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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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The Nest's location detection is nothing new.  My dorm/barracks room in the AF had a door switch and motion sensor for when I was gone for the weekend or deployed.  After a set period of time, the HVAC system would go into an away/deployed mode to save energy.
This is hardly an invasion of privacy.
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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
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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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Asking Siri stupid questions was totally going to be my schtick for the next two months. +Joshua Topolsky future-crime-stole my material! (not really, he is an original butterfly).
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Hi dear good morning.
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+Jacqui Cheng did an amazing job with this. I literally have no questions left.
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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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Oh, the fun the last couple of days with Sprint's iPhone 4S. Will it be SIM-unlocked internationally? WIll it be locked? Some superposition of the two?

Turns out, the Sprint iPhone 4S will be sold unlocked, get pushed an update very soon that will RE-lock it, but customers in good standing will be able to call and have it UNlocked again. What the what.
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They are super paranoid about fraud with int'l phones. They wouldn't even let us take cash for either iPhones.
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