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    Google to power IoT devices with 'Brillo' operating system

    Brillo will be based upon Android but require as little as 32MB of RAM.
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    Re: Google to power IoT devices with 'Brillo' operating system

    They must have scoured their brains for that name (sorry.)

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    Re: Google to power IoT devices with 'Brillo' operating system

    "Only" 32MB

    The "Internet of Bigger Things" eh?

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    Re: Google to power IoT devices with 'Brillo' operating system

    So when will the BrilloPad launch??




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    Re: Google to power IoT devices with 'Brillo' operating system

    I wonder if it's a pun on how they are going to scrub through the data that passes through it...
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    Re: Google to power IoT devices with 'Brillo' operating system

    I'm sure some of you are expecting it, so here it is .... an IoT device powered by anything Google is about as welcome to me as a dose of the clap. On seconds thoughts, I'd rather have the clap.

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    Re: Google to power IoT devices with 'Brillo' operating system

    The next step is for Google to create an AI to run within the Thing-of-Internet and generate revenue by reading Google ads.

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    Re: Google to power IoT devices with 'Brillo' operating system

    Quote Originally Posted by Saracen View Post
    I'm sure some of you are expecting it, so here it is .... an IoT device powered by anything Google is about as welcome to me as a dose of the clap. On seconds thoughts, I'd rather have the clap.
    I'll go further - ANYONE'S IoT device immediately puts my suspicions up - okay it's downloading information for you, but what the heck is it sending back to the Google-Cloud, Azure, etc? And unlike phones, there's no low-level controls on what goes and what doesn't.
    The IoT will connect those everyday home electronics devices and white goods to the internet to expand their usefulness and functionality. We are starting to see more and more connected home entertainment devices, kitchen gadgets and smart home automation. These devices all need to talk to some platform or other to function so various companies have been developing platforms and operating systems for IoT devices hoping to set a standard – as its widely seen as the 'next big thing'.
    And therein lies my problem with the whole "Internet of Things" - it's just stupid on a whole lot of levels.
    a. We're already running short of bandwidth etc - so adding a couple of billion of these gewgaws isn't going to make the situation improve;
    b. A lot of IoT devices seem to be in the category of "we can do this, so here it is" rather than a genuine need/use-case. Case in point, the IoT washing machine - why?
    c. Lack of standards means yet another rerun of the old VHS v's Beta and Bluray v's HD-DVD wars. Why hasn't one of the brainiacs proposing this nonsense come up with the idea of a cross-industry standard (preferably an open one). Otherwise how is you iToaster going to work with your Chrome-Fridge?
    d. Security - none at present it would seem. Big Brother is here and he is all of us. Go watch The Demon Seed and see if that doesn't ring some (alarm?) bells.
    e. I draw a big distinction between "networked" devices and "Internetworked". I can think of some devices of mine I'd like in a "cloud" (e.g. heating and lighting systems) but there's no way in heck that I want ANY connection of those to the internet.

    Call me a luddite if you will, but I'm just not convinced.

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    Re: Google to power IoT devices with 'Brillo' operating system

    I went to the local big box store this morning to take a look at a new refrigerator. The salesman kept trying to push me to one of the 'connected' devices. After a bit, I told him I didn't have wireless internet, nor did I have cell service where I lived. He offered to sell me a wireless router if I needed one. I left.

    I'm not a luddite. But my refrigerator has no need to have conversations with anyone. And while I do, in actuality, have a wireless router, I only have the wireless portion turned on if I need it.

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    Re: Google to power IoT devices with 'Brillo' operating system

    Quote Originally Posted by crossy View Post
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    Call me a luddite if you will, but I'm just not convinced.
    In the interests of good customer service, glad to oblige ...... LUDDITE!



    Me too, by the way.

    Oh, and I am convinced. It ain't happening Chez Saracen, for the reasons you eloquently elucidated .... thereby saving me some typing. Much obliged.

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    Re: Google to power IoT devices with 'Brillo' operating system

    I enjoy using the internet, but I'm certainly not a fan of the "Internet of Things", either the name or the devices themselves.

    Too many things are being pushed to have internet connections, and not only are most of them unnecessary (I can't say "all" as there is a possibility of there being an actual good use for one or two devices in there somewhere), but they also come across as being a potential (and possibly unprotected) target for hackers to gain access.

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    Re: Google to power IoT devices with 'Brillo' operating system

    Future getting more intresting! Future tech getting more diversing !!

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    Re: Google to power IoT devices with 'Brillo' operating system

    32MiB? Jesus. The devices I use have 64KiB per core... and that's a lot. I guess "Thing" is a very broad term.
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    Re: Google to power IoT devices with 'Brillo' operating system

    but what the heck is it sending back to the Google-Cloud, Azure, etc? And unlike phones, there's no low-level controls on what goes and what doesn't.
    Well, let's see, the fingerprint sensors in the thing-of-internet handles are reporting who's in the house and what they're doing. The fridge, which has to put up with you sticking your nose into its business, reciprocates by buddying up to your various webcams and microphones, and if the cloud isn't interested, the NSA surely is.

    This paranoid luddite isn't convinced either.

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