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Here google take my monies. i want 10
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post #112 of 122
Quote:
Originally Posted by Emmanuel View Post
How is this bad?
It's a total takeover of your freedom. It makes it so easy to control you, your car is driver-free, your internet activity is monitored. What's up next? A chip inserted in your brain that can makes you go to sleep when Google thinks it's appropriate?
Wow dude, calm down it's just a light bulb. If anything, this is just adding to your freedom.
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i can already see whats gonna happen. someone out there is gonna be mad when their topoftheline light bulbs get hacked and someone keeps dimming the lights on them, and turning them on when they are sleeping just to screw with them. lol
    
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I like the whole lightbulb hacking idea, really.
 
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post #115 of 122
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Originally Posted by jellis142 View Post
So...I'd HAVE to shell out for an Android device to control aspects of my life I already have control over. Nice for people who already own one, but I'd rather get up and take the 5-second walk to flip the light switch myself If I start to forget to turn off my lights, I'll get motion sensors.
Who said you have to buy Google's bulbs?
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post #116 of 122
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Originally Posted by Epitope View Post
How lazy do you have to be to use a electronic device to control your lights instead of getting off your fat butt?

This is a brilliant idea. Lazy americans will buy these up by the dozen.
Thank you, im American but i think the only thing this will accomplish is to take the human out of the human and put more of it into the machine
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post #117 of 122
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Originally Posted by ImmortalKenny View Post
Wow dude, calm down it's just a light bulb. If anything, this is just adding to your freedom.
Far from it, if this shux hits teh fan me and my sig rig will use every bit of our 4 cores to prevent google from succeeding in taking away MORE humanity (well also stop the government)
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post #118 of 122
This was announced at FIRST nationals in Saint Louis a few weeks ago.
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post #119 of 122
People are being a little over paranoid, I agree. Though there is some reason for concern given their history. Isn't Google trying or are into the selling of electricity business now? Just an example; They track the usage of lights and possibly other future Google enabled appliances in a city that is using Google for their power needs. Google analyses the information and notices, between the hours of 4PM-12AM people use 40% more electricity than any other time in the day in this particular city. They adjust their $/Kwh upward during those hours while lowering the rest of the hours in the day down. Keeping the average about the same and marketing it as a drop in rates(technically true for a given amount of hours), yet you will be paying more overall. If they don't make it into the power industry, they could always sell this information to a company that could do the above as well.

Yes, paranoid and probably nonsense, but don't downplay what companies will do to make more $$.
Edited by Strat79 - 5/12/11 at 6:52pm
post #120 of 122
The power companies already know all this, they have to buy the power from the grid and sell it to you. They know when peak usage is from the amount of electricity you actually consume which is a better indication than when your lights are on; lighting takes up very little power compared to running an electric shower, immersion heater or AC unit.

Or they can fit radio meters (we used to have one in our place in the UK) which can record usage data and upload it in order to determine your bill.
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