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Microsoft wants to know how many friends you've got in your living room
11-11-2012, 01:27 AM #1
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One of Microsoft’s latest patent applications is a humdinger. It proposes to turn the Kinect camera into a snitch for movie studios, reporting back just how many friends you’ve got in your living room and what they’re watching. Think that sounds alarmist? Here’s what it actually says: “The users consuming the content on a display device are monitored so that if the number of user-views licensed is exceeded, remedial action may be taken.” It’s that blatant – a system to spy on private viewing habits.

If put into practice, Microsoft’s plan could mean that the film you’re watching suddenly stops playing if it detects that you’ve got more people squashed on to the sofa than the licence allows. You’d then be prompted to buy a more expensive licence to keep watching. It’s as if Big Brother had built 1984’s Telescreen not to monitor the population but to ensure no one was pirating the Two Minutes Hate.

In all likelihood, Microsoft will struggle to actually apply this patent in the real world. While copyright holders would be delighted, customers would be turned off by such a draconian system. But that’s what’s interesting about this application and patent applications in general: they often reveal what companies would do if they could get away with it. The black and white drawings and blandly technical language can cover immoral, scary and downright evil ideas.

There was an even more striking example from Apple earlier this year. In September, it was granted a patent for “Apparatus and methods for enforcement of policies upon a wireless device”, i.e. a system allowing companies or governments to remotely disable mobile phones and tablets in a particular area.

More at link:
http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/technology/...ving-room/

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11-11-2012, 05:06 AM #2
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Talk about draconian. Seems also, the new Windows 8 spies on your every program installation and sends it to Microsoft by default.
This is not going well for them.
Not to mention it's like installing Jelly Bean (Android 4.2) On a PC... why would anyone without a touch screen do that?
The other big issue, as far as I'm concerned; they are ditching MSM in favor of Skype.
It is no longer encrypted and anyone can watch and listen to your personal Skype messages. Do you really want to share your personal conversations with alphabet agencies?
A workaround is stick with Windows 7 until they can get out of the gestapo.
I've already stopped using Skype.
Screw that data mining. Here is the wave of the future... https://jitsi.org/ It's just starting to catch on.

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11-11-2012, 05:11 AM #3
JayRodney ⓐⓛⓘⓔⓝ
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(11-11-2012, 01:27 AM)Ghost of 51:50 Wrote:  Three Words: Switch to Linux!


chuckle.gif I already have for most things. hi5.gif Running Photshop CS5 on wine is still not stable enough to use 100% of the time, but I predict a backlash over Windows 8 and privacy issues.

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11-11-2012, 05:42 AM #4
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(11-11-2012, 05:06 AM)JayRodney Wrote:  facepalm_panda.gif

Talk about draconian. Seems also, the new Windows 8 spies on your every program installation and sends it to Microsoft by default.
This is not going well for them.
Not to mention it's like installing Jelly Bean (Android 4.2) On a PC... why would anyone without a touch screen do that?
The other big issue, as far as I'm concerned; they are ditching MSM in favor of Skype.
It is no longer encrypted and anyone can watch and listen to your personal Skype messages. Do you really want to share your personal conversations with alphabet agencies?
A workaround is stick with Windows 7 until they can get out of the gestapo.
I've already stopped using Skype.
Screw that data mining. Here is the wave of the future... https://jitsi.org/ It's just starting to catch on.


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11-11-2012, 07:28 AM #5
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I remember when I started using skype it had less than 6 million users. chuckle.gif



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