Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 15th Aug 2017 23:15 UTC
Internet & Networking

A perk of connected devices, or at least what gadget manufacturers will tell you, is they can receive over-the-air updates to keep your device current. Those updates don't always go as planned, however. In fact, they can go horribly wrong. Take a company called Lockstate, for example, which attempted to issue new software to its LS6i smart locks last week and ended up bricking devices. That isn't great.

I don't know what these people were expecting.

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Comment by Sodki
by Sodki on Wed 16th Aug 2017 22:28 UTC
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There are good ways to deal with software updates and bad ways to deal with software updates. A good pattern is to have redundant storage, so that you can go back to the previous version if something goes wrong. This works for BIOS upgrades, firmware upgrades, whole operating systems (like ChromeOS or CoreOS), and IoT devices. It's a solved problem for many years now and it infuriates me to no end that some companies choose not to use this pattern and then things like this happen.

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