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Comment Re:I have some better ideas: (Score 1) 161

Perhaps the mandate should be that this feature is clearly labelled on the product as a product warning.

Why should anyone pay for this if they don't want it, a clear example of a feature all TVs have that doesn't benefit the consumer is HDCP, they pay for the chips to decode encrypted signals, they pay for the relevant patents and research, but this is a technology which reduces the functionality of TVs and audio-visual equipment in general.

(a) buy a TV that doesn't have a camera in it?

1) Cameras in TVs could become ubiquitous - can you find a new laptop without a camera?

2) The camera might not be advertised, the feature might not be mentioned.

(b) Don't connect the upstream connection?

This wouldn't necessarily be possible to stop if a network like BT openzone is nearby and BT did a deal with the TV makers to carry the data via WiFi.

(c) put a piece of tape or a conveniently placed object in front of the camera?

And what if you can't see it, do you rip your TV open to find it. Or it could be so close to the IR-sensor that if you block it then your remote also stops working?

Comment Re:I have some better ideas: (Score 1) 161

Why do you think there are so many people with Facebook privacy settings wide open?

Mostly because they are too lazy / don't know how to go through a bunch of settings which Facebook made very complicated.

What if some customers want to be watched?

Why should the 95% that don't want to be watched have invasive technology added to their TVs just to appease the 5% that do want to be watched.

Comment Re:its like blocking data mining (Score 1) 161

And the irony is you can't post code on a site where most can program because it is automatically blocked (unless you add a ton of superfluous writing).

A good way to implement a spam filter would be to have longer term members that obviously aren't trolls (based on their profile stats) get a [this is spam] button, and the post gets hidden and marked as spam like on youtube with the option to say it isn't spam because some fools will of course abuse the spam button. Then anyone who abuses the spam button gets warned and then the button gets permanently removed for them.

Comment Re:Hard to know who to believe here (Score 1) 112

'the enemy of my enemy is my friend'

Who is a worse threat to our freedoms, the copyright cartels or Kim Dotcom? I hope he helps to destroy them, although the cartels are so stuck in their ways that they might just destroy themselves.

And Kim D. has charisma, the cartels don't, they look and stink like s***

Comment Re:Nice concept (Score 2) 154

corrupt politicians wrecking the economy? Not so much.

Clearly you haven't paying attention for the last 5 years.

Dodgy mortgages in America packaged up in fancy financial instruments and then sold as low risk, ended up causing near collapse of the banking system, resulting in massive borrowing and pushing Europe into recession. Corrupt American politicians refusing to regulate the financial industry properly are the cause.

And google Greece Cyprus Debt.

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French Police End Missing Persons Searches, Suggest Using Facebook 95

itwbennett writes "According to an announcement on a French government website, police have stopped current searches for missing adults and will not accept new search requests. 'Such 'searches in the interests of the family' were conducted under an administrative procedure almost a century old, introduced to help families separated during the upheavals of World War I to find missing relatives,' according to the French Ministry of the Interior. In a letter to police chiefs announcing the changes, the Ministry advised them to instead 'direct people towards social networks on the Internet, which offer interesting possibilities.'"

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