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Comment Re:webcam distro? (Score 2) 77

These are IP cameras, that is, a camera which runs a website that can stream whatever the camera is pointing to.

I recently bought one of these to act as a baby monitor. It needs an OS in order to run the web software and Linux is already available, so why not use it? I'm betting the configuration used chops out almost everything apart from the absolute essentials.

I have a Foscam FI8910W. The first thing to note is that initial configuration including a mandatory root password change /must/ be done using an Ethernet cable. At that point you can choose to use the wifi link or disable it; the same with uPnP. Wifi is paired with my wifi router and, as far as I can tell, only by connecting to the router with a MAC-listed client can anyone access the camera.

There is a Dynamic-DNS facility to access the camera over the Wild West Interwebs but that requires configuration which I have disabled as not required.

Comment Re:Really? Quicktime? Seriously? (Score 1) 320

There's an important distinction in English between "is used by" and "is in use by".

"Is used by" means that a program which might not currently be running requires the use of that software, whereas "is in use by" means that that program is running.

You can detect the former, but without some kind of well-designed central registry (!) you can't detect the latter.

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