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Big Brother alert: Microsoft wants to
know how many friends you’ve
got in your living room

Telegraph [UK], by Mic Wright

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Posted By:Attercliffe, 11/9/2012 8:54:04 AM

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

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Danger, danger, danger!

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: hardhead, 11/9/2012 9:15:30 AM     (No. 9002019)

I have been debating between purchasing a PC or a Mac for my business. When I first started reading this article, I thought, "That tears it, I'll buy a Mac." Then further down the article indicates that Apple has applied for patents for equally intrusive technology. Frankly, I don't know what to think anymore.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Garage Logician, 11/9/2012 9:19:29 AM     (No. 9002029)

Don't buy one of those Kinect machines.
If there's already one in your home, cover the lens when you're not playing with the machine.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: redmom, 11/9/2012 9:31:16 AM     (No. 9002080)

It all still works on electricity. Unplug it when not in use, and put it in a cupboard. We do.

Besides, it's the green thing to do- unplug anything not in use. Now, we just need to find out if there are battery back ups. If so, Kinect will go.

They can't spy without our co-operation.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: fireman28, 11/9/2012 9:44:18 AM     (No. 9002132)

So instead of just watching your teenage daughters in her bedroom by turning on her computer camera (remember the HS that did that);
now the whole world can watch what you do in front of the TV.

Keep your clothes on folks.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: mickturn, 11/9/2012 10:55:30 AM     (No. 9002407)

NONE, now go away!

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Reply 6 - Posted by: Blue-Z-Anna, 11/9/2012 11:19:05 AM     (No. 9002520)

Buy several Kinect Units.

Take them home and take a baseball bat to them.

Return them for refund.

Rinse.

Repeat.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: Redneck In NY, 11/9/2012 11:36:38 AM     (No. 9002562)

Or better yet #6, buy 2 and point them at each other. Let the watchers watch each other. And just for fun, every once in awhile moon them.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: PoliticalJunky, 11/9/2012 11:55:30 AM     (No. 9002623)

So much for my grandson's football watching parties.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: JHHolliday, 11/9/2012 12:03:58 PM     (No. 9002672)

I know what a Kinect is but I guess I am behind the curve. Can't you just put a piece of tape over the lens? Or will Big Brother MS cry foul and disconnect you from what you are watching.

I also have the idea that hackers could come up with some nasty surprises for the spies.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: veritas, 11/9/2012 12:10:25 PM     (No. 9002692)

Let's thank Microsoft [and its incredibly fuzzy-thinking "geniuses," including Bill "I have a Foundation" Gates] for creating some really big business opportunities.

For competitors....

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Reply 11 - Posted by: columba, 11/10/2012 11:28:17 AM     (No. 9005152)

We removed the TV in 1984. We now have a lot of books along with adult children who know how to read and make critical decisions.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: horacer, 11/10/2012 11:37:22 AM     (No. 9005179)

Freedom and privacy are so old fashioned. This is a modern world. We do things for the good of the Village now.

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