ISP: Infringe Copyrights, Lose Remote Access to Your Thermostat

Doing a bit of BitTorrenting for the holidays? We hope you’re downloading legal content–and that you don’t live in the Northeastern portion of the United States–or else you might be in for a colder winter if you’re caught pirating the latest Star Wars movie.

Doing a bit of BitTorrenting for the holidays? We hope you’re downloading legal content–and that you don’t live in the Northeastern portion of the United States–or else you might be in for a colder winter if you’re caught pirating the latest

A warning letter from internet service provider Armstrong Zoom Internet , obtained by TorrentFreak , comes with some peculiar provisions. First, there’s the standard, “you’re in for it if we catch you pirating content” warning: “In accordance with the Terms and Conditions, Armstrong’s copyright infringement policy, and federal law, please be advised that, if Armstrong receives additional notifications of infringement connected with your Zoom Internet Service, Armstrong will remove you from your current internet service level and place you at the lowest service level.”

, comes with some peculiar provisions. First, there’s the standard, “you’re in for it if we catch you pirating content” warning: “In accordance with the Terms and Conditions, Armstrong’s copyright infringement policy, and federal law, please be advised that, if Armstrong receives additional notifications of infringement connected with your Zoom Internet Service, Armstrong will remove you from your current internet service level and place you at the lowest service level.”

Standard, right? What might open your eyes a bit–and possibly even get you to uninstall your preferred BitTorrent client–is what can happen if you get bounced to Armstrong Zoom Internet’s lowest speed tier. As the letter notes, “Please be advised that this may affect other services which you may have connected to your internet service , such as the ability to control your thermostat remotely or video monitoring services.

Standard, right? What might open your eyes a bit–and possibly even get you to uninstall your preferred BitTorrent client–is what can happen if you get bounced to Armstrong Zoom Internet’s lowest speed tier. As the letter notes, “Please be advised that this may affect other services which you may have connected to your internet

You can get around this issue by walking over to your thermostat and adjusting it, or by using your home wireless network–for example–to set temperatures or turn the thermostat on and off.

If you’re the kind of person who likes having manual control over your smart home gadgets, however, you won’t be able to kick on your heating from afar before you start your commute home. You’ll just have to suffer a chilly house or apartment for a little bit.

And as the second half of the threat notes, it’ll be tough to check in on any connected cameras you might have around your house if your ISP bumps your Internet speeds down to, say, dial-up. That will definitely impact their functionality, so you might want to tread lightly with the copyright infringement if you’re on Armstrong Zoom Internet–at least, if you want to be able to watch your DogCam while you’re at work.

To get back into the ISP’s good graces, those accused of copyright infringement have to acknowledge that they received a copy of the Armstrong Zoom Internet’s terms and conditions and answer a few educational questions about copyright infringement. Additional DMCA notices can result in suspension of service.

See Also : Android Go seeks a smoother ride for low-end smartphones …

Entry-level phones may cost less than big hitters, but they come at the cost of space, speed and efficiency. Google’s looking to change that with Android Go.

Android Oreo (Go Edition) will launch Wednesday as part of the Android Oreo 8.1 rollout, and all Android Oreo devices with 512MB to 1GB of memory will be optimized for Android Go. Google said this will allow them to function properly as smartphones while doubling their available storage space. The rollout includes:

An operating system designed for better performance, storage and security features on low-end phones.

Android Go, introduced at Google I/O earlier this year, offers possibilities for Android users in emerging markets, kids trying out their first phones or anyone who needs a low-cost backup phone. In a Google blog post , Android director of product management Sagar Kamdar noted that of the 2 billion Android users around the world, more are in India than the US.

for Android users in emerging markets, kids trying out their first phones or anyone who needs a low-cost backup phone. In a

, Android director of product management Sagar Kamdar noted that of the 2 billion Android users around the world, more are in India than the US.

“To make sure billions more people can get access to computing, it’s important that entry-level devices are fully functioning smartphones that can browse the web and use apps,” Kamdar said.