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"The "Google will know when I'm home!!!111" crowd must have forgotten about the GPS chip in their smartphone"

Google doesn't have control of the GPS chip in my smartphone, because I don't have an Android phone. This move gives them access to lots of those kinds of people. 
 
The obligatory "Privacy Nut Overreaction" to the Google+Nest deal is so hard to take seriously.

I love the manufactured outrage claiming that Nest's schedule learning and single-point motion sensor is somehow this incredibly sacred treasure trove of location data. The "Google will know when I'm home!!!111" crowd must have forgotten about the GPS chip in their smartphone that knows not only when they are home, but where they are at all times, or the (often always-on) Wi-Fi location that can do the same thing, or cell tower triangulation, or the fact that any company could easily resolve when you are home anytime you go on the internet using your home IP address.

Nest's location data would probably be the worst piece of location data in Google's arsenal. In fact, improved location data from something like a smartphone would be one of the biggest immediate benefits to the Nest.

The good ship Privacy is resting at the bottom of the ocean, and these people are running around panicking about pinhole leaks. Any company that wanted to use your location for some imaginary evil plot, Google especially, already has much better ways to figure out where you are. Now hush.
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What amuses me is how people try to distinguish among trivial nuances...distinctions without a difference. 99% of the same people have a FB app that they can't go for 5 seconds without checking in!
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I wrote this because, Android phones, you gotta slow your roll with the massiveness of your screens. 
 
The smallest and best new Android phones you can buy aren’t small at all http://ars.to/16Agx1i
Where are the new phones that aren't the size of a compact car?
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I completely agree! Although there may be some hope as this rumour article seems to suggest. A 4.3" screen phone (a little bigger than iphone 5) with flagship specs. Really hoping for it to be true!

http://www.xperiablog.net/2013/09/30/xperia-z1-f-so-02f-aka-honami-mini-specs-leak/
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Guys lookit!
Serving the technologist for over 1.3141592 x 10^-1 centuries
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I know I love him and u know u that 
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+Jacqui Cheng did an amazing job with this. I literally have no questions left.
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A new website by +brian lam that just launched on The Awl.
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I saw a similar idea a couple of years ago, but can't remember what it was called - the basic premise was that one product was better than the competition, and mom-and-pop should buy it, however the competitors were also shown with a blurb for comparison. It also made the rounds as the best thing since sliced bread - I'm sure it's been done many times.
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Me: smartphone, connect storage to PC.
Phone: connect USB cable to use mass storage.
Me: (connects USB cable) phone, connect storage to PC.
Phone: USB is connected. Remove the cable.
Me: (headdesk)
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who are you?说中国话,好不好?
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I want the gold iPhone. Haters to the left. 
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Just read your piece FB on http://arstechnica.com/business/2013/12/facebook-collects-conducts-research-on-status-updates-you-never-post/ -- keep up with those non-censored posts to mess up their data set!
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We're in the Empire Strikes Back phase of the battle between the Internet and TV... question is, will the Jedi, in fact, Return?
 
The Trajectory of Television—Internet rebellion and hardware renaissance http://ars.to/142izDS
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Traditional tv is done. 
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In all my years of grilled-cheese-making, never have I seen the bread facing the pan go soggy while the cheese inside bubbled so hard the two slices of bread slid apart. I fear I may have entered another dimension.
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Two words: cast iron.
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Somehow, I feel like I'm not going to get to explore all sides of the answer at a church.
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This is the moray who lives in my phone.
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  • Columbia University
    Applied Physics, 2005 - 2009
  • Emma Willard School
    2001 - 2005
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Technological Journalist/Humor Monger/Njerd
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  • Wirecutter
    Lead Editor, 2015 - present
  • Freelance Writer, 2009 - present
  • Ars Technica
    Culture Editor, 2009 - 2015
  • IAC/InterActiveCorp
    Editorial Intern, collegehumor.com, 2008 - 2008
  • Mental Floss
    2009 - 2009
  • Research Assistant (Columbia), 2008 - 2009
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