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Samsung:warning users not to discuss personal info in front of their TV
« Reply #1 on: February 09, 2015, 08:09:11 AM »
Funny how some Internet sites use this headline as clickbait without actually defining which Samsung TVs do this.

Or how people didn't do the math when they bought a Smart TV with voice control! Well, of course it's going to use the Internet! What do they think Siri or Google's voice thinger happen to use? That data can be intercepted as well.

Or the fact that you can hack into a cell phone and use it as a mic. These are all scary things, but not really new.

This is yet another reason why (IMO) buying a Smart TV is silly, and why a separate media box is still the best solution.


Samsung:warning users not to discuss personal info in front of their TV
« Reply #2 on: February 09, 2015, 11:36:13 AM »
Funny how some Internet sites use this headline as clickbait without actually defining which Samsung TVs do this.

Or how people didn't do the math when they bought a Smart TV with voice control! Well, of course it's going to use the Internet! What do they think Siri or Google's voice thinger happen to use? That data can be intercepted as well.

Or the fact that you can hack into a cell phone and use it as a mic. These are all scary things, but not really new.

This is yet another reason why (IMO) buying a Smart TV is silly, and why a separate media box is still the best solution.
True. I just find it funny how the "conspiracy" folks like Katherine and Alex have been talking about this for a decade(s) and only now are things coming out in mainstream news about how the government can use your cell phone as a mic (even power it up remotely depending on model), your tv (and TiVo and Cablebox to an extent) can "listen" to you (or at minimum tell them what you watch), etc. The best part of this is that "THEY" (whoever "they" is- the government, organized crime, etc) can get so much private information from people because the PEOPLE give it away (Facebook, family trackers functions, gps functions, smart phones, vehicle blackboxes, Twitter, company discount cards, credit card uses, RF Id tags, digital photo data, etc.)


Samsung:warning users not to discuss personal info in front of their TV
« Reply #3 on: February 09, 2015, 12:10:58 PM »
True. I just find it funny how the "conspiracy" folks like Katherine and Alex have been talking about this for a decade(s) and only now are things coming out in mainstream news...
The best part of this is that "THEY" (whoever "they" is- the government, organized crime, etc) can get so much private information from people because the PEOPLE give it away (Facebook, family trackers functions, gps functions, smart phones, vehicle blackboxes, Twitter, company discount cards, credit card uses, RF Id tags, digital photo data, etc.)
Yep. There is no real "delete."

There's also the group of people naive enough to say "my government wouldn't do that." Yes, they would. Especially now, with data storage being extremely cheap. Information is the new gold.


Samsung:warning users not to discuss personal info in front of their TV
« Reply #4 on: February 09, 2015, 01:37:45 PM »
It is quite funny how for decades everyone was worried about "big brother" forcing its way into our lives. (not the TV show young liberals, its from a book called 1984, no, it was written in 1949). For years growing up teachers would make us read it, warn us to not let it happen to us. Talk about how Nixon and Reagan were big brother. All the typical nonsense.

And now we all just run out smiling and laughing with our GPS camera phones, laptops and desktops with built-in hidden camera. The camera on the Imac is great, its placed behind tinted black plastic above the monitor, there is no sign whatsoever that its even there. And then you have the tard generation who's so stupid they run out and film themselves committing crimes so they can look cool on Youtube. Brilliant.

After 60 years of "big brother" paranoia, we have literally made it happen to ourselves with a duckface smile on our selfie face.

Samsung:warning users not to discuss personal info in front of their TV
« Reply #5 on: February 09, 2015, 02:48:00 PM »
It doesn't help that everything is glorified, good or bad. And everyone is "special." That feel-good philosophy that makes taking a dump into this overwhelming feat of achievement. Or how we have to make everyone "equal." It's like Harrison Bergeron is coming true because people allow guilt over hurt feelings to run their lives.

Within this intense self-centeredness, people are ironically devaluing themselves by cataloging their less savory moments. Then they want takesie-backsies when something they made public is used in a non-glorifying manner. Because they didn't stop to think about who could be watching and through which devices.

Pretty awesome...  :-\