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I can't wait for those G-Mail alerts or text messages....

"Your children are jacking your thermostat temp and costing you money. Shall we deploy the Bots?"

So true! thumb.gifbiggrin.gif:thumb:
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at what point do they have an unfair monopoly? is it when microsoft and apple start chucking money at politicians harder?

just because they have their hands in many jars doesnt mean they're a monopoly.

If they were the only hand in each jar then that's a monopoly.
 
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Haha, my roommate wrote a paper on something similar to this for his info sec 400 level course. Basically to the effect that we will have to start putting encryption on these devices and others. They have already shown that you can hijack a Ford with Sync and disable critical systems like the brakes. House is cake walk. Think if you amped up a dishwasher at night and it overheats and catches fire. How do you think you would even be able to tell since the fire will wipe out the evidence?

Besides the side effect like this, I think Google is really aiming to be everywhere in our personal lives, which is quite scary.
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Now go acquire Lockitron. I am in no way a fan of Google, but a single system for Nest/it's features AND Lockitron/it's features would be amazing.
    
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Between this and Boston Dynamics, SKYNET: Home Edition.

Order 66. Execute.

I'm betting SKYNET will rise from the failed Microsoft alternative.

I don't want a touch screen skynet :/
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I don't want a touch screen skynet :/

"Pinch to zoom Skynet overview of world"

"Double finger swipe towards each other to deploy nukes"
    
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Haha, my roommate wrote a paper on something similar to this for his info sec 400 level course. Basically to the effect that we will have to start putting encryption on these devices and others. They have already shown that you can hijack a Ford with Sync and disable critical systems like the brakes. House is cake walk. Think if you amped up a dishwasher at night and it overheats and catches fire. How do you think you would even be able to tell since the fire will wipe out the evidence?

embedded systems security is typically poorly thought out.

1st mistake: leaving root account access open
2nd mistake: time gap between signature verify and execute
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embedded systems security is typically poorly thought out.

1st mistake: leaving root account access open
2nd mistake: time gap between signature verify and execute

Yeah, developers of embedded systems focus on achieving their goals and getting the system to run something else. Some of the non-secureness of many embedded systems is outright idiotic. The FDA had to tell companies that pacemakers and insulin pumps have to be secured..... duh?
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Whole home networked automation is an amazing thing. I have a customer that has the entire home setup that way, and from anywhere he has cell service and/or internet access he can do it all with this house.

He can turn appliances on and off, lights on and off, doors locked and unlocked, adjust temperatures, change lighting color, turn sprinklers on and off. It doesn't stop there either! Adjust pool temps, retract pool cover....I think the dude spent more on home automation and network control than most people spend on building a house!

that sounds dangerous
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that sounds dangerous

and pointless

really, home automation is the last stand of a truly lazy nation. I can set a temp stat now and its enough for when you get home but setting the kettle to pre-boil then there is a delay in traffic and its a waste of power, same goes for anything. Set the lights and arrive late and waste power. The only thing this can be good for is auto turning on things when you walk in a room.. which would require an RFID sensor in each room but then.. the question is, have google then created a billion hamster cages within which to graphically track your every room movement? I hate to be a killjoy here but i actually enjoy doing a lot of the things automation tries to replace apart from the really mundane.
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