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Re: Terrified of My New TV
« Reply #1 on: October 31, 2014, 03:22:41 PM »
But why would one buy a TV that has a camera and mic built into it?  I really just want my TV to be a dumb receiver (basically a monitor with speakers) I can plug my other devices into.  I'm sure I'll be considered a Luddite in a few years.

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Re: Terrified of My New TV
« Reply #2 on: October 31, 2014, 03:37:28 PM »
You & I both know that the average user isn't aware -or even cares to be made aware- of these privacy intrusions.

>just want my TV to be a dumb receiver

I predict you're going to have to work hard to find one.   And it may also be the same price or even higher than just picking up one at WallyWorld.

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Re: Terrified of My New TV
« Reply #3 on: October 31, 2014, 04:25:37 PM »
>>dumb receiver

That's me too.  I recently wanted to buy a small TV for the den and had to sort my way through all the Smart TVs to find one dumb enough.

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Re: Terrified of My New TV
« Reply #4 on: November 01, 2014, 07:30:50 PM »
I'm reminded of a Calvin and Hobbes cartoon where Calvin says something like...

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Hey Suzy, did you know our teachers are space aliens...

and they've embedded subliminal messages in our textbooks to turn us against our parents?

But I'm too smart for 'em. I don't read my textbooks.

That's sort of my relationship with my television - it doesn't receive a signal over the air (or wire), so the mic/camera can't phone home.

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Re: Terrified of My New TV
« Reply #5 on: November 01, 2014, 11:37:36 PM »

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Re: Terrified of My New TV
« Reply #6 on: November 02, 2014, 04:08:28 PM »
TY, RC

>>dumb receiver is what we would want also...
Mr. Mackin

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Re: Terrified of My New TV
« Reply #7 on: November 02, 2014, 04:19:04 PM »
Lest anyone think that user cams are generally secure, take a look at

http://insecam.com/

And about a year ago, a school district in MA(?) was caught spying on students in their homes via the cams in the laptops the schools had distributed to the students.

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Re: Terrified of My New TV
« Reply #8 on: November 02, 2014, 10:28:27 PM »
And about a year ago, a school district in MA(?) was caught spying on students in their homes via the cams in the laptops the schools had distributed to the students.

http://www.wired.com/2010/10/webcam-spy-settlement/

See... and they wondered why I never took my schoolbooks home. I didn't even trust them back then ;-)

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Re: Terrified of My New TV
« Reply #9 on: November 02, 2014, 10:58:58 PM »
Whoa! FOUR years ago.  

This may be a tech 'urban legend' but I believe I saw that there's code now to fire the cam without any noticeable lights, alerts, etc.

But the TV's cam/mic isn't really what concerns me. Ad tracking, profiling, dynamic pricing --that's the kind of stuff that bothers me.

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Re: Terrified of My New TV
« Reply #10 on: November 06, 2014, 08:03:01 PM »

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Re: Terrified of My New TV
« Reply #11 on: November 06, 2014, 08:30:26 PM »
>> Ad tracking, profiling, dynamic pricing --that's the kind of stuff that bothers me.

well dynamic pricing is alive and well. And higly annoying.

I someone on both sides of the profiling and ad tracking equation, I tend to feel that anonymised data used to make ads more likely t be of relevance for you should be considered to be a good thing, unless you subscribe to the idea that ad blockers are a good thing (or your alternative obviously - surely you haven't seen an ad for years?)

Now, profiling by anonymous government bidies I find a terrible idea, yet logically its done to make me safer - shouldn't I value that more than 10% off?

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Re: Terrified of My New TV
« Reply #12 on: November 06, 2014, 08:49:35 PM »
> your alternative obviously - surely you haven't seen an ad for years?

I see some on the ipad. At least, I think I do  ...a well-honed banner-blindness takes care of them.

Today, out in the bricks, I was offered 25% off of a $480 purchase to list my email address 'for future promotions & discounts'. I gave them Drastic's.

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Re: Terrified of My New TV
« Reply #14 on: October 07, 2019, 09:46:45 PM »
Roku TVs start showing interactive pop-ups during related commercials

https://www.theverge.com/2019/10/7/20902423/roku-tv-interactive-pop-up-ads-automatic-content-recognition