is why only a fool would allow the source code out."
The programmers and others at the company already know the source code.
So if it's as crap as you say any one of them can pick the winner. Or maybe the owner of the company would like a change to the tax laws to go through, have his company get more contracts...
I thought the mail one would be useful, until I had read all my new mail and the stupid thing started distracting me by displaying old read emails. Disabled.
It took very little time for me to disable, and shrink all the live tiles on my surface. Out of the box it was like a web page full of Flash ads.
"In Europe, however, where thermostats either have to be mains-powered – which means a more challenging 240v install – or battery-powered, it’s more of a problem. In this respect, wireless is less life-threatening"
Sure the wireless thermostat can talk to the internet, but how is it going to talk to the heating system? Your going to have to connect something to the heating system and your right back to 240v.
The real advantage of wireless is being able to put the thermostat in a good spot instead of were it was easy to run the wires.
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