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On the openness of #IoT or lack thereof

Me, to the developers of a very nice Bluetooth Smart sensor: I’m considering writing some code that can read the data from your SensorBugs. I don’t want to use your mobile apps or go through your cloud, as the code is supposed to run in close proximity to the sensors on a box I have…

The Perfect Surveillance Architecture

[caption id="" align="alignright" width="320"] Credit: Mike Licht on Flickr[/caption] If you set out to design the perfect surveillance architecture, what would you come up with? Assume there are no "legacy" issues, and you get to design the entire system for the benefit of the entity that gets to do the surveillance (government, or private sector,…

We Want Root

When you buy an iPhone, do you actually get to own it? Apple is doing its darnedest to make changes impossibe that you might want to do but that they don't approve of, even after you paid a lot of money for the device. Does not sound like ownership to me. It wasn't always that…

Connectivity for the Internet of Things

Let me say it up front: I don't think the internet-of-things is being deployed for reals in the home by many people at this point. My argument is simple: nobody ever talks about the number one frustration that I have in my home, and I don't think I'm unique: WiFi coverage, or the lack thereof.…

The consumer #IoT is mostly gimmicks today

I'm a believer that good things can be made to happen with the Internet of Things, but we are still very, very far away from that, in spite of all the hype. Exhibit A: visiting the hardware store to buy a new thermostat for my house. (Mine gave up this week after maybe 25-30 years…