Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 7th Apr 2016 22:19 UTC

On May 15th, my house will stop working. My landscape lighting will stop turning on and off, my security lights will stop reacting to motion, and my home made vacation burglar deterrent will stop working. This is a conscious intentional decision by Google/Nest.

To be clear, they are not simply ceasing to support the product, rather they are advising customers that on May 15th a container of hummus will actually be infinitely more useful than the Revolv hub.

Google is intentionally bricking hardware that I own.

This should be absolutely illegal. I'm pretty sure Google has some EULA bullshit that "allows" them to do it, but EULAs are legal wet sand, and honestly, I just don't care. The fact Google can just get away with this shows you just how utterly warped and inherently - I'm using that word again, it's been a while - evil they really are.

These companies literally do not care about you. The sooner you accept that, the less attached and to and blinded by these companies you'll be.

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RE: Another stupid opinion.
by oskeladden on Sun 10th Apr 2016 23:18 UTC in reply to "Another stupid opinion."
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Sometimes you buy a product that is a dud.

This guy bought a product that was a dud and paid the cost for being an early adopter.

...and consumer protection law says that if a consumer buys a product that is a dud, they have a right to compensation.

This happens and what you are arguing for is making EOL of a product illegal which is ridiculous.

No. It isn't illegal, as long as the seller is upfront about the fact that the product will reach EOL and be bricked at some stage, and about the broad timeframe within which that will happen.

What is illegal is telling your customers that they have a lifetime service for the life of the product (which, in this part of the world, means the life of the hardware), and then sneaking a discretionary power to brick the product into the fine print.

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