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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by Driht on Mon 16th Aug 2010 19:38 UTC in reply to "Reading all this..."
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I am totally with the crowd: transforming all your phone calls in video-chat is a giant no-no.

And I'm a bit offended by your phrase: "Your problems seem to be psychological/social". Wanting to have some privacy in your own home is a problem now? I think is nothing less than a basic human right. If you don't want to use it, no problem. But please don't ask everyone else to do the same. And much less bring us to a psychyatrist if we don't.

I'm sick of seeing people reject their own privacy as something silly, outdated or not trendy. Your privacy is at the base of your freedom and your security. And if you can't understand that, sooner or later you are going to regret it. Read these two links:,105...
And these are only an example. We are not "afraid of our own shadow". There is much more than a shadow, and people who fails to acknowledge that is not seeing the elephant in the room.

Most of regular people I have talked about video-chat react with horror to the possibility of transform regular voice phone in videochat. And I think it is the most sane reaction you can have.

Reasons to not enforce video in phone calls:
- Privacy. Obvious, if you are not a natural born showman. Not only I don't want to be seen in my underpants; neither I want to see everyone else's.
- Freedom. You are forced to stay in front of the camera and only talking. Have you ever had a call just after putting something in a pan? Most of the personal calls I receive are around 8-9 PM.
- Security. An example: if I want to assault you, I only need to call you to know if you are alone at home and where are you exactly, and how strong or capable of defending yourself you are.
- Unwanted calls. Imagine what kind of calls would do the same perverts that harass people by phone. Imagine what kind of spam you would receive.

You want to make video an optative and prearranged thing? Fine; no problem. In fact, you have it already, use your media center (if you really need to use your TV), or your PC, or your mobile phone. But don't force everyone into it. Much less try to convince us we are nuts because we don't like this cool and shiny feature very few people wants.

Edited 2010-08-16 19:44 UTC

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