he, like most people, doesn't care.
As someone who worked extensively in a customer facing role for a consumer electronics retailer, I think you might be a little confused with what the term "most people" means.
Believe whatever you want. It is wholly like slashdotters to ridicule mainstream consumer electronics, popularly held opinions, and products that hold form over function. The target audience of this site is anything but the "average consumer". So when the lot of you hivemind and mistakenly believe that "since others around me in a controlled environment believe the same thing I do, i must be right", you move ever further and further away from reality into your own bubble.
I mean this literally... other than CAR salespeople, who cares? Every decade or two, when it's time to get a new CAR, I go to the CAR store, and I buy something that they have in stock, within my budget. I couldn't care if it was SUV, SEDAN, or EIGHTEEN-WHEELER powered. A CAR is a CAR is a CAR.
I mean this literally... other than HOUSE salespeople, who cares? Every decade or two, when it's time to get a new HOUSE, I go to the HOUSE store, and I buy something that they have in stock, within my budget. I couldn't care if it was COTTAGE, MANSION, or YURT powered. A HOUSE is a HOUSE is a HOUSE.
I mean this literally... other than DOCTOR salespeople, who cares? Every decade or two, when it's time to get a new DOCTOR, I go to the DOCTOR store, and I buy something that they have in stock, within my budget. I couldn't care if it was PEDIATRICIAN, ONCOLOGIST, or SPIRITUAL HEALING powered. A DOCTOR is a DOCTOR is a DOCTOR.
I get the point you are trying to make here, but don't you think your angsty "bah humbug, I don't care about this particular advancement, and therefore no one should!" mindset is a little retarded?
I'm at a loss for why I would want any WiFi on my fridge, or really any appliance.
I can think of one example. Let's say you own said wifi-enabled fridge. Now lets also say that said fridge can detect the presence of small RFID chips that could someday be included on some prepackaged foods (lets say a gallon of milk). Now lets also say that said gallon of milk has a small, cheap, and disposable sensor built right into the packaging that detects a "low milk level" and flips a small internal switch to change its RFID configuration to read as "low milk". Your wifi fridge can detect, for instance, when your 7 year old takes the gallon out and empties it while you're out and about. When the fridge detects this, it can send you a text, update your digital shopping list, etc. without any further interaction. Now, as you're leaving your appointment (or whatever) you see that you need milk, and can stop on the way home.
This is a fairly specific scenario, sure. And I imagine that a lot (read: most) of the people on this site wouldn't want this kind of "invasion of privacy" in the first place. My original point was that this could be pretty cool to a lot of people, and while sure, there are doors open for advertisements and security breeches and all manner of thing, the idea of automating something as annoyingly trivial as remembering to check the supply of milk in the fridge is interesting (to me, at least).
I'm against dystopian "daddy-corp knows all" type futures, of course. But automation and IoT devices don't have to mean that. If anything, I would say we should embrace them sooner than later so that we can voice our opinions and demands now, before the rest of society just takes whatever they're given.
I do the vast overwhelming majority of my own work on a laptop
I think you misunderstand what kind of company Razer is. It is understandable to think that a large amount of people would do work on a Razer laptop, but they are first and foremost a gaming peripheral company. And people who buy laptops to play video games on rarely have concerns about battery life, portability, compactness, etc.
go back to making games that a small portion of people love for their own hardware and pay even less attention to what people say.
Fine by me. While the console lock-in may be annoying at times, the quality of their games and enjoyment I can get from them is much higher than any phone-based game I have ever played, period. It is high-time that we finally started accepting that phones have limitations, and that they aren't the magical "entertain everyone perfectly" devices that a lot of people seem to think they are.
"Anyone attempting to generate random numbers by deterministic means is, of course, living in a state of sin." -- John Von Neumann