Anyone else a bit creeped out that Google is buying Nest?

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    I understand that privacy is pretty much non-existent in the modern world, but the fact that Google the ultimate data collector bought a company that makes devices that are always on in the home makes me concerned. Am I overreacting? Would you buy always on Google devices? Even with Android, you can turn your phone off, but you aren't going to turn off tstats, light switches and other devices....
     
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    The "Internet of Things" is the hot new buzzword that isn't going to go as far as analysts and techies would like to believe. The average consumer is not interested enough in an online toaster or a "learning" thermostat to pay a premium for that sort of thing.
     
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    I'm just seeing a world where I start seeing ads for long underwear/insulation or AC services depending on what Google learns from my Tstat....
     
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    I'm not that surprised. I've long since accepted some of our brilliant minds of today see the next frontier as being things that make us lazier....you know until the power goes out.
     
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    Your house is burning down, and the smoke alarm will shout ads for fire extinguishers...
    I think if the auto-programming works well, saving people money and making their home more comfortable, it will sell. And technology gets cheaper; these prices can drop to be quite affordable. But the first problem is that the system doesn't seem to work especially well. At least not based on the scattered reviews I've read. I was seriously considering buying a Nest, but I don't have confidence that it will make my life better. As for the google purchase: data about my household temperature seems inconsequential compared to my emails they've got. I'm not sure what to make of this, but I don't have strong negative feelings to it.
     
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    These two old videos still feel completely relevant.


    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n7U1e4B_iI8&html5=1
     
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    Adam - I share your concerns about the purchase and was going to put a Nest thermostat in my house to better manage the HVAC system that was installed about 6 months ago. Given this news it is highly doubtful now that I will get a Nest device.

    I know of other companies that have a similar thermostat system available but haven't really researched them.

    Anyone have thoughts or recommendations of the others available?
     
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    If there's another one worth getting, then Google will probably snap them up too eventually.
     

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