Amazon’s indoor camera drone is ready to fly around your house
Next up: cameras. Amazon's crazy indoor, flying drone camera—the ambiguously named "Ring Always Home Cam"—is actually for sale now in the US. This was announced a full year ago, but now it's available "exclusively by invitation" for $249.99. This is a "Day 1 Edition" (read: a beta product). So Amazon isn't letting just anyone buy it. You can request an invitation to give Amazon money on the product page.
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How cool is that!?! Without disturbing you, this drone can unobtrusively fly around your home making sure everything is okay. For your own good, of course.
Dear Amazon,Instead of a flying drone in my home, I would prefer you sell me more different IoT gadgets that are stationery and don't fly, but which also have mic and camera pickups. For my protection, of course.Thank you! May I have another?
Many years ago now, I had a DNS name, a free account at DYNDNS, and a router that would automatically log in and update the account. That ability was programmed into the firmware. Then DYNDNS changed their policies and renamed things, breaking the crap out of that arrangement. It may have been for the best anyway, because a while later, I started getting threats from the MAFIAA, passed through my ISP, alleging that they'd detected piracy on the connection that the ISP wouldn't link to a name for them. Sure don't need to hand my name to the MAFIAA by running a web server with all kinds of identifying info. Also, somehow inbound traffic on web ports no longer gets through, and the ISP is playing stupid about it, saying it should work and they have no idea why it doesn't.
I also gave a "smart" TV a try. Went for the smallest, cheapest model there was, a 24". It mostly works okay. Can't block ads on it, however, because it's not fully under my control. And about a year ago, something changed at YouTube, and broke that TV's ability to connect to it. Before that, the TV's behavior changed. Started demanding that I log into YouTube, or select "guest", when previously, it had just gone straight to the site.
I also tried an RCA brand tablet from Walmart, when they were rolling out their answer to the Amazon Fire stuff. They were selling the tablet for $35. It worked for a year and a half, until the battery failed. It is difficult to find replacement batteries for it, and they cost more than $35. I cannot be sure whether the tablet is also dead. I've had batteries take my smartphone with them when they died. So the tablet has been gathering dust in my closet ever since.
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what a stupid fucking slave.
》 How cool is that!?! Without disturbing you, this drone can unobtrusively fly around your home making sure everything is okay.
Better not let the drone into your basement.
If you're doing nothing wrong, you've got nothing to hide.