I just hate being vindicated sometimes! My little tin foil hat has been laughed at for sooooo long that I’ve become inured to the oddness of knowing things which are rather inconvenient for most folks to believe about our “1984” style modern life.
Smart TVs, smart fridges, smart washing machines? Disaster waiting to happen
Op-ed: Hardware companies are generally bad at writing software—and bad at updating it.
by Peter Bright – Jan 9 2014
[…]the “Internet of things” stands a really good chance of turning into the “Internet of unmaintained, insecure, and dangerously hackable things.”
These devices will inevitably be abandoned by their manufacturers, and the result will be lots of “smart” functionality—fridges that know what we buy and when, TVs that know what shows we watch—all connected to the Internet 24/7, all completely insecure.[…]
[…]A history of non-existent updates
Herein lies the problem, because if there’s one thing that companies like Samsung have demonstrated in the past, it’s a total unwillingness to provide a lifetime of software fixes and updates. Even smartphones, which are generally assumed to have a two-year lifecycle (with replacements driven by cheap or “free” contract-subsidized pricing), rarely receive updates for the full two years[…]
[…] First, I don’t think this kind of enforced, premature obsolescence is good[…]
[…]Second, not all devices are as trivial as TVs. Cars are increasingly computerized. They’re also really insecure in ways that unambiguously compromise safety.[…]
[…] I cannot fathom the appeal of smart fridges or washing machines). But a world of hundreds of millions of connected devices, all ignored and abandoned by their manufacturers, is not a healthy one.
As such, there are only two ways in which smart devices make sense. Manufacturers either need to commit to a lifetime of updates, or the devices need to be very cheap so they can be replaced every couple years.[…]
Welcome to the age of obsolescence and total exposure……