jimbobs wrote:The irony, as I see it, is that people are paying more money for Internet connected devices without understanding the implications at any level. The sales pitch is "you can open your car doors from a block away" and the customer reaction is "how convenient, I must have that" without ever questioning their need for such a feature. If they do go ahead and buy, they consider only the convenience to them but not their exposure.
Ironically, after wring this, I got a call from an installer setting up an appointment to install my "free" "smart" thermostat. This is provided by (essentially) the provincial government. It certainly isn't "free" as it is paid through taxes and I doubt it is "smart". The government minister in charge of the program gave an example of the benefits of using a smart thermostat:
"... he has had one for years and it comes in handy — especially for parents.
“My kids would come home on a hot, sweaty spring day — and you’ll note there are more and more hot, sweaty spring days — and I’d be at work and they’d immediately crank up the air conditioning and I would get a notification on my smartphone about some activity going on, and I would quietly dial back down the air conditioning,” he said. "
There are so many things wrong with this:
1. waste of taxes
2. requirement for user to have a smartphone with data plan
3. requirement for homeowner to have Internet access
4. lack of control over children
Turns out that I can pick my smart thermostat: Nest, Ecobee or Honeywell.