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Windows 7: The Internet of Things: How to make it a reality

06 Jan 2015   #1
Brink

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The Internet of Things: How to make it a reality

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The Internet of Things (IoT) may be one of the most hyped technology trends around right now but to make it a reality organisations need to establish best practice in a long-term strategy.

How will the IoT affect businesses and how can CIOs help their organisations make the most of the trend? Five IT leaders give their views.
Read more: The Internet of Things: How to make it a reality | ZDNet


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07 Jan 2015   #2
TVeblen

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Windows 7 64 Bit Home Premium SP1
 
 

By the time they figure that all out the fad will be over.

I need someone to tell me how unlocking your front door from a bluetooth app on your phone is faster or easier than just using your key.
Or is it too difficult to carry keys in skinny jeans?
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07 Jan 2015   #3
Lady Fitzgerald

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by TVeblen View Post
By the time they figure that all out the fad will be over.

I need someone to tell me how unlocking your front door from a bluetooth app on your phone is faster or easier than just using your key.
Or is it too difficult to carry keys in skinny jeans?
Having an active app on your phone that will automatically unlock (even better, also unlatch) when you approach your door with both arms full of groceries or other packages (heck, there are cars and SUVs that do that now) would be one heck of a lot easier than trying to fumble around with a key. I usually make at least two trips from my "little" pickup to avoid the key fumble. At my age, that has gotten rather old.

As the article said, one or more standards need to be set for the so called Internet of Things to be successful. Imagine, besides the door scenario, being able to walk through the house and just tell things to do what they are supposed to do, such as the lights turn on or off, tell the thermostat when you're too cold or hot, have appliances tell you when something is wrong (no more opening the 'fridge and finding everything spoiled because it did several hours before). Many of those things can be set to happen automatically (although I, personally, would not prefer that much of the time).

However, my biggest objections right now are the expense (I won't even spring for the monthly expense of a smart phone) and the lack of security. Like "smart" TVs, everything is too easily hacked. Imagine some hacker in China (or next door) making your lights flash on and off, reset your thermostat to excessively high or low temperatures, telling your fridge to shut off, etc. Even worse, imagine your gadgets being used to spy on you.
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07 Jan 2015   #4
eatup

Windows 7 Home Premium 32 Bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Lady Fitzgerald View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by TVeblen View Post
By the time they figure that all out the fad will be over.

I need someone to tell me how unlocking your front door from a bluetooth app on your phone is faster or easier than just using your key.
Or is it too difficult to carry keys in skinny jeans?
Having an active app on your phone that will automatically unlock (even better, also unlatch) when you approach your door with both arms full of groceries or other packages (heck, there are cars and SUVs that do that now) would be one heck of a lot easier than trying to fumble around with a key. I usually make at least two trips from my "little" pickup to avoid the key fumble. At my age, that has gotten rather old.

As the article said, one or more standards need to be set for the so called Internet of Things to be successful. Imagine, besides the door scenario, being able to walk through the house and just tell things to do what they are supposed to do, such as the lights turn on or off, tell the thermostat when you're too cold or hot, have appliances tell you when something is wrong (no more opening the 'fridge and finding everything spoiled because it did several hours before). Many of those things can be set to happen automatically (although I, personally, would not prefer that much of the time).

However, my biggest objections right now are the expense (I won't even spring for the monthly expense of a smart phone) and the lack of security. Like "smart" TVs, everything is too easily hacked. Imagine some hacker in China (or next door) making your lights flash on and off, reset your thermostat to excessively high or low temperatures, telling your fridge to shut off, etc. Even worse, imagine your gadgets being used to spy on you.
That's already happening. That's why laptops come with webcams and fingerprint sensors. The FBI probably has facial profiles of everybody that's ever sat in front of one of these. They probably made the laptop manufacturers record the identities of each purchaser and obtained this list as well.

But, there is more to come.

When Intel finally implements kill switch, which your laptop will be constantly sending an RF homing signal. They'll be able to track down anybody in real time whose facial profile matches the person they want to target, especially execs with business secrets who are constantly on the move with their laptop...
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07 Jan 2015   #5
Bertison

Windows 7/64 HPremium.
 
 

In the UK, we would be better off with a situation whereby our political leaders, educators and senior management personnel understood the IT technology that we have now. Anything else will see those people make like a threatened tortoise.

Our lovely old Queen can use the internet with greater success than the politicians.
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07 Jan 2015   #6
Lady Fitzgerald

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by hirobo2 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Lady Fitzgerald View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by TVeblen View Post
By the time they figure that all out the fad will be over.

I need someone to tell me how unlocking your front door from a bluetooth app on your phone is faster or easier than just using your key.
Or is it too difficult to carry keys in skinny jeans?
Having an active app on your phone that will automatically unlock (even better, also unlatch) when you approach your door with both arms full of groceries or other packages (heck, there are cars and SUVs that do that now) would be one heck of a lot easier than trying to fumble around with a key. I usually make at least two trips from my "little" pickup to avoid the key fumble. At my age, that has gotten rather old.

As the article said, one or more standards need to be set for the so called Internet of Things to be successful. Imagine, besides the door scenario, being able to walk through the house and just tell things to do what they are supposed to do, such as the lights turn on or off, tell the thermostat when you're too cold or hot, have appliances tell you when something is wrong (no more opening the 'fridge and finding everything spoiled because it did several hours before). Many of those things can be set to happen automatically (although I, personally, would not prefer that much of the time).

However, my biggest objections right now are the expense (I won't even spring for the monthly expense of a smart phone) and the lack of security. Like "smart" TVs, everything is too easily hacked. Imagine some hacker in China (or next door) making your lights flash on and off, reset your thermostat to excessively high or low temperatures, telling your fridge to shut off, etc. Even worse, imagine your gadgets being used to spy on you.
That's already happening. That's why laptops come with webcams and fingerprint sensors. The FBI probably has facial profiles of everybody that's ever sat in front of one of these. They probably made the laptop manufacturers record the identities of each purchaser and obtained this list as well.

But, there is more to come.

When Intel finally implements kill switch, which your laptop will be constantly sending an RF homing signal. They'll be able to track down anybody in real time whose facial profile matches the person they want to target, especially execs with business secrets who are constantly on the move with their laptop...
Wow! And I thought I was conspiracy paranoid!
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07 Jan 2015   #7
z3r010

 

I think he's copy and pasted that from one of your earlier posts

Edit - my mistake, I've re-read it and there was no mention of backups so it can't be.
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07 Jan 2015   #8
Lady Fitzgerald

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by z3r010 View Post
I think he's copy and pasted that from one of your earlier posts

Edit - my mistake, I've re-read it and there was no mention of backups so it can't be.
My comment was based on his reasons for web cams and fingerprint readers being installed on laptops (although I do admit permanently disabling the web cams—delete software and put tape over the lens—on every machine I've ever owned that had one).
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07 Jan 2015   #9
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

John you make me
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07 Jan 2015   #10
eatup

Windows 7 Home Premium 32 Bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Lady Fitzgerald View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by z3r010 View Post
I think he's copy and pasted that from one of your earlier posts

Edit - my mistake, I've re-read it and there was no mention of backups so it can't be.
My comment was based on his reasons for web cams and fingerprint readers being installed on laptops (although I do admit permanently disabling the web cams—delete software and put tape over the lens—on every machine I've ever owned that had one).
Lol. I thought I was the only one in the world who has a piece of paper taped over my lappy's web cam.
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