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.
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.
Why the hell should this be illegal?
It’s the customer’s fault that they depended on a cloud service–a cloud service which, in fact, functioned for the duration of the warranty. For this to be illegal, the government would have to have the power to compel a company to provide a service. This is the same concept that the FBI tried to push when “forcing” Apple to break into that iPhone which everyone, including this site, hated. With the shoe on the other foot, now you go crying to Big Brother?
You see.. this the problem with knee-jerk idiots running off at the mouth, it leads to stupid laws being pushed when manipulative politicians catch wind of how to gain their support. The lesson to be learned here is not to make this illegal, but to take responsibility for putting yourself in that position in the first place.
There already is a solution for this. It’s called Freedom of Speech. Spread word that these are the fuckers who cut support for a product whose userbase depended on them. Spread word that this new company is the same. Don’t go crying to the government to make more stupid laws, punish the company your damn self.