Linked by Eugenia Loli on Mon 16th Aug 2010 06:41 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless I've seen it so many times in the movies and TV: a person wakes up in this futuristic world, walks by his kitchen, and a computerized voice is telling him that someone is calling him. But instead of picking up a receiver, the call is actually a video-call, and his TV is used for the conversation. If you put 2 and 2 together, this is not really that futuristic. Having a camera attached on your TV, and a VoIP SIP or Skype connection with it, is not mad science. So why don't we already have this on our TVs?
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Don't trust large corps any longer
by RawMustard on Mon 16th Aug 2010 13:09 UTC
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Video conferencing is a great thing but to have it on my TV provided by my TV manufacturer no thanks. I'll do my own where I know that the software, hardware is not recording when I'm not using it.

Corps just love to share data between each other these days with no ethical, moral qualms about your privacy, nor do they give a hoot about making products that allow you to exercise that privacy. To allow a video camera and live net feed in your TV that could be turned on any time they saw fit, for whatever purpose is just asking for trouble and don't put it past them either!

I will never connect my TV to the internet, rather I will do as I do now, connect my HTPC loaded with trustworthy open source software to the internet and then I decide what is displayed on my TV and what goes down the wires.

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